October 2020

Fri
02
Oct

Wildcat boys claim ELC title, girls runner-up


Nolan Jergens, running third overall, helped the Wildcat boys to the team title of the Estherville-LC cross country meet on Oct. 1. Independent photo.

Even with senior standout Quinton Orr taking the night off, Humboldt's varsity boys' cross country team won the team title of the Estherville-Lincoln Central on Oct. 1 at Estherville.

Eric Wittrock finished first in 17:51, Trevor Jacobson was second in 18:13 and Nolan Jergens was third in 18:27 to lead the Wildcat boys, who totaled 31 team points. Okoboji was second at 61.
Carter Theesfeld was ninth in 19:07, Aiden Christensen 16th in 19:26, Jackson Chambers 20th in 19:36 and Cale Hundertmark 25th in 20:04.

Joslyn Orr finished fifth in 22:44 to pace the Humboldt girls, who scored 55 points. Okoboji tallied 45 to win the team title. Orr was backed by Kali Beaman, who was ninth in 23:29. Erin Wittrock ran 11th in 24;01 and Sarah Numedahl was 14th in 24:19. Brett Harklau ran 16th (24:36), Grace Smith 19th (24:58) and Sophia Harris 25th (25:29).

Fri
02
Oct

ARNOLD J. TORKELSON

ARNOLD J. TORKELSON, 87, of rural Gilmore City, died Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020, at his home with his wife by his side. 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.

Fri
02
Oct

JERRY S. GORRELL

JERRY S. GORRELL, 85, of LeMars formerly of Renwick, died Monday, Sept. 28, 2020, at home in LeMars. Condolences may be left at www.rexwinkelfh.com.

Fri
02
Oct

MARY LOU BENDA

MARY LOU BENDA, 97, of Humboldt, died Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020, at the Humboldt Care Center North. 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
01
Oct

New doctor excited to make a healthier Humboldt County


Dr. Benjamin Paul is beginning his medical practice in Humboldt next week. He is pictured with his 20-month-old daughter Lucy and wife Ashley Paul. Humboldt Independent photo by Kent Thompson.

By KENT THOMPSON
“I love Iowa and I want to make Humboldt a healthier place.”
Good words to live by from Humboldt’s newest addition to its medical family, Dr. Benjamin Paul.
Paul will begin his practice in Humboldt at the UnityPoint Clinic Family Medicine next week.
Dr. Paul said the hospital and UnityPoint Health work well together and he sees his practice in Humboldt as a place where he can take pride, find the best way to help people and build a good practice, attuned to the needs of the local community.
Read about his life story and how he and his family ended up in Humboldt in this week's Humboldt Independent. Subscribe today by clicking on the link at the top of this page and don't miss an issue.

Thu
01
Oct

Area travel and tourism looks for boost


The bronze Frank Gotch Statue in Bicknell Park regularly draws visitors from out of town. Humboldt's Andy Milam wants to keep that going and growing, but says better promotion and marketing is needed. Humboldt Independent photo.

By KENT THOMPSON
Tourism in Iowa and Humboldt County is big business. If you don't believe it, in 2018, visitors to Iowa spent nearly $9 billion in the state and generated $517.5 million in state tax revenues. In Humboldt County the figure was $13.2 million, according to the Iowa Department of Tourism and the U.S. Travel Association.

Thu
01
Oct

Salute to area firefighters


Members of the Humboldt Fire Department include, front row (l to r): Russ Seiler, Chris Ubben, Matt Ubben, Lance DeWinter, Clayton Vorland, Tom DeWinter, Brannon Arends, Austin Vitzthum and Chris Clarken. Second row: Lyle Gronbach, Trey Thompson, Rick Stein, Assistant Fire Chief Kim Jensen, Ross Newton, Fire Chief Jim Gronbach, Jerod Hatcher, Jeff Bowden, Dana Jensen and Trent Olsen. Matt Newton and Zachary Sisson are also a members. The department will be conducting Operation Edith on Wednesday, Oct. 7 at 6:30 p.m. Humboldt Independent photo.

Look in this week's Humboldt Independent for a special section honoring area firefighters and recognizing the importance of fire safety and prevention, not just during National Fire Prevention Week (Oct. 4-10), but all year long. The Humboldt Fire Department will be conducting Operation Edith, (exit drill in the home) Wednesday, Oct. 7 at 6:30 p.m. Emergency sirens will sound and residents are asked to practice safely exiting their homes and stay outside until the fire truck passes by.

Thu
01
Oct

PPI announces office expansion


PPI is building a 3,600 square foot office addition to its manufacturing facility south of Humboldt. The project is slated for completion in December.

Precision Pulley and Idler (PPI) is expanding its facilities in Humboldt with a 3,600 square foot addition to the west side of the plant located south of Humboldt on Highway 169.
The office part of the building is being expanded to bring all employees under one roof, according to President and CEO Roger Brown.
Currently, PPI is leasing office space employees in Dakota City. With the remodeling and addition, nine employees currently in leased space will be brought to the main plant. Construction is expected to be completed in December.
Brown said the existing training room and offices will be remodeled as part of the project. Additional office space is being created with the addition, as well as additional restrooms.
The former Chantland south plant became part of PPI on Aug. 31, 2019. Read more about the new addition in this week's Humboldt Independent.

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01
Oct

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