Week of June 13, 2024

Bird flu confirmed in O'Brien County dairy cows

Nick Pedley, News Editor

O'Brien County landed an unwanted first-place designation last week. The county on June 5 was the first in Iowa to have a confirmed bird flu outbreak in a dairy herd. According to the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, a second detection was confirmed in a Sioux County herd on June 7. To date, there have been more than 80 confirmed bird flu cases on dairy farms spanning 10 states, including South Dakota. "Given the spread of highly pathogenic avian influenza within dairy...

A big ask

Nick Pedley, News Editor

Nearly $30 million would be required in Hartley to improve infrastructure and mitigate flooding problems during heavy rain events, according to an engineer's report. The city council on Monday reviewed the final signed engineering report detailing flood mitigation infrastructure needs in town. Compiled by Bolton & Menk, it was the first part of a $100,000 Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC) Project Scoping grant that will cover engineering expenses related to the...

A blast from the past

Nick Pedley, News Editor

The Hap Ketelsen Community Center will be a happening place Saturday night when the Everly Heritage Museum hosts its annual fundraiser. This year's event, "Cruisin' On Main," will transport guests back to yesteryear. "Since it's a summer show this time, we wanted to choose a theme that would suggest happy, summery rock and roll music," explained Connie Goeken, one of the event's organizers. "Also, a lot of the songs are from the 60's and 70's, a time when 'cruisin' was a common teenage...

New playground coming to CC/E preschoolers

Nick Pedley, News Editor

Big things are happening for preschoolers at Clay Central/Everly Elementary. The school board last month approved the purchase of new playground equipment to be installed in the Nature Learning Center, which is where preschool students play at recess. The new equipment will be delivered and installed by Boland Recreation, of Marshalltown, at a price tag of $58,950. According to Director of Student Services Michelle Huntress, the unit will be installed in September. "We look forward to having...

Hartley council mulls nuisance protocol

Nick Pedley, News Editor

The Hartley City Council on Monday again debated better practices to deal with nuisance properties around town. The council first broached the topic in April. The city currently utilizes the services of Northwest Iowa Planning and Development Commission (NIPDC), which was hired several years ago to assess problematic residences, send abatement notices and attempt to mitigate violations. According to discussion, city officials have been disappointed in NIPDC's efforts, noting an alleged lack of...

06/13/24: Crime, Courts, Accidents & Incidents

• Traffic Yoselin R. Garcia Avelar, Storm Lake, Speeding; No Valid Driver’s License. Lyka Phillip, Ashton, Minor in Possession, Tobacco. Brenda Kathrine Nettleton, Sloan, Speeding. Jason Albert Butch Engelkes, Melvin, No Proof of Insurance; Registration Violation. Juan Ignacio Mackrey, Sheldon, Speeding. Matthew Melvin Simons, Marcus, Seatbelt Violation. Justin James Paulsen, Cleghorn, Seatbelt Violation. Colin Knowlton Smith, Sheldon, No Valid Commercial Driver’s License. Getachew Firisa...

Jared Strong, Iowa Capital Dispatch

Two weeks ago, Congressman Randy Feenstra, R-Hull, touted polling that showed him with a commanding 54 percentage point lead against his relatively unknown challenger in this week's primary, Kevin Virgil. "Our 54 percent lead is proof that Iowans want a Congressman who delivers," Feenstra said in a May 23 press release. There was reason to have confidence in that figure: Virgil joined the race about five months ago in January, lacked name recognition and ran a low-dollar campaign. Feenstra is...

Scoring deficiencies

Mike Petersen, Sports Editor & Staff Writer

Unable to generate runs or prevent them, Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn's softball team suffered two War Eagle Conference softball losses last week. The Hawks began the week with a 7-1 loss to Akron-Westfield on June 3 at Akron. H-M-S scored its run in the third inning and the Westerners responded by scoring six runs. They added their final run in the fifth. Gracie Knobloch had one hit and one run batted in; Frankie Mohni had a hit and a run scored; and Natalie Daggett, Delaney Murphy and Eliza Tewes...

