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Fri
20
Oct

BREAKING NEWS: High-speed chase ends in crash


The red Chevrolet Impala in the above photo led Humboldt County Law Enforcement on a brief high-speed chase through the city streets of Humboldt shortly after 3:30 p.m. Friday afternoon, Oct. 20. Two subjects (one male and one female) were apprehended after the vehicle crashed into three other vehicles. No one was hurt and no names of the suspect(s) have been released. Check this space and the Humboldt Independent newspaper for more details. Humboldt Independent photo.

By Kent Thompson
An unidentified driver in a red Chevrolet Impala led Humboldt Police, the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office and the Iowa State Patrol on a brief but intense high-speed chase in the town of Humboldt Friday afternoon, shortly after 3:30 p.m.
Iowa State Patrol Trooper Kyle Kluender was not on duty at the time of the accident, but said he was working on his yard at the intersection of 11th Street North and 8th Avenue North. Kluender reported the suspect vehicle doing 80 miles an hour on a residential street at the time with a Humboldt County Sheriff’s deputy in pursuit.
Humboldt County Sheriff’s Deputy Cory Lampe, Sheriff's Deputy Matt Steil, Sheriff Dean Kruger and Humboldt Police Officers Brad Thiele and Erin Bennett gave chase, along with Kluender and Deputy Roger Bennett, who was also off-duty at the time. The subject traveled on several city streets both north and south of Sumner Avenue.

Thu
19
Oct

Hog Slat expands product offerings


This aerial overview show the footprint of Hog Slat’s Midwest Division facilities in Humboldt. The large warehouse constructed last year is the top right of the photo. Hog Slat also has a fan assembly division at the former Shopper Supply/Bomgaars building on Highway 169. Submitted photo.

By Kent Thompson
It would be safe to say that the modern swine and poultry industries would not exist today if not for the existence of industry partners like Hog Slat and Georgia Poultry.
Hog Slat, a leading manufacturer of precast concrete slats and swine production equipment, has its roots in rural North Carolina.
In 1993 Humboldt was selected as the headquarters for the Midwest Division.
The local industry’s latest addition is a 106,000 square foot warehouse located northeast of the main office, which was completed in 2016. The new building allowed the Midwest Division in Humboldt to more than double its bulk storage and warehousing capabilities. There is also room for light manufacturing and assembly of products. Right now, Hog Slat is manufacturing the steel mats for concrete slats it also produces. About 85 percent of the new building is dedicated to warehouse activities and about 15 percent to manufacturing.

Thu
19
Oct

AmericInn grand opening is Oct. 25


Jason Brownfield, General Manager of the new 41-room AmericInn, has Humboldt roots. Humboldt Independent photo.

Humboldt’s new 41-room hotel, AmericInn, will have a Grand Opening on Wednesday, Oct. 25, from 3-5:30 p.m.
The two-story hotel is located on Highway 169 at the intersection with 3rd Avenue North in Humboldt. The new business currently employs 13 people. General Manager Jason Brownfield said business has been very good since the “soft” opening on July 20.
“We’ve had very good occupancy rates and have been sold out several nights. We are getting lots of positive comments about the hotel,” Brownfield said. “The Grand Opening gives people a chance to come see the hotel, the rooms and the pool.”
Work on the pool was set to be completed this week.
“We wanted to wait until the pool was finished to have the Grand Opening. We haven’t set any prices or times yet, but we will be doing open swim and pool parties.

Thu
12
Oct

Farmer's Cooperative in Ottosen finds niche


Kevin Walker, General Manager of the Farmer’s Cooperative of Ottosen, is shown in front of seed storage tanks that were added recently. Humboldt Independent photo.

By Jeff Gargano
Finding a niche and doing it well is helping the Farmer’s Cooperative Elevator of Ottosen survive, and even thrive, in a time of constant consolidation in the industry.
While grain and fertilizer remain their biggest enterprise, specialty feeds for smaller operations has been a growth area.
“Most feed mills today are massive. Our feed mill is small and we custom make our feed for many smaller producers, 4-H and FFA projects,” Kevin Walker, General Manager of the Farmer’s Cooperative Elevator of Ottosen and Algona, said.
Another new niche is they’ll be shipping organic grain by rail out of Ottosen.
“There are quite a few producers entering the organic market, and some that have been in it a long time. It’s another niche market, something we can do to increase our profitability for our members,” Walker said.

Thu
12
Oct

HCMH announces $19.2 million building expansion


This is an architectural design rendering of what a new entrance to the Humboldt County Memorial Hospital will look like. On Monday, the hospital unveiled plans for a $19.2 million expansion. Graphic courtesy of RDG and HCMH.

By Kent Thompson
Humboldt County Memorial Hospital (HCMH) has announced completion of its facility master plan, which will include the construction of a two-story 40,000 square foot addition, south and east of the current building structure.
HCMH Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Michelle Sleiter said the total building project budget is $19.2 million.
The new addition will include space for primary care medical providers through the relocation of the UnityPoint Clinic, inside the hospital. The area will also include outpatient specialty services, rehabilitation services, cardiopulmonary services, diabetic education, dietary support, patient education area and a new conference center that will double the space of the existing center.

