The Hartley Sentinel-The Everly/Royal News - Serving O'Brien & Clay Counties

By Nick Pedley
News Editor 

Pedley's Ponderings

Listening and changing


June 25, 2020


Protestors share their message on Grand Avenue in Spencer on June 4.

I had never really seen a protest firsthand prior to June 4.

Sure, I walked past plenty of small demonstrations in college on my way to class, but I never witnessed anything close to the raw emotion I reported on earlier this month in Spencer. Approximately 500 people with skin colors of black, white and brown gathered to march on Grand Avenue and call for justice for George Floyd, who died tragically at the hands of Minneapolis police late last month. Fears about violence and rioting were moot, as protestors kept it peaceful. It was a powerful scene.

There has been real, tangible change in...

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