11/11/21: Area Happenings & Accomplishments


November 11, 2021


H-M-S vocalists sing in honor choir: Several young singers from Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn Middle School participated in the 7/8 Northwest Iowa ICDA Honor Choir on Nov. 2 in Le Mars. H-M-S's Jordan Lux was chosen as soloist. More than 300 singers from 34 schools came together. The 7/8 Bass Festival was under the direction of David Schaefer, and the 7/8 Treble Festival choir was directed by Samantha Robilliard. The H-M-S students are directed by Kristi Wingert. Pictured front row, from left to right: Clara Funk, Jordan Lux, Kaylee Newkirk and Kaylee Walker. Middle row: Lillian Van Loon, Margo Wilson, Jackie Ramirez, Natalie Daggett and Lindsey Van Es. Back row: Carter Dolphin, Noah Niichel, Caleb Grotluschen, JW Van der Merwe, Lawton Schiphoff, David McIllroy and Jacoby Vermeer.


LeRoy Raabe's phone number was printed incorrectly in last week's article about Memory Trees at Pleasant View Cemetery. His phone number is (712) 260-3567.

October rainfall improves Iowa drought conditions

This October ranks as one of the Top 10 wettest Octobers on record, with rainfall significantly improving drought conditions, according to the latest Water Summary Update by the Iowa DNR.

Iowa received nearly 5 inches of rain in October, almost double the normal rainfall for the month. The U.S. Drought Monitor has eliminated the Severe Drought rating from the state for the first time since July 2020.

Streamflow and soil moisture conditions have both improved, both of which are critical for establishing good conditions for the spring of 2022.


H-M-S Students of the Month: Students of the Month for October at Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn Elementary pictured front row, from left to right: Colin Griebel (TK), Nova Schilling (KB), Brandon Diaz (KA), Daleysa Carrera (1A) and Ally Ebel (1B). Back row: Olive Mohni (2B), Sydney Wilson (2A), Ean Elgersma (2C), Taylor Shaughnessy (3A), Kate Carlin (3B) and Mianey Van der Merwe (4A).


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