June 2021


Big 4th planned in Humboldt area

Harness races will be going on this Saturday and Sunday at the Humboldt County Fairgrounds, part of several 4th of July activities going on. Post time both days is 12:30 p.m.

What would an Independence Day celebration be without a super fireworks display? On that count, Russ Seiler and his group of volunteers always deliver.
The group is planning on having another fantastic fireworks display at the Humboldt County Fairgrounds on Sunday, July 4 at around 10 p.m.
“KHBT will be playing some patriotic music and we are planning on having a good show,” Seiler said.
The Humboldt City Council earlier this summer approved $12,000 in hotel/motel tax receipts to pay for this year’s display. Humboldt firefighters will be walking the parade route Sunday evening asking watchers to “fill the boot,” to help pay for next year’s exposition.
“We’ll be using the five-inch shells again. We go through J&M Displays in Yarmouth. They put on shows throughout the U.S. and do an excellent job for us. We have been working with them for a number of years,” Seiler said.


Cooler fresh microbrews now in Humboldt

Larry Beilke is opening the TractorLift Brewery Taproom soon. The taproom is located at 708 Sumner Avenue, next to 716 Main.

Something new in downtown Humboldt is the TractorLift Brewery Taproom, which is opening soon.
Located in a newly remodeled building at 708 Sumner Avenue (next to the 716 Main restaurant), TractorLift Brewery Taproom features nine of Larry Beilke’s 18 beers on tap as well as a selection of Iowa wines. It’s open for business Wednesday through Saturday evenings. Patrons can bring in their own food.
Larry Beilke, owner of TractorLift Brewery, obtained a license to brew beer in December of 2015. He started brewing the beer in the back of the building and had plans to move the business to the old Post Office location, but then COVID-19 came and the plans changed.
“We decided with some remodeling this building would have enough space for a small taproom,” Beilke said.
Read more about the business and see photos of the remodel in this week's Humboldt Independent. Like us on Facebook at Humboldt Newspapers.


County formulates way to spend $1.8 million

Paisley Nostrom learns that calves can sometimes be stubborn when it comes to being led around. She was an exhibitor at last week’s Humboldt County Cattlemen’s cookout and bucket calf show at the fairgrounds. Humboldt County taxpayers support the upcoming fair through an annual $25,000 contribution. The 2021 Humboldt County Fair is just over two weeks away, July 20-26.

While not as daunting as implementing the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan, Humboldt County’s portion (an estimated $1.8 million), needs to be spent.
On Monday, the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors met with Humboldt County Economic Development Director Alissa O’Connor and Humboldt County Conservation Director Todd Lee to figure out ways to do that.
Humboldt County Auditor Trish Erickson reported that the county now has its nine-digit Dunn and Bradstreet number and its SAM (System for Award Management) number. The SAM code is required for every entity registered to do business with the federal government.
Now, Humboldt County must come up with a plan to appropriately spend the funds for qualified expenses by Dec. 31, 2026. The deadline for submitting the plan is by Aug. 31 of this year.
Read about ideas for possible projects in this week's Humboldt Independent, your trusted source for local news and sports.



JOSEPHINE M. ROLLAND, 106, formerly of Bode, died Monday morning, June 28, 2021, at the Long Term Care Unit of the 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.


Webster City downs Wildcat girls, 9-6

Jori Hajek tags out a Fort Dodge St. Edmond baserunner in a Wildcat softball victory in Humboldt on June 23. Humboldt will travel to Iowa Falls on July 6 for their first round regional tournament game against the Cadets. Independent photo.

The Humboldt softball team led the Webster City Lynx early on but couldn't hold their lead as the Lynx went on to post a 9-6 victory over the Wildcats Friday night (July 2) in a North Central Conference game in Webster City.

Jori Hajek and Rylee Coyle both hit doubles for Humboldt. The loss ends Humboldt's regular season at 12-12 overall, 5-8 in the NCC. Webster City wins the NCC championship with a 13-1 record.

Cadets rally past Humboldt girls, 11-7
Iowa Falls-Alden rallied from a 6-1 deficit to defeat Humboldt, 11-7 in Iowa Falls Wednesday night (June 30) in NCC softball action. Humboldt slipped to 12-11 overall, 5-7 in the NCC.

Humboldt outhits Pocahontas Area
The Humboldt softball team got back on the winning track Tuesday night by outhitting Pocahontas Area, 18-16 in non-conference action.

Kendal Clark homered and doubled and Addison Thompson was 3-for-5 with a home run to power the Wildcats, 12-10 overall.


Humboldt boys edge St. Edmond in 8 innings, 5-4

Humboldt coach Jason Thurm (center) instructs his players between innings of a recent home baseball game. The Wildcats are entering the final two weeks of the regular season. Independent photo.

Cade Witzke drove in Caden Matson in the bottom of the eighth inning to lift the Humboldt baseball team past the Fort Dodge St. Edmond Gaels, 5-4 on Friday night (July 2) in Humboldt.

The victory moved the Wildcats to 17-7 overall, 8-3 in North Central Conference play.

Wildcats rally past Nevada, 10-8
Humboldt scored three runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to rally past the Nevada Cubs, 10-8 in non-conference baseball action in Humboldt on Thursday night (July 1).

Humboldt, 16-7 overall, got solid pitching from Colby Clarken and Jayden Gargano to come out on top. Clarken worked four and one-third innings with three strikeouts and Gargano tossed two and two-thirds innings with three strikeouts.

Cadets down Humboldt boys, 5-2
Iowa Falls-Alden handed the Humboldt baseball team a 5-2 setback Wednesday night (June 30) in Humboldt. The loss moved the Wildcats to 15-7 overall, 7-3 in conference play.


Wildcat softball team at Iowa Falls in regional opener

Post season pairings were released on Friday and the Humboldt softball team will travel to Iowa Falls on July 6 for a first round regional tournament game with Iowa Falls-Alden. First pitch is at 7 p.m.

The winner will play Roland-Story or SE Valley on July 9 in Roland. The other half of the regional has Williamsburg hosting Nevada and Saydel hosting Greene County. The regional final will be played July 12 at a site to be determined.