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Thu
23
Feb

Fun for all at 2017 Humboldt County Fair


The 2017 Humboldt County Fair will be held July 25-30. Volunteer members of the Humboldt County Fair Board include, front row (l to r): Paul Davis, secretary; Jeff Haselhuhn, President; David Boswell, Jeff Goodell, Bruce Schipull and Nate Nostrom. Second row: Gary Vinsand, Kevin Cordray, Alex Rhead, Jerod Hatcher, Roger Carlson, Troy Wood, Mark Holtan and Shane Braby, board treasurer. Other members of the Fair Board include: Jason Opheim, Brett Kampen, and Jeff Halvorson, vice-president. Humboldt Independent photo.

By Jeff Gargano
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. Next Generation will also offer free face painting once again.
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.
To read about some new events and activities at the fair, see the full story in this week's Humboldt Independent. Subscribe by clicking on the link at the top of this page.

Thu
23
Feb

Pet registration in Humboldt required March 1


Dr. James Illg (right) and assistant Lori Roths (left) attend to a Miniature Pinscher at the Humboldt Veterinary Clinic. Illg said he takes lost or stray animals captured by the police for temporary housing. He is hopeful a new registration law will help ease the problem. See this and other photos at www.humboldtnews.com. Humboldt Independent photo.

By Kent Thompson
The community has an animal control problem and the Humboldt City Council has taken the first steps to try do something about it.
Beginning March 1, Humboldt City Ordinance Chapter 55 will have a licensing requirement for dogs and cats. The ordinance states that a person possessing a dog or cat within the city limits must register the animal with the Humboldt City Clerk. The license will be issued upon receipt of completed application and veterinary records showing a current rabies vaccination. The fee for licensing is $5 for animals that are unsexed and $10 for male or female animals.
According to Humboldt Police Administrator Dean Kruger, Humboldt Police dealt with 133 animal related calls last year. The total included 77 animal complaint calls, an increase of 10 over 2015 numbers and 13 more than 2014.

Thu
16
Feb

Eagle Ridge, downtown development in city 2018 budget


Canopies will be part of the discussion as the city looks to improve the downtown streetscape. The Humboldt City Council has committed to borrow $750,000 to make improvements in a three-block area. See this and other photos at www.humboldtnews.com. Humboldt Independent photo.

By Kent Thompson
Despite having to pare $400,000 from original budget askings, the city of Humboldt is moving forward with a budget that will seek capital improvements and address areas of need as outlined by the Humboldt City Council.
The Council held a pair of budget meetings last week to discuss the 2017-18 budget.
The budget will feature public borrowing to complete Phase III of the Eagle Ridge development project, putting in two north/south streets in the development located on the city’s south side.
In a separate project, the Council authorized funds for the park department to develop a playground park in the Eagle Ridge development to serve the community.
The Humboldt City Council has given verbal approval to borrow $750,000 to begin a downtown streetscape project. No plans or designs have been set forth as yet, but the project would likely include new street lighting and possible changes to the look and feel of Sumner Avenue.

Thu
09
Feb

Downtown Sounds: Trammell Music Company


Nick Trammell (right) has turned a lifelong love of music and the guitar into one of Humboldt’s newest businesses, Trammell Music Company, located at 619 Sumner Ave. Nick has a wide selection of guitars at reasonable prices and a number of music accessories. He is working with the local school district to provide band instrument accessories close to home. Nick is pictured with Alex Newman (left), who is offering guitar lessons through the business. Humboldt Independent photo.

If you hear some hot licks coming from 619 Sumner Ave., don’t be alarmed, it’s just Humboldt’s newest business, Trammell Music Company, a music store and much more.
Owner Nick Trammell is starting the new venture as a response to a lifelong dream, making a living by working in music.
Nick said he started playing guitar when he was 12-13 years old.
“During the past 17 years or so I’ve been goofing with guitars as a hobby, but I’ve never played professionally myself,” Nick said.
He has been a guitar technician with friend Alex Newman’s band, Trust. Alex will be offering guitar lessons by appointment at Trammell Music Company.
“I want to focus on sales and lessons,” Trammell said.
He has visited with the music instructors in the Humboldt School system and wants to bring in more high school and middle school band accessories.

Thu
09
Feb

City to save on storm sewer project


The walls are starting to take shape at the new AmericInn Hotel and Suite at the corner of 3rd Avenue North and Highway 169 in Humboldt. The mid-scale hotel chain is expected to present a development agreement for the Humboldt City Council to act upon. The project has an anticipated opening of Memorial Day weekend. Humboldt Independent photo.

By Kent Thompson
Ten contractors from northern Iowa and southern Minnesota bid on Humboldt’s Lewis Street storm sewer replacement project.
The bids ranged from just over $200,000 to $378,000. The low bid of $204,526, submitted by Denver Underground of Denver, IA, was 22.9 percent below the engineer’s estimate of $265,402. The city of Humboldt bonded up to $250,000 for the project.
“We don’t usually see 10 bidders on a project, but it tells us that contractors are hungry for work and we are seeing excellent prices as a result,” David Doxtad, professional engineer with ISG, the city’s civil engineering firm, said.
After reviewing the bids for the Lewis Street project, the Humboldt City Council unanimously approved a resolution approving the bid from Denver Underground.

