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 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...

 
 By Nick Pedley    News    December 1, 2022 

A boost before the holidays

The holiday season brings with it gifts both wanted and unwanted. Cold and flu season is entering its busy months, and along with it comes greater risk of COVID-19 infection. Clay County Public...

 
 By Nick Pedley    News    December 1, 2022 

Branches of generosity

The giving spirit remains strong and bright in the Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn Community School District. Now in its fourth year, the H-M-S Giving Tree is once again providing holiday cheer to students in...

 
 By Nick Pedley    News    November 24, 2022

Everly hoping to re-light city park for holidays

The Everly City Council is hoping to spark some Christmas cheer for local residents. Council members on Monday night approved the purchase of new holiday lights for Everly Community Park. The $2,500...

 

Pedley's Ponderings

Thanksgiving presents us with time to ruminate on the things that matter most. Friends, family, a roof over our heads and food on the table often top the list. I’m no different. I lead a rather uneventful life, and those four things pretty much...

 
 By Nick Pedley    News    November 17, 2022

'Live your life as good Americans'

Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn alumnus Jeremy Ten Kley's military service might span two decades, but the command sergeant major knows you don't need a uniform to be a good citizen. "Live your life as good...

 
 By Nick Pedley    News    November 17, 2022

Variety of factors lead to flooded basements in Hartley

The first significant rainfall in several months created a crappy situation for some homeowners in east Hartley. The sanitary sewer system backed up into a handful of homes Nov. 8 during a storm that...

 
 By Nick Pedley    News    November 17, 2022

H.E.A.R.T. requests funds for extra ambulance

A spike in calls has led members of the Hartley Emergency Ambulance Rescue Team (H.E.A.R.T.) to ask for another set of wheels and space to house it. Squad members Brian Myers, Candy Ruschmann and Pam...

 
 By Nick Pedley    News    November 10, 2022

Seeing red, again

Iowa Republicans had a lot to celebrate Tuesday night. Not only did incumbent Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds breeze to re-election past Democratic challenger Deidre DeJear, GOP candidates Brenna Bird and...

 
 By Nick Pedley    News    November 10, 2022

H-M-S to host Veterans Day program Friday

A decorated soldier with local ties will greet area residents during Hartley's Veterans Day program on Friday. Command Sergeant Major Jeremy Ten Kley, a Hartley native, will give the keynote address d...

 
 By Nick Pedley    News    November 10, 2022

Corn harvest wraps early in NWI

Blink twice and you might have missed it. Thanks to dry conditions, the corn harvest in northwest Iowa blitzed to completion earlier this fall. According to Growmark FS agronomist Alic Mohni, most...

 
 By Nick Pedley    News    November 3, 2022

Give them the Green Light

Local residents can show support to America's veterans next week with the simple twist of a light bulb. O'Brien County Veterans Affairs Administrator Katie Ginger is asking government entities,...

 
 By Nick Pedley    News    November 3, 2022

The end is nigh

Voters will put an end to the barrage of candidate commercials, mailers and other advertisements when they head to the polls on Nov. 8. Voting locations open at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m. Voters in...

 
 By Nick Pedley    News    November 3, 2022

Shayla Bee Fund aids youngster's journey with rare disorder

A 3-year-old with local ties received a groundswell of support from near and far last Saturday. Camden Larsen, grandson of Jeff and Krista Wohlert, of Hartley, was adopted into the Shayla Bee Fund...

 
 By Nick Pedley    News    November 3, 2022

School spirit shines bright during Clay Central/Everly Homecoming

Clay Central/Everly held Homecoming festivities Friday in Royal. It was the first time the elementary-only district held the celebration in three years, as the school closed the 7-12 grade building...

 
 By Nick Pedley    News    October 27, 2022

Resurrecting school spirit at CC/E

There isn't a game on Friday night, but that likely won't dent school spirit among students at Clay Central/Everly Elementary. The district this week revived Homecoming after a three-year hiatus....

 
 By Nick Pedley    News    October 27, 2022

H-M-S principals share student proficiency data

Recent testing data has principals at Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn feeling confident about the direction of student proficiency rates. All three principals commented on data derived from the 2021-22 Iowa St...

 
 By Nick Pedley    News    October 27, 2022

Local trick-or-treating hours set

Spooks, goblins and ghouls of all kinds will be out in full force Monday for Halloween. Hartley, Everly and Royal will all hold trick-or-treating hours on Monday, Oct. 31. Hartley and Everly will...

 

PORK MONTH: From the Editor's Kitchen

I watch a lot of YouTube cooking videos. I'd like to claim all these hours spent staring at a screen have made me a better cook, but that would be a lie. Sometimes, though, I'm able to plate a few...

 

PORK MONTH: H-M-S alum reflects on time with IPPA

If Paige Dagel could do it again, she probably would. The rural Sanborn native recently wrapped up a year of service with the Iowa Pork Producers Association (IPPA) Youth Leadership Team. She spent...

 
 By Nick Pedley    News    October 20, 2022

Putting the Fun in IEF

A local women's club is still going strong almost 50 years after it was created. The IEF Women's Club has been helping various community groups in and around Hartley since 1974. It boasts a...

 
 By Nick Pedley    News    October 20, 2022

New postmaster takes over in Hartley

Hartley's new postmaster is getting used to a whole new work environment. Nicole Wyman began her new role in Hartley Oct. 1 after spending the past 30 years carrying mail in Spencer. She succeeds...

 
 By Nick Pedley    News    October 20, 2022

H-M-S school board moves forward with scoreboard purchases

The fan experience at Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn baseball and softball games will be a bit different next year. The school board on Monday agreed to purchase new baseball and softball scoreboards for $50,...

 
 By Nick Pedley    News    October 13, 2022

Dousing out fires with dad

Anton and Elly Klein are taking father-daughter bonding to a whole new level. The Kleins joined forces this year on the Hartley Fire Department. This is Anton's third stint with the local crew, but...

 
 By Nick Pedley    News    October 13, 2022

Lot sold in Hartley's new industrial park

Hartley's new industrial park on Highway 18 has a new occupant. Doug Bootsma, owner of Bootsma Storage, recently purchased Lot 5 in the southwest corner of the industrial park for $26,000. He's...

 

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