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Humboldt county Emergency director Kyle Bissell poses with his new cat River (formerly Kyle) and wife Michelle, who has made 15,000 blankets for shelters across the state. Submitted photo.
Thursday, July 11, 2024
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BY KYLIE PORTZ With flood levels cresting at a record-breaking 17 feet, Humboldt County remains in a flood warning weeks after the initial flood. The historic flooding was caused by heavy rainfall along the west branch of the Des Moines River in northern Iowa, Minnesota, and South Dakota. The... + continue reading
Wednesday, July 3, 2024
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Governor Reynolds has expanded the number of counties included in the Disaster Proclamation due to the flooding that impacted Iowa on June 26. Humboldt County has been impacted by the floods that devastated parts of Iowa. We saw record water levels in Humboldt that we know have greatly affected... + continue reading
Thursday, June 27, 2024
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By APRIL KELLEY The river has now crested at 17 feet and will begin to slowly recede according to Humboldt County Emergency Management Director Kyle Bissell during a meeting held at the EMA building Thursday, June 27. The meeting included reports from Bissell, City Administrator, Cole... + continue reading
Cole Anderson
Rutland quarry owner Cole Anderson petitioned the Humboldt County Board of Adjustments regarding an application for a special exception use permit. Anderson states with new equipment, he will be able to once again mine the site to remove limestone. The site had been rezoned as an agricultural site, thus requiring the special exception use permit.
Thursday, June 27, 2024
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BY APRIL KELLEY The Humboldt County Board of Adjustments will once again meet to hear a petition by Cole Anderson regarding an application for a special exception use permit. Anderson is the owner of a defunct quarry in Rutland. The quarry had ceased being operational sometime in the 1960’s... + continue reading

The east fork of the Des Moines River crested at nearly 22 feet and flooded Dakota City park on Monday, June 24. This image was taken inside the park's entryway, looking east at the bridge, which was closed due to high water. The west fork of the river is expected to crest on Wednesday afternoon, June 26, just under 17 feet. Flood stage is 10 feet. Independent photo by Kylie Portz.
Monday, June 24, 2024
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NO THREAT TO CITY UTILITY SERVICES By PHIL MONSON Humboldt County is preparing for the worst in what could be flooding of historic proportions. Heavy rains in far northern and northwest Iowa, along with Minnesota and even South Dakota, have pushed the Des Moines River beyond its banks as the... + continue reading

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