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Thu
02
Apr

Food wanted for Shag the Drag Friday


This lady was so happy to get out of the house she was dancing for joy last Friday night in downtown Humboldt. She was one of many who “dragged main” just for the fun of it. Another event is planned for this Friday from 7-8 p.m. Attendees are asked to leave non-perishable food items at Voltage Ink, 602 Sumner Ave., for the Humboldt County Ministerial Association Food Pantry.

UDMO, who manages the local food pantry for the Ministerial Association, is partnering with Jennifer Tille coordinator of the “Shag the Drag” event being held on Friday nights from 7-8 p.m. Rebecca Jensen, Outreach Specialist, with UDMO reached out to Jennifer and suggested a food drive along with the “Shag the Drag” event she started to help keep the community positive during the Covid-19 Pandemic. Jennifer was gracious enough to accept the challenge and “roll” with it.
They are just focusing on food needs right now to help feed our families in crisis in Humboldt County. A few suggestions would be cereal, canned vegetables and fruits, peanut butter and jelly, macaroni and cheese boxes, instant potatoes, rice and pasta packages, Ramen soup, soups, spaghetti sauce and noodles, Chef Boyardee canned meals. They might look at having non-food items donated in the future such as laundry detergent, shampoo, soap and yes that dirty word toilet paper!

Thu
02
Apr

Humboldt to host Purdue/Iowa State wrestling dual


Tony Ersland (left), a 1992 Humboldt High School graduate and head wrestling coach of Purdue University, will bring his team to the Humboldt High School gym on Sunday Dec. 20, for a dual with Iowa State University, coached by 1981 Humboldt graduate Kevin Dresser (center). Humboldt wrestling coach Chad Beaman (right) made the announcement last week.

Event will be held Dec. 20

Mon
23
Mar

BREAKING NEWS: Jim Murray named superintendent of Humboldt Community School District


Jim Murray

Algona native approved by board in special meeting

By Phil Monson

Humboldt’s new school superintendent is coming back home to north central Iowa.
Jim Murray, principal at Tilford Elementary School in the Vinton-Shellsburg Community School District in eastern Iowa, has accepted the position as Humboldt’s school superintendent starting July 1.
Murray’s hiring was approved unanimously by the Humboldt School Board in a brief, special meeting held Monday night, March 23.

Thu
19
Mar

Humboldt Schools plan online learning


The National Honor Society at Humboldt High School welcomed new inductees on Thursday, March 12. Front row from left: Quinton Orr, Morgan Smith, Emily Zaugg, Jayda Hoefer, Kaylee Shaner and Cameron Beach. Middle row from left: Aneisha Sritharan, Cassondra Ruzicka, Fletcher Satern, Leah Manz, Abbie Orness, Kylie Moser and Lily Groat. Back row from left: Esmerelda Tejeda, Sydney Savery, Kailee Dettmann, Eric Wittrock, Katie Wilhelm and Leah Johnson. Independent photo by Phil Monson.

By Phil Monson
The Humboldt School District is making plans to educate students online over the next four weeks. That was the word at Monday's Humboldt Board of Education meeting.
“The administrative team discussed this morning on how students could take online classes. We also discussed a list of resources parents can use once we get to that point, along with providing resources for parents with special needs students,” Interim Superintendent Mike Sherwood said. “Once we provide the resources, then we have to make sure there is Internet access for all students.”
“We’ll be finding out who has Internet access and who doesn’t. How do we match those resources and specific needs? I know Greg (Wickett) is working on providing Google Classroom and resource training videos for staff to be able to post things online,” Sherwood said.

Thu
12
Mar

Pat Hill plants the seed for women farmers


Beaver Township farmer and Humboldt County community volunteer extraordinaire Pat Hill poses with her dog Kallie on her home farm in Beaver Township. Humboldt Independent photo by Kent Thompson.

By KENT THOMPSON
You could call her a pioneer, but she would be preferred to be known as farmer Pat.
Humboldt’s Pat Hill was a female in a male-dominated profession before it was cool.
And that’s OK with Pat, because farming and helping in the fields has always been part of the Beaver Township resident’s Modus operandi.
A self-described “tomboy,” Pat said she grew up raising and riding horses and helping the guys in the field. “I had horses starting at age 4,” she said.
Read more about how "farm wife became farm life" for the Beaver Township agriculturalist in this week's Salute to Ag Producers. It is just one of several local stories and advertisements in the Humboldt Independent. Get your copy delivered by clicking on the link at the top of this page.

Thu
12
Mar

April 5 Tea another in a long line


A group of friends enjoy the Victorian Tea. Submitted photo.

