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Thu
15
Feb

Hasenkamp to step down after 31 years


Twin Rivers Elementary School Principal Don Hasenkamp announced that he will be taking early retirement at the end of the current school year. Hasenkamp has been with the district for the past 31 years.

By Phil Monson
Twin Rivers Elementary School Principal Don Hasenkamp is retiring at the end of the current school year.
Hasenkamp, who has been with the district for 31 years, submitted his early retirement application to the Twin Rivers School Board last week, which accepted his resignation at their regular monthly meeting on Feb. 8.
Twin Rivers School Superintendent Greg Darling and the board thanked Hasenkamp for his many years of leadership and commitment to the district and community.
“The district is very proud of the leadership Don has provided for many years,” Darling said. “He arrived here with his family and became a part of the community. He provided stability and consistency to the district. He will be missed.”
“I’m sad to be leaving a place that has meant so much to me. After teaching for nine years in Nebraska, Twin Rivers was my first and last administrative position,” Hasenkamp told the Independent.

Thu
15
Feb

Humboldt students excel at Group Speech


State Speech (Group) participants present for a photo include, front row (l to r): Katie Currier, Kelly Skow, Madolyn Dahl, Teisha Sritharan, Emie Wolter, Michaela Kehoe and Abi Collins. Second row: Meg Grice, Hope Hjelmeland, Valerie Cox, Tristyn Fuller, Holly Kirchhoff, Katie Wilhelm, Amber Wittrock and Taylor Sandven. Third row: Donovan Froisland, Jacob Halvorson, Landon Kluender, Emily Schaffer, Tia Woeste, Carter Holm, Madeleine Ruzicka and Sawyer Savery. Also competing were: Anna Lenz, Emily Crowley, Logan Kehoe, Gracie Vitzthum and Haley Box. Humboldt Independent photo.

Humboldt returned from State Large Group speech with many I ratings and a number of honors for student performers. Read all about it in this week's Humboldt Independent.

Wed
14
Feb

Favorite Sons

A new 10-minute video created by Tom Kroeschell of Iowa State University traces the roots of wrestling’s popularity to Humboldt.
Kroeschell, who is Director of Programming for Cyclones.tv, entitled the video, “Favorite Sons.” Starting out with Iowa State’s hire of Humboldt native Kevin Dresser as head wrestling coach, the video progresses to talk about Humboldt’s Frank Gotch. There is also a segment on Humboldt’s Bruce Reimers, star offensive lineman for the Cyclones who played 10 years in the NFL and also wrestled with Dresser in high school.
“I don’t work for the Humboldt-Dakota City Chamber of Commerce but I can easily affirm the positive small town qualities of Humboldt, and the advantages people gain from growing up in a small town environment,” Kroeschell said. “Small town fabric is what makes Iowa such a great place to raise a family.”

Thu
08
Feb

Emergency snow ordinance in effect at 3 p.m. Thursday


The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning for Humboldt and surrounding counties to the east, west and south from 3 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 8, to 9 a.m. Friday, Feb. 9. A total of 5-7 inches of snow is expected. The city of Humboldt has issued an emergency snow ordinance meaning no parking on residential streets, effective at 3 p.m. on Thursday. Humboldt Independent photo.

The city of Humboldt has advised that an Emergency Snow Ordinance has been issued, effective at 3 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 8. There will be no on street parking except for Sumner Avenue from 4th Street to 8th Street. All vehicles should be removed from city residential streets by 3 p.m. or face being ticketed for a civil penalty, or possibly towed. Questions or concerns may be directed to Humboldt City Hall, (515) 332-3435.
The ordinance is being issued in advance of an expected winter storm. According to the National Weather Service, snow will overspread across much of northern Iowa Thursday afternoon and will slowly settle southward into central Iowa Thursday night and Friday morning. Snowfall rates will be moderate to heavy at times. Northerly winds are expected to increase Thursday night into Friday, creating areas of blowing and drifting snow, especially in rural, open areas.

Thu
08
Feb

Good food, friendly atmosphere at Cinco de Mayo


Manager Israel Lezama serves hot dishes to hungry customers at the new Cinco de Mayo restaurant at 1208 4th Ave. SW in Humboldt, right across the street from Humboldt High School. Lezama operates a restaurant by the same name in Algona. Humboldt Independent photo by Kent Thompson.

By Kent Thompson
Israel Lezama wants people to enjoy their meals and have a good time when they visit Cinco de Mayo, one of the community’s newest restaurants.
The Mexican restaurant is located at 1208 4th Ave. SW, site of the former Beach House restaurant, right next to the Humboldt County Farm Bureau office.
Lezama said the concept of running a good Tex-Mex restaurant, or any restaurant for that matter, is pretty simple.
“Keep the customer happy. The first goal is to please the customer. If you do that, they will leave happy and come back. If they are happy, they will tell others and that’s how you build the business,” Lezama said.
“Our concept is fresh and tasty food, cleanliness and a nice, friendly environment. When you put them all together, that’s a formula for success,” the owner said.
Hours are Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.

