Senior Citizen Center in city's future?

The Humboldt-Dakota City Senior Citizens Center on 1st Avenue South could be turned over to the city in the not too distant future, it was reported at Monday’s Humboldt City Council meeting. Humboldt Independent photo.

The Humboldt Senior Citizen Center at 67 1st Ave. S. in Humboldt could be operated by the city at some point in the future. That was one of topics of discussion at Monday’s Humboldt City Council meeting.
Humboldt City Administrator Travis Goedken said he recently had a discussion with one of the members of the Senior Citizens Center Board. The member related that membership in the organization is declining, and it is sometimes difficult to gather enough board members for meetings, and difficult to recruit new members to serve on the board.
The building has been operated for a number of years as a meeting place for area senior citizens, where they gather for cards, social activities and luncheon events over the years.
The building and property is city-owned. A 40-year lease with the senior citizen group expires in November 2023.


Riesselman is new Fareway manager

New Humboldt Fareway Store manager Jeremy Riesselman (left) accepts the store keys from retiring store manager Todd Treganza. Riesselman, a native of Carroll, began his new duties in the past week. Independent photo.

Jeremy Riesselman is the new Fareway Store manager in Humboldt.
Riesselman began his duties on June 20, replacing the retiring Todd Treganza, who has been store manager the past 22 years.
Riesselman has spent the last six months as assistant manager in Hiawatha, north of Cedar Rapids.
“I’m excited to be in Humboldt and get started on the next chapter in my life and become a part of the Humboldt Community,” Riesselman said.
Riesselman is a Carroll native and a graduate of Carroll Kuemper High School, where he began with the Fareway program. His career with Fareway has also taken him to stops in Cedar Rapids, Sioux City, Spirit Lake, Independence and Marion.
Riesselman replaces Todd Treganza, who retired late last month. Read more about this and other stories in The Humboldt Independent. Subscribe by clicking on the link at the top of this page.


A trip back in time

Vintage tractors roll through downtown Thor at the start of their tractor ride which took place on June 9. The tour included a stop in Goldfield before returning. Independent photo. See this photo and more at

By Phil Monson
If you were passing through Thor on the afternoon of June 9, you would have wondered if you were going back in time.
Nearly 25 1950s era tractors converged on the small town to take part in a local tractor ride. Organized by area antique tractor enthusiasts Mark Burres and Scott Rasmussen, the contingent began their trip east to Goldfield, where they passed through the river park and returned back to Thor, where they were treated to a fine ribeye steak meal at the local restaurant.
“This is an idea we brain-stormed back in April, just a fun little local ride. There will be some guys here today who have never been on a tractor ride,” Burres said.
“It just seems like every weekend between Memorial Day and Labor Day there is always something going on,” said Rasmussen, member of the North Central Antique Tractor Club.


Low turnout for primary election

Pictured from left: John "Mort" Christianson, Steve King and Patty Judge were the unofficial winners in Tuesday's contested races in the Humboldt County Primary. The Humboldt County Board of Supervaiors will canvass the election on Monday.

With only one local contested race, there was a low voter turnout for the June 7 primary election in Humboldt County. According to Humboldt County Commissioner of Elections, Peggy Rice, 516 ballots were cast of the county's 6,617 registered voters, 7.8 percent. The breakdown was 351 Republicans and 165 Democrats.


Engineer's contract raises issues

Pictured from left to right: Humboldt County Engineer Paul Jacobson, local farmer Kevin Tellier, and Supervisors Bruce Reimers and Rick Pedersen, who discussed Jacobson's contract and public accountability at Monday's meeting.

By Kent Thompson
Additional scrutiny of the Humboldt County Engineer’s Office was asked by a local citizen and by two members of the County Board of Supervisors on Monday at the Board’s regular weekly meeting at the courthouse.
The subject came up in relation to the Humboldt County Engineer’s contract and agreement for fiscal 2017.
The Board unanimously approved the contract, which will include a 3 percent increase for County Engineer Paul Jacobson, beginning his 16th year in that capacity for the county. The salary increase will bring Jacobson’s annual pay to $100,000.


Gotch Catch Wrestling Tournament is July 3 in Humboldt

This life-sized bronze statue of Frank A. Gotch was erected as a memorial to the Humboldt native son and his contribution to athletics and our community. Gotch's contributions will be recognized again with a special World Catch Wrestling Tournament at Humboldt High School on Sunday, July 3.

