May 2023


Wildcat girls fall to Cardinals, 4-1

Brianna Lange pushes the ball downfield for the Wildcat girls' soccer team in a recent home contest. Humboldt travels to Garner on May 17 for first round regional tournament play. Independent photo by Phil Monson.

Humboldt's varsity girls' soccer team lost a 4-1 contest at home to Garner-Hayfield/Ventura on May 11. Humboldt is now 8-7 overall, 5-5 in conference play.

Humboldt shutout East Sac County, 3-0 at Wall Lake on May 9.

Humboldt got goals from Tielyr Smith, Lily Allison and Reagan Lee to win their non-conference game over the Raiders. East Sac slipped to 4-8.

Humboldt plays host to Clear Lake on Friday, May 12.

Humboldt begins Class 3A regional tournament play at Garner on Wednesday, May 17, against Garner-hayfield/Ventura in a 7 p.m. contest. The winner plays either Gilbert, East Sac County or Greene County on May 23 at Gilbert. Gilbert drew an opening bye and hosts ESC or GC.

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Humboldt boys 3rd in 3A sectional golf

The Humboldt boys' golf team advanced into district play after placing third in the team scoring of the Class 3A sectional in Spencer on Tuesday, May 9. Pictured, from left: Corey Dettmann, Carson Arndt, Ty Gargano, Parker Sleiter, Jayden Gargano and Carson Sleiter.

The Humboldt boys’ golf team kept their season alive by placing third in a Class 3A Sectional tournament at Spencer on Tuesday, May 9.

Jayden Gargano shot a 76 to lead the Wildcats. He was sixth overall. Carson Sleiter fired a 79 and Parker Sleiter shot 83. Corey Dettmann finished with an 83. Carson Arndt shot an 87 and Ty Gargano also shot an 87.

MOC-Floyd Valley won the team crown with 301. Spencer was second at 314 with Humboldt third at 321. Sioux Center was fourth at 327. All three teams advance into a district meet at Orange City on Monday, May 15, which will determine entries for the state meet in Ames May 22-23.

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HHS girls’ 4th in NCC golf meet, Packard 3rd individually


Aries Packard placed third overall in leading the Humboldt girls’ golf team to fourth in the North Central Conference tournament on Monday, May 8 at Mason City.

Packard finished with rounds of 44 and 47 for a 91 total as Humboldt totaled 413 strokes.

Team champion Clear Lake finished with 334, followed by Iowa Falls-Alden at 396 and Algona with 407. Webster City was fifth behind the Wildcats with 437. Hampton-Dumont-CAL shot 449, Clarion-Goldfield-Dows 465 and Fort Dodge St. Edmond was last at 501.

Clear Lake’s defending state placewinners Rebecca DeLong (34-38) and Meghan DeLong (36-37), led the Lions and were also the meet medalists.

Humboldt senior Noelle Hamand was ninth overall with a 97. McKenna Mathis shot 109, Lillian Holm 116, Morgan Mayall 123 and Macy Berte had 124.

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Wildcats boys 3rd in NCC golf, Jayden Gargano is medalist

Humboldt High senior Jayden Gargano (left) is shown here with Wildcat head coach Scott Birdsell after Gargano was announced as medalist of the North Central Conference tournament on Monday, May 8 at Spring Valley Golf Course north of Livermore. Independent photo.

Led by meet medalist Jayden Gargano, the Humboldt boys' golf team placed third in the North Central Conference tournament held Monday, May 8 at Spring Valley Golf Course north of Livermore.

Gargano fired an even par 72 to lead all golfers. Tommy Birdsell of Hampton-Dumont-CAL was runner-up with a 73.

Clear Lake won the team crown with 310 strokes. HDC had 313 for second with Humboldt third at 315. Webster City was fourth with 327. Iowa Falls-Alden took fifth with 340, followed by Algona with 343, Clarion-Goldfield-Dows with 348 and Fort Dodge St. Edmond with 354.

Humboldt also had Carson Sleiter with 78, Parker Sleiter with 82, Carson Arndt 83, Corey Dettmann with an 84 and Ty Gargano with an 87.

Humboldt will compete in a Class 3A sectional tournament on Tuesday, May 9 at Spencer.

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Beverly Sherwood, age 93 of Humboldt, passed away Monday, May 8, 2023 at the Humboldt County Memorial Hospital Longterm Care. Online condolences may be left at


Wildcats in 2-1 victory over GVH

Humboldt's Will Orness pursues the ball ahead of a Wright County opponent in the Wildcats' 5-0 victory over the Broncos on May 5 in Humboldt. Independent photo by Phil Monson.


Humboldt posted a storm-shortened 2-1 victory over Garner-Hayfield/Ventura on May 11 in Humboldt. Humboldt is now 13-1 overall, 10-1 in league play.

Humboldt's No. 5 ranked soccer team improved to 12-1 on the season by blanking East Sac County, 9-0 at Wall Lake on May 9.

Wildcats in 9-2 victory over Cadets
Humboldt scored seven goals in the first half en route to a 9-2 victory over Iowa Falls-Alden on Monday night, May 8 in Humboldt. Humboldt moved to 9-1 in conference play.

Humboldt boys shutout Broncos, 5-0
Humboldt's varsity boys' soccer team pushed their season record to 10-1 overall by beating Wright County, 5-0 Friday night (May 5) in Humboldt.

Cristhian Ramirez scored two goals to lead Humboldt and Fin Mason, Will Orness and Trever Beach each had one for the Wildcats.

The Wildcats host Garner-Hayfield/Ventura on May 11. The Wildcats end their regular season at home on May 15 against HDC.


Saturday is new burn date

This Saturday, May 6, will be the rescheduled burn date for the city of Humboldt. Open burning could not be held on April 15 because of Humboldt County being in a burn ban.
Open burning of landscape waste (grass, leaves and vegetative matter) only will be allowed from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. All burns must be controlled and attended and residents should have a ready source of water available on the scene.
The city appreciates the public’s cooperation in adhering to the burn date rules.


Finances or farming is part of life for Dan and Carl DeWall

Carl (left) and Dan DeWall (right) are comfortable on their Pocahontas County farm near Gilmore City. While the DeWalls no longer milk, they do raise Holstein beef cattle, buying them as calves and finishing them out at around 1,300 pounds. Humboldt Independent photo.

Holstein cattle have been part of the DeWall family farm for a long, long time.

Only now rather than milking Holsteins, Dan and Carlton (Carl) DeWall are raising them for meat.

The father/son combination not only farm and raise cattle together, they are in a business partnership as well. The DeWalls recently relocated their financial planning business from Fort Dodge to Gilmore City.

“We’ve had dairy for a long time,” Dan DeWall said. “The bloodlines date back to my grandfather’s time.”

Read about their family story in the Salute to Area Beef Producers section exclusively in this week's Humboldt Independent.