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01/13/22: Community Calendar


January 13, 2022

Hartley all-school reunion to be held

The Hartley all-school reunion committee decided last year that the reunion would be moved from being held five years to every three years.

The biggest reason for the change is the age of some of the older graduates. Following some research, the committee determined that other schools have done the same thing for the same reason. Many Hartley graduates have died, and the committee felt it was good to make this change. The years that will be included are up to 1981, as the school changed to Hartley-Melvin starting with the Class of 1982.

The committee needs your help to get present addresses. Some classes have updated their lists. If you have a master list of your class, the committee asks that you send it to Steve Lux, P.O. Box 93, Hartley, IA 51346. Letters will be going out in the next few weeks, so the committee needs the addresses by March 1 if you want to be included.

The reunion will be held in conjunction with the Hartley Summer Celebration the first weekend in August.

Hot beef at Red’s

Red’s Catering in downtown Hartley will be serving a hot beef dinner on Wednesday, Jan. 19 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

See the ad on Page 3 for more details.

Food distribution Jan. 19 at Trinity UCC

The Food Bank of Iowa’s mobile pantry program will be conducted on Wednesday, Jan. 19, from 4-6 p.m. at Trinity United Church of Christ in Hartley. The program is available free of charge and geared toward individuals in need of food assistance.

Participants are asked to stay in their vehicles and line up on the east side of the parking lot. The food will be brought to you as you drive under the canopy.

Eggs & Issues forums start Jan. 22

Local residents can listen to state lawmakers discuss issues affecting northwest Iowa during the first Eggs & Issues forum on Saturday, Jan. 22.

Other forums are planned on Feb. 19 and March 19. Eggs & Issues are held in the council chambers at Spencer City Hall. Doors will open to the public at 8:30 a.m., with the live session running from 9-10:30 a.m.

Iowa District 1 Sen. Dave Rowley, R-Spirit Lake; District 2 Rep. Megan Jones, R-Sioux Rapids; and District 1 Rep. John Wills, R-Spirit Lake have been invited to each forum, as well as other state elected officials. The event provides constituents a chance to hear from local legislators and address issues that impact northwest Iowa.

The session will be aired live on SMU and taped by Mediacom Cable TV, with both stations replaying the session.

There will be no food provided prior to the forum due to the COVID-19 pandemic; however, travel mugs with lids and bottled water will be allowed inside. The formats of the second and third sessions will be re-evaluated depending on where COVID-19 infection rates are for the area.

“Eggs & Issues” are a question/answer format session.

H-M-S menus

Thursday, Jan. 13: Breakfast – Waffles, fruit, juice; Lunch – Spaghetti, garlic toast, corn, cucumbers, mixed fruit.

Friday, Jan. 14: Breakfast – Donut, fruit, juice; Lunch – Hot ham/cheese, chips (9-12), baked beans, baby carrots, pineapple.

Monday, Jan. 17: Breakfast – Cereal, muffin (9-12), fruit, juice; Lunch – Pork chop patty, mashed potatoes, cooked carrots, roll, apples.

Tuesday, Jan. 18: Breakfast – Egg/cheese biscuit, fruit, juice; Lunch – Italian chicken/bun, chips (9-12), green beans, baby carrots, cucumbers.

Wednesday, Jan. 19: Breakfast – Breakfast pizza, fruit, juice; Lunch – Nachos, diced tomatoes, corn, bananas, bread (9-12).

Thursday, Jan. 20: Breakfast – Pancake/sausage bites, fruit, juice; Lunch – Chicken alfredo, breadstick, broccoli/cauliflower, peaches.

Friday, Jan. 21: Breakfast – Donut, fruit, juice; Lunch – Hamburger/bun, French fries, baked beans, applesauce.

Milk served with each meal. Fruit/veggie bar served with lunch.

CC/E menus

Monday, Jan. 17: No School – Staff Work Day.

Tuesday, Jan. 18: Breakfast – Scrambled egg, cereal, toast, fruit, juice, yogurt; Lunch – Creamed chicken over mashed potatoes, peas, dinner roll, strawberry cup.

Wednesday, Jan. 19: Breakfast – Pizza, cereal, toast, fruit, juice, yogurt; Lunch – Mr. Rib on bun, baked beans, apple.

Thursday, Jan. 20: Breakfast – Blueberry muffin, cereal, toast, fruit, juice, yogurt; Lunch – Orange chicken, stir fry vegetables, rice, banana.

