Humboldt County Hardpack 30 is Saturday, Sept. 24

Riders take off from Rutland heading to Rolfe during the 2015 Humboldt County Hardpack 30 bike ride. The ride goes from Rutland to Rolfe and back to Rutland on the Three Rivers Trail. This year will be the fifth year for the event with all proceeds doing towards Three Rivers Trail maintenance and enhancements. The 2016 ride is Sept. 24.

The fifth annual Humboldt County Hardpack 30 bike ride will take place on Saturday, Sept. 24, from Rutland to Rolfe and back to Rutland on the scenic Three Rivers Trail. The ride will begin at 9:30 a.m.
The Rolfe Rodeo will again be hosting a breakfast fundraiser in Rolfe, and the Community Pub in Rolfe will be open.
This year to commemorate the fifth year of the event, there will be a lunch and live music/beer garden next to Nut’s Landing in Rutland.
The bike ride is held rain or shine. It’s a 30-mile casual ride through Humboldt and Pocahontas Counties. The hope of the ride is to expose riders to the wonderful recreational resource Humboldt County has in the Three Rivers Trail, according to ride organizer Jake Zweibohmer.
All profits from the ride are donated to Humboldt and Pocahontas County Conservation. The money will be used to maintain and enhance the Three Rivers Trail system.


City discusses plans for Eagle Ridge Park

Members of the public were invited to come out to a green space area in the Eagle Ridge Addition late in the afternoon on Aug. 10, to discuss what they would like to see in a community park in the location. The meeting involved city leaders and was just an informal meeting to get thoughts and generate ideas. Humboldt Independent photo.

Fostered by a need for a city park/play area on the west side of Highway 169, north of the high school/middle school, the Humboldt City Council and the Park Board are developing plans for a new park in an undeveloped lot in the newly constructed Eagle Ridge development on the city’s southwest side.
The park would not only serve children and parents in the new addition, but also neighborhood families in the Elmhurst and Blackbird Additions. Of course, as a city park, the area would be open to any members of the public who would want to use the facility.
On Aug. 10, an informal discussion session was held in the area where the park will be located. About one dozen interested citizens attended and offered a number of amenities they would like to see in a city park. People who have suggestions may contact Humboldt City Administrator Travis Goedken at Humboldt City Hall (515) 332-3435.


Humboldt Fareway makes plans for new location

This piece of real estate on Highway 3 in Humboldt could be the future site of a new Humboldt Fareway grocery store. It is located west of the Lee Smith State Farm Insurance Agency on the south side of the highway. Humboldt Independent photo.

Fareway Stores, Inc. has property under contract in Humboldt, two blocks west of the intersection at Highway 169 and Highway 3, in order to construct a new store to replace the existing location at 710 First Ave. N.
Fareway is working in coordination with the current property owner and local officials, with necessary documents being prepared to be presented at a public meeting in the near future.
Fareway intends to construct an approximately 19,000 square foot Fareway grocery store. When opened, the new store will provide increased options for consumers, while continuing to offer an unmatched, full-service meat department; farm-fresh produce; low, competitive prices and the highest level of customer service that area residents have come to expect from Fareway.


Chamber director handles busy schedule

The new Administrative Director of the Humboldt/Dakota City Chamber of Commerce is Jenna Mulford. The Hampton native previously worked as a teacher’s associate at the Humboldt Middle School after the family relocated to Humboldt in 2015. See this and other photos at Humboldt Independent photo.

The Humboldt/Dakota City Chamber of Commerce’s Administrative Director Jenna Mulford hit the ground running in her new position July 25.
Her first week on the job she launched the Chamber’s new Web site, It has a streaming video of the communities as a background, with information about the organization and its events. It will soon be adding a listing of business partners.
Mulford also updated the Chamber’s Facebook and Instagram accounts, which can be accessed by typing in @HDC Chamber.
She was involved in the Chamber Best-Shot Golf Tournament on Aug. 5, and will be helping with the Susie McEntire meal/concert fundraiser for the Kiddie Cat Child Care and Learning Center this Saturday. Also, Mulford is busy planning for the Cy-Hawk Rivalry on Sumner slated for Wednesday, Sept. 7 in downtown Humboldt.


Susie McEntire to perform in Humboldt Aug. 13

Inspirational country music artist Susie McEntire will be performing a concert in Humboldt to benefit the Kiddie Cats Learning Center project.
McEntire, sister of country superstar Reba McEntire, will perform on Saturday evening at 7 p.m. on Aug. 13, at the R. Wesley Carlson Auditorium at Humboldt High School.
Prior to the concert, a barbeque meal catered by Vinny’s BBQ will be served in the high school cafeteria. The meal, served by the Humboldt-Dakota City Chamber of Commerce, includes pulled pork sandwiches, cheesy potatoes, baked beans, cookies or bars and a refreshment.


