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Fair time fun in Clay County

The Clay County Fair returned in full force last Saturday after a two-year hiatus. Visitors have been packing the fairgrounds in Spencer over the past week to check out the many shows, livestock...

 
 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 Mike Petersen    News    September 16, 2021 

Funding for future projects considered by Royal council

The Royal city council discussed ways to finance an upcoming celebration and the purchase of a warning siren during its meeting on Sept. 8. Royal’s 125th anniversary will be celebrated in 2025, so council members feel it is time to start planning...

 
 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 Iesha Toft    News    September 16, 2021 

Thiessens peddling homemade, homegrown goods at Iowa Great Lakes-area market

Cherry-picked perfection The Iowa Great Lakes are home to many amazing summer feats: Concert series, delicious menus, amusement parks and more. One of the area's most cherished attributes is the...

 

09/16/21: Crime, Courts, Accidents & Incidents

• Traffic Timothy A. Lammers, Sibley, Registration Violation. Melissa Stofferan, Hospers, Registration Violation. Humberto Orosco, Jr., Sioux Center, No Proof of Insurance. Luis Miguel Rico Rodriguez, Gainesville, Texas, Speeding; No Driver’s...

 

Pipeline meeting is Sept. 22 in O'Brien Co.

A series of public informational meetings have been scheduled to inform landowners about a proposed carbon dioxide pipeline in Iowa by Summit Carbon Solutions, LLC. Locally, a meeting is scheduled at noon on Wednesday, Sept. 22 at Sheldon Community C...

 
 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...

 

09/09/21: Crime, Courts, Accidents & Incidents

• Accident investigation leads to citations The O’Brien County Sheriff’s Office investigated a single-vehicle accident that occurred at 9:39 p.m. on Aug. 27. The sheriff’s office received a report from Collin David McKee, 24, of Hartley,...

 
 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...

 
 By Nick Pedley    News    September 2, 2021

Car chase leads to stolen vehicle in Hartley

Local authorities are still investigating an incident that led to a brief vehicle pursuit and stolen vehicle on Aug. 21 in Hartley. According to Hartley Police Officer Ryan Austin, O’Brien County Sheriff’s Deputy Lee Vellema was in the process...

 

Delayed posting of Sept. 9 paper

Editor Nick Pedley will be out of the office Sept. 3-12. The Sept. 9 edition of the Sentinel-News will not be posted until Sept. 13. Thank you for your patience and understanding....

 

09/02/21: Crime, Courts, Accidents & Incidents

• Traffic Fernando Angel Curiel, Hawarden, Speeding. Michael Allen Frangenberg, Orange City, Speeding. Jessica Louise Lewis, Hull, Failure to Obey Traffic Control Device. Anabel Rivas Hurtado, Houston, Speeding; No Valid Driver’s License....

 
 By Nick Pedley    News    September 2, 2021

CC/E board approves retention incentive for staff members

After a two-month debate, the Clay Central/Everly Board of Education on Aug. 25 approved a special bonus for staff members who returned to their positions this fall. Labeled a "retention incentive," t...

 

Meetings to inform landowners about CO2 pipeline

A series of public informational meetings have been scheduled to inform landowners about a proposed carbon dioxide pipeline in Iowa by Summit Carbon Solutions, LLC. Summit Carbon filed its request...

 

Spencer Hospital requiring COVID-19 vax for all staff

Employees at Spencer Hospital will now have to be vaccinated against COVID-19 to keep their jobs. Citing the health and safety of its patients, visitors and healthcare team, Spencer Hospital...

 
 By Nick Pedley    News    August 26, 2021

A new era

Last week's ribbon cutting ceremony at Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn's new middle school was a bit surreal for Superintendent Patrick Carlin. "Under construction" is all the administrator has ever known...

 
 By Nick Pedley    News    August 26, 2021

Hartley to apply for CAT funds

Hartley officials are hoping to win big money for its big pool project. The city council on Monday authorized City Administrator Erica Haack to apply for Community Attraction and Tourism (CAT)...

 
 By Mike Petersen    News    August 26, 2021

Change marks the start of school year at H-M-S

A change in buildings to start the new year is not all that's different at the Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn Middle School. To increase instructional minutes, OREO time is no longer on the schedule. The...

 
 By Nick Pedley    News    August 26, 2021

Whacky about weeds

An abundance of weeds at Everly's sewage treatment facility sparked discussion on Aug. 16 among city council members. Weeds have exploded on the bare ground that surrounds the ponds, which recently un...

 

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