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From Our Files

1999: Ground broken on H-M-S building project

• April 21, 1949

Vernon McCarty, of Hartley, who was attending Creighton University, was selected for the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps scholarship by the state selection committee of Iowa.

The Hartley School Board announced the purchase of the lot at the northeast corner of the athletic field from Lawrence Grotewohl. The house on the property was to be moved as soon as possible. Plans were to move the baseball diamond farther west, away from the fence, and to move the football field north and west. Arthur W. Kirchhoff Post No. 288 provided assistance to purchase the land and also agreed to finance installation of a complete set of new lights.

A new Iowa law required that milk or cream sold for human consumption must be pasteurized or meet Grade A raw milk standards.

• April 18, 1974

Ken Steen announced the grand opening of his lawn mower center at the corner of Central Avenue and Maple Drive. A Snapper-Comet representative would be present, and Steen had many new and used Snapper-Comet riding and regular lawn mowers on hand.

Jeanne Bendlin, junior high reading teacher at Hartley Community School, presented a research paper at the International Reading Association convention. She was president-elect of the Northwest Iowa Reading Council and conducted individualized workshops in the area.

Margaret Gable, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Gable, was a semifinalist for state 4-H officer. She was one of three 4-H’ers to represent 10 area counties as candidates for state officer. Gable was selected at interviews, which were held at Spencer.

• April 22, 1999

Chad Foster, well-known motivational speaker, challenged and encouraged eighth graders from Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn and other schools during at a career day at Northwest Iowa Community College. Foster urged the students to dream big, try many different jobs before settling on a career and develop good communication skills.

Ground was officially broken for the building project at H-M-S High School. Participants in the ceremony included school board members and community representatives. Earthmoving had already begun for the project.

Toft Tree Farm, of Royal, was the low bidder for installing a watering system for the high school football, baseball and softball fields. Their bid was $24,050. The school board also authorized advertising for bids to install an eight-lane all-weather track.

From Our Files” is compiled by Sentinel-News sports editor/staff writer Mike Petersen.