Thu
08
Feb

Family inspiration for Burrito Mexpress


Joe Alvarez (left) and Chris Larsen (right) are the main drivers behind Burrito Mexpress, the new restaurant at 1312 10th Ave. N. in Humboldt. Owner Alvarez is combining two restaurant ideas that don’t often meld, quick service and hot homemade food. Humboldt Independent photo by Kent Thompson.

By Kent Thompson
You’ve probably heard a lot of restaurants claim they have food “just like mother used to make.”
In the case of Humboldt’s Joe Alvarez, it’s a verifiable fact. If you don’t believe Joe, just ask his mother, Cleo Alvarez.
You see, Joe is using many of his mother’s and his family’s recipes in his new Tex Mex restaurant, Burrito Mexpress.
Located on Highway 3, east of Larry’s Pharmacy in the former North Central Iowa Service building, Alvarez promises good home cooked recipes with fresh ingredients.
The restaurant is open from 10:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Read more about it in this week's Humboldt Independent. Subscribe today by clicking on the link at the top of this page and read all of what you are missing.

Wed
07
Feb

Iowa Central bond issue passes


A $25.5 million bond issue for Iowa Central Community College passed in the nine-county region with 67.5 percent approval. The measure will allow the construction of a student success center on campus to house enrollment, financial aid, academic counseling and other career planning services. Improvements to several other buildings and increased career academies district-wide, as well as security and electrical upgrades are also part of the issue.

The $25.5 million general obligation bond issue sought by Iowa Central Community College passed Tuesday, district-wide by 67.5 percent and in Humboldt County by 64 percent.
The measure needed 60 percent or greater approval among the nine-county region to pass.
According to unofficial votes tabulated by the Humboldt County Auditor’s Office, in Humboldt County the measure passed 223 in favor to 124 opposed, a 64 percent approval rating. A December 2016 $29.5 million bond issue failed. In that election, 96 Humboldt County voters voted in favor with 130 opposed.
“We did a much better job getting the word out there this time,” Iowa Central President Dan Kinney said, thanking the public for supporting the bond issue.
“This will prepare Iowa Central to serve the growth and future of the region,” he said.
To read more about the issue, see the Feb. 15 edition of The Humboldt Independent, your best source for news and sports.

Thu
01
Feb

Berry returns as Dakota City Clerk


Angelique Berry was hired Monday as the new Dakota City Clerk, a position she vacated 10 months ago. Berry said she is very happy to be back in her hometown and working for the residents of Dakota City.

By Kent Thompson
You can go home again. Just ask Angelique Berry, a Dakota City native and longtime city clerk, who found herself back in familiar surroundings last Friday at Dakota City Hall.
Berry, who served as Dakota City Clerk for 10 years, from the spring of 2007 to the spring of 2017, is returning to the city clerk’s position in the Humboldt County seat community after a 10-month absence.
“I liked my job in Algona, but I loved my job here. I wouldn’t have left except having an opportunity with another municipal government in the town where I was living,” said Berry.

Thu
01
Feb

Chance to 'Love Local, Buy Local, Win Local'


Prizes pictured will be part of a more than $500 gift basket courtesy of a promotion by the Humboldt Newspapers and local participating businesses. Read all about it in this week's edition of The Humboldt Independent.

People can sign up to win a prize basket valued at more than $500 as part of the Humboldt Newspapers’ “Love Local, Buy Local, Win Local” Valentine’s promotion.
The winner will be drawn on Feb. 13 at 4 p.m.
Sign up to win an outfit for her from Carbon Boutique, hair products from Zinc Salon, reflexology treatments from Revive Therapeutic Massage, products from American Barbershop, flowers from Floral Creations, dinner at the Fireside Restaurant and Lounge, oil changes for him and a custom metal sign for her from Northland Auto, breakfast or lunch at Backseat Diner and Drive-In, and a one night stay at AmericInn.
People can sign up at any and all of the above participating businesses through Feb. 13 at 3 p.m.
See the ad with full details in this week's Humboldt Independent. Subscribe by clicking on the link at the top of the page.

Thu
25
Jan

Drill Team Night and fund-raiser meal is Saturday


Members of the Humboldt High School Drill Team will hold a clinic for preschool through eighth grade students Saturday morning, Jan. 27, and will have an evening show beginning at 7 p.m. in the high school gym. There will be fund-raiser meal from 5-6:30 p.m., prior to the evening performance. Humboldt Independent photo.

Drill Team Clinic and Drill Team Night will take place on Saturday, Jan. 27.
The clinic will be held at Humboldt High School from 9 a.m. to noon for grades preschool through eighth grade. All in attendance will receive a Drill Team Night t-shirt and certificate and will perform in the evening.
The evening schedule includes a fundraiser meal of pulled pork and cheesy potatoes in the HHS cafeteria from 5-6:30 p.m.
Drill Team Performance will start at 7 p.m. in the gym. Admission for Drill Team Night is $5 for adults, $4 for students and free for participants. The Humboldt High School Drill Team will be performing a number of routines as well as coaching the younger performers.

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