Boil order advisory issued for Renwick

A water boil advisory has been issued for the city of Renwick until further notice or until Wednesday, Sept. 19. The city is doing water repair work and there was a water main break. Use bottled water or boil water for drinking or cooking.

A water boil advisory has been issued for all residents in the city of Renwick. The order is in effect from today (Friday, Sept. 14) until Wednesday, Sept. 19.
The city is undergoing a water system project and there was a water main break, necessitating the boil order.
Bottled water or boiled water should be used for drinking or cooking.
Tap water may be used for bathing or other similar purposes.
People with questions may contact Renwick City Hall at (515) 824-3511.
Renwick Fastway, 101 York Ave., has bottled water for citizens who need it.


Humboldt man donates $25,000 to help students with eyesight challenges

Joe Wood (front-center) and his niece, Julie Morrison (left), are shown here donating $25,000 to the Humboldt School District to help provide funding to assist students who are visually impaired. School superintendent Greg Darling is shown accepting the donation with a group of middle school and high school students in back for the presentation. Humboldt Independent photo.

Joe Wood of Humboldt recalls dealing with eyesight challenges as a youth growing up in Arkansas.
Those challenges continued into adulthood and today, at age 84, Wood is dealing with losing his eyesight altogether.
Last week Wood donated $25,000 to the Humboldt School District to provide resources for the school to help students deal with any obstacle dealing with sight challenges.
“I want it to be for the kids who have problems dealing with eyesight. Maybe it can eliminate some of the problems I had in my life,” Wood said.
Humboldt School Superintendent Greg Darling said school officials are greatly appreciative of the donation made by Wood, which was also given in memory of his late wife, LaVonne.
“This funding will help the school out but also help some students who may not have the accessibility of getting aid from the Lions Club or some other entity that helps with eyesight,” Darling said.


Taft Elementary addition open house is Tuesday

Students from Mrs. Rhonda Van Pelt's class are pictured with their storybooks during a recent visit to the new media center at Taft Elementary School. Humboldt Independent photo.

A growing elementary center with more students and more classes demanded a fix.
What has resulted is a new and enhanced Taft Elementary School building project.
Construction began in the spring of 2017, to add a horizontal addition to the Taft Building, utilizing the courtyard and small play area on the northeast corner of the building.
“This addition has been part of our facility planning that has taken place in recent years,” Humboldt Superintendent of Schools Greg Darling told the Board of Education.
“It’s exciting,” Taft Elementary Principal George Bruder said of the new changes. “Teachers and students are very enthused and proud of the improvements that have been made to the building.”
Members of the public are invited to a Taft Open House on Tuesday, Sept. 18 from 4-6 p.m. See the new addition and improvements.


City seeks recreation center manager

Twelve basketball hoops have been installed in the new Humboldt Recreation Center. Construction is progressing and the building is expected to be ready to open by the end of November. The Ken and Marilyn Nielsen family hired Sande Construction of Humboldt to build a 70,000 square foot facility, that will be turned over the city upon completion. Humboldt Independent photo.

The Humboldt City Council has approved the creation of a recreation center manager for the city to operate and oversee the new Humboldt Recreation Center. The building is expected to be completed late this fall, and the position was budgeted for under the city’s 2018-19 budget. The person hired will be responsible for scheduling support staff and general operations of the facility.
The position is currently open and applications are available at Humboldt City Hall. The city is seeking candidates with a bachelor’s degree in parks and recreation or a related field, and one year experience in the operation of a recreation/wellness center and recreation programs.
The person hired will be under the direction of Humboldt Recreation Director Chris Shaner. Read more about this story in this week's Humboldt Independent. Subscribe by clicking on the link at the top of the page.


Breaking news! HHS Homecoming Court announced

The 2018 Humboldt High School Homecoming Court has been announced. Queen candidates include, front row (l to r): Ashlyn Clark, Arielle Naeve, Ebonie Bakken, Elizabeth Hildreth, Rachel Copper and Isabella Luu. King candidates include (back row): Hudson Gargano, Calvin Carlson, Carter Holm, Owen Terwilliger, Joseph Kunert and Noah Helmer. Coronation will take place at halftime of the Wildcat football game against Boone on Friday night, Sept. 21. See this photo and more at

Humboldt High School Homecoming Week will be celebrated next week.
Thursday Thrill Night activities will take place from 5-8 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 20. Free activities take place from 5-8 p.m. Some new activities include rock wall, Carlson bouncy house, cheerleading camp and middle school football scrimmage at 6 p.m. There will be a raffle at 7:45 p.m. with eight Grand Prizes valued at more than $100 each. Raffle tickets will be available only at Thursday Thrill Night (no presales). Meal cost is $5, which includes a hamburger, chips, cookie, drink, plus one raffle ticket.
Dog tags will be available for $5. Pre-sales are available at each of the schools in the school office.


