February 2018

Tue
20
Feb

DURWOOD K. GIDDINGS

DURWOOD (DOC) K. GIDDINGS, 86, Humboldt, died Saturday, Feb. 18, 2018, at the Humboldt Care Center South. 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.

Mon
19
Feb

JOHN MARVIN MCCULLOUGH

JOHN (JACK) MARVIN MCCULLOUGH, 63, Las Vegas, NV, formerly of Humboldt, died Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018, in Las Vegas, NV.

Thu
15
Feb

Busse earns 6th place medal in state wrestling!


Humboldt's Joey Busse (right) works for position against Andrew Rohret of Clear Creek-Amana in the first round of the Class 2A state wrestling tournament in Des Moines on Tuesday, Feb. 15. Busse advanced into the quarterfinal round with his win at 145 pounds. He ended up placing sixth. Independent photo by Phil Monson.

Humboldt's Joey Busse earned a sixth-place medal at 145 pounds in the Class 2A State Wrestling Tournament at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines.
Busse, 45-7, who entered the tournament ranked No. 9, went 0-2 on the day on Saturday in the consolation finals. Busse lost 10-2 to Tanner Abbas and was pinned by Klayton Keller of Saydel in his two bouts on Saturday.

Busse guaranteed himself of winning a medal by stopping Eric Campie of Comanche, 4-1, in the Friday morning consolation wrestle back round. Earlier in the day in the quarterfinals, Busse lost a hard-fought, 4-2 decision to Saydel's Klayton Keller.
Busse came back in the Friday afternoon session and defeated Colton Vest of South Tama, 11-8.

OPENING DAY AT STATE
Busse won his opening round match in the Class 2A State Wrestling Tournament in Des Moines on Thursday, Feb. 15, at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines.

Thu
15
Feb

Johnson ends career in state wrestling tournament


Humboldt's Brandon Johnson (right) battles Lake Stahlberg of Monticello in the consolation wrestle back round in the Class 2A state tournament in Des Moines on Feb. 15. Johnson fell to Stahlberg, 5-2, to end his senior year with the Wildcats. Independent photo by Phil Monson.

Humboldt High senior Brandon Johnson wrapped up his wrestling career competing in the Class 2A State Wrestling Championships on day one inside Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines on Thursday, Feb. 15.

Johnson, competing at 220 pounds, went 0-2 on the day to end up getting eliminated from the tournament. In his opening round match he lost by fall 2:19 to No. 3 ranked Tyler Anderson of Odebolt-Arthur-Battle Creek/Ida Grove. In the consolation wrestle back, Johnson battled Monticello's Lake Sahlberg before falling 5-2.

Johnson finishes the season at 31-15 overall. See full story with action photos and quotes in the Humboldt Independent Newspaper. Subscribe today for print/digital access to the Independent by selecting the link on this page to get started!

Thu
15
Feb
Thu
15
Feb

Hasenkamp to step down after 31 years


Twin Rivers Elementary School Principal Don Hasenkamp announced that he will be taking early retirement at the end of the current school year. Hasenkamp has been with the district for the past 31 years.

By Phil Monson
Twin Rivers Elementary School Principal Don Hasenkamp is retiring at the end of the current school year.
Hasenkamp, who has been with the district for 31 years, submitted his early retirement application to the Twin Rivers School Board last week, which accepted his resignation at their regular monthly meeting on Feb. 8.
Twin Rivers School Superintendent Greg Darling and the board thanked Hasenkamp for his many years of leadership and commitment to the district and community.
“The district is very proud of the leadership Don has provided for many years,” Darling said. “He arrived here with his family and became a part of the community. He provided stability and consistency to the district. He will be missed.”
“I’m sad to be leaving a place that has meant so much to me. After teaching for nine years in Nebraska, Twin Rivers was my first and last administrative position,” Hasenkamp told the Independent.

Thu
15
Feb

Humboldt students excel at Group Speech


State Speech (Group) participants present for a photo include, front row (l to r): Katie Currier, Kelly Skow, Madolyn Dahl, Teisha Sritharan, Emie Wolter, Michaela Kehoe and Abi Collins. Second row: Meg Grice, Hope Hjelmeland, Valerie Cox, Tristyn Fuller, Holly Kirchhoff, Katie Wilhelm, Amber Wittrock and Taylor Sandven. Third row: Donovan Froisland, Jacob Halvorson, Landon Kluender, Emily Schaffer, Tia Woeste, Carter Holm, Madeleine Ruzicka and Sawyer Savery. Also competing were: Anna Lenz, Emily Crowley, Logan Kehoe, Gracie Vitzthum and Haley Box. Humboldt Independent photo.

Humboldt returned from State Large Group speech with many I ratings and a number of honors for student performers. Read all about it in this week's Humboldt Independent.

Wed
14
Feb

Favorite Sons

A new 10-minute video created by Tom Kroeschell of Iowa State University traces the roots of wrestling’s popularity to Humboldt.
Kroeschell, who is Director of Programming for Cyclones.tv, entitled the video, “Favorite Sons.” Starting out with Iowa State’s hire of Humboldt native Kevin Dresser as head wrestling coach, the video progresses to talk about Humboldt’s Frank Gotch. There is also a segment on Humboldt’s Bruce Reimers, star offensive lineman for the Cyclones who played 10 years in the NFL and also wrestled with Dresser in high school.
“I don’t work for the Humboldt-Dakota City Chamber of Commerce but I can easily affirm the positive small town qualities of Humboldt, and the advantages people gain from growing up in a small town environment,” Kroeschell said. “Small town fabric is what makes Iowa such a great place to raise a family.”

Wed
14
Feb
Tue
13
Feb

Humboldt boys fall at Storm Lake, district opener moved to Feb. 20


Humboldt's Owen Terwilliger blocks this shot attempt by Algona in the Wildcats' home loss to the Bulldogs on Feb. 9. Independent photo.

The Humboldt boys basketball team closed out their regular season at Storm Lake on Thursday night (Feb. 15) and lost a 53-45 non-conference game to the Tornadoes. Jamison Heinz scored 13 points and Jack Arndt made 12 to pace Humboldt, 7-14 overall. Charm Deng scored 14 to pace Storm Lake (12-9).

Humboldt battled the Carroll Tigers for 32 minutes before falling, 81-71 in a non-conference game in the Humboldt gym on Monday night (Feb. 12).

Calvin Carlson poured in 29 points to lead the Wildcats. Jacob Thurm was next with 17 points and Austin Brant added nine. Carroll, 15-5, was led by Buomkuoth Lol with 21.

Humboldt will begin post-season tournament play at Waverly on Tuesday, Feb. 20, in a Class 3A District Tournament game which starts at 7:30 p.m. The game was rescheduled from Feb. 19 due to inclement weather.

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