By Nick Pedley
News Editor 

The year that was...

Busy news year keeps things interesting in 2021


December 30, 2021


H-M-S school facilities made several headlines in 2021. First, the former H-M-S Elementary building (pictured) said goodbye to students for the final time in May after serving as the 5-8 grade building last year. In August, the district's new middle school in Sanborn opened. Finally in December, the school board voted to sell the former elementary building for $100 to Hestia Investments.

2021 will be remembered as the year things got back to normal.

Thanks to COVID-19 vaccinations and reduced risk to public health, community celebrations and other gatherings returned full force after a yearlong hiatus caused by the pandemic. Back were crowd favorite events like Hartley Summer Celebration, Everly Community Day, Royal Fun Days and the Clay County Fair. People were able to visit loved ones in nursing homes once again, and mask usage and social distancing were mostly halted.

The ongoing global pandemic and reduced restrictions were hardly the only things that happened in 2021,...

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