Breaking the trend

Mike Petersen, Sports Editor & Staff Writer

After allowing an average of 14 runs during an eight-game losing streak, Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn's baseball team won a low-scoring game with George-Little Rock, 3-2, on June 7 in Hartley. Starting pitcher Jack Mastbergen earned the win. He limited the Mustangs to one hit over 5-1/3 innings, walked three and struck out 10. Neither run scored by G-LR in the fifth and sixth innings was earned. Jacob Cates gave up one hit and struck out four of the six batters he faced in 1-2/3 innings. The Hawks...

  • 06/13/24: Community Calendar

    New location for upcoming Hartley blood drive A community blood drive is scheduled from 12:30-5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 19. It will be held in the social room of Trinity United Church of Christ, located at 140 North 5th Avenue East in Hartley. Donors are asked to use the west door of the church. New donors are especially needed. Appointments are encouraged. Make your appointment by texting LIFESERVE to 999-777, calling (800) 287-4903 or visiting lifeservebloodcenter.org. Food distribution at Trinity UCC planned next week The Food Bank of...

  • 06/13/24: Area Happenings & Accomplishments

    Local students on Northwestern Dean’s List Two area students have earned spots on the spring 2024 semester Academic Dean’s List at Northwestern College in Orange City. The Dean’s List is comprised of students who have achieved a semester grade point average of 3.50 or above while carrying a minimum of 12 graded hours. This semester, 404 students qualified for the Dean’s List. Of them, 269 students earned a GPA of 3.75 or higher and are considered Collegiate Scholars. Those included on the Dean’s List are Jasmine Lux, of Sanborn, a...

  • From Our Files

    Mike Petersen, Sports Editor & Staff Writer

    • June 16, 1949 St. Paul’s Lutheran Church planned to hold its Sunday service in their new church basement. The congregation was to gather in the old church for a brief farewell devotion and then march to the new church. Services would be held in the basement until the new church furniture arrived. Darold Rost was presented the DeKalb Achievement Award for 1949. The award was presented each year to the senior boy with the best all-around achievement in vocational agriculture and FFA work. His name was engraved on a plaque displayed in the...

  • Orrin D. 'Rocky' Koontz, III, 80, Sanborn

    Rocky” Koontz, III was held Friday, May 31, 2024, at the Sanborn Funeral Home in Sanborn. Burial was in Roseland Cemetery. Sanborn Funeral Home assisted with the arrangements. Orrin “Rocky” DeForrest Koontz, III was born Aug. 9, 1943, to Helen Marie (Hanson) and Orrin D. Koontz, Jr. in Albert Lea, Minn. He grew up all over before the family settled in Sanborn. Rocky graduated from Sanborn High School with the Class of 1961. After high school, Rocky continued his education at Barber College in Sioux City. He came back to Sanborn and...

  • Ramona M. Dass, 95, Sibley

    A private family service in memory of Ramona M. Dass was held at the Jurrens Funeral Home in Sibley, with LeRoy Eggink officiating. Burial took place at the Ocheyedan Township Cemetery. Jurrens Funeral Home assisted with the arrangements. Ramona Mary Schuck Dass was born Jan. 3, 1929, near Little Rock, to Art and Jessie (Stahl) Schuck. She graduated from Ocheyedan High School in 1948. She married Carroll Dass on March 13, 1949, in Worthington, Minn. They were married 72 years when Carroll...

  • Marlys Rae Harris, 84, Olathe, Kan.

    Marlys Rae Harris, 84, of Olathe, Kan., passed away Monday, June 3, 2024, at Olathe Medical Center. She was born June 10, 1939 to Lawrence and Lillian (Trojahn) Klinker in Hartley. She married Arnold L. Harris on May 28, 1960, and they made their home in Omaha, Neb., then Salina, Kan. and finally Olathe, Kan. Marlys enjoyed caring for her family and friends, bowling, square dancing, cards with friends, and spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was a member of Prince of Peace Catholic Church, Ladies Reading Circle,...

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