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Thu
23
Mar

GC-B greenhouse puts food on the lunch plate


Kelsey Upah, seed-to-table manager in the Gilmore City-Bradgate School District, is shown inside the newly-constructed greenhouse located south of the school in Gilmore City. Independent photo by Phil Monson.

By Phil Monson
Spring arrived this week but inside the balmy, new greenhouse at Gilmore City-Bradgate Elementary School, spring has been in place since the middle of November.
November is when the new greenhouse was completed on the school grounds, providing another boost for the school’s new gardening program, led by Seed-to-Table manager Kelsey Upah, who was hired by the district last summer.
Upah oversaw the creation of the new greenhouse and she has also taken over leadership of the outdoor garden, which the students utilize each week for classroom learning.
Already, some of the product planted three months ago is supplementing the school lunch program and helping stock the salad bar in the lunch room.
To find out more about the GC-B green thumbs in the elementary grades, see this week's Humboldt Independent. Subscribe by clicking on the link at the top of this page.

Thu
23
Mar

Golden Egg Contest starts March 29


Jenna Mulford, director of the Humboldt-Dakota City Chamber of Commerce, is holding the Golden Egg that will be hidden somewhere in Humboldt and/or Dakota City. People can search for the eggs starting March 29 for a chance to win either the $300 Chamber Bucks grand prize or $50 prizes for finding the four smaller eggs. They will be hidden in Humboldt and Dakota City. Humboldt Independent photo.

The Humboldt-Dakota City Chamber of Commerce Golden Egg Hunt starts Wednesday, March 29, and will continue until April 7, unless the Golden Egg is found earlier.
Whoever finds the Golden Egg will win $300 in Chamber Bucks, redeemable at any member of the Humboldt-Dakota City Chamber of Commerce. There are also four smaller eggs being hidden. If found, the smaller eggs will either be $50 in Chamber Bucks or a $50 10-punch pass to the Humboldt Family Aquatic Center.
The eggs will be hidden in the city limits of Humboldt or Dakota City. For more details on the contest see this week's Humboldt Independent newspaper. Subscribe for the print or digital editions by clicking on the link at the top of this page.

Thu
16
Mar

Jet Company supports agriculture with many products


Jet Company manufactures side dump trailers that are used by the agriculture and construction industries. Scott Heider stands next to a pair of recently built trailers. Humboldt Independent photo.

A company that started on a farm in the 1950s continues to support the agriculture community with a variety of products.
Jet Company was founded on a farm near Gilmore City in 1952, by Merle Heider.
Today, Jet Company is operated by second and third generations of the Heider family. Jet Company is a leading producer of grain hopper, flatbed, drop deck, side dump, and hydraulic detachable gooseneck trailers. The company produces those trailers in a factory in Humboldt.
Jet Company’s manufacturing techniques have become more efficient with less waste. Jet also incorporates recycling into their processes as well.
“Farmers are good stewards of the land and we want to be as efficient as possible and be good stewards as well,” Scott Heider said.

Thu
16
Mar

Vorland is new Dakota City Clerk


Sierra Vorland, who has been a deputy clerk in Humboldt for more than 8 years, will assume the duties as city clerk for Dakota City later this month. Read more about this story in this week's Humboldt Independent. Subscribe by clicking on the link at the top of the page.

Humboldt’s Sierra Vorland hopes to use her nearly 10 years experience in city administration to good use in her new position as the city clerk for Dakota City.
Vorland began working for the city of Humboldt in May of 2007. She began as an administrative assistant at Humboldt City Hall and moved into the Deputy Clerk’s position in 2008.
“I enjoy seeing people and helping them, and I look forward to continuing to do that in Dakota City,” Vorland said.
“This is a good professional opportunity for myself. It will be a little more responsibility, and I’m excited about the change,” Vorland said.

Thu
09
Mar

Quilt of Valor presented to Kinseth


Area quilter Nancy Wiuff (left) made a beautiful and patriotic quilt for Bode’s Arlis Kinseth (right), which was presented last Thursday, just in time for Arlis’s 91st birthday on Sunday, March 12. The quilt was part of the Quilts of Valor project, a nationwide volunteer effort to honor veterans. Submitted photo by James Borlaug.

A Quilt of Valor, an honor of his military service and his longtime community service, was presented to Bode's Arlis Kinseth last week.
Arlis is an Army combat veteran of World War II and the Korean War. He fought in France, Austria and Germany in World War II, and managed to avoid being wounded, he says. But then in Korea, he was hit twice. He was awarded the Purple Heart and the Silver Star for his service.
Presenting the quilt to Arlis was Russell Jensen, adjutant of the Bode American Legion Post.
Nancy Wiuff, who made the quilt, came up with the idea of the quilt for Arlis after working on one for a West Bend veteran. Local residents contributed the money for the cost of the materials.
To read more and see additional photos of the presentation see this week's Humboldt Independent newspaper. Subscribe to print or digital editions by clicking on the link above.

Thu
09
Mar

Humboldt hosts statewide education workshop


Lucinda Boyd, an instructional coach in the Humboldt School District, shares her thoughts and ideas during a session on project-based learning at last week's AIW workshop in Humboldt. Independent photo by Phil Monson.

