October 2017

Fri
20
Oct

Wildcats win overtime thriller over LeMars, 29-22

Tyler Vitzthum scored on a one-yard touchdown run in overtime to lift the Humboldt Wildcat football team to a thrilling, 29-22 victory over LeMars Friday night (Oct. 20) in a Class 3A District One contest in Humboldt. Humboldt, which had the ball first in overtime, stopped the Bulldogs on four tries to hold on for its incredible comeback in which the Wildcats trailed 22-0 at halftime. Humboldt sent the game into overtime when Jamison Heinz teamed up with Eli Sande on a 22-yard touchdown pass with 15 seconds left in regulation. Heinz then passed to Sawyer Savery for the two-point conversion to tie the game at 22-22.

The victory, in a regular season finale for both teams, gives Humboldt an overall record of 3-6, 2-5 in district play. LeMars finishes 1-8 overall, 1-6 in district play.

Fri
20
Oct

BREAKING NEWS: High-speed chase ends in crash


The red Chevrolet Impala in the above photo led Humboldt County Law Enforcement on a brief high-speed chase through the city streets of Humboldt shortly after 3:30 p.m. Friday afternoon, Oct. 20. Two subjects (one male and one female) were apprehended after the vehicle crashed into three other vehicles. No one was hurt and no names of the suspect(s) have been released. Check this space and the Humboldt Independent newspaper for more details. Humboldt Independent photo.

By Kent Thompson
An unidentified driver in a red Chevrolet Impala led Humboldt Police, the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office and the Iowa State Patrol on a brief but intense high-speed chase in the town of Humboldt Friday afternoon, shortly after 3:30 p.m.
Iowa State Patrol Trooper Kyle Kluender was not on duty at the time of the accident, but said he was working on his yard at the intersection of 11th Street North and 8th Avenue North. Kluender reported the suspect vehicle doing 80 miles an hour on a residential street at the time with a Humboldt County Sheriff’s deputy in pursuit.
Humboldt County Sheriff’s Deputy Cory Lampe, Sheriff's Deputy Matt Steil, Sheriff Dean Kruger and Humboldt Police Officers Brad Thiele and Erin Bennett gave chase, along with Kluender and Deputy Roger Bennett, who was also off-duty at the time. The subject traveled on several city streets both north and south of Sumner Avenue.

Fri
20
Oct

COLEEN M. DAVIS

COLEEN M. DAVIS, 74, Dakota City, died Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017, at the Humboldt County Memorial Hospital, after a courageous battle with cancer. Those wishing to send online condolences can send them to masonlindhart@gmail.com and we will see that it gets to the family. Be sure to put the deceased’s name in the subject line.

Thu
19
Oct

Humboldt girls advance to state cross country!


The Humboldt girls' cross country qualified for the state championships after winning the team title in a qualifying meet at Spencer on Oct. 19. Team members pictured, from left: Kallie Nilles, Elizabeth Hildreth, Bryce Gidel, Shelby Hayden, Isabella Luu, Katelyn Skow, Madeleine Ruzicka, Kirstyn Beaman, Gabby Kent, Tabitha Jergens and Lauren Erickson. Independent photo by Phil Monson.

Led by Bryce Gidel's first-place individual finish, the Humboldt High girls' cross country team earned another trip to the state championships after winning the team title in a state-qualifying meet in Spencer on Thursday, Oct. 19.

The Wildcats, who have won the team title in every meet they've competed in for the 2017 season, totaled 57 points to claim the top spot. Spencer was second at 79 and Bishop Heelan Catholic of Sioux City was third with 85 points. The top three teams advance to the state meet, along with the top 15 individual runners.

Gidel finished first in 19:16.34 while teammate Gabby Kent ran third in 19:59.32. Isabella Luu was 11th in 20:24.89 and Lauren Erickson ran 19th in 21:07.94. Elizabeth Hildreth was 23rd while Madeleine Ruzicka was 30th and Kallie Nilles ran 37th to round out Humboldt's lineup for the day.

