News

Thu
19
Sep

Huge cost savings of $660,000 by refinancing middle school bonds


Sergeant Andy McClannahan (black shirt-center) of the United States Army Reserves, leads Humboldt High School football captains and two officials onto the field for the opening coin flip prior to the Humboldt/Storm Lake game in Humboldt on Sept. 13. McClannahan, an honorary captain and HHS graduate, is the son of the late Dan McClannahan, who coached the Wildcats 20 seasons. McClannahan resides in Janesville, WI. Independent photo by Phil Monson.

By Phil Monson
After a public hearing with no objectors, the Humboldt school board held a public hearing Monday night before passing a resolution to issue new bonds to re-finance payment of the new middle school.
In the board’s regular monthly meeting Monday night, Sept. 16, the board passed a resolution to issue bonds of up to $5 million to refinance tax revenue bonds to continue toward payment of the middle school, which opened in 2012.
With interest rates at historic lows, the district is expected to save at least $660,000 over the remaining 10 years of the bond, which is being fully paid through sales tax revenue. With action by the board, the bonding process will take place in three to four months.
Tamela Johnson, curriculum director, gave a presentation on the upcoming school year for the Teacher Leadership Compensation (TLC) consortium of Humboldt and Twin Rivers.

Thu
19
Sep

Police administrator given raise after questions


Humboldt Police Administrator Dean Kruger spoke to the Humboldt City Council Monday night. Kruger, who is the Humboldt County Sheriff and contracts with the city for administrative duties through Humboldt County, has been in the position for nearly 10 years. Humboldt Independent photo by Kent Thompson.

By KENT THOMPSON
After some questions about duties and the ability to handle them, the Humboldt City Council gave verbal approval to a 3 percent rate increase to Dean Kruger in his duties as the city police administrator.
Kruger said the contract between the city of Humboldt and Humboldt County has not been adjusted since July 2017, when it was increased by 2.5 percent. City of Humboldt employees were given a 3 percent raise on July 1.
The city contracts with the county for Sheriff Kruger’s services to serve as the police administrator, a position he has held for the past nine years. The current compensation is $38,437.50.

Fri
13
Sep

Homecoming Court announced

Humboldt High School announced the 2019 Homecoming Court on Thursday. Homecoming Queen candidates pictured in front from left to right are: Kirstyn Beaman, Claire Varangkounh, Erin Howard, Mady Lange, Hailey Box and Bryce Gidel. Homecoming King candidates standing include: Devon Coon, Grant Kuehnast, Jamison Heinz, Jacob Thurm, Cameron Beach and Dillon Skow. Coronation will take place at halftime of the Wildcat football game against Dallas Center-Grimes on Friday night, Oct. 4. See this photo and more at www.humboldtnews.com.

Thu
12
Sep

Bormann realizes savings and benefits through conservation


Matt Bormann of rural Bode has experimented with strip till, vertical till and cover crops for a number of years. He is convinced of their benefit not just on his farm, but on any farm.

By KENT THOMPSON
As a fifth generation farmer and the father of three young children, Matthew Bormann wants to have something of value left for their generation and those who succeed them.
Matthew and Nancy Bormann live on a farm they purchased in 2013 from the Kenneth Bormann estate, located northeast of St. Joseph on 130th Avenue in Riverdale Township. The Bormanns farm properties in both Kossuth and Humboldt counties.
“We knew in 2012 that while it was great, corn wasn’t going to stay at $7 a bushel. That’s when we really started talking seriously ways to add conservation measures and reduce our costs of operation. We knew there would be a learning curve, but it was a great time (commodity markets wise) to try something new and figure it out,” Matt said.

Thu
12
Sep

Council debates broadcast of meetings


The Iowa Historical Society History 101 bus will be part of the RVTV, Cy-Hawk celebration on Sumner Thursday. Citizens are invited to come check it out downtown. Submitted photo.

By KENT THOMPSON
We may be in a digital age, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t a demand for analog broadcasts of Humboldt City Council meetings.
Much of the Tuesday, Sept. 3 Humboldt City Council meeting centered around public broadcasts of the bi-monthly Humboldt City Council meetings and how best to provide the information to the greatest number of citizens.
City Administrator Travis Goedken provided the Council with quotes from three web-based streaming services, Boxcast, Livestream and Dacast.
However, the consensus among the four Council members in attendance was that other options needed to be explored.
“How many people who want to view the Council meetings even have internet access?” Council member Joel Goodell asked.
“Would this be in lieu of channel 12 (Mediacom local access channel)?” he wanted to know.

Thu
05
Sep

Cy-Hawk Rivalry on Sumner means 1st class fun


The fifth annual Cy-Hawk Rivalry on Sumner will be next Thursday, Sept. 12, beginning at 3 p.m. Read all about it in this week's Humboldt Independent. Independent file photo.

