Humboldt County Hardpack 30 is Saturday, Sept. 24

Riders take off from Rutland heading to Rolfe during the 2015 Humboldt County Hardpack 30 bike ride. The ride goes from Rutland to Rolfe and back to Rutland on the Three Rivers Trail. This year will be the fifth year for the event with all proceeds doing towards Three Rivers Trail maintenance and enhancements. The 2016 ride is Sept. 24.

The fifth annual Humboldt County Hardpack 30 bike ride will take place on Saturday, Sept. 24, from Rutland to Rolfe and back to Rutland on the scenic Three Rivers Trail. The ride will begin at 9:30 a.m.
The Rolfe Rodeo will again be hosting a breakfast fundraiser in Rolfe, and the Community Pub in Rolfe will be open.
This year to commemorate the fifth year of the event, there will be a lunch and live music/beer garden next to Nut’s Landing in Rutland.
The bike ride is held rain or shine. It’s a 30-mile casual ride through Humboldt and Pocahontas Counties. The hope of the ride is to expose riders to the wonderful recreational resource Humboldt County has in the Three Rivers Trail, according to ride organizer Jake Zweibohmer.
All profits from the ride are donated to Humboldt and Pocahontas County Conservation. The money will be used to maintain and enhance the Three Rivers Trail system.


School registration will be Thursday, Aug. 4, in Humboldt

Tiffany Larson (left) with the Bee Inspired CAPP Program through Building Families, serving Hamilton, Humboldt and Wright counties; provides some fun toy items for (l to r) Keaton, Braden and Noah Axtell at the Upper Des Moines Opportunity Back to School Bash on Monday at Gordy’s at Rustix. The annual community-supported event serves more than 100 children in the area. Humboldt Independent photo.

School registration for all grades in Humboldt takes place on one day this year, Thursday, Aug. 4, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Humboldt Middle School cafeteria.
First day of school at Humboldt is Tuesday, Aug. 23 for grades 5-12, and Thursday, Aug. 25, for grades pre-k through fourth grade. Pre-k through fourth grade have parent-teacher conferences and home visits (preschool (EC-4) on Aug. 23-24.
Open houses will be Monday night, Aug. 22, from 5-6:30 p.m. at Humboldt Middle School and 6-7:30 p.m. at Humboldt High School with ninth grade orientation taking place at 6 p.m. in the high school auditorium. There are no open houses at Mease and Taft because of individual scheduled conferences. The conferences are scheduled at registration time.
Fifth grade parent/student computer night is Thursday, Aug. 25, from 5-6 p.m. at the high school auditorium.


Woods call Humboldt home

The Dr. Megan and Dr. Ryan Wood family have traded the beaches of Florida for the corn fields of Iowa. The couple settled into their new home in Humboldt earlier this summer and will begin seeing patients at the UnityPoint Clinic in Humboldt next week. Pictured from left: Merida, Megan, Kaitlin, Ryan and Channing Wood. Submitted photo.

For Humboldt’s new doctors, Megan and Ryan Wood, building a life and a home for their young family was a number one priority.
So when the opportunity to practice here was presented to them, they were quite interested.
“I’m from a small town in Oklahoma. It was a town of 1,200 people and there were 40 students in my graduating class, so I like small towns,” Dr. Megan Wood said.
“It’s nice to come back and let my children experience that.”
The Woods have a goal of providing extended office hours in the future for working people and athletes after school.
They will be seeing patients at UnityPoint Clinic Family Medicine — Humboldt beginning Aug. 1. People can call (515) 332-2015 to schedule an appointment and can also be referred from their current provider.


Rotary Fly-In Breakfast is Sunday, Aug. 7

Blue Sky Spray Service of Newell is basing their aerial operation out of Humboldt and will be a feature in the hangar for the Humboldt Rotary Club’s 16th annual Fly-In Breakfast on Sunday morning, Aug. 7. Proceeds will go towards the new KiddieCats daycare project.

