July 2019

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ROBERTA N. MATHER

ROBERTA N. MATHER, 95, Humboldt, died Friday, July 26, 2019, at South Care Center, Humboldt. 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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ANNA J. MAAS

ANNA J. MAAS, 88, died Tuesday, July 30, 2019, at Fort Dodge Villa Care Center, under the care of UnityPoint Hospice.

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DORIS MCLAUGHLIN

DORIS MCLAUGHLIN, 98, Springfield, IL, formerly of Humboldt, passed away at Memorial Medical Center, Wednesday, July 24, 2019.

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IVA M. KEISER

IVA M. KEISER, 95, died Sunday, July 21, 2019, at the Paula J. Baber Hospice Home, Fort Dodge.

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IVA M. KEISER

IVA M. KEISER, 95, died Sunday, July 21, 2019, at the Paula J. Baber Hospice Home, Fort Dodge.

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HCMH readies to roll out new addition July 29


HCMH Board of Trustees President Kevin Bornhoft checks out a work area for the therapy department. The department has nearly quintupled in number of practitioners in less than a decade and now has much more space. Humboldt Independent photo by Kent Thompson.

By KENT THOMPSON
As Humboldt County Memorial Hospital (HCMH) enters a new decade and prepares for its 50th anniversary in 2020, a sweeping testament to the growing need for health care services is evidenced by the 40,000 square foot, two-story addition to the east of the existing hospital.
Primary construction work on the new addition will be completed this Friday, July 26. That will be moving day, and the new UnityPoint Clinic — Family Medicine on the ground floor of the new addition, will begin seeing patients on Monday, July 29 at 8 a.m.
HCMH Chief Executive Officer Michelle Sleiter said she is excited about serving patients in the new space and the additional and improved services it will provide.

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Animal Shelter Board votes to end relationship with Hansen


From left to right: Sheriff Dean Kruger, Merri Hansen and Jim Gronbach are pictured at a site on 19th Street North, the proposed location for an animal shelter for the city/county. The Humboldt Community Animal Shelter Board unanimously agreed to terminate its relationship with Hansen Monday night. This photo was taken in November 2018. Humboldt Independent file photo.

By KENT THOMPSON
Eleven of the 13-member Humboldt Community Animal Shelter Board met Monday evening with a hard decision to make.
Whether to try to continue with Merri Hansen as the shelter director, or to move forward without her involvement.
There was much controversy surrounding Hansen and the animal shelter after an article in the Fort Dodge Messenger last week and numerous social media posts, some attacking volunteer members of the non-profit board personally.
Particularly unflattering attacks were reserved for Humboldt City Administrator Travis Goedken and Humboldt County District 5 Supervisor Dave Lee of Dakota City.
“As president, we set up this board to try to work with people in the community to get a shelter for animals. I hope this is just a bump in the road [to that end] and not a personal attack of individuals,” said Michelle Erickson of rural Hardy, who operates 4 Paws Inn, an animal boarding and grooming business.

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