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 By Nick Pedley    News    October 14, 2021 

Highway 18 resurfacing project on hold

Hartley businesses and residents will have to wait for a revamped highway lane layout through town. The Iowa Department of Transportation recently informed City Hall that a resurfacing project...

 
 By Nick Pedley    News    October 14, 2021 

Bootsma resigns D1 supervisors seat

Eastern O'Brien County is without a supervisor. District 1 Supervisor Sherri Bootsma on Tuesday resigned her position effective Oct. 13. She had served on the board for five years, but an impending...

 
 By Nick Pedley    News    October 14, 2021 

COVID-19 vaccine boosters being administered

The ongoing push to get people vaccinated against COVID-19 has entered its third stage. Public health officials, pharmacies and doctors' offices have started administering third doses of the Pfizer an...

 
 By Nick Pedley    News    October 14, 2021 

Hartley officials confident about CAT grant

A recent trip to Des Moines left Hartley officials feeling good about the city's chances at landing a big grant. A contingent comprised of Mayor Rodney Ahrenstorff, Council Member Mary Westphalen,...

 
 By Nick Pedley    Opinion    October 14, 2021 

Pedley's Ponderings

I’ll never understand why people get so mad at social media platforms. You have to voluntarily sign up for them, and doing so puts you under their terms and conditions. It also subjects you to the idiocy, lies and unrestrained vitriol that have bec...

 
 By Nick Pedley    News    October 7, 2021

New royalty reigning at H-M-S

There's new royalty reigning over the Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn Community School District. Jesse Garcia and Anna Vander Veen were named king and queen during coronation Tuesday night. The duo was...

 
 By Nick Pedley    News    October 7, 2021

Up and running again

The Royal skyline is looking different for the second time in a year. Five new metal grain bins were added this summer to replace former concrete structures, one of which sustained heavy damages last...

 
 By Nick Pedley    News    October 7, 2021

2 inducted into Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame

Two local women were honored for their service to 4-H earlier this year at the Iowa State Fair. Marsha Rehder, of Sutherland, and Becky Simons, of Webb, joined the hallowed halls with 4-H's most legen...

 
 By Nick Pedley    Opinion    October 7, 2021

Pedley's Ponderings

Personal expectations for my favorite sports teams usually sit somewhere between “middling” and “low.” This is a rather pitiful mechanism of self-protection: When they do well, I’m surprised; when they do poorly, that’s what I thought wou...

 
 By Nick Pedley    News    September 30, 2021

A different kind of pipeline?

Dubbing it a "unique opportunity for biofuels and agriculture," the company behind a proposed pipeline that would pass through O'Brien and Clay counties is aiming to reduce CO2 emissions and create...

 
 By Nick Pedley    News    September 23, 2021

A long time coming

There was no ribbon cutting or parade, but a massive and important infrastructure upgrade project in Everly is now finished. Work on the city's sewage treatment ponds is finished after more than a...

 
 By Nick Pedley    News    September 23, 2021

Ballots set for local elections

Residents in Hartley will actually have a choice to make when they hit the polls Nov. 2. For the first time since 2017, voters in the City With a Heart will be handed a contested ballot. Incumbent...

 
 By Nick Pedley    News    September 23, 2021

Everly council mulls federal ARPA funds

The Everly City Council on Monday debated what to do with $40,981 in free money, but answers were few and far between. The chunk of change came courtesy of the federal government as part of the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), which was passed by...

 
 By Nick Pedley    News    September 23, 2021

Up and down

ISU Extension & Outreach field agronomist Joel DeJong says farmers are in for a wild ride when they harvest their crops this fall. With a growing season marked by hot temperatures and sparse...

 

Pedley's Ponderings

I'm not an overly adventurous guy. I enjoy experiencing new things once in a while, but I generally stick to what I know. With that in mind, you can imagine how out of my element I was earlier this...

 
 By Nick Pedley    News    September 16, 2021

Gas prices top Hartley council agenda

A lengthy discussion about high gas prices lit a fire for the Hartley City Council on Monday. Bill Lindley, president of the city's gas supplier, Clayton Energy, explained that market speculators and...

 
 By Nick Pedley    News    September 16, 2021

Local populations decline in last 10 years

If it seems like there are less people in Hartley, Everly and Royal, it’s because there are. Data released last month from the 2020 Census showed population declines in all three communities. In Clay and O’Brien counties, only Spencer and...

 
 By Nick Pedley    News    September 9, 2021

King of the colony

Unknowing trespassers who venture into a certain tree grove on the south side of Hartley might find themselves sprinting in the other direction. Buzzing along the tree line is the city's lone...

 
 By Nick Pedley    News    September 9, 2021

She's With Us!

If dedication counted in the Billboard Charts, She's With Us would be topping the rankings. The band with ties to Everly and Royal has cultivated a loyal following in northwest Iowa and beyond....

 
 By Nick Pedley    News    September 9, 2021

Sweet, sweet success

A homegrown cake and cupcake business is starting to get its legs in Hartley. With the promise of "quality cakes for a little dough," Lauri's Cakes has seen increased attention in the last few years....

 
 By Nick Pedley    News    September 9, 2021

A long time coming

The Clay County Fair returns Saturday after a 721-day break, but who's counting? Jeremy Parsons, for one. The fair's CEO and manager is ecstatic to welcome visitors back to Spencer following a...

 

Pedley's Ponderings

There are a lot of things that grind my gears – my kids’ whining, my old house, crabgrass…the list is endless. But there are some things I tend to ruminate on more than others. Here, dear reader, is a small snippet from my long list. ...

 
 By Nick Pedley    News    September 2, 2021

Washing up the tower

Some high-flying work is underway in Hartley, but you won't find any acrobats around. A crew this week began work repainting the water tower. According to Hartley Superintendent of Public Works Jaron...

 
 By Nick Pedley    News    September 2, 2021

Honoring Old Glory

Hartley residents have a new outlet to dispose of old flags. The Stoltz family recently donated a receptacle in honor of Donald Wichman, Jackie Stoltz's father. The drop box is situated conveniently...

 
 By Nick Pedley    News    September 2, 2021

Filing period now open for city council, school elections

Residents wishing to earn a spot on their local school boards and city councils have until mid-September to get their name on the Nov. 2 general election ballot. The filing period opened Aug. 23 and...

 

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