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This is a photo of the plant exterior of the Prestage Foods of Iowa pork processing plant located five miles south of Eagle Grove on Highway 17. The 725,000 square foot plant would be the equivalent of 12.5 football fields. The facility plans to process 10,000 hogs per day in its state-of-the-art facility. Submitted photo.
Thursday, October 18, 2018
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By KENT THOMPSON Nestled among the farm fields of southwestern Wright County sits the largest production facility in a four-county square area. The 160-acre tract of land is five miles south of Eagle Grove and just west of Highway 17. It will be the home to a Prestage Foods of Iowa... + continue reading

This is an exterior view of the front of the new Co-City bus garage at 1310 7th Avenue North. Humboldt Independent photo.
Thursday, October 18, 2018
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By KENT THOMPSON The final touches are being completed in the construction of a new bus garage for the Co-City transit line. After several years of planning, ground was turned in May on the new location for the Co-City bus garage at 1310 7th Avenue North, directly west of the AgWest... + continue reading

The inordinate amount of rain this summer and early fall has forced the cancellation of a popular seasonal event, Pumpkins and Ponies. The event is held every October at the SpringVale Farm located on Lone Tree Road, southeast of Dakota City. Five inches of rain early this week caused already saturated ground to become even wetter, forcing the cancellation of the Oct. 13-14 event, according to organizers Bob and Lonnie Larson. Humboldt Independent file photo.
Thursday, October 11, 2018
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Robert “Bob” and Lonnie Larson, owners of SpringVale Farm, 2603 Lone Tree Road, are saddened to announce that the annual Pumpkins and Ponies event has been cancelled, due to the extremely wet grounds. “Starting Monday night and throughout the day Tuesday we had another five inches of... + continue reading

Greg Pekkala, a pain care management health professional who has served the Humboldt community for several years, was found dead in his rural Hamilton County home Tuesday morning by law enforcement authorities. An autopsy has been ordered. No word has been received on funeral services for the 59-year-old Webster City man.
Thursday, October 11, 2018
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By KENT THOMPSON Hamilton County authorities with assistance from the Iowa Department of Criminal Investigation are investigating a suspicious death that involves a health care professional who has practiced in the Humboldt area for several years. Tuesday, Oct. 9, at 9:18 a.m., the... + continue reading

HCMH CEO Michelle Sleiter (left) and Director of Community Relations Mardi Ratzlaff (right) hold on to a long scroll of names of hospital foundation donors from 50 years ago. Humboldt Independent photo.
Thursday, October 11, 2018
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By KENT THOMPSON In the process of reconstruction, construction workers and members of the Humboldt County Memorial Hospital (HCMH) maintenance staff unearthed something that the hospital administration did not know existed, a 1969-70 era time capsule. Sealed in a brazed rectangular... + continue reading

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