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Thu
29
Jul

HCMH announces open house on Monday, Aug. 2


The public will get a chance to see the new Emergency Preparedness and Response Building at Humboldt County Memorial Hospital during an Open House on Monday, Aug. 2, from 4-6 p.m. Pictured in front of the building are (l to r): Dave Knight, Mike Sexe, Kevin Bornhoft, Mary Moritz, Michelle Sleiter, Victor Bycroft and Mardi Ratzlaff. Humboldt Independent photo.

Area residents will be able to tour the new Emergency Preparedness and Response Building at Humboldt County Memorial Hospital during an Open House on Monday, Aug. 2, from 4-6 p.m.
The new facility, which went into service on Tuesday, July 20, is located on 15th Street North just north of the entrance to the hospital and clinic.
The facility is available for drive-through vaccination clinics and more, and also serves as the home to the hospital’s ambulances and HCMH Foundation bus. The former ambulance garage is now being utilized by the hospital’s maintenance department. All mowers and equipment are now able to be stored inside.
Sande Construction was the general contractor on the project, which was paid for with grant funding.

Thu
29
Jul

Near record attendance at Humboldt County Fair


Hannah Muir of the Humboldt FFA won grand champion market beef honors at the fair. She also had the reserve champion market beef entry. Muir also showed the champion breeding heifer, the champion market heifer, the champion medium weight heifer and the champion heavyweight steer, along with the champion market steer. Humboldt Independent photo by Phil Monson.

Embree Meyer, 8, of Humboldt is shown doing a dance during the Humboldt County Fair Talent Show on Sunday afternoon. Humboldt Independent photo by Jeff Gargano.

The Humboldt County Fair concluded a success seven-day run on Monday, July 26, with the annual livestock sale. Sunny skies and warm temperatures dominated throughout last week, with no rain and typical Iowa fair weather. See the special supplement in this week's Humboldt Independent that has photos of the winners and events and results of the Humboldt County 4-H and FFA static exhibits. More fair results will be published in the Aug. 5 edition.

Thu
29
Jul

Humboldt alumnus to perform benefit concert


Gary "Garik" Pedersen, a 1971 Humboldt High School graduate and a noted piano soloist and chamber musician will perform a special concert this Sunday, Aug. 1, at the Humboldt High School. The public is invited. Admission is a freewill donation for the Humboldt Music Boosters. Submitted photo.

Gary "Garik" Pedersen is a 1971 graduate of Humboldt High School. He has a doctorate in piano performance, has taught music for 40-plus years, and has performed as a soloist and chamber musician throughout the U.S. and several foreign lands, receiving high acclaim from several distinguished associations and conservatories. Pedersen retired from active teaching of piano this past year after a 31-year career at Eastern Michigan in Ypsilanti, MI.
Through all his travels and experiences, the Humboldt native found out something 13 years ago that truly fascinated him.

Thu
22
Jul

Goedken hired by Decorah; Council agrees to search firm


Humboldt City Administrator Travis Goedken will be ending his 5.5 year tenure with the city in early September. He will be becoming the new city manager for the city of Decorah. Read more about this story in this week's Humboldt Independent.

By KENT THOMPSON
Minutes after the Humboldt City Council accepted a letter of resignation from Humboldt City Administrator Travis Goedken on Monday, the Decorah City Council approved a contract offer to have Goedken serve as that city’s new city manager.
Goedken’s resignation will be effective Thursday, Sept. 9. In his letter of resignation, Goedken said Humboldt has been a great community for him professionally and for his family.
“We have seen several great projects come to fruition over the past several years, that many other communities dream to accomplish. We have forged great relationships that will continue beyond my tenure,” Goedken said in his resignation letter. He said the overriding factor in the decision was family considerations. Goedken grew up near Dubuque, as did his wife, Tara, and said it was a 3-1/2-hour drive to attend a recent event for a niece. “Decorah will be only 1-1/2 hours and one hour to some of our family,” he said.

Thu
22
Jul

Livermore Legion finds new way to serve


Clockwise seated from left: Livermore American Legion members representing 280 years of membership in the Otto Field Legion Post 415 Ron Zeimet (44), Keno Underberg (73), Paul McKibban (48), Eugene Mertz (59) and Floyd Raney (57). The men were gathered last week in honor of the Legion opening its basement as a new lounge in town, Otto’s 415. Humboldt Independent photo.

By KENT THOMPSON
Just in time for Livermore Daze, the Livermore American Legion, Otto Field Post No. 415, comes to the community’s rescue.
The Legion basement has been a meeting area for not just Legion members, but for public gatherings for many years. Since the Livermore Community Center closed several years ago, people like to have a place to congregate and socialize.
“Like every other organization, we were hurt by COVID-19,” Legion member and Team Livermore organizer Steve Larson said.
Otto’s 415 was born, the lounge will be open Wednesdays through Saturdays from 4:15 p.m. to 10 p.m. The bar has beer and wine and is working on obtaining a liquor license to serve mixed drinks.

