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The Humota Movie Group is the new non-profit organization that will be operating the Humota Theatre in Humboldt beginning in early 2019. Board members of the group pictured clockwise from left are: Jeff Knutson, Stacey Origer, Bob Myott, Missy Weeks, Theatre Manager and ex-officio member Sarah VanOrd, Bill Jorgensen, Chad Theesfeld and Tom Tierney. Other Board members not pictured are Sherry Bulten Erickson and Susan Rutz. Humboldt Independent photo.
Thursday, December 13, 2018
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By KENT THOMPSON With a Board of Directors in place, a certified non-profit designation on the way and contact made with a broker to line up first-run and recently released features to show, the volunteers comprising the Humota Movie Group are ready to take over the Humota Movie Theatre,... + continue reading

Fort’s Hillside Spectacular holiday light display is filling the skies of Dakota City and Humboldt for the 34th year, drawing visitors from surrounding counties and beyond. Merlin Fort says this will be his final year of providing the large display. Independent photo by Phil Monson. See more photos from this and other community scenes and events by clicking on the Buy A Photo link at the top of this page.
Thursday, December 13, 2018
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By Phil Monson Merlin Fort stood on the deck of his house and looked over the wide expanse of his back yard, known for over 30 years as Fort’s Hillside Spectacular. It was mid-October and the afternoon sky was gray, but all of his lights and decorations were in place, waiting for the holiday... + continue reading

A boil order has been issued for the city of Dakota City until further notice. Any water used for drinking by humans or pets, making ice, brushing teeth or preparing food should be boiled first to kill any bacteria and other organisms. Equipment failure at the city's water treatment plant caused chlorine content to fall below recommended levels.
Wednesday, December 12, 2018
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A boil advisory has been issued by the City of Dakota City and the Iowa DNR following the malfunction of the treatment equipment at the Dakota City Water Treatment Plant. Due to equipment failure, the chlorine used for disinfection has fallen below the recommended levels. There has been no loss of... + continue reading

The new Humboldt Recreation Center opened on Monday, Dec. 3, a month ahead of schedule. The Ken and Marilyn Nielsen family built the 70,000 square foot facility and donated it to the city of Humboldt. Sande Construction was the general contractor on the project. Pictured is the starting line for the 60-meter straight away, part of the 200-meter track inside the Rec Center. The Humboldt Independent will have a special section on the new Humboldt Recreation Center in an upcoming issue. Independent photo.
Thursday, December 6, 2018
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The new 70,000 square foot Humboldt Recreation Center opened on Monday, Dec. 3. Located on Wildcat Road across from Humboldt High School, the beautiful facility was built by the Ken and Marilyn Nielsen family and donated to the city of Humboldt. Sande Construction of Humboldt was the... + continue reading

Humboldt firefighter Chris Ubben is pictured next to the new air pack fill station recently installed at the Humboldt Fire Department. Firefighters will also be receiving all new air packs. The new air packs are rated for 45 minutes, while the old ones were 30 minutes. The new air pack fill station will rapidly refill air packs. The roughly $34,000 in new equipment is being paid for with funds raised from the Chief Rich Picciotto fundraiser earlier this year and other donations. Humboldt Independent photo.
Thursday, December 6, 2018
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By KENT THOMPSON It looks like there will be some minor changes to the bump out configuration at Sumner Avenue and Taft Street, and the pilot stop sign program will continue for another two weeks. That was the word at Monday’s Humboldt City Council meeting. ISG project manager Nick... + continue reading

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