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 By Nick Pedley    News    February 29, 2024 

Armed school staff debate sizzles at Eggs & Issues forum

Local lawmakers offered varying degrees of support for a bill that attempts to create a pathway for schools to arm staff members. Sen. Lynn Evans, Rep. Megan Jones, Sen. Dave Rowley and Rep. John...

 
 By Nick Pedley    News    February 29, 2024 

Trail committee to seek easement for first leg

The Hartley City Council on Monday told members of the recreation trail committee that any future help from the city would come after the group obtains a construction easement for the first leg of...

 
 By Mike Petersen    News    February 29, 2024 

H-M-S board approves contract settlement

The master contract for the 2024-25 school year was approved by the Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn School Board on Feb. 19, but terms of the agreement could be impacted by legislation under consideration in...

 

02/29/24: Crime, Courts, Accidents & Incidents

• Traffic Baldomero Navarrete Dominguez, Aurora, Ill., Speeding. Jason Lee Kirby, Sioux Falls, S.D., No Valid Driver’s License. Jeffrey David Heithus, Paullina, Speeding. Elizabeth A. Smith, Alton, Failure to Obey Stop Sign. Addisen Ann Reeves,...

 

Clay County Fair announces 2 Grandstand acts

The Clay County Fair this week announced two nights of Grandstand events as part of the SRG Concert Series for the 2024 Clay County Fair powered by SMU, Sept. 7-15. • The Mavericks with special...

 
 By Nick Pedley    News    February 22, 2024

Weatherman starts tenure in Hartley

There's a new face leading operations of Hartley's utilities and infrastructure. Tony Weatherman began serving as the city's public works superintendent last week. He currently lives in Spirit Lake an...

 
 By Nick Pedley    News    February 22, 2024

Everly moves forward with more land sales

More city-owned property in Everly will soon be available to the highest bidder. The city council on Monday agreed to move forward with the sale of two lots on North Adams Street. An auction will be held at the next regular council meeting on March...

 

Grant Hegstad wins elite education award

A Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn alumnus landed a huge honor last week. Grant Hegstad, assistant principal at MOC-Floyd Valley High School, received the Milken Educator Award Feb. 15 during special ceremony...

 

02/22/24: Crime, Courts, Accidents & Incidents

• Traffic Brady Jon Earl Griffin, Everly, Trespass-2nd Offense. Kameron Dean Frerichs, Hawarden, No Proof of Insurance; Registration Violation. Melissa A. Skinner, Paullina, Speeding. Carleton Cecil Monroe, Orange City, Speeding. Elisha Gordon...

 

Instructional Support Levy to be extended 5 years

Extending a tax levy that generates nearly $400,000 is a priority for the Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn Community School. During discussion on Monday, Superintendent Patrick Carlin recommended the board...

 

S-O to remain in Siouxland Conference

Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn will not have a new league foe in the War Eagle Conference next year. After hearing about conference affiliation survey results and much discussion, Sibley-Ocheyedan school boar...

 
 By Nick Pedley    News    February 15, 2024

Former pack still progressing towards opening

Despite hurdles over the past year, the new owner of Hartley's old packing plant has his eyes set on a spring ribbon cutting. Stephane Comtois, owner of Hartley Cold Services, said the business is...

 
 By Nick Pedley    News    February 15, 2024

Hartley hires new public works superintendent

The search for Hartley's next superintendent of public works is over. The city council on Monday hired Tony Weatherman, of Spirit Lake. He succeeds Curtis Conaway, who served the position for a short...

 
 By Nick Pedley    News    February 15, 2024

Royal charts FY25 budget

The Royal City Council on Tuesday crunched numbers to sketch out the town's budget for the coming fiscal year. Once the tally was totaled, FY25's budget was estimated at $449,200. That was $59,000...

 
 By Nick Pedley    News    February 15, 2024

Hartley council eyes old theater demo

With a little luck, downtown Hartley will have one less building later this year. City Administrator Roxann Swanson on Monday updated the council on demolition plans for the former Capitol Theatre....

 

Drought conditions improve with January snowfall

January's above-normal snowfall has improved drought conditions across the state, according to the latest water summary update by the Iowa DNR. January saw 1.97 inches of precipitation, more than...

 

02/15/24: Crime, Courts, Accidents & Incidents

• Traffic Michele Lynn Tapper, Granville, Speeding. Hilario Najera Aguilar, Sioux Falls, S.D., No Valid Driver’s License. Cameron Kenneth Korhonen, Foley, Minn., Speeding. Cecelia Katherine Hanson, Sheldon, Seatbelt Violation. Alfredo Jimenez...

 

Sentinel-News wins 7 INA awards

The Hartley Sentinel-The Everly/Royal News picked up seven awards Feb. 8 during the Iowa Newspaper Association's Better Newspaper Contests. The newspaper won first place in five categories: Best Ad...

 
 By Nick Pedley    News    February 8, 2024

Storm takes over at Hartley Community Center

There's a new face at the helm of the Hartley Community Center. Jessika Storm took over as manager of the local facility on Jan. 1. She previously served on its board of directors for three years and...

 
 By Nick Pedley    News    February 8, 2024

Full hearts and full stomachs

A new food pantry at Clay Central/Everly has seen steady use in its first year of operation. Elementary secretary Val Johnson started the service after realizing a need in the community. While a food...

 
 By Mike Petersen    News    February 8, 2024

Eyes on the future

Though a groundbreaking date is yet to be determined, the Hartley Community Daycare Center is still chomping at the bit for a new building. Director Kaity Pedley, board members and community leaders...

 

02/08/24: Crime, Courts, Accidents & Incidents

• Traffic Emily Kate Wolfe, Pella, Dark Windows. Gabriel Garcia Roman, Sheldon, No Valid Driver’s License. Bobby Goslett, Rake, Axle Weight Violation. Ross Lee Johannsen, Paullina, Seatbelt Violation. Javier Perez Escobar, Worthington, Minn., No...

 
 By Mari Radtke    News    February 8, 2024

Rural Sutherland man running for HD5 seat

Mike Schnoes, a native of Paullina and now a rural Sutherland resident, has tossed his hat for Iowa House District 5 into the proverbial ring. Schnoes has followed in the footsteps of his father and...

 

Rep. Megan Jones announces re-election bid

Rep. Megan Jones (R-Sioux Rapids) last week announced her campaign for re-election. "It is an honor to serve the people of Clay and Buena Vista Counties at the Capitol," she said in news release....

 

Iowa certified enrollment for 23-24 holds steady

The Iowa Department of Education last month announced 2023 fall certified enrollment numbers for public school districts, accredited nonpublic schools and certified participation in the Students First Education Savings Account program for the...

 

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