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 By Nick Pedley    News    June 1, 2023 

Courage, Honor, Sacrifice

For David Honse, three simple words sum up everything Memorial Day stands for. Courage, honor and sacrifice. "I find it unique that three words that are so deeply ingrained into our thoughts about...

 By Nick Pedley    News    June 1, 2023 

Royal building to get new look

The Clay Central/Everly Elementary building in Royal will look quite different when students return to class in August. The school board on May 24 approved the purchase of new window decals to be...

 By Nick Pedley    News    May 25, 2023

The pulse of HEART

There's no shortage of stories, laughter and memories when Darla Meyer, Pam Sease, Missy Young and Rodney Ahrenstorff get together. After all, they've been each other's second family for decades now....

 By Nick Pedley    News    May 25, 2023

Class of '23 turns tassels

The quick turn of a tassel sent 46 young adults into the "real world" on Sunday. The Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn Class of 2023 received their diplomas, marking the official start to their post-high school...

 By Nick Pedley    News    May 18, 2023

Hartley council picks new city administrator

Roxann Swanson won't be moving far for her new job. The longtime Hartley City Council member will shift a few seats to her right in the council chambers next month when she assumes the city...

 By Nick Pedley    News    May 18, 2023

Everly council approves employee insurance package

The Everly City Council's third meeting about an employee health benefit package yielded a final decision on Monday. The council unanimously approved a plan that would have the city covering 70...

 By Nick Pedley    News    May 11, 2023

Old pack inching closer to new life

Activity is buzzing at the old packing plant in Hartley as the facility pushes towards its ribbon cutting. Stephane Comtois, owner of Hartley Cold Services, said the business is planning to initiate P...

 By Nick Pedley    News    May 11, 2023

Downtown Hartley building to get demolished

The Hartley City Council on Monday moved forward with plans to demolish a dilapidated downtown building. The council approved a bid from Site Services for asbestos abatement at 170 S Central Ave. for...

 By Nick Pedley    News    May 11, 2023

Hartley council discusses safety with CO2 pipeline reps

Safety was on the minds of Hartley City Council members Monday during a meeting with CO2 pipeline representatives. Craig Schoenfeld, a consultant with the proposed Heartland Greenland pipeline, gave...

 By Nick Pedley    News    May 4, 2023

'Miracles still happen every day'

Don't tell Dr. Steve Meyer that miracles are few and far between these days. "God has a plan for everybody's life," he said. "Miracles still happen every day, and I'm a walking, living example of...

 By Nick Pedley    News    May 4, 2023

Planting seeds when the wind blows

Strong winds have been the norm this spring, but blustery conditions aren't slowing farmers as planting season hits its stride. Regional agronomists reported steady progress with corn planting across...

 By Nick Pedley    News    May 4, 2023

Why did the turkey cross the road in Hartley?

If any more turkeys show up in Hartley, school officials may have to consider changing H-M-S's nickname from the Hawks to the Gobblers. Many residents have been somewhat surprised in recent weeks to...

 By Nick Pedley    News    April 27, 2023

One step closer

It may not seem like much, but it's a start. City Administrator Erica Haack this month announced that Hartley has received a Derelict Building Grant from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources for...

 By Nick Pedley    News    April 27, 2023

Hartley hires new gas superintendent

A familiar face has been hired as Hartley's new gas superintendent. The city council on Monday unanimously voted to hire Dave Patton, who will start duties on May 15. He currently owns and operates...

 By Nick Pedley    Opinion    April 27, 2023

Pedley's Ponderings

It doesn’t take long to find someone who doesn’t like The Media. Conservatives despise CNN. Liberals hate Fox. All the while, there are a million offshoots placating everyone’s political ideologies and affirming that what they believe is...

 By Nick Pedley    News    April 20, 2023

Haack to leave Hartley administrator post

Hartley officials are now searching for a key cog in City Hall's wheel. City Administrator Erica Haack on Monday submitted her letter of resignation effective May 17. She has held the position since...

 By Nick Pedley    News    April 20, 2023

'A fantastic opportunity'

Big changes are gradually taking place at the Hartley Public Library. Staff members have been transforming the west side of the facility with updated fixtures, furniture and other additions over the...

 By Nick Pedley    News    April 20, 2023

Plugging along with pipe improvements

An ongoing infrastructure improvement project is going according to plan in east Hartley. According to Bolton & Menk engineer Josh Pope, the cure-in-place-pipe (CIPP) lining project has...

 By Nick Pedley    News    April 20, 2023

Halfway there

The Everly City Council on April 13 approved one part of an employee health care plan while tabling the other half. The council unanimously agreed to cover 100 percent of single premiums for...

 By Nick Pedley    News    April 13, 2023

Daycare asks for city's help with new building

A large contribution has sparked big plans for the Hartley Community Daycare Center. Director Kaity Pedley on Monday addressed the city council during her annual update. She revealed the facility...


Gotta grab 'em all

Youngsters in Hartley turned out in force last Saturday for the I.E.F. Club's annual egg hunt on the grounds of Community Memorial Health Center. The event was well attended by children ages 0-10,...

 By Nick Pedley    News    April 13, 2023

Trail committee eyeing first leg of project

Hartley's recreation trail committee has made marked progress in the past year, but members are hoping the city's help could allow the group to make bigger strides in the future. Committee members on...

 By Nick Pedley    News    April 13, 2023

To tax or not to tax?

O'Brien County's emergency management director is hoping a special countywide property tax levy could bolster ambulance services in local communities. Jared Johnson last month floated the proposal in...

 By Nick Pedley    Opinion    April 13, 2023

Pedley's Ponderings

With Easter behind us and warmer weather seemingly here to stay, I’m declaring Old Man Winter dead for the next seven months. This is the printed word and official now; no going back. What a bearcat the last four months have been. Early outs, snow...

 By Nick Pedley    News    April 6, 2023

So long, Lefty

Fifty years of service to the fire department have not only left an impression on Roger "Lefty" Ginger, but also on those who know him. That sentiment was clear Sunday afternoon during a special cerem...


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