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Thu
16
May

Early news and advertising deadline next week

Thu
16
May

Primary election is June 4, contested races locally

BY APRIL KELLEY
The primary Election for registered voters of the Republican or Democratic Party will be Tuesday, June 4 with voting from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Polling places are listed below. If you have any questions on where you should vote, please contact the Humboldt County Auditor’s Office at (515)332-1571 or check online at Find Your Precinct/PollingPlace (iowa.gov)

Precinct 1: Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church in Humboldt
Precinct 2: Humboldt Community Center
Precinct 3: Events Center, Humboldt County Fairgrounds
Precinct 4: Gilmore City Faith United Methodist Church
Precinct 5: Immanuel Lutheran Church in Livermore
Precinct 6: VFW Hall in Dakota City

Thu
16
May

Rotary Club honors top graduates


Pictured above are members of the Humboldt Rotary Club Top 20 Honor Graduates for 2024. The students and their parents were guests of honor at a banquet on May 8 at the Zion Lutheran Church. Pictured front row from left are: Keira Ludolph, Lillian Holm, Ava McIntire, Alana Malo, Reagan Lee, Claire Weydert, Aries Packard and Brianna Lange. Second row from left are: Jordan Kahl, Carson Sleiter, Corey Dettmann, Peyton Van Pelt, Henry Bormann, Grant Dieleman, Carson Arndt, Sarah Numedahl, Joslyn Orr and Mia DeWinter. Other students recognized but not pictured are Jacob Carman and Jaynee Depue. See this photo and individual photos of students with their awards at www.humboldtnews.com. Click on Buy a Photo. Humboldt Independent photo by Kent Thompson.

By KENT THOMPSON
Graduating from high school can be a scary time. Just ask Humboldt dentist Dr. Cody Olson.
A Humboldt High graduate himself in 2003, Olson said he remembered being excited and nervous his senior year.
While those emotions are natural, he encouraged high school seniors to reflect their successes thus far in life and look forward with optimism toward promising futures.
Olson was speaking to students in attendance at the Rotary Top 20 Banquet held May 8 at the Zion Luthern Church.
Humboldt's graduation ceremonies will be this Sunday, May 19, at 2 p.m., in the high school gym. West Bend-Mallard will have their high school commencement ceremonies on Sunday, May 19 at 2:30 p.m. at the high school in West Bend.
See the graduation section in this week's Humboldt Independent, on sale today.

Thu
16
May

Community Center interior remodel completed


The Community Center is available to rent for private and business events. The rental rate has been set at $125 with a deposit of $125 to be returned once the building has been checked and its key returned. The facility has a capacity of 1115. Independent photo by Kylie Portz.

By Kylie Portz
The renovations of the interior portion of the Humboldt Community Center have been completed.
The city accepted a bid by Harvey Remodeling Company to complete the interior renovations earlier this year.
Some of the updates include new drywall, electrical updates, more closet space, new ceiling lights and new ceiling fans. The facility has a capacity of 115 people and sits at roughly 1875 square feet.
Exterior work is scheduled to begin June 3 and will be complete by August 31. Despite the exterior work, the building is available to rent at a price of $125 per day. Call 515-604-6949 or email paxtonp@cityofhumboldt.org for information.

Thu
09
May

R.I.V.E.R. group buys Reasoner Dam for $1


After years of discussion, the Joe Reasoner Dam will have a new owner, pending approval by the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors. The Humboldt County Conservation Board on Tuesday approved the sale of the dam to the R.I.V.E.R. Development Group by a vote of 3-2. Humboldt Independent file photo.

BY APRIL KELLEY
In a surprising three to two vote, the Conservation Board voted to sell the Dam to the R.I.V.E.R. Development Group for $1 on Tuesday.
Chairman Bob Rasmussen, Co-chairman Tate Satern and Will Spellmeyer voted aye while Mary Miner and T.C. Loving voted nay.
Both Miner and Loving stated that they believed they had done their research and still felt deeply that Option Two was the best answer for the dam and for Humboldt.
Once the vote was over, all the members of the Conservation Board wished the R.I.V.E.R. Development Group success in their plans.
The matter will now come before the Humboldt County Supervisors at an upcoming meeting for a resolution after which a public hearing will be held.
Read more about the issue in this week's Humboldt Independent. Subscribe by clicking on the link at the top of this page.

Thu
09
May

Eagle Grove cattleman is ICA official


Bryan Whaley (left) and his wife, Allison, continue to make facility upgrades to their growing beef cattle operation near Eagle Grove. Whaley, a life-long educator, is in his first year as chief executive of the Iowa Cattleman’s Association. Independent photo.

