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Thu
19
Jan

Saint Mary's sixth graders create Brave Bags


St. Mary sixth graders front row (l to r): Michael Illg, Tyler Paterson, Colby Caquelin, Kennedy Payer and Angela Axness. Second row: Erin Wittrock, Emma Reigelsberger, Darby DeWinter, Livvy Becker, Haley Satern, Laura Vaverek, Gus Zweibohmer and Noel Hamand. Third row: teacher Katie Phillips, Will Orness, Kaleb McCullough, Sam Bohan, Kelly Manz, Cayden Gascho, Kaydence Dugan and Brody Paterson.

By Jeff Gargano
Sixth grade students at St. Mary School in Humboldt have been collecting items to give to children who are in the hospital.
Named “Brave Bags,” the plan is to fill each bag with age appropriate items ranging from crayons and coloring books to new stuffed animals to nail polish.
The students said the idea came during Advent as they read from their devotion book.
“I believe that teaching students to be of service to others and put others before themselves is a valuable life lesson. I hope that the Brave Bags bring happiness to children that are hospitalized and I also hope that my students will never forget this lesson of service and empathy,” Katie Phillips, sixth grade teacher, said.

Thu
19
Jan

St. Mary Brave Bags offered to children in hospital


Sixth grade students from St. Mary School are collecting items to give to children who are hospitalized as part of what they are calling their “Brave Bag” project. Items can be donated at the school until Jan. 27. Pictured with some of the donated items are, front row (l to r): Michael Illg, Tyler Paterson, Colby Caquelin, Kennedy Payer and Angela Axness. Second row: Erin Wittrock, Emma Reigelsberger, Darby DeWinter, Livvy Becker, Haley Satern, Laura Vaverek, Gus Zweibohmer and Noel Hamand. Third row: teacher Katie Phillips, Will Orness, Kaleb McCullough, Sam Bohan, Kelly Manz, Cayden Gascho, Kaydence Dugan and Brody Paterson. See this photo and more at www.humboldtnews.com.

Sixth grade students at St. Mary School in Humboldt have been collecting items to give to children who are in the hospital.
Named “Brave Bags,” the plan is to fill each bag with age appropriate items ranging from crayons and coloring books to new stuffed animals to nail polish.
The students said the idea came during Advent as they read from their devotion book.
“I believe that teaching students to be of service to others and put others before themselves is a valuable life lesson. I hope that the Brave Bags bring happiness to children that are hospitalized and I also hope that my students will never forget this lesson of service and empathy,” Katie Phillips, sixth grade teacher, said.
The students came up with the idea of providing kids who were hospitalized something to cheer them up.
“They can’t go outside. We wanted to do something to make them feel a little happier,” student Haley Satern said.

Thu
19
Jan

DOE calls Twin Rivers Elementary exceptional


Twin Rivers Elementary School in Bode has been rated in the top 2 percent in the state, according to the Iowa Department of Education. TR Principal Don Hasenkamp credits innovation and a willingness to embrace new technology and methods on the part of the teaching staff as the reason for the successful rating.

By Phil Monson
A report card issued by the Iowa State Department of Education has placed the Twin Rivers Elementary School in the top two percent of all elementary schools statewide.
The report issued recently was presented to the Twin Rivers School Board in their regular monthly meeting last week (Jan. 12) in Bode. School Superintendent Greg Darling and Principal Don Hasenkamp presented the performance rating to the board.
“It is a great honor to receive such a glowing report card, but it’s something schools must repeat annually, so there is always work to do and improvements to make before the next school year,” Hasenkamp said.
“The district received an exceptional rating. A great measure of the hard work and dedication of our staff in putting in and doing the work necessary for the students to perform this well,” Darling said. “It is special for a school our size to do so well.”

Thu
12
Jan

County Fair improvements ongoing


Local volunteer Amy Craven applies an ear tag to Taylor Sandven’s market beef calf Saturday morning at the Humboldt County Fairgrounds. According to Humboldt County Extension, 30 animals were weighed and tagged during the morning hours Humboldt Independent photo.

By Kent Thompson
The Humboldt County Fair is growing and transforming, from a figurative and literal sense.
On Monday, Humboldt County Agricultural Society (Fair Board) President Jeff Hasselhuhn addressed the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors. The County Agricultural Society is seeking the same level of funding from the county as it is receiving in the current budget year, $25,000.
Hasselhuhn outlined numerous improvements that have been undertaken at the fairgrounds with more on the way.
To read about what's new for the fair for 2017 in this week's Humboldt Independent. Subscribe by clicking on the link at the top of the page. Like the Humboldt Newspapers on Facebook for additional content.

Thu
12
Jan

What's 'new' at NEW Cooperative


NEW Cooperative local team members include regional sales manager Brian Illg (left) Humboldt location manager Jeff Bowden (center) and Humboldt agronomist Joe Bohan (right). Humboldt Independent photo.

By Kent Thompson
It says it in the very name.
As we start a new year, there is much “New” about NEW Cooperative Inc. New expansion, new services and new faces.
With the retirement of longtime Humboldt location manager Kevin Thilges last year, Jeff Bowden stepped into the role. While Jeff was not new to Humboldt or to NEW Cooperative customers, he was new to the role of location manager.
To read more about Jeff and other changes and new advancements at NEW Cooperative, pick up a copy of this week's Humboldt Independent with a special salute to local corn growers. Subscribe to the paper and get every issue delivered to your home or PC via print or digital editions. Click on the "subscribe" link at the top of the page to find out how.

