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Thu
22
Feb

Pet registration is due March 1


The pet license tags being sold by the city of Humboldt are shown above. The back has a QR code that people can scan, or an 855 toll-free number to call to reveal information about the pet’s owner. Tags are $5 for unsexed dogs and cats and $10 for sexed animals. Pet owners from Dakota City or outside the Humboldt city limits can purchase the tags too. Humboldt animal control will have the information on file, as will Humboldt Police and Humboldt City Hall. Humboldt Independent photos by Kent Thompson.

By Kent Thompson
Humboldt residents are reminded that March 1 is the date to have your pet licensed and registered with the city of Humboldt.
For a small fee, dogs and cats within the city limits can be registered. If the animal is found running loose, the owner can easily be identified.
New this year is a colorful Humboldt, Iowa Pet License tag on the front. The back of the tag includes a QR code that people can scan with their mobile device and information about the owner of the animal will appear. There is also a 855 toll-free number to call for a person without a phone on them or scanner capability. There is also a serial number for the pet on the back of the tag and the person finding the pet can call the number 24/7 and get information about the pet’s owner.

Thu
22
Feb

NY fire chief survives 911 and tells Humboldt


People lined up as Richard Picciotto signed his book, “Last Man Down” both before and after his presentation Sunday at Humboldt High School. Humboldt Independent photo.

By Jeff Gargano
More than 1,200 people filled the Humboldt High School gym on Sunday afternoon to hear Richard Picciotto, the highest ranking firefighter to survive the World Trade Center collapse on Sept. 11, 2001.
The Humboldt Fire Department and Executive Functions Management (EFM) of Humboldt organized the event, which served as a fundraiser for the fire department as they raise money to replace the aging air cascade system the fire department uses to fill air packs.
During the event, which featured performances by the Humboldt Community Chorus, a check for $26,455 was presented to Humboldt Fire Chief Jim Gronbach and members of the department.
“I made the decision to evacuate the north tower,” Picciotto said. “It was a tough order to give because there were people trapped above who would have no chance without the help of firefighters.”
Picciotto was asked what he learned from the experience.

Wed
21
Feb

Snow ordinance in effect for Humboldt


The city of Humboldt has issued a snow emergency ordinance for Thursday, Feb. 22, between the hours of 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. The snow emergency ordinance means that all citizens should seek off-street parking during those hours in order to foster safe and effective snow removal operations by city crews. The lone exception is Sumner Avenue between 4th Street and 8th Street. Humboldt Independent photo.

The city of Humboldt has issued a snow emergency for Thursday, Feb. 22, from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
There will be no on-street parking except for Sumner Avenue from 4th Street to 8th Street. All vehicles should be removed from city residential streets by 7 a.m. or face being ticketed for a civil penalty, or possibly towed. Questions or concerns may be directed to Humboldt City Hall, (515) 332-3435.
The snow emergency is being issued in advance of a winter weather advisory for Humboldt County on Thursday from 9 a.m. to midnight. According to the National Weather Service, a winter storm will move across the area beginning early Thursday morning through Thursday night. The precipitation will start in the south and southwest and will spread northward, beginning as snow and then transition to freezing rain or drizzle, mainly across central and southern portions of Iowa.

Thu
15
Feb

Hasenkamp to step down after 31 years


Twin Rivers Elementary School Principal Don Hasenkamp announced that he will be taking early retirement at the end of the current school year. Hasenkamp has been with the district for the past 31 years.

By Phil Monson
Twin Rivers Elementary School Principal Don Hasenkamp is retiring at the end of the current school year.
Hasenkamp, who has been with the district for 31 years, submitted his early retirement application to the Twin Rivers School Board last week, which accepted his resignation at their regular monthly meeting on Feb. 8.
Twin Rivers School Superintendent Greg Darling and the board thanked Hasenkamp for his many years of leadership and commitment to the district and community.
“The district is very proud of the leadership Don has provided for many years,” Darling said. “He arrived here with his family and became a part of the community. He provided stability and consistency to the district. He will be missed.”
“I’m sad to be leaving a place that has meant so much to me. After teaching for nine years in Nebraska, Twin Rivers was my first and last administrative position,” Hasenkamp told the Independent.

Thu
15
Feb

Humboldt students excel at Group Speech


State Speech (Group) participants present for a photo include, front row (l to r): Katie Currier, Kelly Skow, Madolyn Dahl, Teisha Sritharan, Emie Wolter, Michaela Kehoe and Abi Collins. Second row: Meg Grice, Hope Hjelmeland, Valerie Cox, Tristyn Fuller, Holly Kirchhoff, Katie Wilhelm, Amber Wittrock and Taylor Sandven. Third row: Donovan Froisland, Jacob Halvorson, Landon Kluender, Emily Schaffer, Tia Woeste, Carter Holm, Madeleine Ruzicka and Sawyer Savery. Also competing were: Anna Lenz, Emily Crowley, Logan Kehoe, Gracie Vitzthum and Haley Box. Humboldt Independent photo.

Humboldt returned from State Large Group speech with many I ratings and a number of honors for student performers. Read all about it in this week's Humboldt Independent.

