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Daycare receives $500,000 donation for new building

Contribution to cover nearly a third of new Hartley facility's cost

Momentum for Hartley's new daycare reached a fever pitch on Tuesday thanks to a huge donation.

The Heerde family, of Spirit Lake, officially contributed $500,000 to the Hartley Community Daycare Center's fundraising efforts. The donation was orchestrated by the United Way, which was one of 10 area non-profits to receive funds generated by the sale of the Heerde family's farmland.

"It was phenomenal," said daycare Director Kaity Pedley. "We couldn't even think of building without these types of funds and the generosity of the Heerde family. This is an investment the community will benefit from...

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