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Sat
22
Apr

Firefighters conduct controlled house burn


Twenty of twenty-one Humboldt volunteer firefighters participated in a controlled house burn on 1st Avenue South on the city’s east side Saturday morning. See this and other photos in the April 27 Humboldt Independent. Purchase photos at this site, www.humboldtnews.com and like the Humboldt Independent Newspaper on Facebook. Independent photo by Kent Thompson

The Humboldt Fire Department conducted a controlled house burning exercise Saturday morning at 211 1st Ave. S., southeast of the Humboldt Family Aquatic Center.
The property has been purchased by Habitat for Humanity and will be the site of a new habitat home, the first in Humboldt in several years.
Humboldt firefighters conducted some mini-fires in the home and extinguished them to practice firefighter training skills before setting the entire home ablaze about 9:45 a.m. Saturday morning.
The home had been vacant for several years and was believed to be about 1910 construction.

Thu
20
Apr

New DVD on Olympic champion Bill Smith


U.S. Olympic wrestling champion Bill Smith of Humboldt is the subject of a new documentary DVD. Read about it in this week's Humboldt Independent.

A new documentary, entitled Bill Smith: A Wrestling Legend, tells the story of the life and career of the oldest living Olympic wrestling champion.
Mike Chapman of Newton is the producer of the documentary, which was filmed by Mike Reese of Atlas Media in Des Moines.
Smith, a resident at the Humboldt Care Center North, talks about his life and career, other great wrestlers he has known and having the University of Northern Iowa wrestling mat dedicated in his honor. It also includes interviews with his daughters, Jody McClure, Jill Lempke and Jackie Foth, who are all Humboldt County residents. Smith is the U.S. oldest living wrestling Olympic medal winner, winning his gold medal at the Helsinki Games in 1952.
Read more about the documentary and how you can get a copy on page 2B of this week's Humboldt Independent.

Thu
20
Apr

Downtown meeting draws community interest


Main Street Iowa Executive Director Deb Sprecker tells citizens that the Frank Gotch story would be a great icon to market in business promotions and community celebrations. It's something that makes Humboldt unique, she said. Humboldt Independent photo.

By Kent Thompson
The future of Humboldt’s downtown lies with its citizens and those citizens weren’t shy about expressing what they would like to see done at a series of meetings last week.
From Wednesday through Friday, three members of the Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA): Jim Engle, director of the Iowa Downtown Resource Center; Deb Sprecker, executive director of Main Street Iowa and Tim Reinders, a design consultant for Main Street Iowa, met with Humboldt residents about economic development in downtown Humboldt.

Thu
13
Apr

Jacobson given six-month contract as engineer


Longtime Humboldt County Engineer Paul Jacobson was given a temporary six-month contract Monday by the five-member Humboldt County Board of Supervisors, after Board members expressed concerns about Jacobson's ability to work with the public. The Board agreed to review Jacobson's job status on Jan. 1, 2018. Humboldt Independent photo.

By Kent Thompson
The Humboldt County Board of Supervisors gave longtime Humboldt County Engineer Paul Jacobson an ultimatum on Monday, improve skills in dealing with the public or else face not being reappointed.
Board members issued strong opinions about Jacobson’s performance on Monday during a review of his yearly contract.
Jacobson elected to have the review in open session, although only one member of the public sat in to listen on the 15-minute review.
Some members of the Board felt Jacobson should be given time to make improvements. Others felt he should not be retained and his contract not renewed.

Thu
13
Apr

Kiwanis Easter Egg Hunt is Saturday


Many children annually look forward to the Kiwanis Easter Egg Hunt at Taft Park, in the playground area north of Taft Elementary School. The hunt will begin at 10 a.m. this Saturday, April 15. There will be categories for pre-kindergarten, kindergarten and first grade and second and third grade. Humboldt Independent photo.

The 53rd annual Humboldt/Dakota City Noon Kiwanis Easter Egg Hunt will be Saturday, April 15, beginning at 10 a.m., on the cement playground area north of Taft Elementary School.
Young children with their grocery bags, Easter baskets or buckets; accompanied by parents or guardians, should arrive prior to 10 a.m.
There will be three categories for youth: pre-kindergarten (can be accompanied by an adult), kindergarten/first grade, and second/third grade.
Club members will be tossing out about 200 pounds of candy that morning, thanks to the generous sponsorship of many community merchants. In addition to the candy, many of the merchants will be providing prizes, about 850 in all, that participants can redeem at the local businesses.
The club also purchased grand prizes of Easter baskets filled with prizes and games for one lucky winner in each of the age categories.

