October 2020


Zwiefels make pork a family business

Kayne, 11 (left), and Summer, 12 (soon to be 13) (right), are actively involved in Timber Ridge Show Pigs, a family cooperative started by their parents and older brother. These barn mates share a kiss for the camera. Humboldt Independent photo by Kent Thompson.

Raising 4-H and FFA show pigs was never a far reaching goal for local business people and entrepreneurs Ryan and Mandy Zwiefel, but their children got into it and now their Timber Ridge Show Pigs business is a family affair that they all love.
“Our oldest son, Cole Anderson, who’s 19 now, wanted to have pigs at the fair. He asked if we could get a sow and start farrowing and it just kind of grew from there,” R. Zwiefel said.
Now younger children, Summer, 12, soon to be 13, and Kayne, 11, are both involved in 4-H and the family show pig operation and seem to be enjoying it.
Read more about the family's enterprise in this week's Salute to Area Pork Producers in the Humboldt Independent.


Red Flag Warning issued in county

The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office has issued a red flag warning today (Wednesday) from 1-8 p.m. in Humboldt County, warning of an elevated fire danger.
A Red Flag Warning means that warm temperatures, very low humidity and strong winds will combine for an increase risk of fire danger.
Citizens are advised to avoid open burning, using lawn mowers on dry vegetation, chainsaws, movers or other equipment during these hours, if possible.
Farmers using harvesting or tillage equipment are also advised to be careful of potential sparking of dry stubble that could create a blaze.


Humboldt boys 3-PEAT, girls 4th in NCC cross country meet

The Humboldt boys won the school's third straight North Central Conference cross country title on Tuesday, Oct. 13 at Clear Lake. It was also the fourth crown out of the last five years for the Wildcats. Pictured from left: Aiden Christensen, Carter Theesfeld, Trevor Jacobson, Quinton Orr, head coach Dean Clasen, Nolan Jergens, Jackson Chambers and Eric Wittrock. Independent photo by Phil Monson.

The Humboldt boys cross country team won their third straight North Central Conference championship, fourth out of the last five years, after claiming the team title in the meet held Tuesday, Oct. 13 at Veterans Golf Course in Clear Lake.

Humboldt placed six of its seven varsity runners in the top 10 to breeze to the team title with 32 points. Clear Lake was runner-up with 62 and Webster City third at 75.

Quinton Orr and Eric Wittrock again finished 1-2 overall to pace the Wildcats. Orr clocked 15:42 and Wittrock ran 16:40. Trevor Jacobson was sixth in 17:26 and Nolan Jergens 10th in 18:04. Aides Christensen finished 13th in 18:12 and Jackson Chambers was 16th in 18:16. Carter Theesfeld ran 29th in 18:58.

The Humboldt girls finished fourth overall with 87 team points. Fort Dodge St. Edmond was the team champion with 37, followed by Iowa Falls-Alden at 55 and Algona with 71. Webster City was fifth at 124 and Clear Lake sixth with 156.


Livermore man dies in early Saturday pickup crash

On Saturday, Oct. 10 at 5:53 a.m., the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO) received a report of a single-vehicle accident in the 1800 mile marker of Michigan Avenue, in Grove Township, four miles north of Humboldt.
Deputies responding to the scene found a heavily damaged Ford F-150 on its top in the roadway.
Preliminary findings indicate that the Ford F-150 was driving north on County K Road (County Road P-56) and continued north where the road turns into county gravel, Michigan Avenue. The vehicle left the roadway and struck the ditch and re-entered the roadway, coming to rest on its top.
As a result of the collision, Gary Berte, 58, of Livermore, was found deceased inside the vehicle. Berte was the registered owner of the F-150.
The accident remains under investigation and more details may be released as they become available.



DONALD E. FALTINSON, 75, of Dakota City, died Thursday, Oct. 8, 2020, at the Humboldt County Memorial Hospital. 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.


Humboldt girls climb to 30-2, at Clarion Thursday in key NCC clash

Humboldt's Jori Hajek (right) passed 1,000 kills in her career with her attacks in the Mason City tournament last Saturday, Oct. 10. She is shown here competing against Webster City last month. Independent photo.

The Humboldt volleyball team won their 30th victory of the season Tuesday night (Oct. 13) in by sweeping Bishop Garrigan 25-14, 25-21 and 25-17.

Wildcat girls go 3-2 in Mason City tournament
The Humboldt volleyball team went 3-2 in the Mason City tournament last Saturday, Oct. 10.

The Wildcats defeated Central Springs, Clear Lake and Mason City. Humboldt fell to ranked powers Waverley-Shell Rock and Osage.

Wildcat senior Jori Hajek set a school record for career kills, now totaling 1,043.

The Wildcats close out the last week of the regular season when they visit Clarion-Goldfield-Dows (Oct. 15) on Thursday. With both teams unbeaten, the match will determine the outright North Central Conference champion.

Humboldt will host Algona in a Class 3A first round regional match on Monday, Oct. 19.


Humboldt to host Heelan in playoff opener

Humboldt's Sam Fischer (69) and teammate Jake Lenning celebrate in the end zone after Fischer scooped up a Gilbert fumble and scored in the Wildcats' 31-28 home field loss to the Tigers on Oct. 9. The Wildcats host Sioux City Heelan in first round playoff action on Oct. 16. Kickoff is at 7 p.m. Independent photo by Phil Monson.

Humboldt will host Sioux City Heelan in a Class 3A state football playoff first round game on Friday, Oct. 16 at Mason Maach Field.

Kickoff will be at 7 p.m. The winner plays Spencer at Spencer on Oct. 23.


Humboldt County reports 21 new COVID-19 cases in three days

Novel coronavirus cases are spiking around the state and Humboldt County is no exception, with 21 new positive cases within the past three days. Of the new cases, three were ages 0-17, six were ages 18-40, nine were ages 41-60 and three were ages 61-80.
The influx nearly doubled the number of active positive cases in the county with 27 on Monday to 48 reported Thursday.
The Iowa Department of Public Health and Humboldt County Public Health identified seven new cases on Thursday, two are in the 0-17 age group, one is in the 18-40 age group, three are in the 41-60 age range and one is in the 61-80 group.
Of the 232 positive cases in the county, 184 have recovered. There have been two deaths attributable to the virus, one reported on June 1 and one on Aug. 10. Both individuals were in the 61-80 age group.
Read more of the latest news in the Humboldt Independent print or online editions.


Late field goal lifts Gilbert past Humboldt in 3A-2 finale, 31-28

Humboldt senior Gabe Gidel carries the ball for a long gain in the Wildcats' 21-14 victory at Mason City on Oct. 2. The Wildcats played host to Gilbert on Friday, Oct. 9, in a Class 3A District 2 contest with the Tigers. Independent photo by Phil Monson.

A 25-yard field goal with 10 seconds left lifted the Gilbert Tigers over Humboldt Friday night (Oct. 9), 31-28 in Humboldt. It was the regular finale for both schools.

Humboldt, 4-3 overall, 2-3 in Class 3A District 2, will await Saturday’s announcement on its first round playoff opponent for Oct. 16.

Caden Matson scored on a 26-yard run and Sam Fischer returned a fumble for a Humboldt’s first half scoring. Matson passed 49 yards to Nolan Lammers and Jacob Heier caught a 33-yard scoring pass for Humboldt.

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