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 By Nick Pedley    News    May 23, 2024 

'These students will do great things'

Family, friends and community members bid farewell to 54 seniors at Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn High School on Sunday afternoon. The group was sent off with their tassels turned and diplomas in hand...

 By Nick Pedley    News    May 23, 2024 


The wait is almost over in Hartley. Following a two-year delay, the city's pool is slated to open on Saturday, May 25. Officials are planning a ribbon cutting and hotdog meal to mark the occasion at...

 By Nick Pedley    News    May 23, 2024 

Look out!

Residents in Royal received a barrage from the sky on Monday night that left significant damage in its wake. A thunderstorm rolled through the area that dropped hail ranging in size from a quarter to...

 By Nick Pedley    News    May 23, 2024 

Hartley Memorial Day program to feature local veteran

A decorated military veteran with a service career spanning three decades will address the Memorial Day crowd at Pleasant View Cemetery on May 27. Master Sgt. Lorenzia (Lo) Henderson, of rural...

 By Nick Pedley    News    May 16, 2024

Hartley's last World War II veteran dies

The last World War II veteran in Hartley died on May 9 at the age of 101. Harlan Goetsch served in the U.S. Merchant Marines from 1944-1946. According to an interview with the Sentinel-News last year...

 By Nick Pedley    News    May 16, 2024

A dazzling show

Eyes were glued to the night sky last weekend as area residents were treated to a rare sight. The aurora borealis, commonly referred to as the northern lights, were visible in the upper-Midwest last...

 By Nick Pedley    Sports    May 16, 2024

Lightning win first home game in Everly

The home debut of the Northwest Iowa Lightning ended in victory Saturday afternoon in Everly. Playing at the former Clay Central/Everly High School, the Lightning defeated the Midwest Rampage 16-14....

 By Nick Pedley    News    May 16, 2024

Hartley Parks & Rec Dept. eyeing progress

Hartley City Council members on Monday were pleased to learn the local parks department has a pulse. Hartley Parks & Recreation Board members Laura Mohni, Kaity Pedley and Drew Sweeney provided an...

 By Nick Pedley    News    May 9, 2024

1 man, 1 donkey, 1 mule, 1 message

Travelers on Highway 18 in northwest Iowa were treated to a unique sight last week. Perched atop his mule with a donkey as his wingman, Mike Siddall plodded his way across the plains. His main...

 By Nick Pedley    News    May 9, 2024

Rain, rain go away

Spring's ongoing deluge has local officials feeling lucky compared to past wet years. Hartley City Administrator Roxann Swanson on Tuesday reported few water-related issues in the City With a Heart....

 By Nick Pedley    News    May 2, 2024

Same issue, different approach

An old issue reared its head last month inside Hartley City Council Chambers. Members on April 15 mulled ways to improve enforcement of nuisance ordinances. The city currently utilizes the services...

 By Nick Pedley    News    May 2, 2024

A tad much

The Clay Central/Everly school board on April 24 received a bit of sticker shock. Members reviewed an estimate for playground upgrades at the Nature Learning Center, which is used by preschool...

 By Nick Pedley    News    May 2, 2024

Bloom wins Clay County Fair Queen crown

Clay County has its new fair queen. Linnea Bloom won the crown on Sunday during the 20th anniversary of the revitalized contest. The 17-year-old from Marathon beat out three other contestants, and...

 By Nick Pedley    News    May 2, 2024

CC/E Elementary lands $116K grant

Clay Central/Everly officials on Monday had a reason to celebrate. The Iowa Department of Education announced the district was one of 67 schools to earn a Learning Beyond the Bell grant. CC/E's total...

 By Nick Pedley    Opinion    May 2, 2024

Pedley's Ponderings

I’m always a day late and dollar short. That counts in life, and it also counts in the yard. We should have planted grass last week. There are plenty of barren patches in our yard – partially thanks to my heavy herbicide use last year, and par...

 By Nick Pedley    News    April 25, 2024

Storm warning in Everly

The old gridiron in Everly will soon become a field of dreams for one upstart football team. Believe it or not, competitive sports are returning to the small Clay County community thanks to the...

 By Nick Pedley    News    April 18, 2024

Still standing, for now

A dilapidated building in downtown Hartley will remain standing for at least another year. Officials at City Hall this week learned that Hartley's application for a Derelict Building Grant to tear...

 By Nick Pedley    News    April 18, 2024

H-M-S students pick up awards at state contest

Young academics at Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn Middle School excelled during a state competition in Ames earlier this month. The students traveled to the campus of Iowa State University for the 2024 State...

 By Nick Pedley    News    April 11, 2024

Learning lifelong skills on two wheels

Youngsters at Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn Elementary are learning that you don't need to be outside to enjoy biking. For the past two years, PE teacher Janet Prins has been engaging TK-K students with a...

 By Nick Pedley    News    April 11, 2024

Despite clouds, locals catch glimpse of eclipse

One of Mother Nature's most dazzling feats was dulled Monday by one of her more mundane. Thanks to an overcast sky, the widely-hyped solar eclipse was rendered somewhat invisible depending on your...

 By Nick Pedley    News    April 11, 2024

Spring rains quenching ground's thirst

Pale is a good thing when it comes to the U.S. Drought Monitor's maps, and last week's was delightfully bland for O'Brien County. The map released on April 4 showed O'Brien County as completely...

 By Nick Pedley    News    April 4, 2024

Enchanted evening planned for HCC fundraiser

Guests at the Hartley Community Center's annual VIP Supper are in for tricks, treats and plenty of laughs on Saturday night. This year's entertainment will feature Alan Sands, who will bring his...

 By Nick Pedley    News    April 4, 2024

New shelter house on Hartley's radar

Ground won't be broken any time soon, but Hartley leaders are eyeing a new building at Neebel Park. The city council last month discussed the need to replace the current shelter house on the west...

 By Nick Pedley    News    April 4, 2024

Hopping through the Egg Hunt

Local children converged on the grounds at Community Memorial Health Center last Saturday for the I.E.F. Club's annual Easter egg hunt. This year there were 105 hunters split into three age groups....

 By Nick Pedley    News    March 28, 2024

H-M-S student killed in car accident

The Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn community is mourning the death of one of its students following a single-vehicle accident Wednesday, March 20. According to the Iowa State Patrol, Joshua Cruz, 16, of...


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