March 2023


Hamand signs with Buena Vista University

Humboldt High senior Noelle Hamand last week signed a letter of intent to attend Buena Vista University in Storm Lake next year and play on the women’s golf team. Pictured, front row (l-r): Noelle’s brother Nick Hamand, her father Mark, Noelle and her mother, Lori. In back is Humboldt head coach Jess Harklau. Independent photo.

Noelle Hamand, a standout golfer for the Humboldt High girls’ squad, will continue competing in the sport after she graduates this spring.

Hamand last week signed a letter of intent to attend Buena Vista University in Storm Lake and compete on the BVU golf squad. BVU coach Joseph Powell was on hand for the signing.

“I’m pretty confident and very excited to sign with BVU and play with their team next year. Golf is one of my main passions in life. I’ve been golfing since I was five. I really enjoy it and I get to continue beyond high school,” Hamand said.

“I’ll be majoring in Rehabilitation Sciences. I’ll go on to obtain my doctorate occupational therapy,” Hamand said.

“BVU has been following me around at my meets and they’ve shown a lot of interest. I really enjoyed the atmosphere at BVU when I visited,” Hamand said. “I’m hoping to advance to state again this year. I want to soak in my last year of high school golf.”


New teams, old foes, join Humboldt in 3A-2 football

Derrick Elman

Some familiar North Central Conference schools will be joining Humboldt in Class 3A District 2 football this fall.

On Monday, the Iowa High School Athletic Association released district assignments for the next two seasons. Humboldt will be joined by Algona, Clear Lake, Charles City, Hampton-Dumont-CAL and Webster City.

The association will announce the schedules for the 2023-24 seasons, which will include the four non-district games played at the start of the season.

“I am really excited to play so many NCC teams. It’s always for our players and communities to play against each other,” Humboldt fifth-year head coach Derrick Elman said.

“Bringing Webster City, Hampton-Dumont-CAL and Clear Lake into our district schedule is really exciting. It’s been 10 years since Humboldt played Charles City, so that will be a new challenge for us,” Elman said.


Wildcat boys 2nd in distance medley, shuttle hurdle relay

Humboldt's Jackson Dodd was fifth in the high jump with a leap of 5-6 in the Nielsen Family Invitational inside the Humboldt Recreation Center on March 17. Independent photo by PHIL MONSON.

Runner-up finishes in the shuttle hurdle relay and in the distance medley relay highlighted Humboldt's indoor track opener in the Nielsen Family Invitational held Friday, March 17, inside the Humboldt Recreation Center at Nielsen Family Fieldhouse.

Humboldt's distance medley relay of Peyton Petersen, Keegan Groat, Elliot Carlson and Mason Van Pelt clocked 3:56.80 for runner-up honors.

The Wildcats' shuttle hurdle relay of Jackson Dodd, Tyler Carlson, Landyn Dencklau and Coen Matson finished second in 40.77 seconds.

Matson also finished third in the 60-meter hurdles in 9.57 seconds and Tayeton Lohaus was third in the shot put with a toss of 44-1.

Humboldt's outdoor track season begins on April 4 at Eagle Grove. Humboldt's Charlie Bunn Relays will take place on April 6.

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Wildcat girls win 3 events in home indoor track opener

Humboldt High senior Dylan Saathoff shown here competing in the throwing events for the Wildcats in their indoor track meet on March 16 in Humboldt. Independent photo by PHIL MONSON.

Humboldt won three events and got a good look at their girls' track squad in their own Nielsen Family Invitational on Thursday, March 16, inside the Humboldt Recreation Center.

Morgan Mann won the high jump with a leap of 4-10 to boost Humboldt at the start of the meet.

Humboldt's 4x800 relay took first in 12:23.85. The relay consisted of Alana Malo, Meg Zweibohmer, Tori Gargano and Sophia Harris.

The distance medley relay clocked 4:46.51 for first-place. Tayla Wempen, Bella Metli, Mann and Brynn Malo comprised the winning relay for Humboldt.

Mann was also second in the 400-meters in 1:06.29.

Humboldt will begin their outdoor season at Clear Lake on April 4.