Thu
06
Apr

West Bend teen killed in crash near Ottosen

A single vehicle rollover crash southwest of Ottosen on Humboldt County Road P-19, has claimed the life of a West Bend teenager.
Hunter J. Origer, 17, West Bend, suffered critical injuries in the accident, which occurred on Wednesday, April 5, around 9 p.m., according to the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO).
According to a preliminary report, Origer was traveling northbound on P-19, approximately one-half mile south of Iowa Highway 15, when he was entering a curve in the road to the west and the vehicle left the roadway to the east, entering the ditch and rolling one time before coming to rest.
Origer was ejected and was found by an area resident a short time later, who called 911.
He was taken by ambulance to the Kossuth Regional Medical Center in Algona, where he later died from his injuries.

Thu
06
Apr

Simulated exercise seems very real to students


Humboldt High School senior Alex Mason (foreground right) is dressed in jail fatigues and is flanked by his attorney, Daniel Feistner, during a mock plea taking and sentencing at Humboldt High School last Friday. Pictured in the background are Alex's parents, Dawn and Lincoln Mason. Humboldt Independent photo.

By Kent Thompson
Humboldt High School and Alpha School students got a sobering lesson in the unintended consequences poor choices can have through a realistic and emotionally grueling two-day program called Every 15 Minutes, which was conducted at the Humboldt High School and Humboldt County Fairgrounds last Thursday and Friday, March 30-31.
The idea to have the program locally came from Humboldt County Deputy Sheriff Cory Lampe, who coordinated the program with Humboldt Police Officer Erin Bennett.

Thu
06
Apr

Harmon retires from vet practice


Dr. Dean Harmon has retired after 57 years as a veterinarian in Humboldt. The practice is being taken over by Dr. Erin Kramer and Dr. Culley Holm. Humboldt Independent photo.

By Jeff Gargano
After 57 years of veterinary practice in Humboldt, Dr. Dean Harmon is retiring.
Effective April 1, Dr. Harmon has sold his veterinary practice (Harmon Animal Clinic) to Dr. Erin Kramer and Dr. Culley Holm. The practice will now be known as Harmony Animal Hospital.
“I enjoyed it. It’s been a great life for me,” Dr. Harmon said. “I have sincerely appreciated the loyalty and support of our clientele, community and staff. I especially want to give a great deal of thanks to my loyal staff: Sheryl Tegtmeyer, Sherry Carlson and Liza Marchant.”
Dr. Kramer has been practicing with Dr. Harmon for the last six years. Dr. Culley Holm lives in Humboldt and also operates Holm Animal Hospital in Fort Dodge.
Read more about Dr. Harmon's career in Humboldt by reading this week's Humboldt Independent. Subscribe by clicking on the link at the top of this page.

Thu
30
Mar

Residents like parks, see highway crossings as safety issue


School children play at Bicknell Park on the merry-go-round. Citizens who participated in a community visioning focus group recently, thought Humboldt's parks and trails were a big asset. Humboldt Independent photo.

By Kent Thompson
Local residents had some strong opinions on things they like and things that could be improved upon, according to a Community Visioning focus group workshop on Saturday, March 18, at the Mease Elementary School.
A total of 24 people participated in the question and answer sessions and discussions.
The focus groups were divided into categories: parents and youth; older adults; active recreationalists and people with mobility impairments.
Organizers were trying to find some consensus and an overall feeling about what people think about the transportation enhancements currently in place and ways to improve the community in that regard.

Thu
30
Mar

Hy-Capacity and HCMH square off


Employees of Hy-Capacity and Humboldt County Memorial Hospital lost a total of 927 pounds over a nine-week period during the first annual Wellness Challenge. Businesses are encouraged to join the next friendly competition.

With 927 pounds lost by 121 participants in a nine-week Wellness Challenge everyone was a winner.
But based on percentage lost, employees at Hy-Capacity won the first annual Mission Slim Possible competing against employees from Humboldt County Memorial Hospital.
The 35 participants from Hy-Capacity lost a total of 267 pounds. The 86 participants from HCMH lost a total of 659.9 pounds.
In early January, Hy-Capacity and HCMH started a friendly competition with each other to promote wellness in the workplace and within the community. The team members were challenged to focus on creating healthy lifestyle habits, logging active minutes, increasing water intake, getting recommended fruits and vegetables, getting enough sleep and just being positive.

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