By Carolyn Saul Logan
There is a long history of Victorian Teas at the Humboldt Museum. There were usually two sittings with the Mill Farm House ballroom and dining room filled with decorated tables. Some years overflow was served at the round kitchen table. There was a bevy of volunteers dressed to suit the occasion serving hot tea. One memorable year they were serving champagne. All sorts of delicious finger food, provided by volunteers from the Humboldt County Historical Association, was laid out on a decorated table and background music got lost in the chatter. China from the museum’s collections graced the tables and for several years Sharon Reedy shared her collection of antique teacups.

Tue
10
Mar

Four finalists for Humboldt/TR superintendent position announced

The Humboldt and Twin Rivers Community School Districts announced the four finalists vying for the superintendent position.
They include:
–Jim Murray, principal at Tilford Elementary School in the Vinton-Shellsburg Community Schools.
–Dr. Kenneth Howard, superintendent at South Hamilton Community Schools.
–Dr. Bill Szakacs, pre-school administrator in the Des Moines Public Schools.
–Dr. Chad Dumas, executive director of elementary education for the Ames Community Schools.
Murray and Howard will be in Humboldt on March 18 for interview sessions and tour the community. Szakacs and Dumas will be in Humboldt on March 20 for their interviews and community visit.
Jeff Herzberg, who is conducting the search for the new superintendent, presented the top 10 candidates to the boards in a closed, special meeting held on March 9. After meeting for nearly two and one-half hours, they came up with their final four candidates.

Sat
07
Mar

Fire destroys Humboldt home Saturday afternoon


Flames shoot out of the front entrance to the Bret and Deb Davis home on West River Drive Saturday, March 7. The fire broke about 1:30 p.m. and firefighters were still on the scene late Saturday afternoon. Humboldt Independent photo by Kent Thompson.

Humboldt Assistant Fire Chief Kim Jensen attacks the interior of the home of Bret and Deb Davis on West River Drive Saturday afternoon. Strong winds hampered attempts by the Humboldt Fire Department to bring the fire under control in a rapid manner. See this and other photos at www.humboldtnews.com. Humboldt Independent photo by Kent Thompson.

A Humboldt firefighter walks past the west side of the Bret and Deb Davis home 2202 West River Drive Saturday afternoon, March 7. Fire broke out about 1:30 p.m. Saturday and consumed the home. Humboldt Independent photo by Kent Thompson.

By KENT THOMPSON
The calm of a spring-like late winter afternoon was shattered Saturday when thick black and gray smoke billowed out of a home at 2202 West River Drive in Humboldt, the home of Bret and Deb Davis.
The Davises were entertaining guests in the living room about 1:30 p.m. Saturday when they saw smoke coming through the (floor) registers. “We had an aunt and a cousin here visiting,” Deb Davis said.
Bret said he immediately ran down the basement and noticed that Polyethylene cross-linked tubing had melted. “It appeared to have started in the furnace,” he said. “By the time I got back upstairs you couldn’t see because of the smoke,” Bret said.
The Davises and their guests were able to safely exit the structure with no injuries and were able to move their vehicles out of the garage.
They have an security alarm system alert that notifies the Law Enforcement Center. Deb Davis made the 911 call at 1:31 p.m.

Thu
05
Mar

Duplex housing planned for 15th Street North


Housing, budgets, open burning policy and streets were the subject of a 90-minute meeting of the Humboldt City Council Monday night. Read about it in the Humboldt Independent.

By KENT THOMPSON
Humboldt could be getting more residential housing. The Humboldt City Council took the first steps Monday night toward a possible residential development on 15th Street North.
The Council set public hearings for Monday, April 6 at 5:30 p.m. to enter into a development agreement with Jeff and Karen Berte of Humboldt. The council also set the same evening as the time for a public hearing on a proposed North Residential Urban Renewal Area for the proposed development located on farmland southwest of Liguria Foods.
According to Humboldt City Administrator Travis Goedken, the Bertes want to develop the property into multiple-family housing units. The first phase would be the construction of eight duplex houses, a total of 16 development units.

Thu
05
Mar

District seeks new superintendent by March 20

By Phil Monson
The Humboldt and Twin Rivers School Districts plan to have a new superintendent named on March 20.
The two boards met in joint session for 48 minutes on Feb. 25 and discussed plans moving forward. Jeff Herzberg, head of the Prairie Lakes AEA who also has been hired to find a new superintendent, was at the meeting to report on the timeline of events and interviews leading up to an eventual hire.
“As of today we have 14 applications for the superintendent position and I wouldn’t be surprised if we end up having 20 to 25 applicants or more for the position,” Herzberg said. “This is a really attractive position and so I have been in contact with some really good candidates already.”
“I’m trying to find the best fit for this position,” Herzberg said.
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