The Humboldt Community School District has been a leader in the state of Iowa when it comes to the application of AIW (Authentic Intellectual Works).
So it was no surprise when educators from across the state exceeded original registration numbers in a mid-year training workshop held last Friday, March 3, at Humboldt Middle School and Humboldt High School.
“The leadership here, from the superintendent to Tammy (Tamela Johnson), Lucinda (Boyd) and her other coaches, has made all the difference in this school district,” Hope Bossard, Director of the Iowa AIW Consortium, said.
“We scored our instruction with a group of teachers from Humboldt and the surrounding areas. We got input from other teachers about the kind of things we teach here and got feedback on ways we can make it better,” Humboldt High School instructor and workshop participant Rodd Mooney said. “That’s a really good process and it helps make us all better instructors.”

Thu
02
Mar

Commercial garbage rates to increase


A little more on the side, this side dump truck from John's Ag Service seems to be saying, as Humboldt Street Superintendent Chris Ubben (left) blows in snow as a result of last Thursday's 12-inch blast in Humboldt. The National Weather Service reported Humboldt County as the high precipitation total for the state from the late winter storm. Humboldt Independent photo.

By Kent Thompson
Commercial solid waste collection fees will be going up for Humboldt businesses whom utilize the service, if an ordinance approved by the Humboldt City Council last week is passed on three readings.
The Council gave unanimous approval to changes that spell out defined amounts of garbage collected and sets rates for commercial customers who utilize the service.
The current ordinance says merely that commercial, industrial and institutional premises utilizing the city’s collection service, shall have a fee based on the premises’ waste volume, as determined by cubic yard lengths of containers and number of pick ups per week.
To read more about this and other city news, subscribe to The Humboldt Independent by clicking on the link at the top of this page.

Thu
02
Mar

20 Humboldt speech students advance to state


The Humboldt Speech team participated in the District Individual Contest at Bishop Garrigan in Algona last weekend. Participants present for a photo include, front row (l to r): Madeleine Ruzicka, Amber Wittrock, Keagan Burmeister, Emie Wolter, Taylor McKimmey and Holly Kirchhoff. Second row: Taylor Sandven, Brook Hjelmeland, Emily Schaffer, Tristyn Fuller, Maddy Dahl and Hope Hjelmeland. Third row: Michaela Kehoe, Meg Grice, Kosett Burmeister, Lauren Erickson, Nate Wright, Carter Holm and Donovan Froisland. Humboldt Independent photo.

The Humboldt Speech team enjoyed a monumental day at District Individual Contest at Bishop Garrigan High in Algona on Saturday, Feb. 25. The contest started three hours late due to weather, but this did not hinder the speakers, according to coach Mike Terwilliger.
A total of 20 performers earned Division One ratings in 27 events and qualified for State Contest on March 11 at Sioux City East.
Read more about these talented students in this week's Humboldt Independent, on sale today. Subscribe by clicking on the link above.

Thu
23
Feb

Fun for all at 2017 Humboldt County Fair


The 2017 Humboldt County Fair will be held July 25-30. Volunteer members of the Humboldt County Fair Board include, front row (l to r): Paul Davis, secretary; Jeff Haselhuhn, President; David Boswell, Jeff Goodell, Bruce Schipull and Nate Nostrom. Second row: Gary Vinsand, Kevin Cordray, Alex Rhead, Jerod Hatcher, Roger Carlson, Troy Wood, Mark Holtan and Shane Braby, board treasurer. Other members of the Fair Board include: Jason Opheim, Brett Kampen, and Jeff Halvorson, vice-president. Humboldt Independent photo.

By Jeff Gargano
The 2017 Humboldt County Fair will bring back some of the favorites sprinkled in with some new activities.
Fair dates are July 25-30. Next Generation Shows has expanded the carnival each year and plans to bring even more rides this year. Next Generation will also offer free face painting once again.
Grandstand entertainment starts with harness racing on Tuesday night, Fair Queen coronation, Little Miss and Mister and 4-H Fashion Review on Wednesday night, The Sound Exchange a cappella group performing on Thursday night, the Lucas Oil Tractor and Pickup Pull on Friday night, Chuckwagon races on Saturday night followed by entertainment by the band “Farm Rock,” motocross races Sunday morning and the popular Tough Truck competition on Sunday night.
To read about some new events and activities at the fair, see the full story in this week's Humboldt Independent. Subscribe by clicking on the link at the top of this page.

Thu
23
Feb

Pet registration in Humboldt required March 1


Dr. James Illg (right) and assistant Lori Roths (left) attend to a Miniature Pinscher at the Humboldt Veterinary Clinic. Illg said he takes lost or stray animals captured by the police for temporary housing. He is hopeful a new registration law will help ease the problem. See this and other photos at www.humboldtnews.com. Humboldt Independent photo.

By Kent Thompson
The community has an animal control problem and the Humboldt City Council has taken the first steps to try do something about it.
Beginning March 1, Humboldt City Ordinance Chapter 55 will have a licensing requirement for dogs and cats. The ordinance states that a person possessing a dog or cat within the city limits must register the animal with the Humboldt City Clerk. The license will be issued upon receipt of completed application and veterinary records showing a current rabies vaccination. The fee for licensing is $5 for animals that are unsexed and $10 for male or female animals.
According to Humboldt Police Administrator Dean Kruger, Humboldt Police dealt with 133 animal related calls last year. The total included 77 animal complaint calls, an increase of 10 over 2015 numbers and 13 more than 2014.

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