By KENT THOMPSON
Just like the highly anticipated Iowa/Iowa State football game on Sept. 14, the 2019 version of the Cy-Hawk Rivalry on Sumner, Thursday, Sept. 12, promises something for everyone.
In its fifth year, the Cy-Hawk Rivalry will be two nights before the big game, Thursday, Sept. 12.
For the third time, Humboldt will be a stop for the RVTV crew from WHO, Channel 13.
The WHO RVTV crew will be arriving in Humboldt between 11:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. “We would like to have a big group of people downtown to welcome them to Humboldt,” Harklau said. “I have talked to Taft Elementary Principal George Bruder, and I think the elementary students from Taft will come to see the RVTV limo,” Harklau said. “They video tape their entrance for airing on one of their news segments.”
After RVTV arrives there will probably be a pep rally at the high school or middle school.

Thu
05
Sep

HCMH Foundation provides $1 million gift to building project


The Humboldt County Memorial Hospital Foundation has announced a gift of $1,000,000 over a 10-year period for the new conference room in the hospital (pictured here).

The Humboldt County Memorial Hospital Foundation has announced a gift of $1,000,000 to the Humboldt County Memorial Hospital 2019 building project.
At the Foundation’s Aug. 22 meeting, Board member Larry Curran made a motion to make a 10-year, $1,000,000 pledge to the Humboldt County Memorial Hospital 2019 building project. It was seconded by Bruce Watnem and all Board members approved.
The pledge represents the largest single gift ever given to the Humboldt County Memorial Hospital. The second largest gift to the hospital from the HCMH Foundation was $870,000 in 1995 for the “Continuing Our Caring Tradition” capital building project which included a new dining and conference area along with many other remodeled areas.
Together with donations made from community members, staff, patients, families and local businesses; this makes the HCMH Foundation the largest benefactor to health care in Humboldt County.

Thu
05
Sep

Chantland Company sold to Precision, Inc.


The Chantland Company Pulley business in Humboldt announced its sale to Precision Inc., with headquarters in Pella. The sale was effective Aug. 30. Precision Inc. President and CEO Roger Brown said the purchase of the Chantland plant is with the anticipation of growing business in Humboldt. The company employs about 130 people. The sale does not impact the Chantland-MHS Company in Dakota City, which is still owned by PVS.

Precision, Inc. is pleased to announce the acquisition of certain assets of The Chantland Pulley business in Humboldt effective Aug. 30. Chantland Pulley is the newest member of the Precision Pulley & Idler (PPI) group within Precision, further positioning the organization as a world leader in the unit handling pulley market.
“While PPI already had a strong presence in unit handling, with this investment we are now positioned to be the leading manufacturer of unit handling conveyor components for parcel, baggage and warehousing,” said Brian Simpson, vice president of sales and marketing for PPI. “It allows us to provide a full slate of specialized options to an even larger customer base.”
Roger Brown, President and CEO of Precision, Inc., said he anticipates the business growing in Humboldt.

Wed
04
Sep

BREAKING NEWS: Thor woman sent to hospital after fire


Breana Butler, a resident of the Thor Apartments in Thor, was taken by the Renwick Ambulance to Iowa Specialty Hospital in Clarion Wednesday afternoon for treatment of smoke inhalation after a stove fire in her apartment. Humboldt Independent photo by Kent Thompson.

By KENT THOMPSON
The Thor Fire Department, first responders, the Renwick Ambulance Service and the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office were called to the Thor Apartments at the corner of Martha and Lill streets Wednesday afternoon for an apartment fire that sent a Thor woman to the hospital.
The Humboldt County Law Enforcement Center received a 911 call from a female in Thor saying there was a fire and she couldn’t breathe. The call was received at 2:45 p.m. Wednesday.
The Thor Fire Department was dispatched and determined the cause to be food cooking on a stove in apartment 1.
The lone occupant, Breana Butler, was safely extracted from the apartment and was transported by Renwick Ambulance to Iowa Specialty Hospital in Clarion for treatment of smoke inhalation.

Thu
29
Aug

New 'Blue' at school is SRO


Humboldt’s new School Resource Office Susan Rutz (left) visits with (from l to r:) 10th grader Zion Green, freshman Jayse Allen and senior Chris Larson during the first day of school last Friday, Aug. 23. Humboldt Independent photo by Kent Thompson.

By KENT THOMPSON
Counselor, coach, mentor, director, Dakota City’s Susan Rutz has worn many hats during her career.
This week, Rutz is donning a new one, that of School Resource Officer with the Humboldt Community School District.
“My main job is to keep the school safe. I hope some things I can share with students will help them in their family life and out on the street. The second thing is to build a positive relationship between law enforcement and the community. A lot of what we see about law enforcement these days is negative. I want to project positive things our law enforcement officers are doing," Rutz said.
“I also want to be a resource for students in school, whether it be about be about mental health, substance use issues, issues of abuse, housing, food or shelter. I want to get students the help they need to be successful,” Rutz said.

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