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Thu
23
Sep

Rubys find home they were looking for in Eagle Ridge


Dayton and Chassidy Ruby are pictured on the front step of their new home with their children (l to ): Kai, Micah and Noa. Humboldt Independent photo.

By Jeff Gargano
Not wanting to go through the building process, Dayton and Chassidy Ruby were very happy to find an already finished new home available. As a bonus, the new home was in a neighborhood with lots of kids, which was appealing to Rubys, who have three children.
They moved into their new home in the Eagle Ridge housing development last October. It’s a four-bedroom, three bath 2,000 square foot home.
“We had our third child and wanted a little more space. Our house only had three bedrooms. We liked the Eagle Ridge area because we knew there were a ton of kids. We didn’t want to go through the building process so we were very happy when this home became available,” Dayton said.
Read about things the Rubys did to the home and things they like about it in this week's Humboldt Independent Home Edition. Three sections and 28 pages of news your can use with important advertisements and stories on your friends and neighbors.

Thu
23
Sep

Davis seeks at-large school board seat


Shane Davis of Humboldt is seeking election to the Humboldt School Board this fall. He is running for the seat currently held by Suzanne Newton. Other board members seeking re-election are Tate Satern, Robert Myott and James Mertz.

Shane Davis, president of the Humboldt Athletic Booster Club, is seeking an at-large seat on the Humboldt School Board. Davis is running for a seat being vacated by Suzanne Newton.
Current Directors Tate Satern (District 1), Robert Myott (District 3) and James Mertz (District 4) are running unopposed for re-election. Mertz is running to fill a vacancy for the unexpired term of Kathy Yoakam.
Humboldt is a Plan C school district, meaning that while some school board directors must be residents of a particular area of the district, all are elected on an at-large basis, meaning that all voters in the district can vote for all candidates.
The other area school board races are pretty much status quo. There are only two candidates for three seats in the Twin Rivers School District.

Thu
23
Sep

Teachers learn about trauma to help students


Megan Douglas (left) at-risk coordinator in the Humboldt School District, received the Champions for Children Award at the Humboldt Board of Education meeting Monday night. Making the presentation was Humboldt School Board President Tate Satern (right). Humboldt Independent photo by Phil Monson.

By Phil Monson
In order to better serve students’ social and emotional learning, staff in the Humboldt School District have begun training through the Trauma Informed Online Academy.
Abby Horbach, director of safety and mental health and high school assistant principal, was on hand to give a report at the regular monthly meeting of the Humboldt School Board Monday night, Sept. 20.
She was joined by instructors Megan Douglas and Jennifer Savery, who presented videos on staff training, which began over the past month and will continue throughout the school year.
“Our teachers and associates are taking the training sessions. We have gotten really good feedback after our first session. It teaches about trauma and how it impacts our kids,” Horbach said.
“Our goal is to use trauma informed practices to help build our culture and build relationships in all of our buildings,” Savery said.

Fri
17
Sep

Cy-Hawk Tug of War

Former Iowa Hawkeye and Indianapolis Colt Dallas Clark uses all of his might to try to rope his way to an Iowa victory in the tug-o-war last Thursday during the Cy-Hawk Rivalry on Sumner. Clark’s team fell to the Cyclones in the test of strength but the Hawkeyes prevailed in last Saturday’s big game in Ames, 27-17. See this and other photos at www.humboldtnews.com. Humboldt Independent photo by Kent Thompson.

Fri
17
Sep

Leo Grebner Car Show

Dakota City’s Brad Strutzenberg would classify himself as a classic car nut. That’s why he was proud to show off this 1969 Plymouth Road Runner for a friend who works out-of-state. “I collected for a long time, mostly Ford Mustangs,” Strutzenberg said. “I have done brokering for classic cars and have shipped cars to buyers all over the U.S.,” Strutzenberg said. This Road Runner features an immaculate original interior and body. The rear end and transmission have been redone. The 383 V-8 engine was popular in Chrysler vehicles in the late 1950s-1970s. The owner is willing to sell the antique auto for a price of $55,000, Strutzenberg said. See this and other photos at www.humboldtnews.com. Humboldt Independent photo by Kent Thompson.

Fri
17
Sep

Homecoming Court announced


Members of the 2021 Humboldt High School Homecoming Court are pictured. Queen candidates pictured in front from left to right are: Rylie Satern, Joie Smith, Kinzie Peyton, Brett Harklau, Paige DeWinter and Grace Smith. King candidates in back are: Caden Matson, Jackson Fischer, Hayden Holm, Jacob Heier, Luke Sievers and Carter Hatcher. Coronation will take place at the HHS gym on Thursday night, Sept. 23, at 7:30 p.m. See this photo and more at www.humboldtnews.com.

