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Thu
14
Jun

Additional contests for county fair royalty


Kate Curran (left) served as the 2017 Humboldt County Fair Queen and Keagan Burmeister (right) was named Runner-up and Miss Congeniality. Kate is the daughter of Scott and Lori Curran. Keagan is the daughter of Kerry and Keri Burmeister. Humboldt Independent file photo.

There’s something new with the Humboldt County Fair Queen competition this year.
In addition to the Humboldt County Fair Queen contest, younger contestants will get a chance to experience what it’s all about.
Girls ages 7-11 can run for Junior Miss, and girls ages 12-15 can run for Princess. In addition there still is the Little Miss and Little Mister contest for boys and girls ages 4-6.
“We hope to get more girls involved and give them a glimpse of what it’s like to run for Fair Queen, and to be able to interact with the Fair Queen candidates,” Queen coordinator Amber Harrison said.
The Junior Miss and Princess candidates will meet with judges and answer some questions on Friday morning, July 20, at the Humboldt County Extension Office. This is also the time for the 2018 Humboldt County Fair Queen Contest.

Thu
14
Jun

New Chamber director wants to meet the community


Cari Riesselman became the new Chamber director at the beginning of the month. She has regular hours at the Humboldt Welcome Center, 627 Sumner Ave., Tuesdays through Fridays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Humboldt Independent photo.

By KENT THOMPSON
While new Humboldt-Dakota City Chamber Director Cari Riesselman has lived in the community for two years, getting out in the community and meeting people was one of the reasons she applied for the job.
Riesselman, who began her duties on June 1, grew up in Cedar Rapids and spent much of her adult life in that vicinity before relocating with husband Jeremy, when he became the Fareway store manager in Humboldt in June 2016.
Riesselman is still learning the specifics of all her duties as the Chamber of Commerce director.
“I was told I will be the face of the Chamber in the community. It will be my job to work with the different businesses, the Chamber members, the public and visitors to the community, to let them know what’s going on in Humboldt and where to find information as well as goods and services,” Riesselman said.

Thu
14
Jun

Community child care center completed


The Kiddie Cats Child Care and Learning Center located north of Mease School in Dakota City will be having an open house on Thursday, June 21, from 4-7 p.m. The new facility plans to open on June 25. Humboldt Independent photo.

The public is invited to an Open House at the new Kiddie Cats Child Care and Learning Center on Thursday, June 21, from 4-7 p.m. Opening date is Monday, June 25. Regular hours will be 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.
The newly constructed facility is attached to the north side of Mease Elementary School in Dakota City. Sande Construction of Humboldt was the general contractor on the $1.18 million project.
Kiddie Cats will have a capacity of 107 children age 0-5, plus additional capacity for after school children.
There are three infant rooms, two rooms for ages 2-3, two rooms for ages 3-4, plus a flex room, which can be used for what is needed at that time. In addition, the Mease school gym is licensed for additional programming as well.
Kiddie Cats will employ 20 people once it meets capacity. Staff is now being hired and staff will be added as enrollment grows.

Thu
07
Jun

Children's author to visit library on June 15


Children's bilingual author and Humboldt native Ann Morris will be part of this year's summer reading program at the Humboldt Public Library. Morris will present a children's program "Author's Rock," on Friday, June 15 at 4 p.m. in the Springvale Room at the library. She will have a Q and A for adults and students and will be offering personalized autographed copies of her books for sale beginning at 4:30 p.m. Submitted photo.

As part of the Humboldt Public Library summer reading program, “Libraries Rock,” Ann (Bottelson) Morris, will present the children’s program, “Author’s Rock,” on Friday, June 15, at 4 p.m., in the Springvale Room at the library. Beginning about 4:30 p.m., she will host a Meet and Greet Q and A program for children and adults. Ms. Morris will have autographed copies of her books available for purchase and will personalize each book sold. This event is sponsored by the Humboldt Library Founda-tion.
Ann Morris, a Humboldt native, graduated from Humboldt High School in 1973 and is the daughter of Emery and Mavis Bottelson. She has always loved English and languages and graduated from Wartburg College in Waverly, with a degree in Spanish Education.

Thu
07
Jun

Arts Festival features free entertainment


The Marshall County Hangmen led by original members John Schumacher and Dave Gray (pictured) will perform a free concert to cap off the annual Humboldt Area Arts Council Festival with Music Under the Stars, 7-10 p.m. on Saturday, June 16, at the Humboldt County Historical Museum grounds. There will be food and beverages available for purchase. People attending are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets. Submitted photo.

What a better way to enjoy a Saturday than with some great activities, friends and musical entertainment?
It will all be provided at this year’s Humboldt Area Arts Festival on Saturday, June 16th at the Humboldt County Historical Museum grounds, 1st Avenue North in Dakota City.
The headline band for the Music Under the Stars portion of the day (7-10 p.m.) will be the Marshall County Hangmen from State Center.
John Schumacher and Dave Gray are two of the original members of the group who enjoy all genres of music and their kindred personalities.
Along with two other band mates, the Hangmen have just about any musical taste in their repertoire, which spans from Honky Tonk to Rockabilly, Rhythm and Blues, Rock classics and original compositions.
From 10 a.m. to noon, Zach Suntken and Company will be providing a variety of music.
From 12-12:30 p.m. Toby Kid Klauenberg will be performing his special comedy act.

