June 2021


Council approves salary hikes

Jason Kollum (left) interacts with the audience during last Wednesday’s free juggling show at the Humboldt Rec Center. It was a kickoff to the Humboldt Public Library's summer reading program. Humboldt Independent photo by Kent Thompson.

The Humboldt City Council was in a generous mood Monday night as the Council approved an additional $36,965.85 in salary increases.
“What I’m asking the Council to approve is a 3 percent wage increase for most city employees, which is the same as the police union for the coming year.
“However, there are several positions that have turned over quite frequently. In exit interviews, wage is always the prevailing factor,” Humboldt City Administrator Travis Goedken said.
“With what is going on in the country, workforce is tough to come by. We have a great staff, we want to make sure we can keep them,” the city administrator said.
Increases above the 3 percent level will be going to city street superintendent Chris Ubben, city administrative staff Gloria Christensen, Kayleen Fehr and Alexis Lathrop and city recreation staff Paxton Petersen, Michelle Mann and Mindi Bethke.


Airstream group honors longtime member

Several members of the Iowa North Airstream Club gathered at Gotch Park south of Humboldt over the weekend for a Celebration of Life/Memorial for Dave Shaw. Dave and his wife, Pat, were longtime members. Humboldt Independent photo by Jeff Gargano.

Nine Airstreams lined up in a row at Gotch Park over the weekend were hard to miss.
Several members of the Iowa Iowa North Airstream Club traveled to Gotch Park for a Celebration of Life/Memorial for Dave Shaw on June 19. Dave passed away on April 19 at the age of 85.
His wife, Pat, said they enjoyed camping in their Airstream and were longtime members of the Iowa North Airstream Club.
“They wanted to come and do something in Dave’s memory,” Pat said.
Read more about their outing at Gotch Park in this week's Humboldt Independent, your trusted source for local news and sports.


Humboldt announces sports camps

The running track at Humboldt High School is getting a new top surface. Application of the new top layer began last week. The repair was necessitated by the June 1, 2020 hailstorm, which hit the area. Midwest Track and Field of Denison is the contractor on the project. Independent photo.

Girls’ basketball
The Humboldt girls’ basketball camp of champs will take place July 14-16 in the middle school gym.
The elementary session will run from 8 to 10 a.m. for girls entering grades 3-5. The middle school camp will run from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. for girls entering grades 6-8. High school camp for girls entering grades 9-12 will be from 1-3 p.m.
Cost is $40 per player. Entry by July 1 will ensure a camp T-shirt. Entry forms can be picked up at the school offices.
Football camp
There will be two sessions of Humboldt Wildcat football camp in early August.
Humboldt head coach Derrick Elman says camp for all incoming fifth and sixth graders will take place Aug. 2 and 3 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the high school practice field. Registration is $20 per player before July 1. Cost includes camp T-shirt.


Roland-Story upends Wildcat boys, 9-1

Cade Witzke delivers a pitch from the mound for the Wildcat baseball team in a recent home game. Independent photo by Phil Monson.

Roland-Story, 19-4 and ranked 2nd in Class 2A, defeated Humboldt, 9-1 Thursday night (June 24) in a non-conference game at Story City. The Norsemen collected 11 hits in the contest. Humboldt slipped to 13-6 overall on the season.

Wildcats fall to Bulldogs, 4-3
Humboldt saw their record in North Central Conference play slip to 6-2 after falling to the Algona Bulldogs, 4-3 Wednesday night (June 23) in Humboldt. The Wildcats are now 13-5 overall.

Wildcats edged by ELC, 2-1
Humboldt was edged 2-1 by Estherville-Lincoln Central in non-conference baseball action at Estherville on Tuesday night (June 22).

Wildcat senior pitcher Colby Clarken took the loss on the mound. Humboldt had just two hits on offense as Clarken and Levi Newton each had one hit.


Wildcat girls dump Garrigan, 18-10

Elsie Hubbell fires a pitch to the plate in the Wildcats' home game with Webster City on June 16. Independent photo by Phil Monson.