Wrestling history will come alive on July 3 in Humboldt, when the first ever Frank Gotch World Catch Championship is held in the hometown of the most legendary figure in catch wrestling history.
The Catch Wrestling Alliance (CWA) headquartered in Los Angeles, CA, will hold its third annual event on Sunday, July 3, in Humboldt, at the Humboldt High School gymnasium.
“We are tremendously excited to make this announcement,” said Dr. Raul Ramirez, executive director of the CWA and a catch wrestling instructor and practitioner.
For further information, go to the CWA web site or call Raul Ramirez at (310) 930-6046. The domain name is Look for more information in this week's Humboldt Independent and in future issues. Subscribe today by clicking on the link at the top of this page.


VFW Commander to give Memorial Day address

VFW Commander Dave Lee will give the Memorial Day address at Bicknell Park in Humboldt, Monday, May 30. Activities will begin with a parade from the Law Enforcement Center to the Sumner Avenue Bridge at 9:15 a.m., followed by the Memorial Day program at 9:30 a.m.

Dave Lee, commander of the Sathers-Odgaard VFW Post in Dakota City, will give the Address of the Day at the Memorial Day ceremony on Monday, May 30, at Bicknell Park in Humboldt.
The day begins with flag raising at the cemeteries at sun up.
Line up for the parade begins at 9 a.m. at the Humboldt County Law Enforcement Center.
The parade starts at 9:15 a.m. from the Law Enforcement Center and proceeds west on Sumner Avenue to Bicknell Park.
There will be a Salute to the Dead at the Sumner Bridge with the Eulogy of Veterans by Father Jim Tigges.
The Memorial Service begins at 9:30 a.m. at Bicknell Park with Ron Rasmussen serving as Master of Ceremonies. Father Tigges will give the invocation, followed by the crowd reciting the Pledge of Allegiance.


Humboldt High School graduates 92 seniors

Kylie Burmeister (left) and Autumn Hauser (right) were named the Valedictorian and Salutatorian, respectively at last Sunday's high school commencement exercises at Humboldt High School.

Kylie Burmeister was named Valedictorian of the Humboldt High School graduating Class of 2016 at commencement ceremonies held Sunday afternoon, May 22, in the high school gymnasium. The Salutatorian honor went to Autumn Hauser. Kendra Beaman, Tony Nielsen and Phillip Runia were awarded the Marvyl Friesth Award.
The Marvyl Friesth Award originated over 65 years ago following a tragic accident in which a student passed away. Because the classmates of Marvyl Friesth felt so strongly about the high caliber of living and participation exemplified by this young woman, they initiated what has become an annual award to the top senior boy and girl.


100 Women Who Care event slated for April 20

Renae Dreyer is organizing a Meet and Greet event at Rustix on April 20 to kickoff "100 Women Who Care in Humboldt County." The concept is to find 100 women to each donate $100 to a charity, non-profit or a family in need. Four quarterly meetings are planned. The event will begin at 5:30 p.m.

Women who want to help make a difference locally are invited to a Meet and Greet meeting at Rustix on Wednesday, April 20, at 5:30 p.m. Lemonade and cookies will be served. Those planning to attend are asked to RSVP by email to:
Renae Dreyer, owner/operator of Humboldt Engraving and Gifts, is spearheading the effort to start “100 Women Who Care-Humboldt County.”
“It’s such a simple concept and a great way to make a difference in our Humboldt County community,” Dreyer said.
The concept is 100 women gather with each person writing a check for $100 to a charity, non-profit or a family in need. The meetings are held quarterly (four times a year).


Hamilton is featured speaker at Chamber event

Brenda Hamilton, workplace trainer who offers fresh perspectives on business and life, will be the featured speaker at the Humboldt/Dakota City Chamber of Commerce annual meeting on Thursday, April 28, at the River Valley Winery west of Humboldt. People are asked to RSVP by contacting Teresa Burns at the Chamber office.

The Humboldt-Dakota City Chamber of Commerce will hold their annual event on Thursday, April 28, from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. at Orchard Hall at the River Valley Winery on Highway 3 west of Humboldt.
Featured speaker will be Brenda Clark Hamilton, a dynamic speaker and workplace trainer who offers fresh perspectives in leadership, communication skills, team building, customer service and offering one’s best self to life, relationships and career.
The meal, catered by Hy-Vee, includes a chicken breast, cheesy potatoes, green beans, dessert and refreshment.
Cost is $20 for Chamber members and $30 for non-members. To make a reservation, people are asked to contact Teresa Burns at the Chamber office by April 20 at (515) 332-1481, or by email at

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