Trail committee to seek easement for first leg

The Hartley City Council on Monday told members of the recreation trail committee that any future help from the city would come after the group obtains a construction easement for the first leg of...

02/29/24: Crime, Courts, Accidents & Incidents

• Traffic Baldomero Navarrete Dominguez, Aurora, Ill., Speeding. Jason Lee Kirby, Sioux Falls, S.D., No Valid Driver’s License. Jeffrey David Heithus, Paullina, Speeding. Elizabeth A. Smith, Alton, Failure to Obey Stop Sign. Addisen Ann Reeves,...

H-M-S board approves contract settlement

The master contract for the 2024-25 school year was approved by the Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn School Board on Feb. 19, but terms of the agreement could be impacted by legislation under consideration in...

Clay County Fair announces 2 Grandstand acts

The Clay County Fair this week announced two nights of Grandstand events as part of the SRG Concert Series for the 2024 Clay County Fair powered by SMU, Sept. 7-15. • The Mavericks with special...

Armed school staff debate sizzles at Eggs & Issues forum

Local lawmakers offered varying degrees of support for a bill that attempts to create a pathway for schools to arm staff members. Sen. Lynn Evans, Rep. Megan Jones, Sen. Dave Rowley and Rep. John...

Teamwork and dedication lead to successful season

The turning of the calendar from 2023 to 2024 led to a strong finish for the Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn girls' basketball team. H-M-S finished the pre-holiday portion of the schedule with a 4-5 record....

He would not be denied

When a high school bowler rolls a perfect game in any competition, it is a major accomplishment. But to bowl a 300 game at a state meet is something special. That is what Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn...

A challenging and struggling year

With only two returning players with any varsity experience, the Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn boys' basketball team faced a major rebuilding task during the 2023-24 season. Unable to score consistently and...

Okoboji/HMS girls, boys enjoy mat success

Both Okoboji/HMS wrestling squads enjoyed success on the mats during their 2023-24 seasons. The Pioneer girls ended their dual season with winning records overall (7-2) and in the Siouxland...

Feenstra: Leading the charge to stop Biden's EV mandates

In our free-market economy, Americans should have the freedom to purchase the car or truck of their choice without the federal government putting its thumb on the scale to advance a specific policy...

S-N Editorial

A report released last week should have Iowans thinking twice about their icy-cold vices. Health experts unveiled the 2024 Cancer in Iowa Report, and results were extremely concerning. Iowa once again has the second-highest rate of new cancer cases...

Pedley's Pondering

I often feel like I don’t do enough to help my fellow man. Last week, I did the bare minimum. After delivering the newspaper, I swung over to the Hartley Community Center to donate blood for the first time. I really don’t know why it took me...

Jones: What is the Iowa Taxpayer Relief Fund?

The Iowa Taxpayer Relief Fund is an account in the state treasury that holds unanticipated state revenue to be returned to the taxpayers. In order for funds to be deposited in the Taxpayer Relief...

Sen. Evans: Week 7 Senate recap

Following our first legislative deadline, the seventh week of session in the Iowa Senate focused on debate and sending bills to the House of Representatives for their consideration. One bill that...

Letters: Power players in Iowa Senate are aiding and abetting

To the editor: The Iowa House is considering a bill designed to combat “organized retail theft” of property from stores. Lawmakers supporting the measure said they wanted to deter looting, which has happened in some U.S. cities. Law enforcement...

Remarks From the Reverend

Author’s Note: This is the second of a series of devotionals from Psalm 146. “Happy is he who has the God of Jacob for his help, Whose hope is in the LORD his God” – Psalm 146:5 In putting...

Brian Trojahn honored for role in saving Sutherland woman's life

Spencer Hospital paramedics Chris Meyer and Brian Trojahn were surprised with Team GEM Awards last week for their role in saving the life of a Sutherland woman late last summer. Denise Steffen...

From Our Files

• March 3, 1949 Students of Hartley No. 2 presented an interesting demonstration of their hobby club. Following a program of readings and musical selections, guests viewed the students’ hobbies and some of their artwork. On each club day the...

02/29/24: Community Calendar

Bald Eagle Day March 2 at PHC The O’Brien County Conservation Board invites the public to the Prairie Heritage Center to experience a live bald eagle on Saturday, March 2. Christina Roelofs from the Nishnabotna Conservation Foundation will...

02/29/24: Area Happenings & Accomplishments

Over 130 lives impacted by blood donors Forty-five units of blood were collected during the Hartley community drive held on Feb. 21. According to LifeServe Blood Center, those blood donations will...

Deadline to apply for OBCCF grants is April 15

The O'Brien County Community Foundation (OBCCF), an affiliate of the Siouxland Community Foundation, is accepting grant applications from 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations and units of local...

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