The Humboldt High School 2021 Homecoming Parade will take place on Sumner Avenue on Thursday, Sept. 23, at 6:30 p.m., followed by coronation of the Homecoming King and Queen at 7:30 p.m. in the HHS gym.
The parade route starts at Taft Elementary and goes east to 4th Street, then south to Sumner Avenue and then west on Sumner Avenue. The parade, which will feature the Wildcat Marching Band, will end near Bicknell Park.
The Hometown Homecoming event downtown will be from 5:30-7 p.m. Businesses will have beads, tattoos, clothing, cups and more available for purchase. Food vendors will be on Sumner Avenue.

Mon
13
Sep

LOSST vote passes in both Lu Verne and Rutland

The LOSST (Local Option Sales and Service Tax) is found. On Tuesday, voters in both Lu Verne and Rutland apparently passed a Local Option Sales and Service Tax for their locales. The unofficial totals according to the Humboldt County Auditor, were 3 voters in favor and 0 opposed in the Humboldt County portion of the town of Lu Verne. Ballot language said that the city of Lu Verne should implement a 1 percent sales and service tax beginning Jan. 1, 2022 until June 30, 2031. Revenues from the tax shall be allocated 100 percent for any lawful use as determined by the Lu Verne City Council and 0 percent for property tax relief.

Thu
09
Sep

Leaders explore dam options


This is a screen shot of a slide showing sediment levels in the Des Moines River from the Sheldon Park Boat Ramp (far left) to the Joe Reasoner Dam (far right). Graphic courtesy of Stantec Consulting.

By KENT THOMPSON
Members of the Stantec Consultants study team met with the Humboldt County Conservation Board and four members of the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors via Zoom on Aug. 18, to discuss the improvement project for the Joe Reasoner Dam and environs in Humboldt.
Fernando Del Monte, lead engineer, Mimi Wagner, landscape architect and low-head dam specialist, and Cody Fleece, river eco systems specialist, were part of the meeting representing Stantec. Conservation Board members Bob Rasmussen, Bob Moser, TC Loving, Mary Miner and Tate Satern were in attendance either in person or remotely, as were County Supervisors Rick Pedersen, Dave Lee, Sandy Loney and Bruce Reimers. Humboldt County Conservation Director Todd Lee was also in attendance.
The alternatives being considered are full dam rehabilitation, a lowering of the dam crest and water improvements, or total removal of the dam.

Thu
09
Sep

2021 challenges Humboldt County bean growers


Gold Eagle Cooperative Regional Agronomy Supervisor Cory Donahe stands in a test plot field for the co-op north of Hardy. Humboldt Independent photo.

By KENT THOMPSON
“Soybeans are a tough crop to raise in this area,” said Cory Donahe, regional agronomy supervisor with the Gold-Eagle Cooperative.
Different soil types, soil Ph issues, weed pressures, pests and soil diseases are all variables that make growing a good bean crop a challenge for even the most diligent agriculturists.
“Beans are a tough one to predict and they are an unknown yield until you get them through the combine. They can be tall and look great and not yield and they can be short and look like crap and blow your mind at harvest, so you never know,” Cory said.
“Fifty bushel beans in central Humboldt County is a pretty good yield,” Donahe said.
Read more about the local crop, the outlook and what is being done to promote soybeans and increase demand in this week's Humboldt Independent in the Salute to Soybean Farmers special section.

Thu
09
Sep

Partnerships key in Goedken’s run as CA


The Kiddie Cats Child Care and Learning Center which opened in June of 2018, has been one of the community accomplishments during City Administrator Travis Goedken's time in Humboldt. Read about it and others in this week's edition. Humboldt Independent file photo.

Humboldt City Administrator Travis Goedken sat in on his final city council meeting on Tuesday. Goedken will be leaving to assume a similar position with the city of Decorah. Humboldt Independent file photo.

By KENT THOMPSON
If you don’t think a lot has happened in the city of Humboldt during the past five years, look around.
Better yet, ask Humboldt City Administrator Travis Goedken. Goedken will be ending his five-year and 8-month tenure as the city’s administrator today (Thursday).
Goedken will be leaving to join wife, Tara, and four children in their new home in Decorah (population 7,701), where Goedken will serve as the town’s city manager.
In just over five years, Humboldt has seen construction of a new child care and learning center, a large multi-use recreation complex, a downtown streetscape redesign, a $16 million hospital and clinic addition, and growth!

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