July 2020

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Council OK's nearly $3 million street project


This entry captured the essence of the 4th of July Parade in Humboldt, which was held last Saturday night, thanks to the efforts of several local families who wanted to see a parade. Humboldt Mayor Dan Scholl thanked the volunteers for their efforts at Monday's Humboldt City Council meeting.

By KENT THOMPSON
The Humboldt City Council made a decision last winter that getting ahead of the curve in the process of maintaining and improving the city’s wide city streets was a top priority.
It also made the decision that a large public works project for the 2020-21 fiscal year, which started last Wednesday, was important. To do so, the city would have to borrow money and pay it back in the form of issuing general obligation debt. All of those things came into sharper focus during Monday’s meeting of the Humboldt City Council.
The Council held a public hearing on the 2020 Roadway System Maintenance Project.

Thu
09
Jul

Neighborly deed helps Ottosen family


Friends and neighbors gathered to construct a new garage for the Frank Hacker family of Ottosen back on June 24. Among those who were available for a photo at the end of the day, from left: Howard Kayser, Jake Akridge, not identified, Greg Blair, Duane Berninghaus, Ben Ulrich, Pat Ulrich, Dan Savery, Frank Hacker and Harlan Thompson. Not pictured, Dave Bruellmann, Billy Frieden, Jeff Wiuff, Jason Fowler, Blaine Thompson and Dan Bennett. Submitted photo.

By Phil Monson
Frank and Virginia Hacker of Ottosen became emotional as they looked on and saw a dozen area neighbors join together to rebuild their garage.
The sound of saws, hammers and nailing guns filled the air on a warm June afternoon as neighbors worked to build a new garage all in one day back on June 24.
When their garage burned down on the evening of May 17, it was another small setback in a challenging year for the couple as Frank continues his fight against Large B Cell Lymphoma stage 3 cancer.
“I cried when they got done pouring cement. Everybody says the cost is all taken care of. Nobody will tell me a thing. They just tell me it’s all taken care of,” Frank Hacker said.
Read the full story and see more photos in this week's Humboldt Independent.

Wed
08
Jul

Three new COVID-19 cases reported in county

The Iowa Department of Public Health and Humboldt County Public Health have announced three new COVID-19 cases in the county during the past 24 hours, raising the total positive case count to 58. The total recovered cases in Humboldt County is 43.
Of the new cases, two are residents in the 18-40 age group and one is in the 61-80 age group. One Humboldt County resident, in the 61-80 age group, has died from the disease.
Tuesday’s report come after seven new cases were reported last week.
Humboldt County Public Health continues to strongly encourage all vulnerable Iowans, including those with preexisting medical conditions and those older than 65, to continue to limit their activities outside of their home, including their visits to businesses and other establishments and their participation in gatherings of any size and any purpose.

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08
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07
Jul

Van Pelt wins 600th career victory


Humboldt rightfielder Claire Varangkounh fields a bouncing ball in the Wildcats' 4-2 victory over Algona on July 2 in Humboldt. The victory clinched the North Central Conference title outright for the No. 2 ranked Wildcats. It was also a record fifth straight NCC title for Humboldt. Independent photo by Phil Monson.

Humboldt softball coach Doug Van Pelt won his 600th career victory Thursday night as the Wildcats blanked Ames, 7-0.

Ellie Jacobson pitched a 4-hitter with 11 strikeouts. Jori Hajek and Kendal Clark each homered to lead the Wildcats, now 16-1 overall.

Humboldt shuts out Newell-Fonda 4-0
The Humboldt softball team returned to action Tuesday night (July 7) when they hosted Class 1A power Newell-Fonda in a non-conference play and posted a 4-0 shutout victory over the Mustangs. Ellie Jacobson pitched seven innings of two-hit ball with 11 strikeouts. Kendal Clark homered and Jori Hajek singled to lead the Wildcats, now 15-1 overall.

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07
Jul

Wildcat baseball teams blanks Lions, 3-0


Humboldt's Levi Naeve sprints toward first base in a recent home game for the Wildcat baseball team. Independent photo by Phil Monson.

The Humboldt High baseball team moved to 3-0 in the North Central Conference by shutting out the Clear Lake Lions, 3-0 in Clear Lake on July 6.

Humboldt visited Webster City in a key conference clash on July 8 and fell to the Lynx, 5-2. The victory gave the Lynx the outright NCC title.

The Wildcats hosted Algona Bishop Garrigan on Thursday, July 9, and posted a 9-6 victory over the Golden Bears in non-conference action.

Humboldt fell to Spencer, 5-3 in a non-conference home game on July 10.

The Wildcats, 8-5 overall, host Algona on July 13 and visit Storm Lake on July 14 to wrap up their regular season.

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06
Jul

ROSE M. HERRMANN

ROSE M. HERRMANN, 68, of Fort Dodge, died peacefully in her home Sunday, March 29, 2020.

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CAROL J. JOHNSON

CAROL J. JOHNSON, 59, of Bode, died Friday, July 3, 2020, at her home in Bode. 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.

Thu
02
Jul

NORTH CENTRAL CONFERENCE CHAMPIONS FOR 5TH STRAIGHT YEAR!


The Humboldt softball team celebrates after winning the school's fifth straight North Central Conference championship on July 2 in Humboldt. The Wildcats held off Algona, 4-2. Independent photo by Phil Monson.

The No. 2 ranked Humboldt softball team held off the Algona Bulldogs, 4-2 Thursday night (July) to become the outright North Central Conference champions!

The title is a record five straight league championships as the Wildcats move to 13-1 overall, 7-0 in the NCC.

Ellie Jacobson pitched all seven innings and scattered six hits and struck out 10. Humboldt had four hits and no errors.

Jori Hajek hit a leadoff home run in the sixth inning to spark a four-run sixth. She was 2-for-3 on the night. Jacobson and Reagan Lee also hit safely.

Algona scored twice in the top of the seventh but couldn't advance any more runners as Jacobson and her teammates shut the Bulldogs down!

Humboldt will travel to Clear Lake on Friday, July 3, for a matchup with Clear Lake in a contest that will not count toward the league standings.

See full story in the Humboldt Independent Newspaper. Select the link on this page to subscribe today for print/digital access.

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