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Thu
26
Apr

Habitat holds groundbreaking, volunteers needed


Humboldt Mayor Dan Scholl (left) and State Representative Mike Sexton are shown with the Tracy Monson family following a groundbreaking ceremony for a new Twin Rivers Habitat for Humanity Home being built near the Humboldt Family Aquatic Center. The Monson family will be purchasing the home. Humboldt Independent photo.

A groundbreaking ceremony was held Sunday afternoon for a family who will have a new home later this summer or early fall.
Twin Rivers Habitat for Humanity is building a home at 211 1st Avenue South in Humboldt (southeast of the Humboldt Family Aquatic Center). The homeowner will be Tracy Monson and her family.
Howard Hartman, Executive Director of Twin Rivers Habitat for Humanity introduced Tracy and her children, Colton, Karson and MaKinley. He also introduced several people in attendance including State Representative Mike Sexton, Humboldt Mayor Dan Scholl as well as several board members of Twin Rivers Habitat for Humanity.
Following the groundbreaking ceremony, there was a fundraiser pasta dinner served at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church.

Thu
26
Apr

Supervisors OK wind ordinance


No one knows if wind turbines will spring up in Humboldt County, but the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors are moving closer to having an ordinance in place to regulate commercial wind farms if they do come. Read about it in this week's Humboldt Independent.

By KENT THOMPSON
More than six months in the making, the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors on Monday approved language changes in a commercial/utility grade wind tower ordinance and agreed to have the first reading of the ordinance at its Monday, May 7 meeting.
Citizens who would like to read the full 7.5-page ordinance are encouraged to do so. They may obtain a copy by contacting the Humboldt County Auditor’s Office on the main floor of the Humboldt County Courthouse, 203 Main St., Dakota City. People can also view the ordinance online at www.humboldtcountyia.org.
Applications for permits are to be filed with the Humboldt County zoning administrator, who will have 30 days to review the application and provide comment.

Thu
19
Apr

Boil order issued for city of Livermore


A boil order has been issued for the city of Livermore. Water used for cooking, drinking, making ice, brushing teeth, washing dishes and food preparation should be boiled until further notice, or use bottled water.

Effective Thursday, April 19 at 2:59 p.m., until further notice, a boil order has been issued for the city of Livermore in Humboldt County.
Residents are advised to bring all water to a boil, let it boil vigorously for at least one minute, and let it cool before using, or use bottled water.
Boiled or bottled water should be used for drinking, making ice, brushing teeth, washing dishes, and food preparation until further notice. Boiling kills bacteria and other organisms in the water.
Residents should also follow these helpful tips when a boil water advisory is issued:
• Throw away any ice made during a Boil Water Advisory. Freezing does not kill bacteria.
• Adults and teens can use water for bathing, but should be careful not to swallow water.
• Wash clothes as you normally do.
• Only use your dishwasher if there is a high temperature cycle.

Thu
19
Apr

Ardie Strutzenberg in Iowa Blues Hall of Fame


Ardie Strutzenberg, 1973 graduate of Humboldt High School, shared his musical talents with Humboldt students last week. He was in Iowa to be inducted into the Iowa Blues Hall of Fame. Ardie is pictured with Humboldt Middle School sixth grade percussionists Alana Malo, Cami Skow, Saige Jeanette and Henry Bormann. Not pictured was Lillian Holm. He worked with all the percussionists in grades 6-12 on the drumset. He worked with each student teaching them the different styles from the rock beat to jazz. He also talked about his life as a professional drummer. Photo by Jared Knapp.

By Mark Brandsgard
He bought his first drum kit for $15 at a Fort Dodge pawn shop with money he saved mowing yards. He was 11 years old. Now, after more than 50 years as a drummer with some of the biggest names in music, Ardie Strutzenberg is the newest member of the Iowa Blues Hall of Fame.
The charismatic Humboldt native has played all over the world, Europe, Australia, South America, even Carnegie Hall in New York, but his love for his hometown roots remains as true as his drumbeat.
“I really feel like Humboldt is unique in the universe,” he said. “If you know the history of the town’s settlement, it was designed as a kind of intellectual Utopia, a place for learning and a free exchange of ideas. One of the first things they did was to build a college on the hill north of town. I think that ideal is in Humboldt’s DNA."
The way he tells it, Ardie didn’t choose to be a drummer; drumming chose him.

Thu
19
Apr

First snow, flooding next?


A payloader from John’s Ag Service in Humboldt clears snow outside Dairy Queen in Humboldt during last Saturday’s blizzard that hit the area. Over eight inches of snow and high winds pounded the county last weekend. Another five to six inches pelted the area on Wednesday, after rain fell in the early overnight hours. Humboldt Independent photo.

