News

Thu
23
Nov

Supervisors to update wind power ordinance


The Humboldt County Board of Supervisors decided on Monday against a moratorium on commercial wind turbines in the county, but are collecting information and conducting research to revise their 2015 wind ordinance to include specific parameters for large-scale wind farms.

By Kent Thompson
The Humboldt County Board of Supervisors on Monday agreed to move forward with a revised and expanded wind turbine/wind generation ordinance, without resulting in a moratorium.
In a special work session held Nov. 15, the Board talked about issuing a six-month moratorium on any wind turbine permit applications. It was revealed Monday that no applications are expected during the three-month or less process it will take the Board to decide on a new ordinance and the language contained in such a document.

Thu
23
Nov

Library Foundation donors leave lasting legacy


Pictured clockwise from left: Library Foundation Board member LeRoy Jorgensen, bench donor Gary Strachan, bench donors Candy Carlson and Karen May, representing the Humboldt County Genealogical Society, Board member Jean Holste (standing), Library Director Demi Johnson (standing), Foundation Board President Linda Clasen, Board members Joan Lindaman, Katy Lemmenes and Jane Wickett. The four benches at the site were donated by Gary Strachan in memory of his wife, Janice; by Marvin Grebner in memory of his wife, Donna; the Humboldt County Genealogical Society in honor of its members; and Dan Holste in honor of his wife, Jean and the couple’s daughters. Humboldt Independent photo.

By Kent Thompson
Just as great works of literature can leave a lasting impression on the mind, making a donation to the Humboldt Public Library Foundation can leave a lasting legacy.
It can be a legacy of knowledge and learning, or a tangible asset.
One such asset that gives the library grounds a sense of relaxation and repose is the new benches that grace the front of the library. They are lasting memorials to people who have had or are having a special connection to the library, or just a way to remember someone who loved to read.
Gary Strachan, Marvin Grebner and Dan Holste all donated funds in honor or memory of their wives and the Humboldt County Genealogical Society donated funds for the fourth bench.
The Library Foundation used some existing funds coupled with a $1,193 grant from the Humboldt County Community Foundation to provide matching funds for a dedicated sidewalk and landscaping around the benches.

Thu
23
Nov

Downtown business owners start teacher supply swap


High School special education instructor Cassie Smith (left) and volunteer Louise Hauck-Chinn (right) are pictured with some of the supplies Smith needs for her classroom students on a daily basis. Humboldt’s Deb Davis and Hauck-Chinn are organizing a Teacher Supply Swap store in a portion of the Uptown Humboldt Mercantile building, 609 Sumner Ave. The store, for teachers only, plans to be open in January. Humboldt Independent photo.

By Kent Thompson
When Deb Davis saw a video on Facebook about a teacher supply swap, she knew she had to get involved. That means starting a Teacher Supply Swap in Humboldt, the first of its kind in the state and only the fourth in the U.S.
The particular episode Davis saw was about Baltimore, MD, teacher Melissa Badeker. She told about spending $1,000 out of her own pocket as a beginning teacher to purchase school supplies and needed items for students in her classroom. After some of the supplies had been used, she would be tasked with the chore of trying to get rid of things of which she no longer had a need.

Thu
16
Nov

Veterans tell personal stories at OSLC meal


Veterans Sherman Silbaugh, Gordon VanGronigen, Roger Heiter and Gene Ruby stand during the singing of the National Anthem at the Veteran’s Meal at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church last Thursday, Nov. 9. Humboldt Independent photo.

By Jeff Gargano
It was an emotional night as more than 150 people enjoyed the Veteran’s meal served by Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church last Thursday evening.
Attendees included five World War II Veterans all the way up to Veterans of the wars in the Middle East.
The Veterans and their families enjoyed a free dinner of grilled steak or grilled chicken breast. To begin the event, Sidney Burns sang the National Anthem. Everyone in the room stood, even those in wheelchairs.
There were three speakers during the evening: Humboldt County Veteran’s Affairs Director Dean Ewoldt; Jim Fevold, who spoke about his life changing Honor Flight experience; and Seth Dencklau, who served in the Middle East.
Jim Fevold is a Vietnam War Veteran. He said while he was at war he heard stories of how his fellow soldiers were being treated when they returned home. Then he experienced it when he returned to the United States.

Thu
16
Nov

Ron and Mary Reedy lead the way on show ring project


Members of the Humboldt County Fair Board accepted a check from Ron and Mary Reedy, Grand Champion sponsors ($10,000 or more) for a new show ring at the Humboldt County Fairgrounds. Pictured from left: Fair Board member David Boswell, Ron Reedy, Mary Reedy, Fair Board member Paul Davis (background), Fair Board President Jeff Haselhuhn and Fair Board member Kevin Cordray. Humboldt Independent photo.

By Kent Thompson
The Humboldt County Agricultural Society (Fair Board) is pleased to announce a lead donor in its effort to raise $90,000 for a new show ring.
Ron and Mary Reedy of Humboldt, longtime supporters of agriculture and 4-H in Humboldt County, have been identified as a Grand Champion Sponsor of the new building with a generous donation of $10,000 or more.
“We are very pleased to accept Ron and Mary’s donation and hope it will encourage others to donate,” Humboldt County Fair Board President Jeff Haselhuhn said.
“We think it’s great. We have received other smaller donations and it all helps,” Fair Board member Kevin Cordray said.
Donations large and small are welcome and accepted and can be sent to Humboldt County Fair, PO Box 391, Humboldt, IA 50548 or people can contact any member of the Fair Board.

