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2012 marks growth in Humboldt County

Peterson Contractors of Reinbeck along with several sub-contractors, were busy readying the new Humboldt Business Park for occupancy in the fall of 2012. Four lots will be available for commercial and industrial development within the coming year. Humboldt Independent photo.

The conclusion of one year on the calendar and the beginning of a new one, provides an opportunity to look back, to reflect on the events that shaped the past 12 months.
For Humboldt County, the constant was change. The year 2012 saw construction on a new Humboldt middle school completed and the building occupied; a new business park development completed and a new housing addition developed with eight lots sold for development.
There were many business start-ups, expansions and relocations, the completion of new fire stations in two area towns and new developments at the county hospital and at the county’s school districts.
Here is a listing of what our editorial staff believes were the top 10 news stories for Humboldt County in 2012.
1. New Humboldt Middle School opens
2. Humboldt Business Park readies for development and other business expansions.
3. Eagle Ridge Housing Addition Started
4. New Fire Stations completed in Humboldt and Gilmore City
5. Drought, Area experiences one of warmest and driest years on record.
6. Frank Gotch Statue unveiled. Community raises $100,000 for memorial
7. HCMH changes (New CEO, CFO, Electronic Health System, New Surgeon) & top ambulance service.
8. Sumner Avenue Bridge receives grant funding.
9. Humboldt Athletic Field Entrance Project. Booster club completes fundraiser
10. REC/Midland Power announce merger.
To read more about the highlights of 2012, pick up a copy of this week's Humboldt Independent newspaper, or subscribe to the print or online editions by clicking on the "Subscribe Today" link above.