Friday, Jan. 21: Breakfast – Donut, cereal, toast, fruit, juice, yogurt; Lunch – Sub sandwich, carrots, baked chips, applesauce.

Milk is served with each meal. Menus are subject to change at any time.

SWCD/CDI auxiliary scholarship deadline is Feb. 18

Conservation Districts of Iowa and the O’Brien County Soil & Water Conservation District are offering several scholarship opportunities to high school seniors to help defray college expenses.

Students interested in conservation and agriculture are eligible to apply. While this is a wide field and many studies qualify, preference will be given to students pursuing programs of study in conservation.

This application will be dual purpose for both the CDI and O’Brien SWCD. The application is available online at, and the deadline to submit it to the O’Brien County SWCD office at 315 S. Rerick Avenue in Primghar is Friday, Feb. 18.

CDI is a statewide scholarship with awards of $3,000, $2,000 and $1,000. Winners from each region will receive $500. The first, second and third place awards will be paid directly to the applicant’s school of choice in two equal installments, one upon enrollment at the beginning of the year and second at midterm. The $500 scholarships will be paid directly to the students.

The O’Brien County SWCD scholarship will use the same application so you only need to apply once. They will be awarding two $500 scholarships, each to be awarded at midterm to the student directly.

If you have any questions, contact the SWCD office at (712) 957-3835 ext. #3.

Extended hours at PHC

Make your way to the Prairie Heritage Center to break up the winter doldrums.

January will feature a variety of new activities for people of all ages to explore and enjoy. You will find fun STEM challenges, birding activities and ways to get moving, both indoors and outdoors, this winter. Snowshoes will also be available to check out to use (snow pending) on the trails around the center at no cost.

Prairie Heritage Center will be open from 9 a.m.-7 p.m. on the second Wednesday of the month. The Conservation Board hopes this will provide another opportunity for guests to visit and enjoy the center during the week after work or school commitments. Regular hours are Tuesday-Friday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. and Saturday afternoon from 1-4 p.m.

To keep up-to-date on different activities happening at the Prairie Heritage Center, like their Facebook page or go to For questions or more information, please call (712) 295-7200.

Between the Covers to discuss “Wintering” in January

Between the Covers book club is discussing Katherine May’s “Wintering: the Power of Rest and Retreat in Difficult Times” in January. The group will meet in the front room of Hartley Public Library at 5 p.m. on Tuesday Jan. 25, to discuss the first book of 2022.

“Wintering” by Katherine May is an intimate, revelatory book exploring the ways we can care for and repair ourselves when life knocks us down.

Sometimes you slip through the cracks; unforeseen circumstances like an abrupt illness, the death of a loved one, a break up or a job loss can derail a life. These periods of dislocation can be lonely and unexpected. For May, her husband fell ill, her son stopped attending school and her own medical issues led her to leave a demanding job. “Wintering” explores how she not only endured this painful time, but embraced the singular opportunities it offered.

A moving personal narrative shot through with lessons from literature, mythology and the natural world, May’s story offers instruction on the transformative power of rest and retreat. Illumination emerges from many sources: solstice celebrations and dormice hibernation, C.S. Lewis and Sylvia Plath, swimming in icy waters and sailing arctic seas.

Newcomers are welcome to join the 2022 Between the Covers Book Club so stop at the library to pick up your copy of “Wintering” to read today.

Registration deadline nears for cow-calf meeting

Cow-calf producers who experienced drought conditions in 2021 are invited to attend a “Moving Forward After Drought” meeting hosted by ISU Extension and Outreach on Thursday, Jan. 20 at Emmetsburg; Monday, Jan. 24 at Estherville; and Tuesday, Jan. 25 at Royal. All meetings are from 1-3 p.m. and feature identical topics.

“This area of northwest Iowa was hard hit by drought the majority of 2021, and these meetings are designed to help producers prepare for 2022,” said Extension beef specialist Beth Doran.

Topics to be covered include repairing pastures and establishing cover crops, cow-calf outlook and benchmarking, and financial assistance for cow-calf producers.

There is no cost to attend, but participants should preregister several days prior to the meeting they plan to attend. Preregister with the following county Extension office: Emmetsburg meeting, (712) 852-2865; Estherville meeting, (712) 362-3434; or Royal meeting, (712) 262-2264.

For more information, visit or contact Doran at (712) 737-4230.


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