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Scouts remember summer camp from 50 years ago

A trio of former Humboldt boy scouts held a brief homecoming recently when they picked up a t-shirt order at Personali-Tees in downtown Humboldt. They had t-shirts made from a neckerchief from a camp in northwest Iowa that no longer exists. Pictured, from left: Gerd “Butch” Johnson of Des Moines, Tim Bastian of Dakota City and Kenneth Wind of Algona. Independent photo.

Kathy Davis of Personali-Tees store in Humboldt, displays a t-shirt she designed and made for former area boy scouts. Using the neckerchief from former area scout Kenneth Wind, now of Algona, Davis created a shirt which features the map of a northwest Iowa scout camp which no longer exists. Independent photo.

It was a homecoming for a trio of former Humboldt boy scouts recently when they picked up a t-shirt order at Personali-Tees store in downtown Humboldt.
Tim Bastian of Dakota City, Kenneth Wind of Algona and Gerd “Butch” Johnson of Des Moines, all members of former Humboldt Troop 72 many years ago, had a special-made, customized t-shirts which featured on the back a map of Camp Claimer, the Prairie Golf Scout Camp near Okoboji, which is no longer in existence.
Troop 72 no longer exists, either, but the memories these three Eagle Scouts have from their days in scouting dating back to the 1960s and 1970s, continue to live on.
“I became an Eagle Scout in 1974. Ken Wind in 1970. Tim Bastian in 64. Other Eagle Scouts from back in those days include guys like Russ Seiler, Scott Slaikeu, Kevin Slaikeu, Keith Zinnel and Kenneth Zinnel. Bill Linn was the very first Eagle,” Johnson said.


Lutheran pastor sees meal packaging as missions work

Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church minister Rev. Katie Russell is pictured in the church’s fellowship hall, site of this Friday and Saturday’s meal packaging event. Humboldt County is well on its way toward packaging its two millionth meal! Humboldt Independent photo by Kent Thompson.

What do organizations do when they lose a leader?
Some organizations may wither and dry up unless there is someone else to pick up the leadership role.
Others persevere and move forward in the memory of the person who served.
In the case of this year’s 11th annual meal raising to feed the hungry through the Meals from the Heartland and the Humboldt County Ministerial Association’s ecumenical Team For Hungry committee, it’s very much the latter.
Read about how the organization is honoring one of its longtime committee members and how Our Saviour's Lutheran Church Pastor Katie Russell sees the event in this week's Humboldt Independent. Purchase the paper at your favorite retail outlet or subscribe to the print or digital edition by clicking on the link at the top of the page.


Northwest Bank donates $50,000.00 for Wildcat training facility

Pictured from left are; Doug Berte (Northwest Bank President in Humboldt), Jim Murray (Humboldt Community Schools Superintendent), and Corey Matson (Northwest Bank Ag/Commercial Banker,VP). Northwest Bank made a $50,000 donation to the school district for use in the cost of the new multi-purpose athletic training facility. Submitted photo.

The Humboldt Community School District received a donation of $50,000 from Northwest Bank in Humboldt to help with the cost of a new multi-purpose athletic training facility that will be used by the Humboldt Wildcat student athletes. Jim Murray, superintendent of Humboldt Community Schools, accepted the donation on behalf of the school district.
The addition will include a new weight room, turf area, practice gym, and additional space for wrestling. The project is about half done currently and the anticipated completion date is approximately September of this year.
“Northwest Bank is proud to partner with Humboldt Community Schools in this effort to invest in our students giving many of our young people access to opportunities that last a lifetime,” the financial institution said in a press release.


Orness 1st team all-NCC, Thurm, Hatcher on 2nd team

Humboldt's North Central All-Conference selections, from left: Will Orness, Josh Thurm, Elliot Carlson and Evan Hatcher. Independent photo.

Carlson tabbed 3rd team

Wildcats finished season at 18-5

Humboldt, which challenged for the boys’ North Central Conference basketball title, had four players named to the coaches’ post-season all-conference team.
Senior guard Will Orness was a first-team all-conference pick for the second straight year. The Wildcats’ senior guard Josh Thurm and junior forward Evan Hatcher were selected to the second-team. Humboldt sophomore forward Elliot Carlson was chosen to the third-team.
Orness averaged a team-high 16.65 points per game, along with 6.65 rebounds. He also had 3.3 assists and 1.56 steals per game. Orness shot 35.5 percent from 3-point range as he made 83 of 234 attempts. He also made 48 of 61 free throws for 78.7 percent.

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