October 2018

Fri
19
Oct

Wildcat boys advance to state cross country!


Humboldt earned a trip to the state cross country meet after placing second in the qualifying meet at Spencer on Oct. 18. Pictured, front row (l-r): Calvin Carlson and Quinton Orr. Back row: Joe Kunert, Noah Helmer, Devon Coon, Eric Wittrock and Nolan Jergens. Independent photo by Phil Monson.

Led by top 10 finishes from Quinton Orr and Joe Kunert, the Humboldt High boys' cross country team advanced to the Class 3A state cross country championships by placing second in a qualifying meet at Spencer on Oct. 18. The Wildcats finished with 79 team points to finish behind first-place Sergeant Bluff-Luton at 76. MOC-Floyd Valley was third with 103 as the top three schools advance to the state meet in Fort Dodge on Oct. 27 at Lakeside Golf Course.

Orr finished first overall in 16:28 and Kunert was eighth in 17:11 to pace the Wildcats. Devon Coon ran 18th in 17:42. Humboldt also had Eric Wittrock 20th, Noah Helmer 32nd, Nolan Jergens 45th and Calvin Carlson 65th to round out their placings.

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Fri
19
Oct

Bryce Gidel earns 3rd trip to state cross country!


Humboldt's Bryce Gidel, shown here winning the North Central Conference individual title, earned her third trip to the state cross country meet by finishing first in a state qualifying meet in Spencer on Oct. 18. Independent photo by Phil Monson.

Humboldt High junior distance standout Bryce Gidel earned her third straight trip to the Class 3A state cross country meet by winning the individual title in a state-qualifying meet at Spencer on Oct. 18. Fidel finished first in 19:13. She was nine seconds ahead of Ballard's Ellie Twedt who finished second in 19:22. Gidel, who was fifth in last year's state meet, has not lost a regular season race during her Wildcat career!

The Humboldt girls came up short in their bid to advance to state as a team by finishing sixth. Ballard Huxley, Bishop Heelan and Spencer secured the top three finishes to advance to the state meet, to be held Oct. 27 at Lakeside Golf Course north of Fort Dodge. Wildcat senior Isabella Luu ran 34th in 22:14 and Elizabeth Hildreth was 35th in 22:18. Kirstyn Beaman was 39th, Kallie Nilles 43rd, Brett Harklau 58th and Madeleine Ruzicka 59th to round out the Wildcat placings.

Thu
18
Oct

Ernst to hold town hall meeting Oct. 24


Senator Joni Ernst (R-Red Oak) will be in Humboldt on Wednesday, Oct. 24 for a town hall meeting at 4:30 p.m. in the auditorium at Humboldt High School. The meeting is open to the public.

U.S. Senator Joni Ernst has announced that she will be holding a town hall meeting at the Humboldt High School R. Wesley Carlson Auditorium on Wednesday, Oct. 24, at 4:30 p.m. The high school is located at 1500 Wildcat Road.
According to Sen. Ernst's office, the town hall meeting in Humboldt is part of Ernst's 99-county tour to hear from constituents about the issues most important to them. The public is welcome to attend this meeting.

Thu
18
Oct
Thu
18
Oct

Pork processing plant to open soon


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.

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 pork processing plant
“We feel we are largely on schedule. Our plans are to begin commercial production with the entire workforce in early January,” said Jere Null, Prestage Foods of Iowa Chief Executive Officer (CEO).
Ground was broken for the $325 million, 725,000 square foot facility on March 30, 2017.
Prestage Farms is the fifth largest pork producer and the fifth largest turkey producer in the U.S., producing 421 million pounds of turkey and 922 million pounds of pork per year.

Thu
18
Oct

New bus garage in Humboldt


This is an exterior view of the front of the new Co-City bus garage at 1310 7th Avenue North. Humboldt Independent photo.

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 Commodities and the Nokomis Wood Working Association building.
“This is something we’ve been planning for several years and we are very excited for it. It’s a good move for us, because we’ve outgrown our current leased space (south of Witz End on 6th Street South) and several of our buses have to sit outside,” said Jay Kammerer, transit manager for MIDAS in Fort Dodge.
The new building is approximately 5,000 square feet and will feature four drive-through bays as well as one wash bay and a small office area. Sande Construction and Supply of Humboldt is the general contractor for the project.

Wed
17
Oct

Humboldt girls sweep Greene County in 3A Region 3 opener


Claire Varangkounh of the Humboldt volleyball team spikes the ball past a defender in a recent match in the Humboldt gym. Varangkounh and the Wildcats swept Greene County of Jefferson in their first round match in Humboldt on Oct. 17. Independent photo by Phil Monson.

The Humboldt High volleyball team opened post-season tournament play in winning fashion Wednesday night (Oct. 17) by sweeping Greene County of Jefferson in three sets. Humboldt won by scores of 25-9, 25-17 and 25-10 to improve to 29-4 overall.

The Wildcats advance into a regional semifinal round match in Humboldt on Tuesday, Oct. 23, against Roland-Story. Roland-Story defeated Southeast Valley in another first round match by scores of 25-22, 27-25 and 25-22.

The other half of the regional has Osage meeting Forest City next week in a semifinal round match after Osage swept Clear Lake, 25-15, 25-15 and 25-12. Forest City topped Garner-Hayfield/Ventura 25-7, 25-17 and 25-8.

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Wed
17
Oct

THEODORE J. GRIM, JR.

THEODORE J. GRIM, JR., 70, of Webster City, formerly of Dakota City, died Sunday, Oct. 14, 2018, at the Fort Dodge Villa Care Center.

Wed
17
Oct

EUGENE 'BUD' R. LARSEN

EUGENE 'BUD' R. LARSEN, 90, Humboldt, died Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018, at the Humboldt Care Center North. Those wishing to send online condolences can send them to www.masonlindhart.com and we will see that it gets to the family. Be sure to put the deceased’s name in the subject line.

Wed
17
Oct

CLIFFORD H. LEWELLYN

CLIFFORD H. LEWELLYN, 97, formerly of Humboldt, died Monday, Oct. 15, 2018, at Primrose Assisted Living, Sioux Falls, SD, surrounded by family. Those wishing to send online condolences can send them to www.masonlindhart.com and we will see that it gets to the family. Be sure to put the deceased’s name in the subject line.

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