News

Thu
03
Dec

UDMO and Food Pantry to relocate downtown


Humboldt Hy-Vee Food Store delivered 50 meal packages to the food pantry last week. Store Manager Roger Townsend (pictured) said Hy-Vee gave over 20,000 Thanksgiving meals in its eight-state region. Each bag contained corn, beans, stuffing, five pounds of potatoes, along with a coupon for a free turkey or $14 of meat products, along with a pie and 12-piece package of dinner rolls. Independent photo.

By KENT THOMPSON
The Humboldt County Ministerial Association and Upper Des Moines Opportunity Inc. (UDMO) in Humboldt County have cooperatively operated the Humboldt County Food Pantry the past few years. Now the organizations are joining forces for a central location in downtown Humboldt that will serve as the new Food Pantry location and the service office for UDMO.

Thu
03
Dec

Sande Construction awarded contract for HCMH building


This is an architect's drawing of what a new Emergency Preparedness and Response Building will look like on the Humboldt County Memorial Hospital campus. The building will be located east of the hospital helipad.

In a special meeting on Monday morning, the Humboldt County Memorial Hospital Board of Trustees awarded a contract to Sande Construction to build a new Emergency Preparedness and Response Building.
Sande Construction had the low bid of $1,011,542. Woodruff Construction’s bid was $1,406,300. The project was estimated at $908,930.
The hospital will be able to utilize CARES funds gathered from the U.S. Health and Human Services Department due to the pandemic.
The building will be approximately 4,000 square feet and will be built on the grassy knoll east of the helipad, on the northeast corner of the HCMH campus.
Construction start date is December 7 and the project is slated to be completed by June 30, 2021. Read more about how HCMH is coping with the pandemic in this week's Humboldt Independent, your trusted source for local news and sports.

Wed
02
Dec

County cases double; two more COVID deaths

The number of COVID-19 cases in Humboldt County have more than doubled in the past month.
Also on Wednesday, Humboldt County Public Health confirmed the fourth and fifth COVID-19 deaths in the county.
“These additional losses are a reminder that we must all do our part to protect our most vulnerable. This means stay home if you are sick, maintain six feet social distance from those outside your household, wash hands often and wear a face covering when social distancing is not possible,” Humboldt County Public Health said in a release.
On Nov. 1, Humboldt County reported 353 positive cases since the first recorded case in the county last April. On Tuesday, Dec. 1, the county reported 807 total positive cases since the virus first began. On Wednesday, Dec. 2, an additional nine cases were reported, bringing the total to 816.
Of that number, 544 have recovered with 267 active positive cases.

Thu
26
Nov

West River Meats to re-open in Rutland


Don Thul stands in front of where West River Meats will soon be opening in Rutland. Last Thursday, Nov. 19, cement was being poured for the floor of a 60’ by 40’ addition to an existing 24’ by 40’ building.

After a five-year absence a new meat locker is under construction in Rutland.
A fire destroyed Thul’s West River Meats on Feb. 22, 2015. It didn’t work out for owners Don and Michelle Thul to rebuild at that time. Instead, they built a 24’ by 40’ building a block east for his catering business, Thul’s West River Catering.
At Rutland, a 60’ by 40’ addition is now being built on to the catering building, and the entire site will become West River Meats. The cement floor was poured on Nov. 19, and Thul is hoping to open around Jan. 1. See the rest of the story in this week's Humboldt Independent. Subscribe to the Independent by clicking the Subscribe tab at the top of this page.

Mon
23
Nov

Livestream of Humboldt athletic events

The Humboldt Athletic Boosters will be livestreaming HOME high school events on YouTube: Humboldt Wildcat Productions.

All livestreaming information for AWAY games will be posted as we receive it on the school website (www.humboldt.k12.ia.us) near the top of the home page.

Thu
19
Nov

New multi-purpose facility announced


This is an overhead look of what the interior of a new multi-purpose training area would look like at Humboldt High School. Graphic submitted.