Thu
19
Oct

JARED M. SAWYER

JARED M. SAWYER, 51, Boone, formerly of Renwick, died Monday, Oct. 16, 2017, at his home in Boone.

Thu
19
Oct
Thu
19
Oct

Hog Slat expands product offerings


This aerial overview show the footprint of Hog Slat’s Midwest Division facilities in Humboldt. The large warehouse constructed last year is the top right of the photo. Hog Slat also has a fan assembly division at the former Shopper Supply/Bomgaars building on Highway 169. Submitted photo.

By Kent Thompson
It would be safe to say that the modern swine and poultry industries would not exist today if not for the existence of industry partners like Hog Slat and Georgia Poultry.
Hog Slat, a leading manufacturer of precast concrete slats and swine production equipment, has its roots in rural North Carolina.
In 1993 Humboldt was selected as the headquarters for the Midwest Division.
The local industry’s latest addition is a 106,000 square foot warehouse located northeast of the main office, which was completed in 2016. The new building allowed the Midwest Division in Humboldt to more than double its bulk storage and warehousing capabilities. There is also room for light manufacturing and assembly of products. Right now, Hog Slat is manufacturing the steel mats for concrete slats it also produces. About 85 percent of the new building is dedicated to warehouse activities and about 15 percent to manufacturing.

Thu
19
Oct

AmericInn grand opening is Oct. 25


Jason Brownfield, General Manager of the new 41-room AmericInn, has Humboldt roots. Humboldt Independent photo.

Humboldt’s new 41-room hotel, AmericInn, will have a Grand Opening on Wednesday, Oct. 25, from 3-5:30 p.m.
The two-story hotel is located on Highway 169 at the intersection with 3rd Avenue North in Humboldt. The new business currently employs 13 people. General Manager Jason Brownfield said business has been very good since the “soft” opening on July 20.
“We’ve had very good occupancy rates and have been sold out several nights. We are getting lots of positive comments about the hotel,” Brownfield said. “The Grand Opening gives people a chance to come see the hotel, the rooms and the pool.”
Work on the pool was set to be completed this week.
“We wanted to wait until the pool was finished to have the Grand Opening. We haven’t set any prices or times yet, but we will be doing open swim and pool parties.

Wed
18
Oct

Wildcat volleyball team wins regional opener in 3 sets


Claire Varangkounh (left) and Kyah Arnold (13) double-blocked this spike attempt by a Pocahontas Area opponent in Humboldt's 3-0 sweep over Pocahontas Area Wednesday night in a Class 3A Region One volleyball tournament opening round match in the Humboldt gym. The Wildcats advanced into a semifinal round match at Cherokee on Oct. 24. Independent photo by Phil Monson.

The Humboldt volleyball team won its first round Class 3A Regional Tournament match Wednesday night (Oct. 18) in the Humboldt gym. The Wildcats swept Pocahontas Area by scores of 25-17, 25-9 and 25-13 to advance into a regional semifinal round match at Cherokee on Oct. 24 against Cherokee, which upset No. 10 ranked MOC-Floyd Valley in 5 sets. The victory boosted Humboldt's record to 25-7 overall.

See full story, photos and statistics in the Humboldt Independent Newspaper. Subscribe today for print/digital access to the Independent by selecting the link on this page to get started!

Wed
18
Oct

Mooney to coach in all-star series


Humboldt coach Rodd Mooney is shown here directing a pre-season practice in November of 2016. Mooney has been selected to coach in the all-star series in April. Independent photo.

Veteran Humboldt girls’ basketball coach Rodd Mooney has been chosen to coach in the Iowa Girls Coaches Association All-Star Game next spring.
Mooney is one of two coaches from Class 3A to coach in the event, which takes place April 7 in Cedar Rapids. The IGCA All-Star Game honors 120 senior athletes from across the state.
In early January, Mooney will be involved with the selection of the players in 3A. The all-star series will take place at Kirkwood Community College. Mooney will run a practice in the morning and then coach an all-star team later in the day.
Mooney is about to begin his 17th season as head coach of the Wildcats.

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