By PHIL MONSON
Bryan Whaley calls himself an educator and a lifelong learner.
The rural Eagle Grove beef producer who once served as 4-H youth coordinator for Humboldt County, along with his other career stops, feels those experiences will serve him well as he continues in his first year as chief executive officer of the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association.
Whaley was appointed to his new position late last year.
“I feel like my experience and background has prepared me for this new role," Whaley said.
“I’m also passionate about leadership. We need to continue to build in our young people, help them along the way," he said.
Read the full story in the Salute to Area Beef Producers in this week's Humboldt Independent, on sale now.

Thu
09
May

Brave Bags packed for hospitalized children


The students of Katie Phillips' 7th grade social studies class packed bags of donated items to gift to students who are hospitalized across the state. Independent photo by Kylie Portz.

By KYLIE PORTZ
Humboldt middle school students and their 7th grade social studies teacher, Katie Phillips, packaged their latest round of “Brave Bags” on Wednesday, May 1.
The 501c3 nonprofit organization seeks to create care packages for children in Iowa who are hospitalized. The bags contain items such as toiletries, socks, small toys and art. Phillips and her students have been able to distribute over 1,000 Brave Bags to hospitals across Iowa.
“I firmly believe that even at a young age, children can contribute positively to our community and the world at large. Little did I know the profound impact and numerous lessons that Brave Bags would impart to my students," Phillips said. Each bag is personalized for the age group and gender of the child who will receive the bag.
Read the full story in this week's Humboldt Independent, your trusted source for local news and sports.

Thu
02
May

Nielsen family purchases Humboldt Motors


Humboldt Motors is now Nielsen Motors after the purchase of the automotive dealership by the Nielsen family recently from Humboldt Motors owner Gene Wempen. Pictured from left to right: Nick Nielsen, Gene Wempen, Tony Nielsen and Tyler Nielsen in front of a new Chevrolet 2500 Silverado pickup. Humboldt Independent photo by Kent Thompson.

By KENT THOMPSON
For Gene Wempen it is a fitting exit from his nearly 52 years in the automotive business.
For the Tony Nielsen family it is a new venture providing much of the same services as they do at K.C. Nielsen LTD, quality equipment and customer service.
Tony and sons Tyler and Nick purchased Humboldt Motor Sales from Wempen on April 3.
“We are excited for the opportunity to serve the great customer base that Gene and his crew have taken care of for many years, and we hope to add some new customers as well," Tony Nielsen said.
Read the full story about this local business in this week's Humboldt Independent. Don't miss out on a single issue, subscribe by clicking on the link at top of this page, all for less than $1.14 per issue.

Thu
02
May

Cagle to headline Fair concert


Country music artist Chris Cagle will be the headline act at this year’s Saturday night concert on July 27 at the Humboldt County Fair. Known for his hits like, “My Love Goes On & On,” “I Breathe In, I Breathe Out,” and “What Kinda Gone,” Cagle is an artist whose passion is his performance. Tickets are currently on sale at humboldtcountyfair.com. Submitted photo.

Them Dirty Roses are one of the latest incarnations of southern-fried country-rock in the fine tradition of Lynyrd Skynyrd, Hank Williams and many others, the four-piece band comes from Gadsden, AL and their music has been entertaining audiences for 10 years. They will open the July 27 concert at 7:30 p.m. Submitted photo.

By KENT THOMPSON
Chris Cagle hit it big on the country charts in the early 2000s and has had a steady stream of hit records and professional success since.
The Humboldt County Agricultural Society (Fair Board) is pleased to welcome Cagle as the headline performer of the Saturday night concert in the infield of the track.
“Last year was a success and we were pleased with the ticket sales and public reaction, so we wanted to do it again,” said Kevin Cordray, Humboldt County Fair Board member and the organization’s treasurer.
“It will be the same setup as last year. Advance general admission tickets are available at www.humboldtcountyfair.com. There is a limited number of tickets available, so we encourage people to buy ahead of time in case of a sellout,” Cordray said.
Tickets are $35 each for the concern that will begin at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 27. Gates will open at 5:30 p.m.

Fri
26
Apr

Sumner Avenue Hill work begins Monday


This is the detour for the Sumner Avenue when construction begins April 29. The route will be 13th Street to 3rd Avenue North and east to 9th Street North and then south back to Sumner Avenue. Map courtesy of the city of Humboldt.

By KENT THOMPSON
More details have been released regarding the Sumner Avenue rehabilitation project planned this spring and summer.
Humboldt City Administrator Cole Bockelmann reported on Monday that he met with the main contractor for the project last Friday, and work on the first phase is slated to begin next Monday, April 29.
Blacktop Service Company in Humboldt is main contractor for the $1.4 million project, which will include mill and overlay with hot mix asphalt of Sumner Avenue from the top of the hill to the Dakota City limits.
Other work will include some patching and new curb and gutter where needed and new decorative lighting going up the hill.
“The designated detour route will be Highway 169 (13th Street) to 3rd Avenue North and then east to 9th Street North and back south to the downtown area,” Bockelmann said.

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