February 2018


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.



DONNA WIEMERS, 83, Gilmore City, died Monday, Feb. 5, 2018, at the Humboldt County Memorial Hospital.


Humboldt girls sidelined by Algona in Region 2 opener, 60-32

Sydney Lane battles inside for a shot attempt against Algona on Saturday, Feb. 10, in a Class 3A Girls Region 2 first round basketball contest in Algona. Humboldt's season came to an end in a 60-32 loss to the Bulldogs. Independent photo.

Humboldt's varsity girls' basketball team saw their season come to an end Saturday night (Feb. 10) in a 60-32 loss to Algona in a Class 3A Region 2 opening round game in the Algona gym. Humboldt falls to 5-16 overall.

Algona will move on and face Forest City, a 58-43 winner over Clarion-Goldfield-Dows. In the other half of the region, Iowa Falls-Alden stopped Hampton-Dumont (49-38) and Clear Lake topped Garner-Hayfield/Ventura, 64-38.

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Busse, Johnson advance to state wrestling!

Joey Busse (left) and Brandon Johnson will represent Humboldt in the Class 2A State Wrestling Tournament this week in Des Moines after qualifying in district action at Webster City on Feb. 10. Independent photo.

Humboldt High School will be represented by Joey Busse and Brandon Johnson in this week's Class 2A state wrestling tournament in Des Moines. Both earned runner-up finishes at their respective weights in a 2A district meet in Webster City on Saturday, Feb. 10.

Busse went 2-1 on the day and finished second at 145 pounds and Johnson was 1-1 in taking second at 220 pounds. The state tournament will take place at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines. 2A first round action begins at 9 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 15. Busse, 41-4, will face CCA junior Andrew Rohret (37-13) in his opening match at state. Johnson, 31-13, will tangle with OABC senior Tyler Anderson (37-3).

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Algona rallies past Humboldt boys, 61-43

Humboldt's Dennis Pederson (left) guards an Algona ball handler in the first half of the Wildcats' 61-43 home court loss to the Bulldogs on Feb. 9. Independent photo.

Humboldt's varsity boys' basketball team had everything clicking in the first quarter of their home game with Algona Friday night (Feb. 9) inside the Humboldt gym as the Wildcats raced out to a 21-6 lead. Algona, however, chipped away and ended up taking the lead in the third quarter and pulled away in the second half to a 61-43 victory over the Wildcats.

Jamison Heinz scored 12 points and Owen Terwilliger netted seven to lead the Wildcats, who slipped to 7-12 overall, 5-9 in the North Central Conference.

Humboldt will return to action at home against Carroll on Monday, Feb. 12. The Wildcats visit Storm Lake in their regular season finale on Feb. 15.

Humboldt will begin Class 3A district tournament play on the road on Feb. 19 when they visit Waverley-Shell Rock in a 7:30 p.m. game.

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Emergency snow ordinance in effect at 3 p.m. Thursday

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning for Humboldt and surrounding counties to the east, west and south from 3 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 8, to 9 a.m. Friday, Feb. 9. A total of 5-7 inches of snow is expected. The city of Humboldt has issued an emergency snow ordinance meaning no parking on residential streets, effective at 3 p.m. on Thursday. Humboldt Independent photo.

The city of Humboldt has advised that an Emergency Snow Ordinance has been issued, effective at 3 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 8. There will be no on street parking except for Sumner Avenue from 4th Street to 8th Street. All vehicles should be removed from city residential streets by 3 p.m. or face being ticketed for a civil penalty, or possibly towed. Questions or concerns may be directed to Humboldt City Hall, (515) 332-3435.
The ordinance is being issued in advance of an expected winter storm. According to the National Weather Service, snow will overspread across much of northern Iowa Thursday afternoon and will slowly settle southward into central Iowa Thursday night and Friday morning. Snowfall rates will be moderate to heavy at times. Northerly winds are expected to increase Thursday night into Friday, creating areas of blowing and drifting snow, especially in rural, open areas.


Good food, friendly atmosphere at Cinco de Mayo

Manager Israel Lezama serves hot dishes to hungry customers at the new Cinco de Mayo restaurant at 1208 4th Ave. SW in Humboldt, right across the street from Humboldt High School. Lezama operates a restaurant by the same name in Algona. Humboldt Independent photo by Kent Thompson.

By Kent Thompson
Israel Lezama wants people to enjoy their meals and have a good time when they visit Cinco de Mayo, one of the community’s newest restaurants.
The Mexican restaurant is located at 1208 4th Ave. SW, site of the former Beach House restaurant, right next to the Humboldt County Farm Bureau office.
Lezama said the concept of running a good Tex-Mex restaurant, or any restaurant for that matter, is pretty simple.
“Keep the customer happy. The first goal is to please the customer. If you do that, they will leave happy and come back. If they are happy, they will tell others and that’s how you build the business,” Lezama said.
“Our concept is fresh and tasty food, cleanliness and a nice, friendly environment. When you put them all together, that’s a formula for success,” the owner said.
Hours are Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.


Family inspiration for Burrito Mexpress

Joe Alvarez (left) and Chris Larsen (right) are the main drivers behind Burrito Mexpress, the new restaurant at 1312 10th Ave. N. in Humboldt. Owner Alvarez is combining two restaurant ideas that don’t often meld, quick service and hot homemade food. Humboldt Independent photo by Kent Thompson.

By Kent Thompson
You’ve probably heard a lot of restaurants claim they have food “just like mother used to make.”
In the case of Humboldt’s Joe Alvarez, it’s a verifiable fact. If you don’t believe Joe, just ask his mother, Cleo Alvarez.
You see, Joe is using many of his mother’s and his family’s recipes in his new Tex Mex restaurant, Burrito Mexpress.
Located on Highway 3, east of Larry’s Pharmacy in the former North Central Iowa Service building, Alvarez promises good home cooked recipes with fresh ingredients.
The restaurant is open from 10:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Read more about it in this week's Humboldt Independent. Subscribe today by clicking on the link at the top of this page and read all of what you are missing.


Iowa Central bond issue passes

A $25.5 million bond issue for Iowa Central Community College passed in the nine-county region with 67.5 percent approval. The measure will allow the construction of a student success center on campus to house enrollment, financial aid, academic counseling and other career planning services. Improvements to several other buildings and increased career academies district-wide, as well as security and electrical upgrades are also part of the issue.

The $25.5 million general obligation bond issue sought by Iowa Central Community College passed Tuesday, district-wide by 67.5 percent and in Humboldt County by 64 percent.
The measure needed 60 percent or greater approval among the nine-county region to pass.
According to unofficial votes tabulated by the Humboldt County Auditor’s Office, in Humboldt County the measure passed 223 in favor to 124 opposed, a 64 percent approval rating. A December 2016 $29.5 million bond issue failed. In that election, 96 Humboldt County voters voted in favor with 130 opposed.
“We did a much better job getting the word out there this time,” Iowa Central President Dan Kinney said, thanking the public for supporting the bond issue.
“This will prepare Iowa Central to serve the growth and future of the region,” he said.
To read more about the issue, see the Feb. 15 edition of The Humboldt Independent, your best source for news and sports.