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Thu
01
Dec

New women's clothing store opening


Tonya Heier (left) and Carbon Boutique manager Sarah Dieleman (right) are show in the new women’s clothing store that will open on Saturday, Dec. 3. The store is located in the former location of Short Physical Therapy at the corner of 5th Avenue North and Highway 169 in Humboldt. Humboldt Independent photo.

By Jeff Gargano
A new women’s clothing store appealing to all ages is opening on Saturday, Dec. 3, at the southeast corner of 5th Avenue North and Highway 169 in Humboldt.
The store is Carbon Boutique and is located in the former location of Short Physical Therapy.
“There just really isn’t anything nearby for women’s clothing. We hope to accommodate from teenagers on up,” owner Tonya Heier said. “And price-wise, there are shirts starting at $20. We have leggings in Humboldt colors, game day jerseys, clothes for anybody.”
The store features shirts, sweaters, jeans, booties, shoes, CC Beanie hats, scarves, gloves and keychains, jewelry and more. There will be a room with t-shirts created by Jess Poutre. There’s a room for accessories.
Read more about the store in this week's Humboldt Independent newspaper. Subscribe by clicking on the link at the top of the page. Also, visit the Humboldt Newspapers on Facebook.

Thu
01
Dec

Christmas Box, Angel Tree gifts wanted


Volunteers wrap gifts for the annual Christmas box distribution, which will take place Monday, Dec. 12, at the Humboldt County Fairgrounds Events Center. The boxes will be picked up by families on Dec. 13. Humboldt Independent file photo.

The Humboldt County Ministerial Association’s annual Christmas Food Box Distribution will take place on Tuesday, Dec. 13, from the Humboldt County Fairgrounds.
Boxes must be brought to the fairgrounds between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 12.
Boxes can be picked up by the assigned people at the fairgrounds on Tuesday, Dec. 13, between 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Humboldt-Dakota City pick up time is 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. All others are from 8:30 to 11 a.m.
More than 225 families in Humboldt County enjoy a better Christmas because of this event, which is coordinated by the Humboldt County Ministerial Association. The box is to provide a family in need with a complete holiday meal.
Humboldt County Ministerial Association has placed an Angel Tree at the Tree Walk at Faith United Methodist Church for children 18 and under. It is the only location for an Angel Tree this holiday season.

Wed
30
Nov

Little Holiday Helpers


Thrivent Action Team Funds donated to the HOPES Little Holiday Helpers shopping event, which will be Saturday, Dec. 3. Jeanie Stattelman (left) and Michelle Hankins (right) are from HOPES. Missing is Deb Collins. The rest of the group shown are the Bringing Back the Avenue retailers who are helping with the event.

The first annual “Little Holiday Helpers” program will be Saturday, Dec. 3, from 10 a.m. to noon inside the American Legion building at 620 Sumner Avenue in Humboldt.
Elementary school age children can shop with an “Elf” who will help pick out the perfect gifts for Mom, Dad, sister or brother. All gifts are $1 and will be available for kids or adults. Gift wrapping is provided. This is all while supplies last.
Parents can enjoy coffee and rolls on special at Kist Korner and Sweetest Things Bakery while their children shop.
Children will be paired with a local high school “Elf” to ensure their shopping success and safety.
All items and wrapping paper are being donated by local businesses, individuals and Thrivent Financial.

Thu
24
Nov

Humboldt Spine opens on Highway 169


Dr. Mark Cirks (left) and Dr. Mitch Nielsen (right) are shown in the reception area at the new location of Humboldt Spine and Rehab. Located on Highway 169 in the former Pizza Hut building, Humboldt Spine and Rehab will be in the new location starting Monday, Nov. 28. Humboldt Independent photo.

By Jeff Gargano
Humboldt Spine will open in their new location on Highway 169 on Monday, Nov. 28.
Owners/chiropractors Mitch Nielsen and Mark Cirks purchased the former Pizza Hut location and started remodeling the building in February.
One would never know the building’s previous life after the extensive remodeling project where Nielsen and Cirks and family members did a lot of the work themselves.
The new building doubles their space with three spacious adjustment rooms, a large rehabilitation area, an exam room dedicated to school, DOT and pre-employment physicals, an expanded lobby area featuring a vaulted ceiling, two massage therapy rooms, a billing/coding room, and an office for each doctor.
To read more about the business and the building rebuild see this week's Humboldt Independent. Subscribe by clicking on the link above. See news and feature info, including streaming videos at our Humboldt Newspapers Facebook page.

Thu
24
Nov

$2.8 million addition and upgrade planned at Taft School


Taft Elementary School will be undergoing an upgrade and new addition during the near future. The Humboldt Board of Education finalized financial documents at its Nov. 21 meeting. Humboldt Independent file photo.

By Phil Monson
A new addition along with upgrades to Taft Elementary School in Humboldt received final approval by the Humboldt School Board Monday night Nov. 21).
In their regular monthly meeting, the board approved steps to renew the issuance of bonds to pay for the project through sales tax revenue.
The board approved a resolution directing the sale of $2,805,000 in general obligation school capital loan notes over a 10-year period. The district will go through Bank Iowa for the bonding. The board also finalized payment of the fifth and final year of a bond issued in 2011 to pay for the new middle school, which opened up in 2012.
“This addition has been part of our facility planning that has taken place in recent years,” Humboldt School Superintendent Greg Darling said.

