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Thu
13
Jun

HMS student continues to impress at dog shows

By KYLIE PORTZ
Kalyn Erickson is only 12 years old, and she is already a superstar in the ultra-competitive world of dog shows.
Erickson was born into a family of dog lovers and handlers. Her grandmother, Michelle Erickson owns 4 Paws Inn Grooming and Boarding near Hardy. Her mother Erica Dunlavey is an experienced handler herself, showing dogs off and on since she was a child.
With the guidance and support of her family K. Erickson has quickly risen in the ranks. Erickson and her current bitch (that is the term for female canines in dog shows) an American Staffordshire Terrier named Athena, are ranked number one for the American Kennel Club’s Juniors Breed Top 20. The pair also have claimed the number one spot for the AKC National Owner Handled Series ranking for the American Staffordshire Terrier breed.
Erickson is also currently ranked number 16 in Junior’s top 20 overall and number four in Juniors Group Top 20 for the terrier group.

Sun
09
Jun

Accident in rural Humboldt County claims 2 lives

An accident at a rural Humboldt County intersection late Saturday afternoon claimed the lives of two Dakota City residents.

According to a report released by the Iowa State Patrol and the Humboldt County Sheriff's department, a 2004 Ford F250 pickup driven by Terry Dean George, 63, Hardy, was traveling east on 170th Street (C26), when it collided with a southbound utility vehicle occupied by Theodore Joseph Prenger, 43, and his wife, Teresa Ann Prenger, 56, both of Dakota City.

The utility vehicle failed to stop at the stop sign and yield to the right of way. The pickup truck struck the passenger side of the utility vehicle. The impact sent both vehicles into the southeast corner ditch of the intersection, where both vehicles caught on fire.

George was transported by a private vehicle to the hospital in Clarion. The Prengers were transported to the state medical examiner's facility in Ankeny by Mason-Lindhart Funeral Home of Humboldt.

Wed
05
Jun

Special Olympics Team has awards night


Letter award recipient Cami Pederson (middle) poses for a picture with coach Ashley Mohr (right) and her mother at the Special Olympics awards banquet held May 28.

By KYLIE PORTZ
The Humboldt Middle School cafeteria was filled with Humboldt Special Olympics athletes and their families on May 23 for their annual awards banquet. The event was a potluck with families bringing a variety of dishes to share with one another while watching a slideshow of some of the highlights from the year. During the banquet Coach Mohr had the opportunity to letter one of the senior athletes, Cami Pederson. During the presentation Coach Mohr announced that they would be adding softball to their events. Check out this weeks issue of the Humboldt Independent to read all about it!

Wed
05
Jun

Council approves payment for Sumner Ave. project


Construction work on Sumner Avenue in Humboldt continues to make progress. Independent photo by Phil Monson.

By PHIL MONSON
With the Sumner Avenue paving project well underway, the Humboldt City Council Monday night (June 3) approved pay application number one with Blacktop Service Company of Humboldt.
The council approved a payment of $228,907.61 for the project, which began in late-April. Joey Whitehouse, an engineer with ISG, was on hand at the meeting to review the project.
“This (payment) is for everything that has gone on with this project from the start until now, which has been milling the pavement and placing back concrete. That includes patches, curbs and sidewalk,” Whitehouse said. “Partial traffic control and mobilization is also in those numbers.”

Wed
05
Jun

Dam sale put on hold once again

BY APRIL KELLEY
The sale of the Reasoner Dam to the R.I.V.E.R. Development, Inc. (RDI) group is one step closer to becoming a reality following a public hearing. Unfortunately, there are still several steps to go.
No one spoke in opposition to the sale of the dam during the hearing.
While there wasn’t any opposition to the sale, there also isn’t a document for the transfer of ownership yet.
Humboldt County Conservation Director, Todd Lee informed the supervisors that he has been working closely with Ahlers and Cooney to iron out a contract. The venture is proving to be a bit more difficult due to the unusual circumstances associated with the sale.
“The lawyer said it’s kind of a unique thing and we will get that document when we get that document,” T. Lee said.
The sale of the dam is contingent upon the legal document to ensure that all of the contingencies are spelled out before the sale goes through.

Wed
05
Jun

Newcomers knock off incumbents in supervisor races


Mike Carpenter (left) in District 4 and Bob Rasmussen (right) in District 5 were the declared unofficial winners in the Republican Primary election for Humboldt County Supervisor Tuesday night, topping incumbents Erik Underberg and Dave Lee.

