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Thu
20
Jul

2017 Humboldt County Fair rolls out


2017 Humboldt High School graduates Kate Curran (left) and Keagan Burmeister (right) will vie for the title of Humboldt County Fair Queen. The Fair will begin Tuesday, July 25, and run through Sunday, July 30, at the Humboldt County Fairgrounds in Humboldt.

A pair of candidates will be vying for 2017 Humboldt County Fair Queen, Keagan Burmeister and Kate Curran.
The actual competition (open to the public) will be July 21 at 9 a.m. at the Humboldt County Extension Office in downtown Humboldt.
Coronation of the 2017 Humboldt County Fair Queen will be the evening of July 26 during the Humboldt County Fair.
The queen will receive a $1,000 scholarship from Humboldt Mutual Insurance Association among other prizes.
The 2017 Humboldt County Fair will be held July 25-30. Next Generation Shows has expanded the carnival each year and plans to bring even more rides this year. Next Generation will also offer free face painting once again.

Thu
20
Jul

Council looks at action on consumer fireworks


While most of the public really likes the commercial fireworks displays, there is a divide among people in favor and against consumer fireworks. The Iowa Legislature made the sale and possession of consumer fireworks legal in the state earlier this year. Now it is up to local authorities to regulate where and when those larger consumer fireworks may be discharged. Humboldt Independent photo by Phil Monson.

By Kent Thompson
With the booms and pops from the extended 4th of July celebration still ringing in their ears, the Humboldt City Council on Monday made it clear their intent to restrict the use of consumer fireworks in the community.
The Council has not yet taken official action, but members affirmed the thoughts of Humboldt City Administrator Travis Goedken, who said he thought the length of time for the discharge of fireworks should be curtailed, a sentiment four Council members present at Monday night’s meeting agreed with.
Councilmen Kirk Whittlesey, Bret Davis, Joel Goodell and Jim Vermeer all weighed in on the matter. Council member John Sleiter was not in attendance.
“I’ve talked to a couple of different Council members and to many citizens as well. My proposal (to the Council) would be to allow discharge just on the 4th and maybe the day either before or after,” Goedken said.

Fri
14
Jul

Kiddie Cats Child Care kickoff


Eight-year-old Wyatt Merz of Lakewood, CO, is crazy about his blue hair. Wyatt attended the Kiddie Cats Child Care and Learning Center kickoff event July 11, along with his grandparents, Bob and Jane Lee. Humboldt Independent photo.

Kiddie Cats Child Care and Learning Center in Dakota City found a shady spot for a fun evening, Tuesday, July 11. The local non-profit set up picnic tables, the Hy-Vee grill, inflatable bounce house and slide and other games for an evening meal and night of fun for supporters of the new Child Care and Learning Center. The group's mission is to provide quality child care in an environment that engages young minds through learning and play. Sande Construction and Supply Co. of Humboldt will be constructing the new 8,000 square foot center that is expected to serve approximately 110 children and their families in the area. The Kiddie Cats Child Care Board has received approval from the USDA for a loan to complete financing on the project. The Board is continuing fund-raising and is still seeking approximately $400,000 to cover construction of the building.

Thu
13
Jul

Public input wanted on community visioning


Humboldt City Parks Director Clayton Vorland (left) points out a location on a city map during a recent meeting of the Humboldt Community Visioning Committee. Looking on are landscape architect Dylan Jones with Bolton and Menk (center) and Iowa DOT District 1 Planner Mike Clayton (right). Standing in the background is Humboldt City Administrator Travis Goedken. See this and other photos at www.humboldtnews.com. Humboldt Independent photo by Kent Thompson.

Residents will have the opportunity to share their ideas for improving Humboldt at a design workshop hosted by the Humboldt Visioning Committee at Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. The workshop is planned for next Wednesday, July 19, and will be open to the public at the Iowa State Extension and Outreach offices at 727 Sumner Ave., from 1-6 p.m.
The workshop is the culmination of an input-gathering process to identify transportation needs and opportunities for enhancements in Humboldt. Information collected at public input gathering events conducted earlier this spring will be incorporated into a conceptual transportation and landscape enhancement plan.
A design team will be working at the Extension office throughout the workshop to develop a conceptual plan that meets the goals and needs of Humboldt. The public is invited to stop by from 1-6 p.m. on Wednesday, July 19, to provide input on the designs.

Thu
13
Jul

Fair Family Pak drawings, sign up now


Angela Bello was the first winner of a $100 Fair Booster Pak ($140 value) in a drawing held last Friday. Sponsored by the Humboldt County Fair Board and Humboldt Newspapers, people can sign up for the drawings at participating businesses each week. The Fair Pak includes tickets to the carnival, tractor/pickup pull, chuckwagon races, moto cross races and tough truck competition. Humboldt Independent photo.

The 2017 Humboldt County Fair is fast approaching (July 25-30) and now people have a chance to win a Family Fair Pak for free admission to grandstand events and carnival passes.
The Fair Days Giveaway, sponsored by the Humboldt County Fair Board and Humboldt Newspapers, will give away four Family Paks in drawings on July 14 and two drawings on July 21.
The Family Pak is a $140 value and includes 10 event tickets including: two carnival passes, two tractor pull passes, two chuckwagon race passes, two moto cross passes and two tough truck passes.
People can stop in to register for the drawings at any of the participating businesses. The drawing starts over each week, so keep on registering. There is no purchase required.

