April 2021

Thu
15
Apr

School board approves $28 million budget for '21-22


A large cast will be performing the musical "Annie" this week (April 15-17) at the R. Wesley Carlson Auditorium. Performances will be Thursday and Friday nights at 7 p.m. with a 3 p.m. matinee on Saturday. Tickets are available at the high school office or at the door. Humboldt Independent photo.

By Phil Monson
After a public hearing Monday night (April 12) with no objectors, the Humboldt School Board approved next year’s budget of $27,984,547.
In the board’s regular monthly meeting held at the high school media center, Humboldt School Superintendent Jim Murray presented the budget and provided a breakdown on the revenue and spending projections for the 2021-22 school year.
The property tax rate per $1,000 of assessed valuation will be $12.35532, which is nearly identical to the current rate of $12.35368.
Taxes levied on property are expected to bring in $6,209,832. State foundation aid is estimated at $8,431,225. Total revenues and other sources are projected to be $22,249,525.

Thu
15
Apr

Fundraising for new barns at fairgrounds


Shown is the site for a new hog barn and new horse stall barn that will be built before the 2021 Humboldt County Fair, which is July 20-26.

Fundraising efforts are underway to help pay for a new hog barn at the Humboldt County Fairgrounds.
Demolition of two open air hog barns took place last fall. They will be replaced by a 60’ by 120’ enclosed building with 16’ high sidewalls. The building will have a concrete floor with 120 pens measuring 5’ by 5.’
“There was definitely a need for better facilities with room for growth,” Humboldt County Fair Board member Kevin Cordray said.
Herman Hauck is the general contractor on the building project, which is slated for completion prior to the 2021 Humboldt County Fair, which is July 20-26.
The fundraising effort, “Humboldt County Agricultural Society—Building the Future,” is now underway. The budget for the new hog barn is $200,000.

Thu
15
Apr

Frank Gotch documentary planned


Videographer DJ Perry (left) is shown here filming Mike Chapman (center) and Curran Jacobs at the Frank Gotch statue located at Bicknell Park in Humboldt. Independent photo by Phil Monson.

By Phil Monson
Work has begun on creating a documentary on Humboldt’s legendary World Wrestling champion Frank Gotch.
Mike Chapman of Newton, a well-known wrestling historian who has authored several books about Gotch, was in Humboldt on Monday, April 12, along with wrestler/actor Curran Jacobs, and videographer DJ Perry of Collective Development Incorporated.
They shot video footage of the farm south of town where Gotch grew up in the late 1800s, the Gotch family mausoleum, along with footage inside the home in the 100 block of 6th Street North in Humboldt, where Gotch passed away of kidney failure at the age of 39 in 1917.
They also took time to visit the Gotch statue located at Bicknell Park in Humboldt, famous training site for Gotch in the early 1900s.

Wed
14
Apr

HHS to present Annie

Carter Theesfeld and Elle Clark are shown rehearsing for “Annie,” the musical being performed at Humboldt High School Thursday, Friday and Saturday (April 15-17). The play will be presented at 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday nights and at 3 p.m. on Saturday afternoon at the R. Wesley Carlson Auditorium at HHS. Tickets are available at the high school office or at the door. Tickets are $7 for adults and $3 for students. There will be general seating with social distancing incorporated. Masks will be required. The musical "Annie" will be livestreamed. Due to royalties, you must purchase the livestream rights ($7). Here is the link to purchase the live stream: https://www.showtix4u.com/event-details/50984. See this photo and more at www.humboldtnews.com.

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14
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Mon
12
Apr

CHUCK HANRAHAN

CHUCK HANRAHAN, died Wednesday, April 7, 2021, in Barrington, IL.

Mon
12
Apr

SHELLY J. EHRHARDT

SHELLY J. EHRHARDT, 65, of Humboldt, died Wednesday, April 7, 2021, at her home surrounded by her family. Condolences may be left at www.lentzfuneralhome.com.

Fri
09
Apr

Wildcats win Bunn Relays


Humboldt senior Eric Wittrock looks at the scoreboard for his winning time in the 800-meter run Friday night (April 9) in the Charlie Bunn Relays held in Humboldt. Wittrock swept to the title in a meet record time of 2:00.13. Independent photo by Phil Monson.

The Humboldt boys' track team hosted their annual Charlie Bunn Relays on Friday, April 9, and came away with the team title.
Humboldt won nine events and scored 188 points. Webster City was runner-up at 145.

Quinton Orr led Humboldt in winning the 1,600 (4:44.19) and 3,200 (10:34.96) events. Aiden Christensen won the high jump (5-10) and Lance Coon won the long jump (19-7). Caden Matson won the 400-meter hurdles in 58.53 seconds and Cale Hundertmark won the 200 (23:52). Eric Wittrock took the 800-meters in a meet record time of 2:00.13. Humboldt also won the shuttle hurdle relay (1:02.54-JCoon, Gerjets, Christensen, Matson. Humboldt was first in the 4x400 relay (3:30.32-Matson, Christensen, Orr, Wittrock). Humboldt’s distance medley relay (3:47.89) of Hubbell, Wickett, Berte and Orr also won gold.

The Wildcats also won the Fort Dodge relays on Monday, April 12. The Wildcats are at Forest City on April 15.

Fri
09
Apr

HHS boys 2nd at Spencer, down Pocahontas Area


Humboldt senior Jake Lenning follows through after teeing off on hole one in the Wildcats' home golf meet with Pocahontas Area on April 9 at Humboldt Country Club. Humboldt posted a 176-718 victory. Independent photo.

Jayden Gargano shot a 42 in leading the Humboldt boys' golf team to a runner-up finish in a three-team meet at Spencer on April 5.

Humboldt finished with 173 strokes, nine behind first-place Spencer (164). Algona Bishop Garrigan was third with 181.

Humboldt returned to action on April 9 at home against Pocahontas Area and posted a two-stroke victory over the Indians, 176-178. Game Gidel carded a 39 to pace Humboldt. Jayden Gargano shot a 43. Caleb Freeburg paced Pocahontas Area with a 43..

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