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15
Feb

Cooperative loan funds help GCFD


Firefighters in Gilmore City run the new truck through its paces. Photo courtesy of Ryan Henn, Midland Power Cooperative.

By KENT THOMPSON
Gilmore City has a new 2024 fire engine pumper truck, thanks to the generosity of the local community and a helping hand from two local cooperatives.
The city took delivery of the truck in early December. It replaces a 1984 unit that was “getting pretty worn out,” according to Fire Captain and former Chief Bob Allen.
The project was buoyed by two $100,000 low-interest loans provided by Corn Belt and Midland Power cooperatives; both loans are for a 10-year period.
“We wouldn’t have been able to do the project at this time without their cooperation,” Assistant Fire Chief Scott Thompson said.
Read the full story and see more photos in this week's Humboldt Independent and online at this website, www.humboldtnews.com

Thu
15
Feb

Debate about course offerings at school board meeting


Humboldt 7th graders from left: Drake Pettit, Noah Elman and Callen Johnson, members of Katie Phillips’ civic engagement class, are canvassing the community seeking small items that can be put in a drawstring book bag and given to brave girls and boys who are hospitalized fighting illness and disease. The campaign will be continuing through March 31. Read the full story in this week's Humboldt Independent. Contact Katie Phillips at the Humboldt Middle School to see how you can help. Humboldt Independent photo.

By PHIL MONSON
Proposed changes to next year’s course offerings at Humboldt High School drew concern from a group of students who attended the monthly school board meeting Monday night, Feb. 12.
Four students and four teachers were present at the meeting, where much of the discussion centered around plans to drop classes with less than 10 students.
High school principal Travis Sprague reported that half of the North Central Conference schools run a minimum of 10 students per class.
“In discussions with the administration and building leaders here, it is in our best intention to run classes of at least 10 students or more for next year,” Sprague said. “For most of our classes, this has no impact whatsoever.”
However, students speaking at the meeting offered a different view.

Thu
15
Feb

Independent, Thompson earn honors


Kent Thompson (right) was presented the Master Editor/Publisher Award at the Iowa Newspaper Association convention on Feb. 8 in Des Moines. Paula Buenger, past president and previous award recipient, is shown here making the presentation. Independent photo.

Sports Editor Phil Monson received a third place award for Best Sports Story for large circulation weeklies at the Iowa Newspaper Association Convention in Des Moines last week. Monson's sports feature on Brynn Malo's cross country journey was recognized.

The Humboldt Independent and general manager/editor Kent Thompson received awards at the Iowa Newspaper Association Convention in Des Moines Feb. 8.
Thompson received the Master Editor/Publisher Award, honoring his more than four decades in the newspaper business in a variety of roles at several locations including weekly newspapers in Iowa Falls, Algona and now Humboldt. He has been the news editor at the Humboldt Independent for the past 16 years. "His story is characterized by consistency and dedication to his publications, co-workers and communities," the award states.
The Humboldt Independent Newspaper was recognized for winning two awards in last week’s Iowa Newspaper Association annual convention held on Feb. 8 in Des Moines.
In the weekly newspaper Class 3 group, Humboldt won third-place in the categories of Best Sports Section and Best Sports Story.

Thu
15
Feb

New horse arena being built at fairgrounds


An artist drawing of the new horse arena to be built in the north infield of the race track at the Humboldt County Fairgrounds. Persons wishing to donate or pay for a sponsorship can contact the fair board at 515-332-5154.

By PHIL MONSON
A new horse arena is being built at the Humboldt County Fairgrounds. The new facility will be ready for the 2024 fair.
Kevin Cordray, member of the fair board, says the newer, bigger arena will be located near the location of the previous arena, at the north infield of the harness racing track on the grounds.
“The arena we had in the past had become outdated and needed a lot of repairs, so we feel the time was right to rebuild it,” Cordray said. “The arena we had restricted us in the type of events we could hold there. The new arena will be one and one-half times the size of the previous arena.”
“With the newer, bigger facility, we can host rodeo events, barrel racing and other events, in addition to all the 4-H events we’ve had in the past,” Cordray said.

Wed
07
Feb

HCMH looks at possible MH expansion


Humboldt County Memorial Hospital CEO Michelle Sleiter said the hospital's new Mental Health & Wellness Center clinic has already reached capacity for providers. The waiting list of patients totals 100.

By KENT THOMPSON
Less than 10 months after opening a Mental Health & Wellness Center, Humboldt County Memorial Hospital (HCMH) is already on the cusp of determining if an expansion is necessary.
That was the word from HCMH Chief Executive Officer Michelle Sleiter at the Board of Trustees meeting on Jan. 23.
“When I came to you about two years ago asking for $2 million for a mental health and wellness center it was on a hope strategy that if we build it, they will come. Now, less than one year into operations, we are out of space,” Sleiter said.
“We hit the mark faster than I ever dreamed possible. Beginning next month or the month after we need to strategically discuss where do we take mental health. How big do we want to be? Or are we who we are and are doing what we can do in the community,” Sleiter told the seven-member board.

