January 2022

Fri
21
Jan

Elizondo, Coyle alive on championship side at girls state wrestling


Humboldt senior 170-pounder Maria Elizondo pins her opponent in one of her matches on the first day of the girls' state wrestling tournament in Coralville on Jan. 21. Elizondo will be looking for a high finish on day two of the tournament. Independent photo by Phil Monson.

Humboldt senior 170-pounder Maria Elizondo (16-1) and sophomore heavyweight Rylee Coyle (4-3) are alive on the championship side of their respective brackets after day one of the girls' state wrestling tournament on Friday (Jan. 21) at Xtream Arena in Coralville.

Elizondo went won both of her matches by fall on Friday. Coyle earned a bye and will wrestle her first match right away at 10 a.m. on Saturday.

Humboldt's Ava McIntire is wrestling for fifth-place in the 120-pound Silver Bracket and Lexi Roberts (4-13) is wrestling for seventh in the 125-pound Silver bracket. McIntire was 3-2 on the day while Roberts was 1-2.

Sophia Harris was 1-2 at 105 pounds and Brett Harklau went 3-2 at 120. Baylie Beers (17-5) went 2-2 at 125 pounds. Claire Weydert was 2-2 at 130 and Adalynn Lawman 2-2 at 130. Mackenzie McMahon was 0-2 at 130. Ashlyn Sutterfield went 1-2 at 135.

Fri
21
Jan

Conservation Board favors option to lower the dam


The Humboldt County Conservation Board is recommending a lowering of the Reasoner Dam for safety, recreational and financial concerns after studying three alternatives and reviewing public comment on a study completed this past fall. The recommendation will be presented to the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors at its Monday meeting. Humboldt Independent photo.

By KENT THOMPSON
The Humboldt County Conservation Board is recommending alternative 2 for the Reasoner Dam on the West Fork of the Des Moines River in Humboldt.
Alternative 2 would lower the crest of the concrete spillway by seven feet and create a rock ramp across the width of where the coffer cells are and downstream.
For more than a year, the Conservation Board and County Board of Supervisors have been studying possible improvements. The Board hired Stantec, a Des Moines area architectural firm, to study the existing dam and provide alternatives and cost estimates for improvements.
An estimated 188 people attended an open house presentation of three alternatives in late October at the fairgrounds. Alternative 1 was to rehabilitate the existing dam and restore it original structure and flow status. Alternative 3 was to remove the dam altogether.

Thu
20
Jan

Humboldt girls ready for the state wrestling tournament


Humboldt's Brett Harklau (top) controls her opponent in a wrestling match earlier this season. Harklau and her teammates will compete in the state tournament in Coralville Friday and Saturday. Independent photo by Phil Monson.

Led by fourth-ranked 170-pound senior Maria Elizondo (14-1), the Humboldt girls' wrestling team will take 11 athletes into the fourth annual Girls' State Wrestling Tournament Friday and Saturday, Jan. 21-22 inside Xtream Arena in Coralville. Humboldt's lineup will also include sophomore Sophia Harris (6-3) at 105, senior Brett Harklau (8-3) at 120, sophomore Ava McIntire (3-7) at 120, junior Baylie Beers (15-3) at 125, sophomore Lexi Roberts (3-11) at 125, senior Adalynn Lawman (5-7) at 130, sophomore MacKenzie McMahon (5-11) at 130, sophomore Claire Weydert (10-8) at 130, junior Ashlyn Sutterfield (2-8) at 135 and sophomore Rylee Coyle (4-3) at 285.

Action both days begins at 10 a.m.

See full story in the Humboldt Independent. Subscribe today for print/digital access by selecting the link on this page to get started!

Thu
20
Jan

Wildcat wrestlers beat MNW 76-6


Humboldt senior Tanner McKimmey works for the pin at 195 pounds for the Wildcat wrestling team in a bout earlier this season. Humboldt is entering the final two weeks of the regular season. Independent photo.

Humboldt's wrestling team returned to the mat after being off a week when they hosted Manson-Northwest Webster in a non-conference dual on Thursday night (Jan. 20) in the Humboldt gym. The Wildcats won 76-6 over Manson-Northwest Webster. It was Senior Night for the Wildcats.

Humboldt is 10-3 overall on the season and 5-2 in the North Central Conference.

The Wildcats will compete in the NCC meet on Saturday, Jan. 22, at 10 a.m. in the Fort Dodge St. Edmond gym.

See full story in the Humboldt Independent. Subscribe today for print/digital access by selecting the link on this page to get started!

Thu
20
Jan
Thu
20
Jan

Northland Auto moving to fomer Shopko building


Preston and Jadie Peterson stand in front of the former ShopKo building, which is currently being remodeled to be the new home of their business, Northland Auto. The Jeep, Chrysler, Dodge and Ram auto dealer plans to be open at the new location by March 1. Humboldt Independent photo by Jeff Gargano.

The former Shopko building next to Hy-Vee on Highway 3 in Humboldt will soon become the new location for Jeep, Chrysler, Dodge and Ram auto dealer Northland Auto.
Northland owners Preston and Jadie Peterson said remodeling is underway with the move to the new location happening by March 1.
“We’ve outgrown our current location (on Highway 3 West),” Preston Peterson said. Northland also has a location on Highway 169 north of the AmericInn hotel. They’ll be combining everything into one location next to Hy-Vee.
The former ShopKo building is going through quite a transformation. Most of the front (south side) will be a glass front. The 25,000 plus square foot facility will allow for a large 6,000 square foot indoor showroom where six or more vehicles will be on display. Read more about the change in this week's Humboldt Independent. Subscribe to print or digital editions by clicking on the link at the top of this page.

Thu
20
Jan

School sets design meetings for building updates


Humboldt Community School District maintenance supervisor Michael Duffy uses a pickup and blade to clear snow Saturday at the Humboldt Middle School. See this and other photos at www.humboldtnews.com. Humboldt Independent photo by Kent Thompson.

By Phil Monson
Last month the Humboldt School Board gave their approval to begin the process of upgrading the district’s facilities and infrastructure.
Now a series of planning and design meetings are set to take place starting this week, according to a report by Humboldt School Superintendent Jim Murray Monday night at the board’s regular monthly meeting.
Murray said the first planning meeting with Sande Construction officials will take place on Jan. 19 and Feb. 2 on proposals for the sports complex upgrades and improvements. The meeting for creating safe office entry will be on Jan. 26 at 4:30 p.m.
Murray said the district is probably more than a year away from any construction taking place.
Read more about the Humboldt Community School and see photos of student activities every week in the Humboldt Independent, your trusted source for local news and sports.

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