Over $5,000 raised for Humota via hot dogs

Joyce and Jim Crabtree, owners of V&S Variety in downtown Humboldt, were one of several businesses that showed their support for the community effort to purchase and operate the Humota Theatre by having a hot dog stand at the Humboldt/Dakota City Chamber of Commerce's Hot Dogs for the Humota event in downtown Humboldt on Aug. 29. It's obvious the Crabtrees are "Top Dogs." Humboldt Independent photo.

The Humota Movie Group was very pleased with the turnout and financial support from the community during the Hot Dogs for the Humota fundraiser held Wednesday, Aug. 29.
The fundraiser, sponsored by the Humboldt/Dakota City Chamber of Commerce, raised $5,841.16 to keep the theatre operating.
There were about one dozen food stands offering hot dogs and other food items and drinks for a goodwill donation.
The winning hot dog stand for the best theme was CDTA and Computer Works and Vinyl Signs, who pulled their efforts for a Willy Wonka themed stand.


Humboldt native Jorgensen purchases Mason-Lindhart Funeral Home

Bill Jorgensen (left) has purchased the Mason-Lindhart Funeral Home from Lincoln Mason (right) effective Sept. 1. Humboldt Independent photo.

Humboldt native Bill Jorgensen is the new owner of the Mason-Lindhart Funeral Home.
Jorgensen purchased the funeral home from Lincoln and Dawn Mason effective Sept. 1. Lincoln Mason said he plans to pursue other career opportunities. Lincoln’s father, Scott, purchased the funeral home in 1974 and Lincoln became the owner in 2000.
Jorgensen, a 1986 graduate of Humboldt High School, is the son of LeRoy and Jan Jorgensen of Humboldt. LeRoy works part-time at the funeral home. Bill grew up near the funeral home and he and Lincoln were childhood friends. Bill got his start in the funeral business at the age of 15 when he went to work for Scott Mason.
“Lincoln and I had the privilege of learning the funeral business from his dad. Scott taught us the right way to treat people,” Jorgensen said.


BREAKING NEWS: Livermore man arrested in LuVerne murder

Jeffrey L. Winters, 60, of Livermore, has been charged with first degree murder in connection with the death of a LuVerne man sometime Monday. He is being held in the Kossuth County Jail on $2 million cash only bond.

Jeffrey Lynn Winters, 60 of Livermore, has been arrested and charged with first degree murder in the death of Randy Merle Page, 54, of LuVerne.
The arrest stems from an investigation conducted by law enforcement authorities Monday night and throughout the day on Tuesday.
According to Kossuth County, a call was received at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 27, from a LuVerne resident who said her husband was lying on the floor and was unresponsive.
That subject was identified as Page. He was found in a garage at the west end of Smart Street in LuVerne.
Winters is being held in the Kossuth County Jail on $2 million cash only bond. First degree murder is a class A felony, punishable by life in prison if found guilty.
The cause of death will be determined by autopsy results. Page’s body was taken to the State Medical Examiner’s Office in Ankeny for an official autopsy.


BREAKING NEWS: Another traffic fatality in Humboldt County

According to unofficial statistics, there have been 13 traffic fatalities in the state during the past three weeks, seven of them coming in north central and west central Iowa. The Iowa State Patrol reminds drivers to be extra vigilant during the upcoming Labor Day holiday weekend, obeying all traffic controls and posted speed limits and never driving while impaired.

The second fatal accident in less than a week occurred in Humboldt County late Sunday afternoon, Aug. 26. Both accidents claimed the lives of young women from Kossuth County.
A two-vehicle accident that occurred at the intersection of Humboldt County Road C-54 (270th Street) and County Road P-66 (Utah Avenue) claimed the life of 17-year-old Olivia Rae Bachman of Whittemore. The accident occurred at 4:50 p.m. according to a report from the Iowa State Patrol.
According to the report, the 2008 Pontiac Torrent sport utility vehicle Bachman was driving was westbound on County Road C-54, and failed to stop at the stop sign at the intersection with P-66.
A 2010 Toyota Highlander sport utility vehicle driven by Paul R. Doster, 64, of Algona, was traveling north on P-66 when it struck Bachman’s Pontiac broadside.


Meals from the Heartland fundraiser Friday at Fareway

Team 4 Hungry member Nick Davis signs off on the one millionth meal packaged by Humboldt County volunteers over eight years.

Fareway Stores will be hosting a fundraiser for Meals from the Heartland on Friday, Aug. 24, from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. Farm Bureau will be grilling hamburgers and the meal will also include chips and a soda. There will be a freewill donation with proceeds used to package meals at the ninth annual event at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church in Humboldt on March 15-16, 2019.

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