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Thu
15
Oct

Yacht Club rebuilds after devastating fire


The last wall of the fire damaged portion of Yacht Club Trailers is being removed to make way for the manufacturing facility to be rebuilt by Sande Construction. Completion date is early February. Humboldt Independent photo.

About two-thirds of the Yacht Club Trailers manufacturing facility is being demolished and will soon be replaced.
This comes after a devastating fire that started about noon on July 27. The fire started in the paint line and spread from there.
Company CEO Rod Harklau said they hope to be utilizing the rebuilt plant by early February. Sande Construction is the general contractor on the project.
Yacht Club was in the process of purchasing the former Dodgen Industries property across the street when the fire struck, and they went ahead and finalized the purchase right away.
“Having that space available was a blessing from God. If we didn’t have that option we may not have been able to re-open,” Harklau said. “We’ve been able to go from about 10 percent capacity up to about 75 percent today. Our orders haven’t slowed down. We’re thankful our customers are willing to be patient and stay with us as we rebuild.”

Thu
15
Oct

Drivers need to stop when a school bus does


Pictured from left to right are some of the bus drivers for the Humboldt Community School, Leroy Clapper, Les Fevold, Chris Pedersen, Wendy Johnson, Kim Tinken, Leo Reigelsberger, Tom Hart, Jeff Kleiss and Denise Curtis. Other Humboldt drivers not pictured: Ted Beach, Al Blanchard and Mike Pedersen, and Twin Rivers School bus drivers Mike Collins and Roy Scott. Humboldt Independent photo.

You could hear the emotion in their voices as Humboldt Community School District and Twin Rivers bus drivers described close calls they’ve encountered with vehicles passing a stopped school bus.
That’s a stopped school bus with flashing red and yellow lights and a stop sign extended. The law says vehicles from both directions must stop. Why? To allow children departing the stopped bus to safely cross the roadway.
As of Sept. 17, at least seven vehicles had passed a stopped Humboldt school bus. Last school year it happened more than 30 times.
“It seems some people speed up when they see the flashing lights,” bus driver Kim Tinken said.
“Our number one thought is the safety of the children. The last thing any of us want to do is to go explain to a parent why their child is no longer here,” bus driver Wendy Johnson said.

Thu
15
Oct

Zwiefels make pork a family business


Kayne, 11 (left), and Summer, 12 (soon to be 13) (right), are actively involved in Timber Ridge Show Pigs, a family cooperative started by their parents and older brother. These barn mates share a kiss for the camera. Humboldt Independent photo by Kent Thompson.

By KENT THOMPSON
Raising 4-H and FFA show pigs was never a far reaching goal for local business people and entrepreneurs Ryan and Mandy Zwiefel, but their children got into it and now their Timber Ridge Show Pigs business is a family affair that they all love.
“Our oldest son, Cole Anderson, who’s 19 now, wanted to have pigs at the fair. He asked if we could get a sow and start farrowing and it just kind of grew from there,” R. Zwiefel said.
Now younger children, Summer, 12, soon to be 13, and Kayne, 11, are both involved in 4-H and the family show pig operation and seem to be enjoying it.
Read more about the family's enterprise in this week's Salute to Area Pork Producers in the Humboldt Independent.

Wed
14
Oct

Red Flag Warning issued in county

The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office has issued a red flag warning today (Wednesday) from 1-8 p.m. in Humboldt County, warning of an elevated fire danger.
A Red Flag Warning means that warm temperatures, very low humidity and strong winds will combine for an increase risk of fire danger.
Citizens are advised to avoid open burning, using lawn mowers on dry vegetation, chainsaws, movers or other equipment during these hours, if possible.
Farmers using harvesting or tillage equipment are also advised to be careful of potential sparking of dry stubble that could create a blaze.

Mon
12
Oct

Livermore man dies in early Saturday pickup crash

On Saturday, Oct. 10 at 5:53 a.m., the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO) received a report of a single-vehicle accident in the 1800 mile marker of Michigan Avenue, in Grove Township, four miles north of Humboldt.
Deputies responding to the scene found a heavily damaged Ford F-150 on its top in the roadway.
Preliminary findings indicate that the Ford F-150 was driving north on County K Road (County Road P-56) and continued north where the road turns into county gravel, Michigan Avenue. The vehicle left the roadway and struck the ditch and re-entered the roadway, coming to rest on its top.
As a result of the collision, Gary Berte, 58, of Livermore, was found deceased inside the vehicle. Berte was the registered owner of the F-150.
The accident remains under investigation and more details may be released as they become available.

