By Nick Pedley
News Editor 

Why did the turkey cross the road in Hartley?

Nobody knows, but it's sure turning heads


May 4, 2023


The bird in question crosses Eighth Avenue East in Hartley on Friday morning. The hen was willing to let the photographer get within 4 feet of her, but ultimately got annoyed and moved away from prying eyes.

If any more turkeys show up in Hartley, school officials may have to consider changing H-M-S's nickname from the Hawks to the Gobblers.

Many residents have been somewhat surprised in recent weeks to see a female wild turkey hanging out inside city limits. The hen has been spotted all over the place, even near downtown.

O'Brien County Conservation naturalist Lindsey Craig explained Hartley's visitor isn't exactly unique.

"Turkeys seem to have a mind of their own and have been spotted in other towns too," she said. "I recently heard a story of a sighting in front of a hospital where they made...

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