Sat
11
Nov

Humblodt man fatally wounded in Saturday shooting


Humboldt's Shane Jensen was fatally wounded Saturday afternoon in Dakota City after an armed confrontation with law enforcement. According to the Iowa Department of Criminal Investigation, Jensen fired once in the are and pointed a 9 mm handgun at law enforcement before being struck by a bullet from a DNR officer.

The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation has identified the subject shot by an Iowa Department of Natural Resources Officer in Dakota City Saturday as Shane Allen Jensen, age 19, from Humboldt. Jensen was being sought by family members and law enforcement on November 11, 2017, after expressing thoughts of suicide by cop to family members and stealing a motor vehicle. When located by officers of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources and Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office at 205 4th Avenue in Dakota City, Jensen fired one round in the air and then pointed a loaded 9 mm handgun at officers. An officer with the Iowa DNR fired one round at Jensen fatally wounding him.
The investigation is ongoing and no further information will be released by the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation. The results of the completed investigation will be forwarded to the Humboldt County Attorney’s Office for review.

Thu
09
Nov

BREAKING NEWS: Jacobson out as county engineer


Humboldt County Engineer Paul Jacobson was told Thursday afternoon that he no longer will be employed by the county after Jan. 1, 2018. Jacobson has served the county in that capacity since the beginning of the century, 17.75 years. The vote was 4-1 in favor of not renewing Jacobson's contract.

By Kent Thompson
The Humboldt County Board of Supervisors on Thursday (Nov. 9) agreed not to renew County Engineer Paul Jacobson’s contract beyond Jan. 1, 2018.
Jacobson has served as the county engineer since March 20, 2000.
During a meeting of the Board last April, it was agreed to give Jacobson a six-month contract without a pay raise. His salary for the current fiscal year is $103,000, plus benefits. The Board agreed to review Jacobson's performance after six months.
Last April, the Board said Jacobson needed to improve his communication with the public and the Board. The Board also said Jacobson’s leadership, discipline and management skills could be improved.

Thu
09
Nov

New mayors in Renwick and Dakota City


Kirk Whittlesey (left) and Mike Worthington (center) were elected to at-large seats on the Humboldt City Council. Whittlesey will be retaining his seat and Worthington will be new on the council, replacing Bret Davis. Humboldt Mayor Dan Scholl (right) ran unopposed and was re-elected to a two-year term. Humboldt Independent photos.

The towns of Renwick and Dakota City have new mayors for 2018, while some familiar faces reclaimed seats on city councils in area towns following Tuesday's municipal elections around the area.
Bode had a record 10 candidates for five seats on the city council. D.L. Peterson was the top vote-getter with 59, followed by Mark Dale, Robert “Bud” Douglas, Jess Tepner and Roger B. Rongved Sr., all being elected. Rongved and Tepner served on the city council in previous years. Royden Miller was elected mayor.
In Renwick, write-in candidate Taylor Kunert was elected mayor, according to the unofficial totals. There were a total of 62 write-in votes for mayor, with declared candidate Rick Larson receiving 23.
For city council, there were six candidates for three seats.

Thu
09
Nov

Misty Harbor to return to Humboldt


The former Born Free Motorcoach building at 1505 13th St. N. has been purchased by Marine Group LLC, doing business as Misty Harbor. The company plans to immediately start hiring employees for Humboldt operations, with an expected 40 people hired by the end of the first year. The company manufactures pontoon boats and accessories and has its beginnings in Humboldt, started by the Harklau family. Humboldt Independent photo.

By Kent Thompson
Misty Harbor Pontoons will be returning to its roots in a sense, as the company will be beginning manufacturing operations in the former Dodgen Born Free Motorcoach factory on Highway 169, it was announced at the conclusion of Monday night’s Humboldt City Council meeting.

Thu
02
Nov

Six Humboldt youth compete in State Dance


These six Humboldt High School students will be competing this weekend in State Solo All Iowa Honor Dance Team competition in Newton. From left to right are: Lylah Tinken, Emma Clark, Elise Halvorson, Jaydn Smith, Whitney Kellner and Morgan Smith. The team is coached by HHS Drill team coach Jessica Fuller.

Six Humboldt High School students will be competing this weekend in the State Solo All Iowa Honor Dance team competition in Newton. Hundreds of youth will be competing in eight classes throughout the day on Saturday. The Dance Solo competition will follow the Color Guard Solo competition on Friday.
The Humboldt students will compete at the Newton High School gym No. 2. Here is a list of the students and their approximate dance times: Emma Clark, 2:37 p.m.; Elise Halvorson, 2:48 p.m.; Jaydn Smith, 5:59 p.m.; Whitney Kellner, 6:36 p.m.; Morgan Smith, 6:58 p.m.; and Lylah Tinken, 7:22 p.m. The team is coached by Jessica Fuller.

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