Thu
05
Oct

Have a Heart for Art auction planned


The Humboldt Area Arts Council will be having an online auction for a fundraiser with locally donated art items on display and available for online bid from Oct. 26-Nov. 12. For more information people can check out the HAAC website at artsinhumboldt.com, or the HAAC Facebook page. Those with questions can contact Jaime Zweibohmber at (515) 890-9099.

Bidding on art items in the “Have a Heart for Art,” the 12th annual Humboldt Area Art Council (HAAC) fundraiser, should be a bit easier this year.
Art will be available for purchase via an online auction from Oct. 26-Nov. 12.
Auction items will be on display at the Humboldt Masonic Lodge building, 509 Sumner Avenue, on Thursday, Oct. 26, from 5-7 p.m., which is during Harvest Moon Madness in downtown Humboldt. The art auction items will also be available for viewing one hour prior to “Dial M for Murder” performances on Thursday, Nov. 9, Friday, Nov. 10 and Sunday, Nov. 12 at the Masonic Lodge. The 7-8 p.m. time period on Nov. 9-10 and 2-3 p.m. on Nov. 12 is being called “Have a Heart for Art” Happy Hour. The Happy Hour is open to anyone regardless if they are attending the performance or not.

Thu
05
Oct

City elections set; no races in Humboldt


Humboldt will not have any declared contested races for city offices this fall. From left: at-large council candidates Kirk Whittlesey and Mike Worthington and Humboldt mayoral candidate Dan Scholl.

By Kent Thompson
There will be contested races this fall in Humboldt County, just not in the city of Humboldt itself.
The deadline for filing nomination papers for the Tuesday, Nov. 7 city elections has passed, and the ballots are set, with contested races for some positions in several area towns.
In Humboldt, Mayor Dan Scholl is running unopposed for a second term, after first being elected in 2015, after serving a brief time on the Humboldt City Council.
Both of the city’s at-large council seats are up for election.
At-large Council member Kirk Whittlesey will be running for re-election. He will be seeking a four-year term. Whittlesey was appointed to fill the unexpired Council seat of Darrell Rusher in December 2016.
Also running for city council member at-large will be a familiar face in the community, Mike Worthington. Worthington is a retired insurance agent, who has served many years on the Humboldt Park Board.

Sun
01
Oct

Peyton, Bruening crowned homecoming Queen and King


Cassie Peyton (left) and Nick Bruening were crowned Queen and King in the Humboldt High School Homecoming coronation ceremony held on Sept. 29 at halftime of the Wildcats' home football game. Independent photo.

Cassie Peyton was crowned Queen and Nick Bruening King at the Humboldt High School Homecoming coronation ceremony held at halftime of the Wildcats' home football game last Friday night (Sept. 29).

Cassie is the daughter of Gary and Sonja Peyton and Nick is the son of Chris and Sara Bruening.

Thu
28
Sep

School enrollment expected to be up by 20


Humboldt's Board of Education was officially installed at the Board's regular monthly meeting on Sept. 20. Pictured from left to right: Brody Clark (president), Kyle Kluender (vice president), Suzanne Newton, Robert Myott and Mike Heier. Newton, Myott and Heier were all elected in the Sept. 12 Board election. Humboldt Independent photo by Phil Monson.

By Phil Monson
When it comes to student enrollment, the Humboldt Community School District continues to buck the trend.
In last week’s monthly meeting of the Humboldt Board of Education, school superintendent Greg Darling, reported student enrollment for the 2017-18 school year appears to be up over 20 students. The final enrollment count will take place on Oct. 1 and submitted to the state.
“It looks like we will be in the plus 20 category. We have a large influx of students in grades K-1 as well as middle school, too,” Darling said. “Next year we will have a dilemma where we’ll have to expand more at the high school and middle school.”
“When we have looked at past projections going back 10 to 15 years ago, our district wasn’t expected to see the increases. During interviews with new students and families recently, a lot of them are new to the district after moving into town,” Darling said. “It is a good thing.”

Thu
28
Sep

Local student is Sunday traffic crash victim


Brady Ahlstrom, 12, of Dakota City, was killed Sunday, Sept. 24, as a result of a two-vehicle head-on collision east of Dakota City on highway 3. Humboldt Independent photo.

By Kent Thompson
A Humboldt Middle School student was killed and his father and another area woman seriously injured Sunday night in a two-vehicle accident east of Humboldt on Highway 3.
According to Iowa State Patrol Officer Neal Morenz, Humboldt County emergency personnel were summoned to Highway 3 for a two-vehicle, head-on collision at the top of the hill one mile east of Dakota City, near the intersection of Highway 3 and Ohio Avenue.
According to the report, a 2009 Buick Lacrosse CXL driven by Kevin P. Ahlstrom, 39, of Dakota City, was traveling westbound on Highway 3.
A 2007 Ford Edge driven by Trisha D. Luthro, 40, of Badger, was traveling eastbound on Highway 3, but was in the westbound lane. The vehicles collided, sending Ahlstrom’s Buick into the east lane/shoulder, facing northwest. The Luthro vehicle traveled onto the west shoulder, facing west.

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