By Phil Monson
Plans to build a new multi-purpose facility at the high school, along with new field turf and other upgrades at the football field, were unveiled at the regular monthly meeting of the Humboldt School Board Monday night, Nov. 16.
Organizers of the project, Joel Armitage, Trevor Dielemann and Dallas Clark, presented the potential project to the board during open forum.
The entire project is expected to cost from $3.5 to $3.7 million and will be funded entirely through donations.
The project calls for the construction of a new multi-purpose facility to be built north of the softball diamond, where the tennis courts are located. It would house the weight room along with an auxiliary gym (regulation size) that can be converted into two courts with a total of six baskets.

Thu
19
Nov

Community Foundation application pick up announced

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Humboldt County Community Foundation (HCCF) will not be holding its annual mandatory meeting for grant applicants.
The Community Foundation does not want to discourage area non-profits from applying.
Grant applicants are required to pick up the application, information sheet and sign-in at Humboldt City Hall, 29 5th St. S., during the week of Monday, Nov. 30 – Friday, Dec. 4, between the hours of 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The pre-application is mandatory to be eligible to be considered for a Humboldt County Community Foundation grant award in 2021.
The application deadline is Monday, Jan. 4, 2021 at 4 p.m. Applications should be mailed or delivered to Humboldt City Hall, 29 5th St. S., by that time.

Thu
19
Nov

Christmasland and Tree Walk changes announced


Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Kiwanis Christmasland will not be open to the public for tours this holiday season. The Noon Kiwanis Club is working on some ways to make the display available digitally and will be announcing some opportunities soon.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Humboldt-Dakota City Noon Kiwanis regret to inform the public that Kiwanis Christmasland will not be open for in-person visits during the upcoming holiday season.
After exploring several alternatives, it was not realistic to offer an in-person experience given the public health parameters. It was a difficult decision as this would have been the 38th season of providing joy for children and families.
The Noon Kiwanis believe that every child deserves Christmas and is exploring some virtual ways to show Christmasland and give children a chance to see Santa. The club is quite excited with this opportunity and more details will be coming out in the near future.
Also, the club is partnering with local businesses and the artistic talents of the Humboldt High School art students to create a Christmasland coloring book that will be distributed, with a chance for children to enter to win prizes.

Thu
12
Nov

Humboldt School continues with in-person classes


Humboldt and Twin Rivers School Superintendent Jim Murray said his administrative team is doing a great job despite leading teachers in the most challenging situations, a global health pandemic. Pictured from left: Brenda Geitzenauer, Creighton Jenness, Lora Kester, Ryan Fedders, Jim Murray, Mark Wenzel, Abby Horbach and Paul Numedahl. Humboldt Independent photo by Phil Monson.

By KENT THOMPSON
Humboldt and Twin Rivers Superintendent of Schools Jim Murray said despite rising COVID-19 positive rates in the community, school absenteeism rates remain low and the Humboldt Community School District continues with its in-person learning model with a few exceptions.
Murray said the district monitors and counts the number of students who have tested positive for COVID-19. “On Tuesday, Nov. 3, we had one high school student and two middle school students,” he said.
“Daily attendance rates are still consistently high, our students are at school and students that are quarantined have, for the most part, been exposed to a family member or someone in the home,” Murray said. He said school absenteeism rates are consistent with previous years, despite the virus and some students having to quarantine due to exposure.

Thu
12
Nov

City prepares for snow days ahead


There was more rain and ice than snow on Tuesday, but it's just a matter of time. Read about what the city wants you to know about requirements in this week's Humboldt Independent.

By KENT THOMPSON
After an early visit on Oct. 25, Humboldt County residents can get ready for another round of snow, soon.
Earlier, it was inaccurately reported that the city of Humboldt snow no parking ordinance went into effect Nov. 1. That is not correct. It goes into effect Dec. 1 and runs through March 31. The ordinance prohibits parking on city streets between the hours of 3-7 a.m.
In getting ready for the winter season, the Independent decided it was good for everyone to have a refresher course on what the requirements are for snow removal and vehicle parking and for snow emergency declarations. We decided to ask Humboldt City Administrator Travis Goedken to fill our readers in. Read what he has to say as well as a reprinting of the city's snow route emergency declaration policy in this week's Humboldt Independent, your trusted source for local news and sports.

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