Thu
02
Feb

10 of 13 groups earn 1 ratings


Humboldt High School speech students present for a photo include, front row (l to r): Valerie Cox, Emie Wolter, Amber Wittrock, Abigail Collins, Katie Currier, Sawyer Savery, Holly Kirchhoff, Isabella Luu, Madeleine Ruzicka and Teisha Srithran. Second row: Taylor Sandven, Lauren Erickson, Anna Lenz, Brook Hjelmeland, Maddy Dahl, Keagan Burmeister, Jack Halvorson, Jacob Halvorson, Megan Abens and Erin Howard. Third row: Tia Woeste, Meg Grice, Emily Schaffer, Carter Holm, Nate Wright, Alex Mason, Logan Kehoe and Donovan Froisland. Humboldt Independent photo.

The Humboldt High School Speech Team performed at District Group Contest at Manson-Northwest Webster High School on Saturday. A total of 13 groups performed, and 10 of them earned Division One ratings and will perform at State Group Contest in Spencer on Feb. 4.

Thu
02
Feb

Drill Team Rocks it at annual HHS show


Students pre-K through eighth grade joined high school drill team members for their evening performance last Saturday at Humboldt High School. See more photos from the event on this site under the "Buy Photos" link at the top of the page. Humboldt Independent photo.

The Humboldt High School Drill Team presented “Rockin’ It Old School” at HHS Drill Team Night on Saturday, Jan. 28, at Humboldt High School. Students Pre-K through eighth grade took part in a morning clinic and then performed in the evening along with the HHS Drill Team. There was a Co-Ed routine and a Daddy Daughter performance.

Thu
26
Jan

LIfeWorks is new provider of services in Humboldt


The former West Fork Services building at 21 North Taft St. is on the market, following the closing of the agency in Humboldt Jan. 14. LifeWorks of Fort Dodge is now the service provider in Humboldt County for citizens with mental and physical disabilities. LifeWorks local office is located in the American Legion building on Sumner Avenue. Humboldt Independent photo.

By Kent Thompson
After 43 years serving persons with disabilities in the Humboldt County Community, West Fork Services closed its doors for the last time Saturday, Jan. 14, with LifeWorks of Fort Dodge providing the same home and community-based services, along with some different options in the greater Humboldt region.
“This is not a merger or acquisition. West Fork is ending its community and residential services and we are starting our services in the Humboldt area,” Teresa Naughton, executive director of LifeWorks told The Independent.
LifeWorks was founded in 1965 and began offering services in June of 1966. It has a more than 50-year record being a certified provider of home and community based services. The agency is CARF accredited in community and employment services and accredited to provide supported community living.

Thu
26
Jan

New construction planned for Humboldt Schools


The Humboldt Board of Education has approved construction of a new all-weather track at Mason Maach Field. The current track was constructed in 1983. Humboldt Independent file photo by Phil Monson.

By Phil Monson
There will be plenty of dirt flying on four different sites owned by the Humboldt Community School District in 2017 – but it will be in the name of progress.
In last week’s regular monthly meeting of the Humboldt School Board on Jan. 18, Humboldt School Superintendent Greg Darling updated the board on construction projects slated to take place this year.
Ground breaking is expected to take place in the spring for the new Kiddie Cats Community Day Care center, which will be built on the north end of the Mease administrative building in Dakota City.
Ground breaking will also take place this year on the addition and renovation project at Taft Elementary School in Humboldt. Additional classroom space will be built in the center, open area at Taft, east of the north-south center wing.

Thu
19
Jan

Saint Mary's sixth graders create Brave Bags


St. Mary sixth graders front row (l to r): Michael Illg, Tyler Paterson, Colby Caquelin, Kennedy Payer and Angela Axness. Second row: Erin Wittrock, Emma Reigelsberger, Darby DeWinter, Livvy Becker, Haley Satern, Laura Vaverek, Gus Zweibohmer and Noel Hamand. Third row: teacher Katie Phillips, Will Orness, Kaleb McCullough, Sam Bohan, Kelly Manz, Cayden Gascho, Kaydence Dugan and Brody Paterson.

By Jeff Gargano
Sixth grade students at St. Mary School in Humboldt have been collecting items to give to children who are in the hospital.
Named “Brave Bags,” the plan is to fill each bag with age appropriate items ranging from crayons and coloring books to new stuffed animals to nail polish.
The students said the idea came during Advent as they read from their devotion book.
“I believe that teaching students to be of service to others and put others before themselves is a valuable life lesson. I hope that the Brave Bags bring happiness to children that are hospitalized and I also hope that my students will never forget this lesson of service and empathy,” Katie Phillips, sixth grade teacher, said.

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