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 By Nick Pedley    News    January 27, 2022 

The more you know

Local health officials are encouraging residents in O'Brien and Clay counties to take advantage of free COVID-19 tests now available to anyone who requests them from state and federal outlets. The...

 
 By Nick Pedley    News    January 27, 2022 

COVID-19 outbreak reported at CMHC

Five residents and three employees at Community Memorial Health Center in Hartley were placed in quarantine during the past week after testing positive for COVID-19. According to interim CMHC...

 
 By Nick Pedley    News    January 27, 2022 

Katie Ginger is new O'Brien County VA admin

She doesn't have a military background, but that hasn't stopped Katie Ginger from helping local veterans obtain the services they need. The Hartley woman took over as administrator of O'Brien County V...

 
 By Nick Pedley    News    January 27, 2022 

Changing of the bags

Three new faces have taken the reigns of the Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn Kids Backpack Program. Rodney Ahrenstorff and Darla and Russ Meyer started heading the local food program at the start of the year....

 

01/27/22: Crime, Courts, Accidents & Incidents

• Traffic Kathleen J. Casas. Primghar, No Proof of Insurance. Jesus De Los Santos Chavez, Spirit Lake, Speeding; No Valid Driver’s License. Cheyenne Megan Chindlund, Sheldon, Speeding. Amber Marie Davis, Sioux Center, Speeding. Thaddeus Ryan...

 
 By Mike Petersen    News    January 27, 2022 

Matching experience with positions

Annual appointments made by mayors of small communities are generally routine. But as the makeup of the Royal City Council has changed as a result of the 2021 election, Mayor Josh Toft used the opportunity to assign members to positions that fit...

 
 By Mike Petersen    News    January 20, 2022

Kyle McCarter appointed to H-M-S board

A rural Melvin man will fill the District 4 seat on the Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn school board. Kyle McCarter was appointed to the seat on Monday. He was one of three individuals who expressed interest i...

 
 By Mike Petersen    News    January 20, 2022

A starting point

A major goal of the Royal City Council has moved from a "someday project" to a potential reality. Council members heard an update on Jan. 12 regarding the estimated cost of repaving 2-1/2 blocks of...

 
 By Nick Pedley    News    January 20, 2022

'Plugging along'

Swimming season may be several months out, but members of the Hartley Community Pool Campaign Committee are still asking locals to dive in with donations. As of Tuesday morning, just over $173,000...

 
 By Nick Pedley    News    January 20, 2022

What to do?

The Everly City Council remains at an impasse about how to spend federal pandemic relief dollars. Members on Monday once again mulled how to use funds distributed to the city by the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), which was passed by Congress last...

 
 By Nick Pedley    News    January 20, 2022

Welcome back, white stuff

Though absent for most of the winter, snow returned to northwest Iowa last week. A winter storm dumped various amounts of accumulation throughout the area on Jan. 14, canceling school and other...

 

01/20/22: Crime, Courts, Accidents & Incidents

• Traffic Brian L. Parks, Sheldon, Trespass. Krista Dawn Badhorse, Primghar, No Proof of Insurance. Damon Blake Ashworth, Excelsior Springs, Mo., Speeding. Jessica Rae Webber, Otsego, Minn., Speeding. Christian Joseph Maldonado, Hospers, Speeding....

 

Dry year ends on wet note

Last year was the second dry year in a row for Iowa. Over the previous 24 months, parts of central and west central Iowa received a foot less than normal moisture. Both streamflow and groundwater...

 
 By Nick Pedley    News    January 13, 2022

Into the stratosphere

Farmland values in O'Brien and Clay counties exploded over the past year due to positive factors affecting the U.S. ag economy and inflation. The annual Iowa State Land Value Survey released last...

 
 By Nick Pedley    News    January 13, 2022

Visiting Arthur

Members of Arthur W. Kirchhoff American Legion Post #288 were recently brought closer to a man none of them knew – Kirchhoff himself. Past Post Cmdr. Cliff Ripke in November received photos of...

 
 By Nick Pedley    News    January 13, 2022

Fiber for the future

If a healthy dose of fiber is great for your diet, it's even better for internet speeds. Local internet service providers Evertek and Royal Telephone Company know this firsthand. Now thanks to a...

 
 By Nick Pedley    News    January 13, 2022

Geared up

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...

 

01/13/22: Crime, Courts, Accidents & Incidents

• Traffic Dalton Mitchell Garrett, Spencer, Speeding. Darious M. Bolden, Milwaukee, Wis., Speeding. Dakota Drake Choung Phi, Kansas City, Mo., Speeding. Benjamin J. Kamphoff, Spokane Valley, Wash., Seatbelt Violation. Angela Ashley Betancourt,...

 
 By Nick Pedley    News    January 13, 2022

Glove slaps Hartley sewer plant with problems

An errant glove has caused headaches at Hartley's sewage treatment facility. Superintendent of Public Works Jaron Benz reported at Monday's council meeting that a pump motor at the lift station near...

 
 By Nick Pedley    News    January 6, 2022

'Not just a hole in the ground'

Residents in Hartley have seen marked progress recently at the site of the city's new pool. What was once a large hole surrounded by mounds of dirt has transformed into something much more tangible....

 
 By Nick Pedley    News    January 6, 2022

Boost up

Local public health officials are urging individuals who've put off their COVID-19 vaccine booster to stop procrastinating. With the emergence of the highly-transmissible omicron variant and holiday...

 
 By Nick Pedley    News    January 6, 2022

Republican majority focused on tax cuts this year

Iowa Republicans will be in a familiar spot Jan. 10 when the Legislature convenes for the 2022 session. GOP lawmakers will hold control of the House, Senate and governor's chair for the...

 

01/06/21: Crime, Courts, Accidents & Incidents

• Correction In the court news published on Dec. 16, Beau Roberts was listed under OWI. That is incorrect. He was charged with a simple misdemeanor. We apologize for the error. • Traffic Donna Louise Hinds, Larrabee, No Proof of Insurance....

 
 By Nick Pedley    News    December 30, 2021

The year that was...

2021 will be remembered as the year things got back to normal. Thanks to COVID-19 vaccinations and reduced risk to public health, community celebrations and other gatherings returned full force after...

 
 By Nick Pedley    News    December 30, 2021

Scott Heetland resigns from H-M-S school board

The Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn school board will be one member short soon. Board President Scott Heetland submitted his letter of resignation effective Jan. 1. The May City-area farmer served for 13...

 

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