Wed
07
Feb

McDaniel's heart scare allows comeback


Daylin McDaniel (left), a senior on the Humboldt High boys’ wrestling team, and his father, Justin, an assistant coach, shown here before a recent practice session. Daylin has returned to the mat in recent weeks after a heart scare sidelined him for nearly six months. Independent photo.

By PHIL MONSON
Daylin McDaniel’s senior year has been anything but normal over the last six months.
Competing in Humboldt’s regional wrestling dual at Huxley on Jan. 30 was a step back to normalcy for him and his parents, Justin and Bre McDaniel.
After undergoing a barrage of tests, meeting with doctors, wearing heart monitors and missing out on most of his cross country and wrestling seasons, McDaniel returned to the mat and helped his Wildcats battle Ballard Huxley. The match ended up with Humboldt winning by criteria, 38-37, to advance to the state tournament last weekend, where Humboldt placed fifth.
“It felt good to get back on the mat. I’m happy I was able to contribute to the team," Daylin McDaniel said. Read about his challenges and comeback in this week's Humboldt Independent sports section.

Wed
07
Feb

Local food drives planned


Joel Rasmussen, Humboldt County Farm Bureau president, recently presented a $1,000 donation to the Humboldt Food Pantry. The donation was accepted by staff member Alisa Schlief. Farm Bureau recognizes that many Iowans experience difficulties including the most basic need of food security. As Iowa farmers, who raise livestock and grow crops, Farm Bureau leaders know the importance of providing safe, healthy food for everyone and care about those in need. The Humboldt Food Pantry is operated by Upper Des Moines Opportunity, Inc. (UDMO). Submitted photo.

In a collective effort to combat food insecurity in our community, residents of Humboldt County are invited to join in a special food drive Saturday, Feb. 10, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Humboldt Fareway Grocery Store.
The food drive will be held to benefit the Humboldt County Food Pantry. It will be staffed by the Humboldt County Democrats.
According to Feeding America, a nationwide network of food banks, 9.5 percent of all Humboldt County residents were food insecure in 2021, the most recent year for which they have data.
The rate of food insecurity for Humboldt County’s children was 11.5 percent.

Fri
02
Feb

Film, meeting shine light on human trafficking


More than 150 people filled the hall at Zion Lutheran Church to see a screening of “Gridshock”, a documentary about human trafficking in Iowa created by Vanessa McNeal on Saturday, Jan. 20. A discussion about the issue followed the screening. Humboldt Independent photo by April Kelley.

Development Coordinator, Kelly Bucher with Wings of Refuge in Ames told the group assembled about the services offered at the non-profit residential facility for victims of Human sex trafficking. Humboldt Independent photo by April Kelley.

BY APRIL KELLEY
Human trafficking, whether labor or sexual, lives in the darkness because the people being trafficked are either ashamed or afraid to be discovered.
A presentation offered by Koinonia Bible Study Group which included a special showing of “Gridshock”, a sex trafficking documentary and information presented by several community members was offered at Zion Lutheran Church on Saturday, Jan. 20.
Human trafficking is defined as the trade of humans for the purpose of forced labor, sexual slavery or commercial sexual exploitation.
In 2021, the National Human Trafficking Hotline received 10,360 reports of suspected human trafficking cases involving 16,710 victims.
People may think they only happen in big cities, but they happen here in rural Iowa. Read about it in this week's Humboldt Independent. Subscribe by clicking on the link at the top of this page.

Fri
02
Feb

Sisters Home Style announces retail closing

Sisters Home Style Entrees & Gifts will be closing its downtown retail gift store in the near future, according to a report posted on the company’s Facebook page which went viral shortly before 11 a.m. on Tuesday.
Sister’s Home Style Entrees and Gifts has operated its retail store at 605 Sumner Ave., in the former Saul Photography Studio building for a number of years.
According to Tuesday’s post, the gift store will be closing permanently in the near future when gift inventory has been liquidated. The company will be announcing dates and time for a liquidation sale in the near future.
According to the announcement, meals will continue to be available for purchase at the production facility at 1303 22nd St. N. in Humboldt from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday.

Fri
02
Feb

Livermore News for week of Feb. 1


The above artists, from left: Marlys Trauger, Linda Scott, Carol Mckenna and Helen Collins, met at the Livermore Library for the painting tutorial class to learn the basics. They learned form and technique, from choosing a palette and paint to fundamentals such as color mixing, layering and more. They were able to practice their new skills with simple exercises and projects including a monochromatic painting and full-color still life. Submitted photo.

Editor's note: Due to a page placement error in the publishing process, this week's Livermore News did not appear in the Humboldt Independent. We sincerely apologize for the mistake as we know Kirk Hundertmark diligently gathers and reports the news and photos on a weekly basis and our Livermore area readers enjoy it. We are reprinting the column here for your benefit and the report and photo will appear in the Feb. 8 edition. Again, our apologies. Kent Thompson, editor.

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