October 2022


Brynn Malo 31st in state cross country

Brynn Malo

Brynn Malo placed 31st in 20:18 in the Class 3A state cross country meet on Saturday, Oct. 29 in Fort Dodge.

Pella won the team title.

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Wildcats tame Bulldogs 39-0 in playoff

Humboldt senior linebacker Owen Hubbell (21) zeros in on a sack of Hampton-Dumont/CAL quarterback Will Sackville during the second half of Friday night's Class 3A playoff game in Humboldt. The Wildcats won handily, 39-0. See this photo and others for purchase at www.humboldtnews.com. Humboldt Independent photo by Kent Thompson.

Offensive explosiveness and defensive tenacity went together like a hand-in-a-glove Friday for the Humboldt Wildcat football, just as they have all season.
The result was a 39-0 mastery over the Humboldt-Dumont/CAL Bulldogs in the first round of Class 3A football playoff action in Pod C.
Will Orness let his legs and fingers do the talking as he rushed for two touchdown runs and passed for another. He finished with 76 yards on the ground and 101 yards through the air on 6-8 completions.
Lance Coon was a force getting yardage and putting the ball in the end zone as he ran for scores of 2, 11 and 14 yards. On the night he ran for 166 yards on 18 carries, an average of 9.2 per rush.
Trevor Beach accounted for nine of the Wildcat points, catching a 3-yard pass from Orness with no time remaining in the first half and adding three point-after kicks.


Supervisors approve, Humboldt City Council denies Destination Iowa funding application

Local resident Gary Jensen (third from front right side standing against the wall) spoke for many of the nearly 50 residents that attended a special Humboldt City Council meeting Tuesday afternoon at 3 p.m. The voices of the people not wanting the Reasoner Dam altered were heard and no action was taken by the city council on a resolution that could have garnered Humboldt County $4 million in Destination Iowa grant funds. Humboldt Independent photo by Kent Thompson.



Harmony Animal Hospital celebrates new building

Harmony Animal Hospital at 1103 13th St. N. in Humboldt has a new building for the public to see during their open house this Saturday, Oct. 29, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dr. Culley Holm (left) and Dr. Erin Kramer (right), have operated the Harmony Animal Hospital in Humboldt for the past 5.5 years. They have a combined 37 years of veterinary medicine experience. Humboldt Independent photo by Kent Thompson.

An expanding animal practice called for more space, so after a year in the making, the new Harmony Animal Hospital at 1103 13th St. N. in Humboldt is open.
Actually, the business never closed during a year’s worth of construction.
“The new building was (partially) completed and we moved in and started seeing patients on July 5,” Dr. Culley Holm said. Dr. Holm and Dr. Erin Kramer purchased the former veterinary practice from Dr. Dean Harmon in April 2017. The name was changed at that time from Harmon Animal Clinic to Harmony Animal Hospital.
Read about the business's successes and the new digs in the special section in this week's Humboldt Independent, your trusted source for local news and sports.



This Twin Rivers Elementary student practices his pumpkin carving skills last week. Submitted photo.

In this week's Humboldt Independent there was a story about Halloween activities in the area. One paragraph was inadvertently misplaced in the article. There will not be free hot dogs offered as part of the Humboldt County Historical Museum Trick or Treat night on Saturday, Oct. 29. The free hot dogs will be part of the Trunk or Treat event at the LifeGate Fellowship Church on Highway 169 North, also on Oct. 29, from 4-6 p.m. The Humboldt Independent apologies for the error. The correct article is printed in its entirety below.


Item believed to be IED turns out to be piece of equipment from gas company

An item initially believed to be an improvised explosive device (IED) was later found to be a piece of equipment to a gas main, Monday afternoon in Humboldt.
On Oct. 24, at approximately 2:05 p.m., members of Humboldt County Conservation found an item that appeared to be an IED located at the base of the natural gas main located near the intersection of 3rd Avenue South and Gotch Park Road.
After a brief investigation at the scene by the Humboldt Police Department and Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office, the area was blocked off and special agents with the State Fire Marshal Division responded to investigate the item.
It was determined that the item was property of MidAmerican Energy. The item had not been reattached properly to the gas main. It was determined there was no threat to the community.


Humboldt whips Algona, 31-8; host HDC in state playoff opener

Humboldt junior running back Lance Coon rushed for 206 yards on 22 carries and scored four touchdowns to power the Humboldt football team past the Algona Bulldogs, 31-8 in Algona Friday night (Oct. 21) to end the regular season. Independent photo by Phil Monson.

Lance Coon rushed for 206 yards and scored four touchdowns, all in the first half, to power the Humboldt Wildcat football team to a dominating 31-8 victory over the Algona Bulldogs Friday night (Oct. 21) in Algona in a regular season final for both schools.

The victory improved Humboldt to 8-1 overall, 4-1 in Class 3A District 2. A win by North Polk over Nevada created a 3-way tie for the district title.

Coon scored on runs of 18, 4, 49 and 5 yards as Humboldt took a 28-8 halftime lead.

Trever Beach kicked a 40-yard field goal early in the second half to make it 31-8.

Will Orness completed 6 of 11 passes for 89 yards. Owen Hubbell led the Humboldt defense with 5 solo tackles and 6 assists. Beach and 4 solos and 4 assists. Tayeton Lohaus had 3 sacks on defense.

Playoff action begins on Friday, Oct. 28. Humboldt hosts Hampton Dumont CAL at 7 p.m. at Mason Maach Field.