Thu
17
Nov

All-State performers

Humboldt High School had seven students chosen for All State Band/Orchestra. Pictured from left to right are: Sophia Luu, band, oboe; Jared Knapp, orchestra, bass trombone; Michael Miller, band, French horn; Samantha Cordero, orchestra, bassoon; Madison Smith, band, clarinet; Hope Hjelmeland, band, cornet; and Isabella Luu, band, French horn. They will go to Ames on Nov. 17 for chair placement. Rehearsals are Nov. 18, and the All-State Music Festival concert will be at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 19, at Hilton Coliseum in Ames. The performance will also be shown on Iowa Public Television on Nov. 24 at 7 p.m. See this photo and more at www.humboldtnews.com.

Thu
17
Nov

Rusher resigns from Humboldt Council


Humboldt at-large City Council member Darrell Rusher resigned on Monday, effective immediately. The Humboldt City Council plans to fill the position by appointment, unless a petition for a special election is filed. The Council plans to fill the set at its Monday, Dec. 5 Council meeting. Interested candidates are asked to bring a letter stating such to Humboldt City Hall by 4 p.m. that day.

Humboldt at-large Council member Darrell Rusher is putting a close to his public service as a member of the Humboldt City Council.
Rusher submitted his resignation from the Humboldt City Council on Monday after serving the better part of two decades in office.
“I’ve been having some health issues and I feel that I’ve served long enough. It’s time for someone else to step in and take over,” Rusher said.
The Humboldt City Council has elected to fill the vacancy by appointment, but the electors within the city have a right to file a petition requiring that the vacancy be filled by special election.

Thu
17
Nov

'Centerpiece for Humboldt,' bridge dedicated


The Veteran’s Memorial Bridge dedication ceremonies last Friday concluded with the sounding of Taps by Ivan Rasmussen (left). Honor Guard members from right to left are: Dave Lee, Billy Fort and Chuck Nerem. See this and other photos at www.humboldtnews.com. Humboldt Independent photo by Kent Thompson.

By Kent Thompson
About 40 people gathered in Bicknell Park Friday, Nov. 11, to honor veterans with the dedication of the Veterans’ Memorial Bridge in Humboldt.
“This is the first veterans’ memorial erected in the city in the past 50 years, long overdue to recognize those who served,” Humboldt Mayor Dan Scholl said.
Scholl thanked Joe Hadar and Darrell Rusher for organizing the effort to construct the memorial and raise funds. He thanked the many service groups, businesses and individuals who donated for the memorial plaques. He also thanked the Humboldt American Legion, Dakota City VFW, Humboldt County Community Foundation and Lincoln Mason for their support and involvement in the project, and the Humboldt City Council, for agreeing to rename the bridge the Veterans’ Memorial Bridge.
“It will serve as a centerpiece to the entrance of our community for many years to come,” Scholl said.

Thu
10
Nov

Holiday Open Houses, Festival and Lighted Parade Planned in Humboldt


Downtown retailers are ready for open house weekend in their "ugly" Christmas tree skirts.

November will be a busy month for the Humboldt/Dakota City Chamber of Commerce, as there will be many activities to get citizens ready for the holiday season. It all starts this week with retail holiday open houses today (Thursday) through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday (note that store hours will vary according to the merchant). There will be holiday open house specials and deals inside the store.

On Saturday, Nov. 12. Gordy’s at Rustix will be hosting a vendor sip, snack and shop from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Drink specials and food will be available for downtown shoppers.

Tue
08
Nov

Trump, Underberg and Lee claim victories in Humboldt County


It was a GOP sweep in Humboldt County. District 5 Supervisor candidate Dave Lee, a registered Republican, ran as an independent because of filing deadlines. From left: President-elect Donald Trump, U.S. Senator from Iowa Chuck Grassley, U.S. House Rep. Steve King, State Rep. Mike Sexton, District 4 Supervisor elect Erik Underberg, Lee, Humboldt County Auditor Peggy Rice and Humboldt County Sheriff Dean Kruger.

By Kent Thompson
It was a good night for the Grand Old Party (GOP) on a national, state and local level Tuesday. According to unofficial election results released by the Humboldt County Auditor’s Office late Tuesday night, Donald Trump, who appeared to be on his way to winning the presidency, was the choice of the overwhelming majority of Humboldt County voters with 3,564 votes, with 1,251 for Hillary Clinton. Libertarian Gary Johnson polled 127 votes in the county and petition candidate from Utah, Evan McMullin, earned 40.
In local races, Republican Erik Underberg of Livermore unseated longtime incumbent John “Mort” Christianson of Bode, and two other candidates for the District 4 County Supervisor chair. Unofficial totals had Underberg winning with 571 votes to 197 for Christianson. Randy Foth of Livermore gained 90 votes and Christine Bothne of Bode collected 89. There was one write-in.

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