Serving O'Brien & Clay Counties

From Our Files

1999: Hartley picked as RAGBRAI pass-thru town

• Feb. 17, 1949

Emmet Hirt, who farmed near Hartley, was featured in the “Checkerboard News,” a publication of Purina Mills with a nationwide distribution. The article, complete with pictures, demonstrated the advantages of large pigs at birth and of big litters. Of the four litters described in the article, Hirt saved an average of 10.5 pigs per litter.

Workmen started the remodeling program at the Huntting Elevator, which included new elevator machinery, enlarged loading platform, enlarged cupola and new exterior finish of sheet aluminum.

Although final returns were not complete, it could sa...