According to the National Weather Service, Humboldt received six inches of snow Wednesday, April 18. The weather station 3 miles northwest of Badger reported 7.9 inches.
Snow depth northeast of Humboldt Thursday morning was reported at 7 inches.
Since March 24, Humboldt has received more than 30 inches of snow.
The National Weather Service has issued a flood watch for the West Fork Des Moines River at Humboldt, or from Joe Reasoner Dam to the East Fork Des Moines River.
The flood watch remains in effect until further notice. At 10:15 a.m. on Thursday, April 19, the stage was 9.1 feet, or 0.9 feet below flood stage. Flood stage is 10 feet.
No flooding is occurring at the present time, and minor flooding is forecast.

Sat
14
Apr

Snow emergency in effect; Soundsations postponed


A blizzard warning has been issued for Humboldt County until 1 a.m. Sunday, April 15. Snowfall totaling 3-6 inches with strong northwesterly winds of 25-30 miles an hour with some gusts up to 50 miles an hour are possible. Travel unless absolutely necessary is not advised. People needing to travel should take a survival kit and alert people where they are traveling to, of their route and expected arrival time.

The city of Humboldt has declared a snow emergency from 2 p.m. Saturday, April 14 until noon Sunday, April 15. All vehicles on residential streets should be removed prior to snow removal operations. Also, Soundsations school program at Humboldt High School has been postponed due to the winter storm.

Sat
14
Apr

Youth Musical moved to Sunday afternoon at 4 p.m.

Due to weather, the 2018 Youth Musical will be one performance on Sunday, April 15, at 4 p.m. with supper after. No performances Saturday night or Sunday morning. The event will be held at Our Saviour's Lutheran Church.

Fri
13
Apr

County Road C-49 to be closed for paving


An 11-mile stretch of County Road C-49 in the southern portion of the county will be closed for one week beginning Monday, April 16 (weather permitting). The Humboldt County Engineer's Office will let the public know when the road is reopened.

County Road C-49 (270th Street) from Highway 169 west to County Road P-19 at the Humboldt/Pocahontas county line, is expected to be closed for one week, beginning on Monday, April 16, Humboldt County Interim Engineer Ben Loots reported this week. The purpose of the closing is for an 11-mile road resurfacing project to be conducted by Manatt's Inc. of Brooklyn. The $2.42 million project will include five inches of PCC resurfacing. The road work also includes structure work, aprons, concrete culverts and piping, making the actual paving cost about $215,000 per mile. There will be access and egress to properties during construction. The contractor will let residents know if they will need to park on a north/south intersecting road to have an exit during road work around their homes. Paving is weather dependent. The road is expected to be closed for about one week's time. People with questions may contact the Humboldt County Engineer's office at (515) 332-2366.

Thu
12
Apr

Bailey Fabricating grows into new building in Northwest Industrial Park


Randy Bailey is shown next to a CNC Brake Press installed in the new home for his growing manufacturing operation, Bailey Fabricating, located on 19th Street North in Humboldt’s Northwest Industrial Park. Humboldt Independent photo by Jeff Gargano.

By Jeff Gargano
Like many of Humboldt’s industries that started small, Bailey Fabricating continues to grow and thrive with a recent expansion into a new 7,900 square foot facility in Humboldt’s Northwest Industrial Park.
Bailey Fabricating constructs food grade pallet racking, kayak trailers, after market parts and a lot of specialty welding for local manufacturers. Owner-operator Randy Bailey added a brake press, laser cutter and CNC router with the expansion to help expand his customer base and his capabilities.
Bailey worked for six years at The Chantland Company, and then went to work at Humboldt Controls and Fabricating, working there until Voyager Industries bought them out. The last five years he was the General Manager. When Voyager closed their Humboldt plant, Randy started Bailey Fabricating.

Thu
12
Apr

HCMH breaks ground on 40,000-square foot expansion


Humboldt County Memorial Hospital (HCMH) got out the shovels on Tuesday, April 3, not to shovel snow, although there was a measurable amount of that. The occasion was the public groundbreaking for the $16.9 million expansion project at HCMH, which kicked off last week and is expected to take 19 months. Humboldt Independent photo by Kent Thompson.

By Kent Thompson
Forty-eight years ago, sod was turned for a community hospital for the city of Humboldt and the surrounding area.
On April 3, Humboldt County Memorial Hospital (HCMH) Board of Trustee President Scott Curran used the same shovel to turn soil on a new chapter in the hospital’s history.
The new chapter will be the construction of a two-story, 40,000-square foot addition, that will provide additional space for primary care medical providers through the relocation of UnityPoint Clinic Family Medicine - Humboldt inside the hospital, as well as expansion of outpatient 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.
“Planning for this began in early 2015, about when I arrived at the hospital,” HCMH Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Michelle Sleiter said.

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