Thu
13
Jul

Grand Opening at Welcome Center is July 21


Winning first place in the Commercial category of the Humboldt-Dakota City Chamber of Commerce July 4 parade was Northland Auto and Marine. For more photos of July 4th activities in Humboldt see this week's Humboldt Independent newspaper and check on the Buy A Photo link on this website. Humboldt Independent photo.

The Humboldt/Dakota City Chamber of Commerce is celebrating its new downtown location and the opening of the Humboldt/Dakota City Welcome Center at 627 Sumner Ave.
There will be a special grand opening celebration Friday, July 21 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The public is invited to stop in for refreshments, see the new office and welcome center and find out more about Chamber programs and activities.
People can stop by to register to win local prizes and gift cards at the grand opening. They can also sign up for the 2017 Chamber Golf Outing on Friday, Aug. 4, at the Humboldt Country Club.
“The Chamber has noticed a need within the community to get more information about Humboldt County, as well as the what the community has to offer business-wise,” Chamber Director Jenna Mulford said.

Thu
06
Jul

Child Care kickoff event is July 11


This is a copy of the sticker that will be given to employees of local businesses who donate $5 to wear jeans on Tuesday, July 11, part of a daylong kickoff to the Kiddie Cat Child Care and Learning Center. There will be a mini-carnival at the site of the center, north of Mease School in Dakota City from 5-8 p.m. that evening. The public is invited to attend.

The community kickoff to the Kiddie Cats Child Care and Learning Center will be held Tuesday, July 11, at the Mease Elementary School grounds with a fun-filled night from 5-8 p.m.
There will be inflatables, face painting, crazy hair and more for just $10 (wristbands provided).
There will be baked goods for sale and HyVee will also be providing a meal to purchase.
In conjunction with the July 11 kickoff, the Kiddie Cats Child Care and Learning Center is interested in having a community-wide business fund-raiser, by having employers allow their employees to wear jeans Tuesday, July 11, for a $5 donation. Employees will be given stickers to show their support. A photo of the sticker is pictured. It incorporates the color scheme of the Kiddie Cat Child Care logo with paw prints and the words “Children are my Business.”

Thu
06
Jul

Lots to do and see at 2017 Fair


The Sound Exchange will perform a free concert on Thursday night, July 27, at 7 p.m. at the Humboldt County Fair. The Sound Exchange is a five member a cappella group based in the Twin Cities of Minnesota. Submitted photo.

The 2017 Humboldt County Fair will bring back some of the favorites sprinkled in with some new activities.
Fair dates are July 25-30. Next Generation Shows has expanded the carnival each year and plans to bring even more rides this year.
A pair of candidates will be vying for 2017 Humboldt County Fair Queen, Keagan Burmeister and Kate Curran.
Grandstand entertainment starts with harness racing on Tuesday night, Fair Queen coronation, Little Miss and Mister and 4-H Fashion Review on Wednesday night, The Sound Exchange a cappella group performing on Thursday night, the Lucas Oil Tractor and Pickup Pull on Friday night, Chuckwagon races on Saturday night followed by entertainment by the band “Farm Rock,” motocross races Sunday morning and the popular Tough Truck competition on Sunday night.
There is no charge for grandstand events Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday nights.

Thu
06
Jul

Gotch Catch Wrestling returns July 15


Pictured on the winner’s stand at the 2016 Frank Gotch World Catch Wrestling Championships, from l to r: Promoter Dr. Raul Ramirez, Gold Medal winner Curran Jacobs and special guest Roy Wood of Snake Pit Wrestling in Wigan, England. This year’s event will be Saturday, July 15, at 10 a.m. at the Humboldt High School gym. Humboldt Independent file photo.

The Frank Gotch World Catch Wrestling Tournament will be held in Humboldt on Saturday, July 15, starting at 10 a.m. inside the Humboldt High School gym.
Raul Ramirez, director of the Catch Wrestling Alliance based out of Los Angeles, says he is excited to bring the event back to Humboldt for the second straight year. The event was held in Los Angeles the first two years
The Frank Gotch World Catch Wrestling Tournament will be held in Humboldt on Saturday, July 15, starting at 10 a.m. inside the Humboldt High School gym.
Raul Ramirez, director of the Catch Wrestling Alliance based out of Los Angeles, says he is excited to bring the event back to Humboldt for the second straight year. The event was held in Los Angeles the first two years
Advance ticket sales will be $6 for adults, $3 for youth ages 10-18 and children under 10 admitted free.

Thu
29
Jun

Duke Edge Memorial to honor racing fan


The late Duke Edge of Humboldt loved harness racing at the Humboldt track. In his memory, his family will be presenting the Duke Edge Memorial blanket to the driver with the most wins in the July 2 and July 4 races. Humboldt Independent file photo.

Editor’s note: The following information is in regard to special harness races planned for this coming Sunday (July 2) and Tuesday (July 4) at the Humboldt County Fairgrounds. The story provided by the Iowa Harness Racing Association was received too late for the June 29 print edition of the Independent, but is presented here in its entirety for the enjoyment of the public.

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