Serving O'Brien & Clay Counties

Attacking the ash

Everly council discusses EAB options

The roar of chainsaws may become a familiar sound in Everly during the coming year.

The city council on Monday agreed to start budgeting money to pay for the removal of ash trees on city-owned property throughout town. Members felt it was important to get a plan in place due to the emerald ash borer, which has been confirmed in 97 of Iowa's 99 counties.

"We need to be thinking about that coming our way," said Mayor Ron Thompson. "It's here, it's out at Scharnberg Park and it's around our area."

EAB was confirmed in Spencer in the spring of 2022. The invasive green pest is expected to lay waste...