The Humboldt softball team got back on the winning track Thursday night (June 24) by beating Algona Bishop Garrigan, 18-10 in Algona. Kendal Clark was 4-for-5 at bat and Jori Hajek 3-for-4 to lead Humboldt's offense. Alexis Hansen and Ashlee Wergeland also had multiple hits. Elsie Hubbell pitched all seven innings to earn the win.

Humboldt is 11-9 overall.

Algona tops Humboldt girls, 11-7
Algona handed the Humboldt softball team an 11-7 setback in eight innings on Wednesday night (June 23) in Humboldt in conference play. The loss slipped the Wildcats to 5-5 in the North Central Conference.

Jori Hajek hit a homer and doubled to lead Humboldt. Elsie Hubbell and Rylee Coyle also hit doubles. Brianna Lange, Hubbell and Kendal Clark shared the pitching for Humboldt, which moved to 10-9 overall on the season.



MARY C. MOFFITT, 63, of Altadena, CA, formerly of the Humboldt/Dakota City area, died at her home in Altadena, CA, on Aug. 31, 2020. 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.


Car cruise to Humboldt June 23

Tom Nugent with the Kossuth Shrine Club wants to invite classic care enthusiasts to join fellow vehicle lovers on a car cruise from the Chrome Corner Truck Stop in Algona to 716 Main in Humboldt.
The event will be Wednesday, June 23, leaving the Chrome at 5:30 p.m. and taking the back roads from Algona to Dakota City and then driving west on Main Street through Dakota City and Humboldt, arriving at 716 Main around 6:15 p.m.
All vehicles are welcome. The $10 entry fee per vehicle goes to the Shriner’s Hospital.
The group has planned 2021 car cruises for the fourth Wednesday of the month. They visited the Main Street Pub & Grill in Bancroft in May. They will be driving from Algona to Unkie’s in Thor on July 28, to the Country Inn in Swea City on Aug. 25 and to AK’s Chrome Restaurant in Algona on Sept. 22.
More information is available by calling Tom Nugent at (641) 390-1623.


Ault wins another George Lee golf title

Kevin Ault (center) of Fort Dodge won his fourth George Lee Memorial golf tournament title last Saturday, June 12, at Humboldt Country Club. Ault shot a five-under-par 103. He is shown with tournament director Nate Mueller (right). At left is course groundskeeper Tom Miller, who is stepping down after this season after several years holding the position. Photo courtesy Nate Mueller.

Kevin Ault of Fort Dodge shot a five-under-par 103 to win the George Lee Memorial Golf Tournament at Humboldt Country Club last Saturday, June 12.
Ault edged Eddie Doyle of Fort Dodge, who shot 104. It is now Ault’s fourth championship in the tournament. Ault also won the event in 2012, 2008 and 2007.
Ault shot rounds of 34-34-35 while Doyle finished with 36-36-32. 2020 champion Charlie West of Des Moines was third at 105. Cole Jaeschke and Austin Morrow both shot 105.
A total of 11 players made the championship flight. A score of 73 made the final cut for the championship round.


Friday deadline for queen and princess candidates

Holly Kirchhoff (center, red dress) was crowned the 2020 Humboldt County Fair Queen. The deadline for entries for this year's contest is Friday. Kirchhoff is pictured with her court, from left: Leah Johnson, Emma Clark, Kirchhoff, runner-up Julia Berte and Rose Wredt. The 2021 queen will be crowned at grandstand ceremonies on July 21. Humboldt Independent photo by Jeff Gargano.

Candidates are being accepted for Humboldt County Fair Queen (ages 16-21) until Friday, June 18.
In addition, there is Princess (completing fifth grade to age 15), Junior Miss (completing first grade to fourth grade) and Little Miss and Mister (four years old to completing kindergarten).
Queen and Princess entries are due by Friday, June 18. Junior Miss and Little Miss and Mister are due by July 19.
Email the participant’s name, age/grade, parent’s email and phone number to kaylamarienewton@gmail.com, and a Google registration form will be sent to you.