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 By Nick Pedley    News    October 13, 2022

Hartley receives grant for flood mitigation

Ongoing efforts to mitigate flooding issues in Hartley received a boost recently. City Administrator Erica Haack announced during Monday's council meeting that Hartley received a Building Resilient...

 By Nick Pedley    News    October 13, 2022

Hartley's rec trail receives state grant

Members of the Hartley Recreational Trail Committee received a pleasant surprise last week. Gov. Kim Reynolds and the Iowa Economic Development Authority announced Oct. 6 that Hartley was included in...

 By Nick Pedley    News    October 6, 2022

Fields aflutter as local farmers get the grain

A relatively ordinary harvest season is a good thing for local farmers, according to Growmark FS agronomist Alic Mohni. "It's been a pretty uneventful," he said. "Some guys are pretty happy, some...

 By Nick Pedley    News    October 6, 2022

Lift station replacement project finished in Hartley

An infrastructure upgrade project in Hartley has reached the finish line – sort of, anyway. The new force main and lift station on the city's east side went online last Thursday. The development...

 By Nick Pedley    News    October 6, 2022

CC/E board discusses club funding

The popularity of after-school clubs at Clay Central/Everly has the school board mulling funding options. TAG/Reading instructor Lisa Roti gave an update Sept. 28 outlining extracurriclar programs...

 By Nick Pedley    News    October 6, 2022

Burn ban list continues to grow

Open burning in Osceola County is prohibited indefinitely following a request granted Friday by the Iowa State Fire Marshal. The ban will be in place until dry and windy conditions dissipate. The...

 By Nick Pedley    Opinion    October 6, 2022

Pedley's Ponderings

You might excuse me for being a bit scatterbrained of late. Our recent move to Hartley, combined with other normal stressors like children and work, have found me feeling quite proud if I remember to...

 By Nick Pedley    News    September 29, 2022

Sen. Ernst discusses opioid crisis during O'Brien County stop

A growing problem that some feel is an impending public health crisis took center stage in Primghar on Monday. Sen. Joni Ernst hosted a roundtable with area law enforcement regarding the growing...

 By Nick Pedley    News    September 29, 2022

Never stop creating

A passion for art has led to a lifetime of rewards for Hartley's LaVonne Hansen. Well known locally for her "Chalk Talks," Hansen has been honing her skills across an array of art media for decades....

 By Nick Pedley    News    September 22, 2022

Hawks have it their way during Homecoming

Homecoming at Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn was twice as nice last week. Not only did the volleyball team beat South O'Brien and win three pool matches at the GT/RA tournament, the football team blasted...

 By Nick Pedley    News    September 22, 2022

O'Brien County burn ban in effect

Open burning in the unincorporated parts of O'Brien County is prohibited indefinitely following a request granted Monday by the Iowa State Fire Marshal. The ban will be in place until dry and windy co...

 By Nick Pedley    News    September 15, 2022

New royalty reigning at H-M-S

There's new royalty reigning over the Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn Community School District. Kooper Ebel and Abby Kunzman were named king and queen during coronation Tuesday night. The duo was selected...

 By Nick Pedley    News    September 15, 2022

Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn PPEL measure approved

Voters in the Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn Community School District on Tuesday voted to extend the Physical Plant and Equipment Levy (PPEL) another decade. Of the 185 ballots cast, 59.5 percent were in...

 By Nick Pedley    News    September 15, 2022

Hartley council hears pipeline update

The Hartley City Council on Monday heard a brief update on a proposed land easement compensation package related to a proposed pipeline. City Administrator Erica Haack and Superintendent of Public...

 By Nick Pedley    News    September 15, 2022

From green to gold

The changing aesthetic on rolling hills throughout northwest Iowa can only mean one thing – harvest season is just around the corner. Soybean fields have been changing rapidly from green to gold...

 By Nick Pedley    News    September 8, 2022

2022 H-M-S Homecoming Court

Homecoming festivities at Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn kick off next Monday and run through Friday, when the Hawks take on MMCRU at Peterson Field at 7 p.m. Coronation is slated for Tuesday, Sept. 13 in... Full story

 By Nick Pedley    News    September 8, 2022

Royal standoff ends peacefully

A rowdy night in Royal ended with a trip to jail for a local man who engaged in a six-hour standoff with law enforcement. According to the Clay County Sheriff's Office, at approximately 4 p.m....

 By Nick Pedley    News    September 8, 2022

2022 Clay County Fair kicks off Saturday

Area residents are gearing up for another edition of the World's Greatest County Fair. The Clay County Fair returns with another packed lineup Sept. 10-18 in Spencer. The annual event drew 277,389...

 By Nick Pedley    News    September 8, 2022

H-M-S PPEL vote is Tuesday

Patrons in the Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn Community School District will vote on a ballot with no candidates next week. The decennial vote on the Physical Plant and Equipment Levy (PPEL) will be held...

 By Nick Pedley    News    September 8, 2022

Grigg to be feted at Clay County Fair

Clay County Fair-goers will have a chance to celebrate an Everly man who earned a big state honor last month. Al Grigg will be recognized on Monday, Sept.12 at noon, in the Indoor Arena for his...

 By Nick Pedley    News    September 1, 2022

Resurfacing and reduction

The fastest way through Hartley has not been a straight line over the past week. Crews have been busy resurfacing a stretch of Highway 18 that runs from the east edge of town to the west edge. Work...

 By Nick Pedley    News    September 1, 2022

Middle school principal focused on building culture

The new school year ushered in a new era of leadership last week at Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn Middle School. Principal Matt Van Voorst began his tenure at the helm of the 5-8 grade building. He most...

 By Nick Pedley    News    September 1, 2022

Several new faces leading H-M-S classrooms

Students at Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn were greeted by several new teachers when they entered their classrooms last week. Thirteen new instructors and one new principal joined the H-M-S staff roster this...

 By Nick Pedley    News    August 25, 2022

Pool proposal receives tentative approval from state

A plan to remedy issues at Hartley's never-opened new pool received tentative approval from a state board. According to City Administrator Erica Haack, the Iowa Electrical Examining Board on Aug. 18 a...

 By Nick Pedley    News    August 25, 2022

He's got the meats

There's a new pitmaster serving up smoky treats to Hartley residents and passersby on Highway 18. Uncle B's owner Brent Riemersma, of Brewster, Minn., pulled his barbeque trailer into the former...


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