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4 vying for Clay County Fair Queen crown

Four young ladies will compete for the title of Clay County Fair Queen on Sunday, April 28, at the Clay County Regional Events Center. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the contest. Contestants...

 

04/25/24: Crime, Courts, Accidents & Incidents

• Traffic Patrick Leon Murphy, Newell, Failure to Reduce Speed. Ethan Adam Tyler, Alton, Dark Windows. Krishan Lai, Fresno, Calif., Violation of Safety Regulations; No Fuel Permit. Alyssa Marie Heeren, Paullina, Speeding. Darnell Lamar Griffis, I...

 

Grassley: Congress can lend farmers a helping hand

We celebrated National Agriculture Week last month on the heels of a new industry census, which the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) issues every five years. The report spotlights short-term...

 
 By Nick Pedley    News    April 18, 2024

Still standing, for now

A dilapidated building in downtown Hartley will remain standing for at least another year. Officials at City Hall this week learned that Hartley's application for a Derelict Building Grant to tear...

 
 By Mike Petersen    News    April 18, 2024

H-M-S property tax rate continues downward trend

The Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn Community School District's property tax rate will continue its downward trend in the upcoming fiscal year. The 2024-25 levy rate approved at Monday's school board meeting...

 
 By Nick Pedley    News    April 18, 2024

H-M-S students pick up awards at state contest

Young academics at Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn Middle School excelled during a state competition in Ames earlier this month. The students traveled to the campus of Iowa State University for the 2024 State...

 

04/18/24: Crime, Courts, Accidents & Incidents

• Traffic Lakota Cowell, Rock Rapids, Minor in Possession, Alcohol. Matson Matuez, Montevideo, Minn., Speeding; No Valid Driver’s License. Enrique Luis Quiles Gonzalez, Sheldon, Dark Windows. Jean Marie Smith, Sioux Falls, S.D., Speeding. Tab...

 
 By Nick Pedley    News    April 11, 2024

Learning lifelong skills on two wheels

Youngsters at Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn Elementary are learning that you don't need to be outside to enjoy biking. For the past two years, PE teacher Janet Prins has been engaging TK-K students with a...

 
 By Nick Pedley    News    April 11, 2024

Despite clouds, locals catch glimpse of eclipse

One of Mother Nature's most dazzling feats was dulled Monday by one of her more mundane. Thanks to an overcast sky, the widely-hyped solar eclipse was rendered somewhat invisible depending on your...

 
 By Nick Pedley    News    April 11, 2024

Spring rains quenching ground's thirst

Pale is a good thing when it comes to the U.S. Drought Monitor's maps, and last week's was delightfully bland for O'Brien County. The map released on April 4 showed O'Brien County as completely...

 

Third Eye Blind joins Clay Co. Fair Grandstand lineup

The Clay County Fair this week announced Third Eye Blind will perform as part of the SRG Concert Series at the 2024 Clay County Fair on Saturday, Sept. 14. A special guest will be announced at a...

 

04/11/24: Crime, Courts, Accidents & Incidents

• Traffic Falmata Gemachu Gishe, St. Paul, Minn., Speeding. Rolando Rodolfo Chavez Lopez, Sheldon, Trespass 1st Offense. Sara Kay Dolphin, Sanborn, Registration Violation. Shelby Marie Case, Primghar, Dark Windows. Steven Dean Loshman, Calumet, F...

 
 By Nick Pedley    News    April 4, 2024

Enchanted evening planned for HCC fundraiser

Guests at the Hartley Community Center's annual VIP Supper are in for tricks, treats and plenty of laughs on Saturday night. This year's entertainment will feature Alan Sands, who will bring his...

 
 By Nick Pedley    News    April 4, 2024

New shelter house on Hartley's radar

Ground won't be broken any time soon, but Hartley leaders are eyeing a new building at Neebel Park. The city council last month discussed the need to replace the current shelter house on the west...

 
 By Nick Pedley    News    April 4, 2024

Hopping through the Egg Hunt

Local children converged on the grounds at Community Memorial Health Center last Saturday for the I.E.F. Club's annual Easter egg hunt. This year there were 105 hunters split into three age groups....

 
 By Iesha Toft    News    April 4, 2024

Easter egg hunts draw youngsters in Everly, Royal

The Clay County Countrymen 4-H Club hosted its annual Easter Egg Hunt at the Everly City Park last Saturday morning to kick off the holiday weekend. A full shelter house of children ages 0-10 were...

 

04/04/24: Crime, Courts, Accidents & Incidents

• Traffic Douglas Kooistra, Sheldon, Trespass-1st Offense, 2 counts. Myles Douglas Kass, LeMars, Speeding. Slayton Lee Sampson, Spirit Lake, Speeding. German Antonio Ordenana Aguilar, Sheldon, Illegal Vehicle Lights. Robert Lee Brimm, Jr., G...

 
 By Nick Pedley    News    March 28, 2024

H-M-S student killed in car accident

The Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn community is mourning the death of one of its students following a single-vehicle accident Wednesday, March 20. According to the Iowa State Patrol, Joshua Cruz, 16, of...

 
 By Nick Pedley    News    March 28, 2024

Contested supervisors' races abound locally

Local primary election ballots will feature some interesting matchups on June 4. In O'Brien County, all three supervisors seats up for election are contested on the GOP ballot. In District 1,...

 
 By Nick Pedley    News    March 28, 2024

Traveling runner visits City With a Heart

Call him Iowa's version of Forrest Gump. Tyler Sullivan never stops running, and earlier this month his travels brought him to O'Brien County. During his visit, he stopped by Hartley to tour the...

 

03/28/24: Crime, Courts, Accidents & Incidents

• Traffic Jeremy Todd Maresch, Belle Plaine, Minn., Speeding, Phillip Dale Keffer, Jr., Sheldon, Speeding; Minor in Possession, Tobacco. Tre Martinson, Hartley, Speeding. Zachary K. Hollowell, Hartley, Windshield and Window Requirements. William Dale...

 

Kansas to open 2024 Clay County Fair

The Clay County Fair powered by SMU this week announced Kansas will open the SRG Concert Series on Saturday, Sept. 7. A special guest to be announced at a later date will join them. With a legendary...

 
 By Mike Petersen    News    March 21, 2024

H-M-S preschool program will remain part time next year

Expanding the preschool program at Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn Community School from half days to a full day schedule will not happen next fall. Principal Ashley Benz told the school board last month that...

 
 By Nick Pedley    News    March 21, 2024

Local groups receive grants from Clay Co. Community Foundation

From local libraries to the Jaws of Life, this year's round of grants from the Clay County Community Foundation (CCCF) will benefit a vast array of local causes. The CCCF on Monday held its annual cer...

 
 By Nick Pedley    News    March 21, 2024

More city-owned lots sold in Everly

The Everly City Council on Monday moved more real estate. Derrick Nestvold and Steve Schuver will soon become the owners of city-owned lots at 502 N Adams St. and 203 E 5th St., respectively. The former property was sold for $4,000 and the latter wen...

 

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