BY APRIL KELLEY
Primary races were very close with only 9.52 percent of registered voters voting in Tuesday’s primary elections.
Newcomer Mike Carpenter narrowly beat out incumbent Erik Underberg 87-74 for the Humboldt County Supervisor District 4 seat.
Bob Rassmussen took the Humboldt County Supervisor District 5 nomination with 106 votes to Dave Lee’s 61 votes.
In Federal races, Randy Feenstra handily won the nomination on the Republican ticket for the United State Representative District 4 with 306 votes over Kevin Virgil’s 231 votes. He will be up against Democratic challenger Ryan Melton who received 78 votes in the primary.
Sheriff Dean Kruger (517 votes) and Humboldt County Auditor Trish Erickson (495 votes) ran unopposed in the primary election winning their spot on November’s ballot.

Thu
30
May

School Board recognizes staff members


Melissa Collins (left) was recognized with the Champions for Children Award at the Humboldt School Board meeting on May 20. Presenting the award was School Board President Tate Satern (right). Humboldt Independent photo by Kylie Portz.

BY KYLIE PORTZ
The Humboldt Community School Board met Monday, May 20 at the Administration Offices for their monthly meeting. During the meeting two employees were recognized with the Champions for Children Award, the Administer reports were given, and the first and second read of policies were approved.
Employees Josh Telshaw and Melissa Collins were recognized with the Champions for Children Award for their dedication to serving the school district. Technology Assistant, Telschaw was recognized for his work with technology services while food service employee Melissa Collins was recognized for her work on the Hot Lunch Program which serves Mease Elementary, Kiddie Cats Daycare and Learning Center, and Head Start in Dakota City.

Thu
30
May

What to do when severe weather hits


A large tree that had fallen during the storm the morning of May 24, at The Dakota City Campground. The tree had landed on the camper pictured in the background. Missy Lilly and her children were asleep in the trailer when the tree fell. Independent photo by Kylie Portz. To see this photo and more from our gallery, visit humboldtnews.

BY KYLIE PORTZ
Every year, according to the National Weather Service (NWS) and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), about 1,000 tornados are reported across The United States.
The average number of tornados Iowa will see in a year is 48. So far, this year we have already seen 67.
Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds issued a disaster emergency proclamation for Humboldt County last week. According to Humboldt County Emergency Management Director Kyle Bissell, “It means that we can apply for state resources if we need to, to help with any kind of disaster cleanup, any kind of repairs to critical infrastructure, things like that. One of the big things it allows for though is individuals can apply for a grant up to $5,000 per household." Bissell said one of the big needs locally would be for flooded basements.

Thu
30
May

Minor injuries but major damage reported


A Dodge pickup and a Ford SUV collided around noon on Memorial Day Monday, May 27 on Gotch Park Road. Two young adults were taken to HCMH with suspected minor injuries. Humboldt Independent photo by Kent Thompson.

Two vehicles were totaled but both drivers escaped serious injury on Monday, May 27 in the 2500 block of Gotch Park Road. The accident occurred at 12 p.m.
According to the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO), a 2021 black Ford Bronco driven by Haley C. Satern, 19, of Dakota City, was southbound on Gotch Park Road.
A 1999 white Dodge Ram 1500 pickup driven by Alexander J. Fliehe, 23, of Humboldt, was northbound on Gotch Park Road and attempted to make a left-hand turn into a driveway at 2549 Gotch Park Road, not seeing the Satern vehicle.
The front of Satern’s Bronco struck the front middle of Fliehe’s pickup.
Satern’s SUV overturned in the west ditch next to the Fliehe property. The driver was extricated by non-mechanical means after both front seat air bags deployed.
The pickup came to rest in the southbound lane of the roadway. .
Neither driver was wearing occupant protection, according to the report.

Thu
23
May

Three generations of Hatchers proudly served


Jerry Hatcher surprised his family returning home for Christmas in 1966. This family photo was taken New Year’s Day, Jan. 1,1967. Front row from left: Jean, Mary, Lee and Jackie Hatcher. Back row from left: Joe, John, Mick, Barb, Betty, Jerry and Bill Hatcher. Photo by Saul Studio, submitted.

By BETTY (HATCHER) ZENTNER
As long as I can remember, there was always a U.S. flag flying in front of the home where I grew up. My Dad did not want it to be taken down in stormy weather. He insisted that the flag could endure any storm, just like the American people do. We were raised to love and honor the flag and our country.
It has been 50 years since I left my home on Hatcher Hill and I have continued my father's tradition of always flying the Stars & Stripes.
Read about Betty's family in a Memorial Day feature in this week's Humboldt Independent. Like us on Facebook and follow us on Instagram and Phil Monson's sports updates on X.

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