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 By Nick Pedley    News    February 2, 2023 

Lawmakers crack open new Students First Act at Eggs and Issues

There were eggs on the menu, but education was the main dish Saturday morning at the first Eggs & Issues forum of 2023. Four local lawmakers fielded questions from patrons during the first of...

 By Nick Pedley    News    February 2, 2023 

CC/E board discusses snow make-up days

An abundance of snow days this winter garnered significant discussion Jan. 25 by the Clay Central/Everly school board. Snowy conditions have kept students out of the classroom multiple days since Dece...

 By Nick Pedley    News    February 2, 2023 

Hartley hires new gas superintendent

The Hartley City Council on Jan. 24 filled one of two key vacancies in the public works department. Members voted to hire Isaac Molendorp as the city's new gas superintendent. He succeeds Adam Lux,...

 By Nick Pedley    News    January 26, 2023

Education reform bill passes in Legislature

While most Iowans were sleeping, the Legislature on Monday night and Tuesday morning passed sweeping changes to K-12 education funding that will allow taxpayer dollars to be used for tuition at...

 By Nick Pedley    News    January 26, 2023

Blaze damages downtown Spencer buildings

Investigators are still trying to determine the cause of a fire Sunday that damaged several businesses and upstairs apartments on Grand Avenue in Spencer. According to a news release from the Spencer...

 By Nick Pedley    News    January 26, 2023

Frosty fishing fun at Scharnberg Pond

The sight of 1,500 rainbows dazzled visitors at Scharnberg Pond near Everly Saturday, but their gazes weren't fixed on the sky above. Curious anglers and other onlookers crowded the pond's south...

 By Nick Pedley    News    January 19, 2023

Everly council approves wage increases

The Everly City Council handled a variety of New Year business during its meeting Monday. Wage increases for city employees garnered the bulk of discussion. The council in previous years had approved wage increases based on a percentage; however,...

 By Nick Pedley    News    January 12, 2023

Hartley's pool situation remains unchanged

Officials at City Hall are remaining tight-lipped about Hartley's never-opened new pool. City Administrator Erica Haack last week declined to comment on any potential progress made towards opening...

 By Nick Pedley    News    January 12, 2023

One wild ride

Ever since he was a little boy, Randy Guggisberg knew he wanted to work with horses. Decades later, he's still riding and reaping the rewards for his hard work. This weekend he'll accept the award for...

 By Nick Pedley    News    January 12, 2023

City to purchase new sewer pickup

The Hartley City Council on Monday approved a bid for $51,812 for a new sewer department truck. Ron Drenkow Motors, of Sheldon, was the winning bidder, with the only other submission coming from...

 By Nick Pedley    News    January 5, 2023

Education and taxes are targets for Iowa GOP majority in 2023

With strong majorities in both the House and Senate, Iowa Republicans are hoping to keep Gov. Kim Reynolds' desk piled high with bills to sign during the 2023 legislative session. The 90th Iowa Genera...

 By Nick Pedley    News    January 5, 2023

Maybe next time

The Clay Central/Everly school board on Dec. 28 had to rescind a measure that had been rescinded once already. A resolution regarding board member elections was yanked from the books after being...

 By Nick Pedley    Opinion    January 5, 2023

Pedley's Ponderings

Here we are in 2023. While I used to be an optimist with each New Year, the sands of time have somewhat smudged my perspective. Nowadays, I just assume everything will be more of the same regardless of the calendar’s numbers. Nonetheless, I do...

 By Nick Pedley    News    December 29, 2022

Out with the old

And just like that, the sun has set on 2022 and we're on to the New Year. Though the pages of the Sentinel-News were filled with hundreds of stories over the past 365 days, some stood head and...

 By Nick Pedley    News    December 29, 2022

Pre-Christmas blizzard blasts NWI

It wasn't so much the snow as it was the wind. An intense winter storm blew through the upper Midwest last week just in time to wreck travel plans and cancel Christmas events throughout the region....

 By Nick Pedley    News    December 29, 2022

O'Brien County farmland is prettiest penny in Iowa

The average value of an acre of O'Brien County farmland is now the highest in Iowa. The annual Iowa State Land Value Survey released this month reported a 20.6 percent increase in O'Brien County...

 By Nick Pedley    News    December 22, 2022

Landowners express concerns about pipelines at Hartley meeting

Farmers and landowners gathered at the Hartley American Legion on Saturday to share concerns and information about two controversial pipelines that would affect O'Brien and Clay counties. Citing...

 By Nick Pedley    News    December 22, 2022

Bull truck will ride again

Everly's famed bull truck is down, but she's not out. The city council on Monday signed off on a $1,305 quote for repair expense on the 1941 International truck. It started on fire last weekend prior...

 By Nick Pedley    News    December 15, 2022

Resignations accepted by Hartley City Council

A pair of resignations will have the Hartley City Council looking to fill some big shoes in the coming months. Public Works Director Jaron Benz and Gas Superintendent Adam Lux submitted their letters...

 By Nick Pedley    News    December 15, 2022

Sweeping renovations would make former elementary school one of NWI's 'crown jewels'

After sitting vacant for a year and a half, there's new hope on the horizon for the future of the former Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn Elementary school. Michael Reese, whose firm Hestia Investments...

 By Nick Pedley    News    December 8, 2022

Hardware Hawks!

Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn Dance Attack members needed to make room for extra cargo on their way home from Des Moines last week. The team won several awards during the 47th annual Iowa High School and...

 By Nick Pedley    News    December 8, 2022

Grant helps HFD get new gear

Five Hartley firefighters are looking fresh thanks to a grant from the O'Brien County Community Foundation (OCCF). The local department was able to purchase new bunker gear for a portion of the squad...

 By Nick Pedley    News    December 8, 2022

CC/E board changes director district election process

After more than a year of discussion and one negated attempt, the Clay Central/Everly school board on Nov. 30 finally changed the way members are elected. "This will give our district more...


Pedley's Ponderings

There are things in this world I can tolerate and there are things I cannot. Hanging Christmas lights falls under the latter category. I’ve bemoaned the annual task several times in this space before. At our old house in Ocheyedan, the chore fell...

 By Nick Pedley    News    December 1, 2022

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas

Tuesday's snowfall arrived just in time to set the mood for Christmas activities this weekend in Hartley and Everly. Several holiday events are planned in both communities starting Friday and...


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