Thu
05
Jan

A free read in Dakota City


Humboldt’s Candy Carlson (right) decided local residents could use a place to get a good book when the library wasn’t open. Hence, the Little Free Library, a nonprofit group that has spread like wildfire since being started by a Wisconsin man in 2009. The library is located just south of Dakota City Hall on 5th Street. Pictured with Carlson are Dakota City Council member Barb Nelson (left), who helps look after the collection, and Kris Christensen (center) who designed and painted the attraction. Humboldt Independent photo.

By Kent Thompson
Tell me a story, a child says.
Well, here’s a story about a Humboldt woman who loves to read.
She not only loves reading herself, but she relishes sharing that passion with others, especially children, thanks to a 34-year teaching career at Mease Elementary School.
That woman is Candy Carlson, and the new outlet is something called the Little Free Library, and it is located on a post on city property in Dakota City, just south of Dakota City Hall and east of the town water tower.
The Little Free Library wasn’t Carlson’s idea, but it fit perfectly with her goal of providing free reading material to people and having them share it with others.
To find out more about this story, pick up a copy of this week's Humboldt Independent. Better yet, subscribe to print or digital editions by clicking on the link at the top of this page. Read what you are missing.

Thu
05
Jan

Local doctor authors book on 'Your Body'


Dr. Ryan Wood and his wife, Dr. Megan Wood are shown with their youngest child, daughter Merida, who is three. He is holding the book, Your Body, which he wrote in an effort to help people better understand their body, nutrition and exercise. Humboldt Independent photo.

By Jeff Gargano
He’s a doctor, a body builder and now an author.
Dr. Ryan Wood of Humboldt has authored the book Your Body in an effort to help people have a better knowledge of how the body works. The book contains tips on exercise, nutrition, recipes, diets, supplements, and much more.
“It’s an easy read and I really think it will help people,” Dr. Wood said. “We’re a society that wants everything right now. But small modifications can have lifelong results.”
Frustrated by what he says is “all the misinformation out there,” Dr. Wood started writing the book in 2014 and sent it to the publisher in 2015. It went on the market this past June.
To read about the book and Dr. Wood's story, see this week's Humboldt Independent. Subscribe by clicking on the link above.

Fri
30
Dec

Education leader visits Humboldt, TR schools


Dr. Ryan Wise, head of the Iowa Department of Education, is shown here reading to students at Taft Elementary School in Humboldt. Submitted photo.

Dr. Ryan Wise, head of the Iowa Department of Education, got an up close and personal look at the Humboldt and Twin Rivers Schools last week.
Wise, who visits schools on a weekly basis, made north central Iowa his stop on Dec. 20 and loved his time interacting with students, teachers and administrators.
“I had a great day visiting the Humboldt and Twin Rivers schools. I try to visit schools each week during the school year. I feel I need to do that in my role as director,” Wise told the Independent. “I feel it is a great learning opportunity for me to be able to see how policy plays out in classrooms across Iowa.”
“Each district has its own spin on statewide priorities. Across the state we are emphasizing early literacy, opportunities in science, technology engineering and math and the power of teacher leadership,” Wise said. “I saw each of those things play out interestingly here in Humboldt today.”

Fri
30
Dec

Holly and Shelly


Shelly Bickel (left) and Holly Lyons, Humboldt EMTs, share their story on an accident in 1997 which changed their lives forever. Independent photo.

By Jeff Gargano
When Shelly (Watnem) Bickel looked toward the front of the ambulance, all she could see were the wheels of a semi trailer coming at them.
When she came to, Shelly couldn’t figure out why it was so dark, wondering where the lights of the ambulance were.
“I yelled out to Holly (Lyons) and she answered. I remember hearing the sound of trickling of glass. And then it started to become difficult for me to breathe,” Bickel said.
It was Nov. 14, 1997, a night that changed their lives forever.
Holly and Shelly were volunteer EMTs with the Humboldt County Memorial Hospital Ambulance Service and were on call the night of Nov. 14. Ice coated the roadways that evening and they were paged out to a van full of wrestlers from Buena Vista University that had slid into the ditch on County Road C-49 (the Pioneer blacktop). The wrestlers were on their way home from a wrestling meet in Mason City.

Thu
22
Dec

HMS students and staff 'Back the Blue'


Humboldt Police officer Nick Nolting is shown having lunch at Humboldt Middle School. He is pictured with his daughter, Taylar, to his right and Jacob Meyer (far left) and Cambry Nelson. Humboldt Independent photo.

Students and staff showed their support to local law enforcement last week as part of a “Back the Blue” project.
On Tuesday, Dec. 13, Humboldt Middle School invited law enforcement officers in for a “Lunch of Gratitude.” Invitations were sent to the Humboldt County Law Enforcement Center for all of their personnel to join the students and staff during the lunch waves. A total of 20 law enforcement personnel joined the students for lunch.
The event was the idea of teacher Carolyn Kunert.
“With all of the recent events going on in our country, Humboldt Middle School decided that we wanted to show support to the law enforcement officers in our community," Kunert said.
The event was such a success, the school is looking at making the assembly a monthly event.

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