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New teaching staff in the Humboldt School District this year, front row (l-r): Patricia Hayes, Chrissy Mathews, Emily Wiebke, Laura Gibson and Jenna Johnson. Back row: Melanie Nesbitt, Tessa Meyer, Bryce Shutt, Jacob Short, Katie Walrod and David Wirtz. Not pictured, Brian Wiklander. Independent photo.
Thursday, August 22, 2019
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By PHIL MONSON Humboldt Superintendent of Schools Greg Darling said the district is ready for the new school year, which begins this Friday, Aug. 23. “Registration day went good. We are still doing some tweaks to the process. We had about the same turnout as we’ve had before with 75 to 80... + continue reading

Dean Coleman checks his bean crop in this 2012 file photo after a very dry year. During his lifetime, Coleman saw soybeans grow from very much a secondary crop in Iowa to one of the leading cash crops in the U.S., that not only powered people and animals in a dietary sense, but also farmer’s tractors and combines. Humboldt Independent file photo.
Thursday, August 22, 2019
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By KENT THOMPSON “He had a passion and could connect with everyone from second and third graders on his farm to foreign dignitaries on a trade mission. The net Dean cast in his neighborhood, school district and the state and national soybean world can’t be replaced.” Those words from Vincent... + continue reading

Out of 21 teams competing, Gary Vinsand’s team won the Iowa State Fair Chili Cookoff Contest and now advances to the World Champion Chili Cookoff Sept. 7-8. Gary is pictured with Lyle Kreps of Stockman’s, sponsor of the contest, plus team members Shane Davis, Dale Vinsand, Jason McKenna and Rob Hinton. Submitted photo.
Thursday, August 22, 2019
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Gary Vinsand is well-known for his barbecue skills, but he’s also becoming known for his tasty chili. For the second year in a row, Gary and his chili team won first place in the Traditional Red Chili category at the Iowa State Fair. They received $250, a trophy and now advance to the World... + continue reading

Bradley Baumann, 34, of Fort Dodge, was arrested Tuesday afternoon by Humboldt County authorities after a motorcycle/law enforcement vehicle chase in the city. Baumann ditched the motorcycle after striking a house at the intersection of 3rd Avenue South and 3rd Street South and was captured a short time later. Photo courtesy Webster County Jail.
Wednesday, August 21, 2019
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On Tuesday, Aug. 20, the Humboldt Police Department and Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office combined to make an arrest of a man wanted in Webster County as a suspect in several stolen vehicle cases. According to the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO) on Tuesday, Aug. 20, at approximately 3:19 p... + continue reading

Humboldt firefighters cut into the roof Saturday evening at Liguria Foods in Humboldt at the corner of 15th Street North and 16th Avenue North. The call was received at 7:18 p.m. The fire was brought under control in 15 minutes, but emergency personnel were on the scene for 1 hour and 45 minutes. Humboldt Independent photo by Kent Thompson.
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Emergency personnel from Humboldt County were out in full force early Saturday evening at Liguria Foods, after a fire was reported on the roof. “It was fortunate this happened in the daylight hours. It could have been much worse had it been at 2 a.m.,” Humboldt County Sheriff Dean Kruger reported. See this and other photos in the upcoming issue of the Humboldt Independent. Your trusted source for local news and sports. Humboldt Independent photo by Kent Thompson.
Saturday, August 17, 2019
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By KENT THOMPSON The Humboldt Fire Department was called to a four-alarm fire at Liguria Foods, 1515 15th St. N., Saturday evening, Aug. 17, at 7:18 p.m. According to Humboldt Fire Chief Jim Gronbach, “flames were coming out dry room No. 1. The deck was on fire and it was climbing up... + continue reading

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