January 2023


Caribbean Coffeehouse opens at new location

Jill (left) and Kyle Soenen stand inside the spacious new location of their business, Caribbean Coffeehouse, along Highway 169 just south of Syntex Industries. Independent photo.


Caribbean Coffeehouse in Humboldt has re-opened at its new location.
Previously located one-half mile north along Highway 169, the popular business is now located at 500 13th Street North along 169 in the former Backseat Diner.

“We feel great about our move to our new location. It has been a long time coming and we are super-excited about moving here and realize our dream,” Jill Soenen, business owner, said.

“The new location is great. We have more space but not too much as we wanted to keep the quaint, cozy feeling of a coffee shop. I think this is a good amount of space for us,” Soenen said.

“This location is more visible from the highway and I think the fact this building has always been a restaurant is kind of nice so we’re happy to open it back up and give it new life,” Soenen said.

Soenen’s business was at its previous location for seven and one-half years.


Fire damages home in Dakota City Monday

Bill and Pam Anderson of Dakota City console each other while watching their home burn Monday afternoon at 307 5th Street South in Dakota City. Humboldt Independent photo by Kent Thompson.

A couple’s Dakota City home was severely damaged by fire Monday afternoon, Jan. 16.
About 12:30 p.m., the Humboldt Fire Department, Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office, Emergency Management and Humboldt EMS were called to a structure fire at 307 5th Street South in Dakota City. The home was deemed a total loss as a result of the blaze.

“When we arrived at the scene the home was fully engulfed and flames were coming out of the back side of the garage,” Humboldt Fire Chief Jim Gronbach explained. “It looked like it started in the garage area and then worked its way back into the house to the north. It had been going for a while before we arrived on the scene,
“We made an interior attack and were able to bring the fire under control,” Gronbach said 40 minutes into the battling the blaze.


Wildcat girls, boys sweep Iowa Falls-Alden

Mason Van Pelt drives inside from the top of the key for the Wildcat boys' basketball team, which rolled to an 80-44 victory over Manson-Northwest Webster on Jan. 16 in the Humboldt gym. Independent photo.

Humboldt's varsity girl-boy basketball teams posted a pair of league wins in their own gym Tuesday night, Jan. 17, by sweeping Iowa Falls-Alden.

The Humboldt girls won 68-53 to move to 8-5 overall, 5-2 in the NCC while the boys rallied in the second half for an 84-62 victory. Humboldt is now 9-2 overall, 6-1 in the NCC and in a 3-way tie with Webster City and Clear Lake.

Humboldt’s varsity girls and boys basketball teams picked up victories in a doubleheader sweep of Manson-Northwest Webster Monday night (Jan. 16) in the Humboldt gym.


Wrestlers go 3-2 in Osage Duals

Humboldt's Ethan Kunert has the upper hand in this match last week in the Humboldt gym on Jan. 12. Independent photo.

The Humboldt boys' wrestling team capped a busy week by going 3-2 and placing fourth overall in the Osage Duals on Saturday, Jan. 14.

Humboldt finished second in Pool A, which included Osage, Winterset, Deborah and Lewis Central. Humboldt defeated Decorah (53-17), No. 10 ranked Winterset (42-30) and Lewis Central (54-10) and lost to top-ranked Osage (41-33). Humboldt faced Ankeny Centennial, which was second in Pool B, and lost, 39-30. Seniors Jayden Gargano and Jase Goodell were selected to the all-tournament team.

Humboldt is now 12-2 overall on the season. The Wildcats will wrestle at Dike-New Hartford on Jan. 19, where they will also face Aplington-Parkersburg and Jesup. The North Central Conference tournament is Jan. 21 in Hampton.

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Wildcat boys hold off Lions in thriller, 85-80

Humboldt's Evan Hatcher drives around a Clear Lake defender in the second half of the Wildcats' 85-80 victory over the Lions in the Humboldt gym on Friday, Jan. 13. Independent photo by PHIL MONSON.

The Humboldt boys' basketball team got back into the win column Friday night (Jan. 13) by holding off the Clear Lake Lions, 85-80 in a North Central Conference thriller in the Humboldt gym.

The Wildcats, 7-2 overall, 5-1 in the NCC, were led in scoring by Evan Hatcher and Josh Thurm each with 19 points. Will Orness hit for 17, Elliot Carlson made 12 and Owen Hubbell and 10.

The Lions, 8-1 overall, 3-1 in the NCC, were led by Travaughn Luyobya with 28 points. Titan Schmitt made 15 and Gavin Anderson added 11.

Humboldt will host Manson-Northwest Webster on Monday, Jan. 16.

The Wildcats will host Iowa Falls-Alden on Tuesday, Jan. 17.

Garner-Hayfield/Ventura visits Humboldt on Jan. 19 in a makeup game from December.

Humboldt visits Fort Dodge St. Edmond on Jan. 20 in a conference matchup with the Gaels.


Lions pull away from HHS girls,

Humboldt's Paige Nelson drove through two Clear Lake defenders for a shot attempt in the second half of the Wildcats' 47-31 loss to the Lions on Jan. 13 in the Humboldt gym. Independent photo by PHIL MONSON.

Clear Lake maintained its first-place standing in girls' North Central Conference basketball by posting a 47-31 victory over the Humboldt Wildcats Friday night (Jan. 13) in the Humboldt gym.

Humboldt, 6-5 overall, 5-2 in the NCC, was led in scoring by Reagan Lee with 13 points. Morgan Mann added 10. The Lions, 7-0 in the NCC, were led by Mandy Ott with 10 points. Johnson was next with nine.

Humboldt returns to action on Monday, Jan. 16, in a makeup game with Manson-Northwest Webster. The Wildcats host Iowa Falls-Alden on Tuesday, Jan. 17.

Humboldt hosts Garner-Hayfield/Ventura on Jan. 19. Humboldt visits Fort Dodge St. Edmond on Jan. 20.

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HCMH contracts for cybersecurity awareness

SongBlast will be the featured performers at the HCMH Founder's Event on Saturday, Jan. 21, at the Humboldt Events Center. The evening will begin at 6 p..m. with a social hour, followed by a sit down meal and the guitar and singing duo taking the stage at 8 p.m. Tickets are $50 for general admission and $60 for reserved seating and are available at www.humboldthospital.org

Humboldt County Memorial Hospital (HCMH) is proactive in preventative medicine, now they are being proactive in regard to cybersecurity.
At the Board of Trustee’s meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 3, Hospital Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Michelle Sleiter reported that the hospital is contracting with KnowBe4, a company that provides cybersecurity awareness and training.
Sleiter said it is important to be proactive in regard to cybersecurity threats. She said the system will help educate staff and test the hospital’s vulnerabilities by sending realistic-looking “fake” emails and seeing click habits to assess the hospital’s level of cyber risk and need for education and training.
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