Bode Veteran's Memorial dedication

This miniature statue with an American flag is one of five at the Bode Memorial Park at the intersection of 7th Street and Humboldt Avenue, the entrance to downtown Bode from the south. A dedication of the park will be held Saturday, Aug. 6, at 10 a.m. The public is invited to attend. Humboldt Independent photo.

A dream five years in the making is coming to fruition this week, thanks to some hard work by dedicated volunteers, but most of all thanks to the contributions of a caring community to honor its veterans.
On Saturday, members of the public in the town of Bode and the surrounding communities are invited to a public dedication of the Bode Veterans Memorial Park at the corner of 7th Street and Humboldt Avenue. The ceremony will begin at 10 a.m., with a lunch and social time to follow at the Bode Community Center.
A small group of volunteers decided that the northern Humboldt County community was a good location for a memorial to honor its veterans.
"It's long overdue," Garry Kraft, a member of the project committee, said. Read more about this and other stories in this week's Humboldt Independent. Subscribe by clicking on the link at the top of the page.


Boil order advisory lifted for LuVerne

A boil advisory for the city of Lu Verne in Kossuth County has been lifted after a different method of performing maintenance to the system has been chosen.
The boil advisory was originally issued Tuesday afternoon, Aug. 2, in anticipation of performing maintenance on the water tower. After finding out that the tower maintenance is going to take longer than expected, the city will instead bypass the tower using pumps meaning water pressure will be maintained and a boil advisory will not have to be implemented. The water in the tower will be tested and brought back online only after water samples indicate it is safe.


School registration will be Thursday, Aug. 4, in Humboldt

Tiffany Larson (left) with the Bee Inspired CAPP Program through Building Families, serving Hamilton, Humboldt and Wright counties; provides some fun toy items for (l to r) Keaton, Braden and Noah Axtell at the Upper Des Moines Opportunity Back to School Bash on Monday at Gordy’s at Rustix. The annual community-supported event serves more than 100 children in the area. Humboldt Independent photo.

School registration for all grades in Humboldt takes place on one day this year, Thursday, Aug. 4, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Humboldt Middle School cafeteria.
First day of school at Humboldt is Tuesday, Aug. 23 for grades 5-12, and Thursday, Aug. 25, for grades pre-k through fourth grade. Pre-k through fourth grade have parent-teacher conferences and home visits (preschool (EC-4) on Aug. 23-24.
Open houses will be Monday night, Aug. 22, from 5-6:30 p.m. at Humboldt Middle School and 6-7:30 p.m. at Humboldt High School with ninth grade orientation taking place at 6 p.m. in the high school auditorium. There are no open houses at Mease and Taft because of individual scheduled conferences. The conferences are scheduled at registration time.
Fifth grade parent/student computer night is Thursday, Aug. 25, from 5-6 p.m. at the high school auditorium.


Woods call Humboldt home

The Dr. Megan and Dr. Ryan Wood family have traded the beaches of Florida for the corn fields of Iowa. The couple settled into their new home in Humboldt earlier this summer and will begin seeing patients at the UnityPoint Clinic in Humboldt next week. Pictured from left: Merida, Megan, Kaitlin, Ryan and Channing Wood. Submitted photo.

For Humboldt’s new doctors, Megan and Ryan Wood, building a life and a home for their young family was a number one priority.
So when the opportunity to practice here was presented to them, they were quite interested.
“I’m from a small town in Oklahoma. It was a town of 1,200 people and there were 40 students in my graduating class, so I like small towns,” Dr. Megan Wood said.
“It’s nice to come back and let my children experience that.”
The Woods have a goal of providing extended office hours in the future for working people and athletes after school.
They will be seeing patients at UnityPoint Clinic Family Medicine — Humboldt beginning Aug. 1. People can call (515) 332-2015 to schedule an appointment and can also be referred from their current provider.


Rotary Fly-In Breakfast is Sunday, Aug. 7

Blue Sky Spray Service of Newell is basing their aerial operation out of Humboldt and will be a feature in the hangar for the Humboldt Rotary Club’s 16th annual Fly-In Breakfast on Sunday morning, Aug. 7. Proceeds will go towards the new KiddieCats daycare project.

The 16th annual Humboldt Rotary Club Fly-In Breakfast will be Sunday, Aug. 7, from 7 a.m. to noon (rain or shine). Seating will be available inside the airport’s new hangar.
In addition to pilots flying in from all over the Midwest, one of the featured planes will be from Blue Sky Spray Service of Newell, which is basing their aerial operations out of Humboldt.
Airplane rides will be offered from 8 a.m. to noon for $20 per person.
The Big Breakfast, served by the Gronbach Grill Team, includes pancakes, eggs, sausage and drink. Tickets are $7 for adults, $5 for children ages 6-12, with children five and under free. Tickets will be available at the door or in advance from any Rotary Club member.
Proceeds will go towards the new KiddieCats daycare project.
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