Thu
08
Oct

Council votes to hire own police chief


Humboldt Police Administrator Dean Kruger (left) will have his services for the city end at the end of the calendar year. On Monday night, the Humboldt City Council unanimously decided to hire a city police chief. Humboldt City Administrator Travis Goedken (right) said a search for a chief will begin immediately.

By KENT THOMPSON
What has been both cooperative and slightly contentious over the past 11 years will soon be coming to an end.
On Monday night, the Humboldt City Council, by a 3-0 vote, agreed to terminate its law enforcement contract with the county to provide law enforcement services.
The contract is renewed on a yearly basis and was slated to run through June 30, 2021.
The action Monday night will effectively end Sheriff Dean Kruger’s run as also serving as the police administrator for the city of Humboldt, a duty he has undertaken for the past 11-plus years.
Read more about city administrator, council, mayor and police administrator comments in this week's Humboldt Independent on sale now. Better yet, subscribe by clicking on the link at the top of this page and don't miss and issue. The Humboldt Independent, your trusted source for local news and sports.

Thu
08
Oct

15th annual Pumpkins and Ponies is this weekend


This young lady finds a pumpkin just right for carving at the 2019 Pumpkins and Ponies. This year’s event is this Saturday and Sunday. Humboldt Independent file photo.

Bob and Lonnie Larson with SpringVale Farm, 2603 Lone Tree Road, south of Humboldt, are pleased to announce the 15th annual Pumpkins and Ponies event this Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 10 and 11. Saturday hours will be 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday will be 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
The Larsons report a fine crop of pumpkins this year and people can go out to the pumpkin patch and have their pick. There will be wagon rides to and from the patch.
The ponies portion will be a bit different. Because of the pandemic, no pony rides will be offered this year, but there will be many ponies for viewing and petting. In fact, ponies will be just one of the many farm animals featured in the petting zoo.
There will be much fun and entertainment during the two-day event.

Thu
08
Oct

Bode School celebrates 100 years this week


Oct. 9 marks the 100th anniversary of the dedication of the present Bode school building. Due to COVID restrictions the celebration to mark this 100-year milestone had to be postponed. Plans are being made to offer school tours on the Saturday coinciding with Livermore Days in July 2021.

Oct. 9 marks the 100th anniversary of the dedication of the present Bode school building. The first school was built by Lars Gangestad in the late 1870s.
In the fall of 1956, the Bode, Ottosen, and Livermore school districts merged. The new district was named “Twin Rivers” since it was located between the east and west branches of the Des Moines River. The new school colors were black and gold, and the mascot was the “Pirate.” The high school program was located in Bode and the grade school programs were located in Livermore and Ottosen. In 1971, due to declining enrollment, the decision was made to close the Ottosen building, have one grade school at Livermore, and the junior high students at Bode.
Read more about the school's history in this week's Humboldt Independent. Any fond memories of Bode, TR, TRV and Bode Elementary schools may be sent to Geri Wheeler at P.O. Box 281, Bode, IA 50519. The remembrances will be posted at the Bode Public Library.

Thu
01
Oct

New doctor excited to make a healthier Humboldt County


Dr. Benjamin Paul is beginning his medical practice in Humboldt next week. He is pictured with his 20-month-old daughter Lucy and wife Ashley Paul. Humboldt Independent photo by Kent Thompson.

By KENT THOMPSON
“I love Iowa and I want to make Humboldt a healthier place.”
Good words to live by from Humboldt’s newest addition to its medical family, Dr. Benjamin Paul.
Paul will begin his practice in Humboldt at the UnityPoint Clinic Family Medicine next week.
Dr. Paul said the hospital and UnityPoint Health work well together and he sees his practice in Humboldt as a place where he can take pride, find the best way to help people and build a good practice, attuned to the needs of the local community.
Read about his life story and how he and his family ended up in Humboldt in this week's Humboldt Independent. Subscribe today by clicking on the link at the top of this page and don't miss an issue.

Thu
01
Oct

Area travel and tourism looks for boost


The bronze Frank Gotch Statue in Bicknell Park regularly draws visitors from out of town. Humboldt's Andy Milam wants to keep that going and growing, but says better promotion and marketing is needed. Humboldt Independent photo.

By KENT THOMPSON
Tourism in Iowa and Humboldt County is big business. If you don't believe it, in 2018, visitors to Iowa spent nearly $9 billion in the state and generated $517.5 million in state tax revenues. In Humboldt County the figure was $13.2 million, according to the Iowa Department of Tourism and the U.S. Travel Association.

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