Fri
16
Jul

Goedken expected to be tabbed Decorah CM


Humboldt City Administrator Travis Goedken talks during a meeting with U.S. Representative Randy Feenstra earlier this spring. Goedken is expected to be offered the job of Decorah City Manager when their city council meets late Monday afternoon.

By KENT THOMPSON
It has been reported that the Decorah City Council will be officially acting on the hiring of a new city manager when it meets on Monday, July 19, at 5:45 p.m.
The Decorah News web site reports that an offer is expected to be made to Humboldt City Administrator Travis Goedken at that time.
Contacted Friday, Decorah’s acting City Manager and City Clerk Wanda Hemesath could not comment officially on their council’s anticipated action, but said she would be willing to comment after the Monday night council meeting.
Rumors around Humboldt on Thursday reported that Goedken was the selection. Contacted late Thursday afternoon, Humboldt Mayor Dan Scholl could not offer a comment on Goedken’s status, other than to say according to the city’s contract with the city administrator, there is a 60-day opt out clause allowed for either party.

Thu
15
Jul

Plans underway for new Wildcat Wonderland in 2022


Wildcat Wonderland is used by young people throughout the year, winter, spring, summer and fall. It has been utilized for the past 31 years. Humboldt Independent photo.

By KENT THOMPSON
Just as the original Wildcat Wonderland Playground took a lot of thought and planning, so too is the new Wildcat Wonderland.
If plans can be finalized this fall and final pieces of the funding puzzle put together, a new Wildcat Wonderland in Taft Park, could be realized by the summer of 2022.
Wildcat Wonderland has served a tremendous need for children and their families, but its 25-year lifespan has ended, and a new structure is needed.
Humboldt Parks Director Clayton Vorland and Taft Elementary Principal Ryan Fedders both agree that a new Wildcat Wonderland will be incorporating a lot of things that make the current playground unique and special, while adding more modern and safer play structures and landscapes.

Thu
15
Jul

Fair Board looks forward to successful run


A new hog barn (left) and a new horse barn (right) are under construction at the Humboldt County Fairgrounds. The buildings are scheduled to be completed before the start of the 2021 Humboldt County Fair, which is July 20-26. Humboldt Independent photo.

After a livestock only fair in 2020, the 2021 Humboldt County Fair is back with a full line-up of entertainment.
It’s been many years since the fair has had a Demolition Derby, but the 2021 Humboldt County Fair (July 20-26) marks the return of a Demolition Derby on Saturday evening, July 24, at 6 p.m.
Fair Board President Jeff Haselhuhn said a demolition derby promoter has added the Humboldt County Fair date as one of their stops.
“That means there will be a lot of cars in the demo derby. It should be a tremendous show. Demo derbies are becoming very popular,” Haselhuhn said.
The Humboldt County Fair Board has purchased a number of concrete barriers to secure the large area that will be used for the demo derby in front of the grandstand.
Outlaws Tractor/Pickup Pull will take place on Friday night, July 23, at 7 p.m.

Thu
15
Jul

Dakota City resident starts medical practice


Team members at Midwest Medical include (l to r): Melanie Ervin, office administrator; Tammy Harms, receptionist; Brooke Humphrey, CMA; and Jennifer Vought, provider. Kaitlynn Vought works remotely for Midwest Medical. Humboldt Independent photo.

Jennifer Vought of Dakota City has opened her own medical practice called Midwest Medical Family Practice and Mental Health on Highway 3 West (next to Fareway).
Midwest Medical offers general family practice medicine as well as mental health care for all ages.
Midwest Medical is currently open Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and eventually will be open on Fridays as well. Midwest Medical offers scheduled and same day appointments by calling (515) 332-8808.
The clinic building has been totally remodeled since the Voughts purchased the property from Lee Smith. There are two exam rooms, an area for a future lab, reception area, waiting room and offices. Jennifer and her husband, Tim, have plans to expand the building in the future to accommodate additional providers as well as therapists.

Thu
08
Jul

Eagle Scout projects benefit community


Humboldt Boy Scout Eli Keenan stands inside a gaga ball pit he constructed at the Sheldon Park campground, south of Lower Sheldon Park. It was his Eagle Scout project. Read the full story about Eli's project in this week's Humboldt Independent, your trusted source for local news and sports. Humboldt Independent photo.

By KENT THOMPSON
When you saw Old Glory waving as the parade passed by this week, did you give any thought to who puts up the flags, takes them down and cares for them?
In the case of the Avenue of Flags on Sumner, the group entrusted with ensuring that the flags are mounted and are in a sound and respectful condition are the Scouts BSA, Troop 108.
And while you probably didn’t give that aspect of the Red, White and Blue much heed, 17-year-old Boy Scout Aaron Boleyn did. Aaron is a member of the local troop and it bothered him that after the flags were taken down after patriotic holidays like Memorial Day, the 4th of July and Veteran’s Day, they just sat on folding tables in the old Humboldt Fire Station, north of city hall.
So Aaron decided to create flag carriers for his Eagle Scout project. Read about his work in this week's Humboldt Independent. Subscribe today by clicking on the link at the top of this page.

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