March 2020

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Iowa State and Purdue to wrestle in Humboldt in December

It is now official, the Iowa State Cyclones and the Purdue Boilermakers will wrestle in a dual meet inside the Humboldt gym on Sunday, December 20.

Not only will it be a possible top 10 matchup of up end coming Division I-A programs, it will be a homecoming for ISU head coach Kevin Dresser and Purdue head coach Tony Ersland.

Dresser won two state titles for Humboldt in 1980-81 and Ersland won titles in 1991-92.

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Thu
26
Mar

Peyton returns from study abroad program in Spain

Cassie Peyton and some of her classmates hiked up a mountain just outside Cáceres where they were able to see over the whole city on one of the first days she was in Spain.

The Coronavirus changed Cassie Peyton’s study abroad program in Spain very quickly.
The 2018 Humboldt High School graduate is a sophomore at Iowa State University. She was studying at the University of Extremadura at Caceres, Spain, a program that started at the end of January.
On March 12, Iowa State University notified students studying abroad that they would have to come home. They said they would need to return home by March 23. So Cassie and her roommates booked a flight back on March 19. But on March 13, the President of Spain put the entire country on lockdown and Cassie’s group re-booked their flight for Monday, March 16. They had to wait on hold for three hours just to talk to someone to change their flights because so many people were calling to rebook their flights.

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Larson joins Pittsburg State football staff


Humboldt native and Pittsburg State University offensive line coach Bryan Larson (right) gives instructions during a spring ball practice session in early March. Larson joined the coaching staff back in December.

By Phil Monson

The last four months have been a whirlwind for Bryan Larson but the Humboldt native wouldn’t have it any other way.
Larson, a 2013 Humboldt High School graduate and 2017 graduate of Iowa State University, is now the offensive line coach and run game coordinator at Pittsburg State University in Pittsburg, KS.
Pittsburg, located in the southeast corner of Kansas, is an NCAA Division II school in the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association.
“I’m really excited. Since I took the job here on Dec. 12, it is a fantastic job and a fantastic community. Coach Brian Wright, the new head football coach, gave me the opportunity to come here and as he has put a new staff together, it has been a really positive experience,” Larson said.
“It is certainly a big challenge, but that’s what excites me as we go about this,” Larson said.

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BREAKING NEWS: Jim Murray named superintendent of Humboldt Community School District


Jim Murray

Algona native approved by board in special meeting

By Phil Monson

Humboldt’s new school superintendent is coming back home to north central Iowa.
Jim Murray, principal at Tilford Elementary School in the Vinton-Shellsburg Community School District in eastern Iowa, has accepted the position as Humboldt’s school superintendent starting July 1.
Murray’s hiring was approved unanimously by the Humboldt School Board in a brief, special meeting held Monday night, March 23.

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23
Mar

BREAKING NEWS: Courthouse closed except by appointment


The Humboldt County Board of Supervisors on Monday agreed to lock the doors to the courthouse after limiting access the past few days. The courthouse will accept visitors on an appointment only basis by calling the department ahead of time on the phone numbers listed. Some type of drop back will be placed outside for citizens to leave county correspondence, bills, etc. Humboldt Independent file photo.

The Humboldt County Board of Supervisors have made the decision to close the county courthouse to the public effective noon on March 23, to limit the spread of COVID-19. This will continue until further notice. "Our goal is to protect the citizens and employees of Humboldt County. Our employees will continue to perform essential county services only by appointment. Please contact the Department you need by phone if you have questions regarding services or to make an appointment," Humboldt County Auditor Peggy Rice said in a prepared release. During its regular Monday meeting, the Board discussed future meetings and the format those meetings should take, all while seated a few feet in distance from one another. After some discussion the Board agreed to continue weekly meetings, but the meetings beginning next week will be conducted through teleconference, using a cloud platform for video/audio conferencing like Zoom.

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DIRK J. ABELS

DIRK J. ABELS, 97, died Tuesday, March 17, 2020, at Iowa Specialty Hospital, Clarion.

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ORRIN L. TRENARY

ORRIN L. TRENARY, 93, of Humboldt, died Thursday, March 19, 2020, at the Humboldt County Memorial Hospital in Humboldt. Condolences may be left at www.lentzfuneralhome.com.

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