Wed
14
Feb

Favorite Sons

A new 10-minute video created by Tom Kroeschell of Iowa State University traces the roots of wrestling’s popularity to Humboldt.
Kroeschell, who is Director of Programming for Cyclones.tv, entitled the video, “Favorite Sons.” Starting out with Iowa State’s hire of Humboldt native Kevin Dresser as head wrestling coach, the video progresses to talk about Humboldt’s Frank Gotch. There is also a segment on Humboldt’s Bruce Reimers, star offensive lineman for the Cyclones who played 10 years in the NFL and also wrestled with Dresser in high school.
“I don’t work for the Humboldt-Dakota City Chamber of Commerce but I can easily affirm the positive small town qualities of Humboldt, and the advantages people gain from growing up in a small town environment,” Kroeschell said. “Small town fabric is what makes Iowa such a great place to raise a family.”

Thu
08
Feb

Emergency snow ordinance in effect at 3 p.m. Thursday


The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning for Humboldt and surrounding counties to the east, west and south from 3 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 8, to 9 a.m. Friday, Feb. 9. A total of 5-7 inches of snow is expected. The city of Humboldt has issued an emergency snow ordinance meaning no parking on residential streets, effective at 3 p.m. on Thursday. Humboldt Independent photo.

The city of Humboldt has advised that an Emergency Snow Ordinance has been issued, effective at 3 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 8. There will be no on street parking except for Sumner Avenue from 4th Street to 8th Street. All vehicles should be removed from city residential streets by 3 p.m. or face being ticketed for a civil penalty, or possibly towed. Questions or concerns may be directed to Humboldt City Hall, (515) 332-3435.
The ordinance is being issued in advance of an expected winter storm. According to the National Weather Service, snow will overspread across much of northern Iowa Thursday afternoon and will slowly settle southward into central Iowa Thursday night and Friday morning. Snowfall rates will be moderate to heavy at times. Northerly winds are expected to increase Thursday night into Friday, creating areas of blowing and drifting snow, especially in rural, open areas.

Thu
08
Feb

Good food, friendly atmosphere at Cinco de Mayo


Manager Israel Lezama serves hot dishes to hungry customers at the new Cinco de Mayo restaurant at 1208 4th Ave. SW in Humboldt, right across the street from Humboldt High School. Lezama operates a restaurant by the same name in Algona. Humboldt Independent photo by Kent Thompson.

By Kent Thompson
Israel Lezama wants people to enjoy their meals and have a good time when they visit Cinco de Mayo, one of the community’s newest restaurants.
The Mexican restaurant is located at 1208 4th Ave. SW, site of the former Beach House restaurant, right next to the Humboldt County Farm Bureau office.
Lezama said the concept of running a good Tex-Mex restaurant, or any restaurant for that matter, is pretty simple.
“Keep the customer happy. The first goal is to please the customer. If you do that, they will leave happy and come back. If they are happy, they will tell others and that’s how you build the business,” Lezama said.
“Our concept is fresh and tasty food, cleanliness and a nice, friendly environment. When you put them all together, that’s a formula for success,” the owner said.
Hours are Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.

Thu
08
Feb

Family inspiration for Burrito Mexpress


Joe Alvarez (left) and Chris Larsen (right) are the main drivers behind Burrito Mexpress, the new restaurant at 1312 10th Ave. N. in Humboldt. Owner Alvarez is combining two restaurant ideas that don’t often meld, quick service and hot homemade food. Humboldt Independent photo by Kent Thompson.

By Kent Thompson
You’ve probably heard a lot of restaurants claim they have food “just like mother used to make.”
In the case of Humboldt’s Joe Alvarez, it’s a verifiable fact. If you don’t believe Joe, just ask his mother, Cleo Alvarez.
You see, Joe is using many of his mother’s and his family’s recipes in his new Tex Mex restaurant, Burrito Mexpress.
Located on Highway 3, east of Larry’s Pharmacy in the former North Central Iowa Service building, Alvarez promises good home cooked recipes with fresh ingredients.
The restaurant is open from 10:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Read more about it in this week's Humboldt Independent. Subscribe today by clicking on the link at the top of this page and read all of what you are missing.

Wed
07
Feb

Iowa Central bond issue passes


A $25.5 million bond issue for Iowa Central Community College passed in the nine-county region with 67.5 percent approval. The measure will allow the construction of a student success center on campus to house enrollment, financial aid, academic counseling and other career planning services. Improvements to several other buildings and increased career academies district-wide, as well as security and electrical upgrades are also part of the issue.

The $25.5 million general obligation bond issue sought by Iowa Central Community College passed Tuesday, district-wide by 67.5 percent and in Humboldt County by 64 percent.
The measure needed 60 percent or greater approval among the nine-county region to pass.
According to unofficial votes tabulated by the Humboldt County Auditor’s Office, in Humboldt County the measure passed 223 in favor to 124 opposed, a 64 percent approval rating. A December 2016 $29.5 million bond issue failed. In that election, 96 Humboldt County voters voted in favor with 130 opposed.
“We did a much better job getting the word out there this time,” Iowa Central President Dan Kinney said, thanking the public for supporting the bond issue.
“This will prepare Iowa Central to serve the growth and future of the region,” he said.
To read more about the issue, see the Feb. 15 edition of The Humboldt Independent, your best source for news and sports.

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