May 2019

Thu
23
May

No. 2 Wildcat softball team off to 2-0 start

The No. 2 ranked Humboldt softball team improved to 2-0 on the season Thursday night (May 23) by shutting out Manson-Northwest Webster, 10-0 in five innings in Humboldt.

Ellie Jacobson scattered four hits pitching with seven strikeouts and one walk.

The Wildcat offense totaled nine hits, including a homer and 4 RBI by Kendal Clark and a homer and double by Jacobson.

Humboldt opened their season at home on May 20 in a 11-0 victory over Estherville-Lincoln Central.

Humboldt returns to action on Friday, May 24, in a non-conference game at No. 5 ranked Newell-Fonda (Class 1A). Action starts with the JV game first at 5:30 p.m. with varsity to follow.

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

Thu
23
May

ERNEST H. EILERS

ERNEST H. EILERS, 92, Renwick, died Tuesday, May 21, 2019, at Iowa Specialty Hospital, Clarion.

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May
Thu
23
May

Patrons speak in support of music program


Fifth and sixth grade band instructor Kathy Yoakam directs the group for one of the last times at a concert at Humboldt High School last month. The district is not expected to hire to fill her position. About 40 interested students and parents attended Monday's Humboldt Board of Education meeting to listen and some expressed their views. Humboldt Independent photo.

By Phil Monson
An estimated 40 persons were in attendance at Monday’s Humboldt School Board meeting to show support opposing possible elimination of a grades 5-6 band position.
The board held its regular monthly meeting in Bode on May 20. The board later held a joint session with the Twin Rivers School Board.
Faced with shrinking state aid, increased costs and reduced spending authority (legal amount allowed to spend per student), the district is looking at having to trim nearly $200,000 from the 2019-20 budget.
Among the items being considered is the elimination of one of the three full-time instrumental music positions. The grades 5-6 band position would be covered by other staff. The position is currently being held by 22-year-veteran Kathy Yoakam, who is retiring at the end of the current school year.
During open forum, two students and five adults spoke out against eliminating the full-time position.

Thu
23
May

Public will have chance to break out of school


Ellen and Maddie, trainers with Hy-Vee’s KidFit program, met with fourth graders at Taft Elementary School on Monday to explain the program, which kids and families can do at home to promote health, exercise and nutrition. Students all went home with a water bottle prize presented by Humboldt Hy-Vee Store Director Roger Townsend. More information can be found online at www.h-veekidsfit.com. Humboldt Independent photo.

An escape room is coming to Humboldt High School and the general public will have a chance to test their skills to break out.
Escape rooms are a fast-growing phenomenon in the entertainment industry and now you can participate in an escape room right here in Humboldt.
On June 3-4 from 4-9 p.m. people can sign up in hourly intervals. Up to 10 people can sign up per time slot. People can sign up as a single or in groups. Cost is $25 per person.
“It sounds expensive but that is the going rate and instead of having to drive to Des Moines it’s right here in Humboldt,” HHS math teacher Pam Swan said.
In addition, by opening the escape room up to the public it will help defray the cost of having the escape room available to students for “May/June Term.”

Thu
23
May

Change in City Hall hours discussed


City administration brought up the possibility of changing Humboldt City Hall hours to better accommodate the working public at Monday's Humboldt City Council meeting. Humboldt Independent photo.

By KENT THOMPSON
The city administration broached a subject for the Humboldt City Council to discuss at its meeting this past Monday, possibly changing hours at Humboldt City Hall.
“Once in a while people will complain about the hours of operation at City Hall. People who work 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. or work out of town, ask when they are supposed to do business at City Hall,” Humboldt City Administrator Travis Goedken said.
He asked the Council what they would think about having City Hall open four nine-hour days and one four-hour day, to comprise the 40-hour work week.
He said a Monday-Thursday schedule of 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. could give people more access to City Hall. He proposed a 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. opening on Fridays.
“We don’t do utility shutoffs on Friday and most businesses would say that Friday afternoons are probably their least productive office time of the week,” Goedken said.

Wed
22
May

BREAKING NEWS: House fire in Humboldt Wednesday


Smoke rises from this home on Terrace Drive Wednesday night (May 23) as Humboldt Fire Chief Jim Gronbach (left) and Fire Department Secretary Russ Seiler (right) exit the structure. The home had minor fire damage as the fire was brought under control fairly quickly. Humboldt Independent photo by Kent Thompson.

By KENT THOMPSON
The Humboldt Fire Department was called to a report of smoke and a structure fire at 1005 Terrace Drive Wednesday night at approximately 5:52 p.m. The department sent two fire engines and a pumper truck to the street located one block north of Highway 3.
When firefighters arrived, smoke was coming out of the two-story wood-frame house owned by Malea Brown. Brown had been living in the home with her boyfriend, Michael Wiuff (pronounced View). Humboldt County Sheriff Dean Kruger reported that the home had been foreclosed up and was sold at a sheriff sale recently. Kruger said the couple was to be moved out by 8 a.m. Thursday. Neither Brown nor Wiuff were home at the time of the fire.

Wed
22
May

Wildcats blank Lions 2-0, move into substate final

The Humboldt boys soccer team moved into a substate final Wednesday night by shutting out the Clear Lake Lions, 2-0, in semifinal round action in Humboldt.

The Wildcats got 2 goals from Alex Gonzalez to improve to 9-9.

Humboldt will meet Waterloo Columbus in a substate final on Saturday at noon In Waterloo. Columbus defeated Grundy Center/Gladbrook-Reinbeck 6-1 in the other semifinal round contest in Waterloo.

See full story in the Humboldt Independent.

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May

Humboldt girls advance to state golf!


Humboldt advanced into the girls' state golf tournament after winning the regional in Storm Lake on May 20. Pictured, from left: Kelly Boleyn, Addison Birdsell, Morgan Hotovec, Frances Carlson, Arielle Naeve, Kenzie McCartan, Nora Carlson and coach Jess Harklau. Submitted photo.

The Humboldt girls' golf team advanced into the state tournament by posting an impressive first-place finish in the Class 3A Regional Tournament in Storm Lake on Monday, May 20.

The Wildcats finished with 352 strokes to outdistance runner-up Atlantic, which had 390. Both schools move on to the state tournament, to be held May 28-30 at Otter Creek Golf Course in Ankeny.

Frances Carlson was meet medalist in leading Humboldt with an 82. Nora Carlson was next with an 88 while Kenzie Mccarran shot a 94. Kelly Boleyn fired an 88.

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