Thu
31
May

4-way race for District 2 Supervisor seat


There are no contests for local county offices with the exception of Supervisor District 2. There are four Republicans running for the seat being vacated by Carl Mattes. Citizens of the district will vote next Tuesday, June 5. The leading vote-getter must receive 35 percent of the vote to be declared the winner. Candidates from left to right: Brian Skow, Jim Crabtree, Sandy Loney and Todd George.

The 2018 political primary season is upon us, with primary election voting on Tuesday, June 5. In local candidates for county offices, all of the filings are on the Republican side, with most uncontested. The lone exception is Supervisor District 2, which includes the southwest portion of Humboldt (Precinct/Ward 1), all of Corinth Township and the southern half of Weaver Township.
Four candidates are seeking the Supervisor seat, Brian Skow, Jim Crabtree, Sandy Loney and Todd George. Other Republicans running unopposed for county office are Bruce Reimers, Supervisor District 1, Rick Pedersen Supervisor District 3, Jana Bratland, county treasurer, Diane Amundsen, county recorder and Jonathan Beaty, county attorney.

Thu
31
May

Local law firm announces changes


After practicing law for more than 40 years, attorneys Marc Arends and Bob Lee are slowing down to one day a week. Pictured from left to right are: Marc Arends, Brett Legvold, Ashley Emick, Bob Myott and Bob Lee.

After practicing law in Humboldt for more than 40 years, Marc Arends and Bob Lee will be slowing down.
Starting June 1, the two lawyers plan to work one day a week by appointment and be “of counsel”.
Arends and Lee have planned their work slow down for some time, hiring Ashley Emick 10 years ago, Brett Legvold five years ago, and most recently Robert Myott, who started with the firm last year. Emick and Legvold are partners in the firm, and Myott is an associate attorney. The name of the firm will remain Arends, Lee, Emick and Legvold.
“We want to thank the people of Humboldt County. We were the new kids on the block 40 years ago. The people were great to us, as were the other attorneys in town. They’ve all been very good to work with,” Arends said.

Thu
31
May

Harness races begin this Saturday in Humboldt


The 2018 Iowa Harness Racing Association season begins in Humboldt this Saturday, June 2, with races beginning at 12:30 p.m. He is a scene from a close race last summer. Humboldt Independent photo.

The harness race season starts in Humboldt on Saturday, June 2, at 12:30 p.m. at the Humboldt County Fairgrounds.
The Iowa Harness Race Association has announced the following races dates at the Humboldt County Fairgrounds: June 2, 12:30 p.m.; July 4 and July 7, 12:30 p.m.; July 24, 6 p.m.; Aug. 11 and 12, 12:30 p.m.; Aug. 18 and 19, 12:30 p.m.; Aug. 25, 12:30 p.m.; Sept. 15 and 16, 12:30 p.m.; and Sept. 22 and 23, 12:30 p.m.
Rain dates are set for Oct. 6 and 7 at 12:30 p.m. in Humboldt.
For more information go www.iowaharnessracing.com or follow the Iowa Harness Race Association on Facebook.

Thu
24
May

School purchases Chromebooks for grades 5-9


Mia Sorensen (left) and Ally Wood (right) work together to plant zinnias at Worthington Park last week. The students are members of Mr. Zach Gotto’s class. Humboldt Independent photo by Kent Thompson.

By Phil Monson
The Humboldt School District will purchase 275 new computer Chromebooks for the 2018-19 school year.
The purchase was approved by the board of education in their regular monthly meeting on Monday, May 21.
The new laptop computers will be issued to students in grades 5-9, and also to incoming students from Twin Rivers and St. Mary’s schools.
Technology director Tony Richardson provided bids from three different companies and the board selected Connections to purchase 275 at $182.11 each for a total of $50,080.25. The management license will cost $6,567. 275 carrying cases at $23 each will total $6,325.
School superintendent Greg Darling explained the computers are part of a three-year rotation that includes elementary, middle school and high school.

Thu
24
May

98 graduates received diplomas in Humboldt


From left to right: Humboldt High School 2018 Valedictorians Lizzie Tecklenburg and Brook Hjelmeland and Salutatorians Meg Grice and Tabitha Jergens.

Brook Hjelmeland and Lizzie Tecklenburg were named Valedictorians of the Humboldt High School graduating Class of 2018 at commencement ceremonies held Sunday afternoon, May 20, in the high school gymnasium. Salutatorian honors went to Meg Grice and Tabitha Jergens. Gabriella Kent and Trevor Satern were awarded the Marvyl Friesth Award and their names will be added to the plaque in the Humboldt High School cafeteria.
Silver Cord Award recognition: Zach Collins, Robert Monson, Morgan Nehring and Amber Wittrock.
This year’s graduating class has 98 members and 17 are in National Honor Society. Twenty-one students earned a 3.0-3.499 Grade Point Average during their four years at Humboldt High School.

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