The 16th annual Humboldt Rotary Club Fly-In Breakfast will be Sunday, Aug. 7, from 7 a.m. to noon (rain or shine). Seating will be available inside the airport’s new hangar.
In addition to pilots flying in from all over the Midwest, one of the featured planes will be from Blue Sky Spray Service of Newell, which is basing their aerial operations out of Humboldt.
Airplane rides will be offered from 8 a.m. to noon for $20 per person.
The Big Breakfast, served by the Gronbach Grill Team, includes pancakes, eggs, sausage and drink. Tickets are $7 for adults, $5 for children ages 6-12, with children five and under free. Tickets will be available at the door or in advance from any Rotary Club member.
Proceeds will go towards the new KiddieCats daycare project.
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Storm causes tree and property damage

Opheim Seed & Chemical, located two miles east of Thor, suffered extensive damage from high winds in a severe thunderstorm that moved through the area early last Sunday morning on July 17. Two bins and two large sheds were demolished, along with half of another shed, according to Jason Opheim, business owner. Independent photo. See this photo and more at

Humboldt County was wracked by strong shear winds early Sunday morning, July 17, causing a large-scale amount of property damage at various locales.
One of the hardest hit areas was the city of Renwick, which had structural damage to some businesses and one home, many uprooted and broken trees, and a power outage that extended 22 hours.
Damage was also reported east of Livermore, north of Hardy and south of LuVerne, between Renwick and LuVerne in Vernon Township.
The Humboldt County Board of Supervisors declared the city of Renwick in a state of emergency due to straight line winds that occurred around 3 a.m. on Sunday.
A severe thunderstorm watch was issued for Humboldt County with the possibility of large hail and damaging winds.


Humboldt County Fair is July 26-31

Iowa State Fair Queen Ellen Schlarmann of Monticello met with 2016 Humboldt County Fair Queen contestants last Wednesday at the Humboldt County Fairgrounds Events Center. Pictured from left to right are: 2015 Iowa State Fair Queen Ellen Schlarmann, 2016 Humboldt County Fair Queen contestants Taylor Mckimmey, Kaitlyn Larson, Maddie Kampen and 2015 Humboldt County Fair Queen Haley Davis. Missing from photo was contestant Hannah Halvorson. Humboldt Independent photo.

The 2016 Humboldt County Fair is just over a week away and again promises a variety of fun entertainment, much of which is free. Here are a few of the highlights.
Tuesday, July 26
The fair opens on Tuesday, July 26, with harness racing at 6 p.m. Admission is free.
Wednesday, July 27
Admission to the grandstand Wednesday night is free for the Little Miss and Mister Contest, 4-H Style show and Fair Queen coronation. It begins at 7 p.m. Also, the Next Generation Shows carnival opens on Wednesday.
Thursday, July 28
On Thursday night, admission to the grandstand is free for entertainer Jerry Frasier, opening act for SongBlast Dueling Guitars. 7 p.m. is the start time.
Friday, July 29
The Lucas Oil Pro Pulling League Protect the Harvest Tractor/Pickup Pull returns on Friday night, July 29. Start time is 7 p.m.


City water and sewer rates to rise

The Humboldt City Council is seriously considering increasing the monthly flat rate for water availability from $4.02 to $13.77, an increase of $9.75 per month per account, or 343 percent. The Council discussed the increase at their city council meeting last week after a cost analysis study by ISG, the city's civil engineering firm.

Utility rates for Humboldt city customers will be going up — considerably.
Although no official action has yet been taken, the Humboldt City Council gave a verbal OK to increasing the flat rate for water service (shown as the water user fee on city utility bills) by more than three times the current charge.
By Sept. 1, the city is expected to increase the monthly flat rate for all customers from the current $4.02 to $13.77 per month, an increase of $9.75 per account.
Sewer charges are much less threatening, an increase in the flat rate from the present charge of $12.87 per month to $13.38, an increase of 51 cents per account.
To read the full report on this and other news, see this week's Humboldt Independent newspaper. Subscribe by clicking on the link at the top of this page.


Boil order still in effect for Hardy

A boil order was issued for the city of Hardy last Saturday, July 9, and remains in effect as of Friday, July 15. Bottled water for city residents is available at the Hardy Fire Station. The city is awaiting tests of a second water sample that has been sent to the laboratory.

A boil order remains in effect for the city of Hardy, as of Friday, July 15.
A boil order means residents should bring all water to a boil and let it boil for one minute. Let the water cool before using. Citizens are advised to used boiled tap water or bottled water for drinking, making ice, brushing teeth, washing dishes and any water used in food preparation. Untreated water may be used for bathing and other non-consumptive purposes.
Bottled water is available free of charge at the Hardy Fire Station.
The process of boiling kills bacteria and other organisms in the water. Bacteria in the water may pose greater health risks for infants, young children, some of the elderly and people with compromised immune systems.
Call the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Safe Drinking Water Hotline at 800-426-4791 for more information.
The city will lift the boil order once the city’s water samples test clean for bacteria.


Summerfest planned at July 16 Humboldt Farmer's Market

Ty (left) and Trevor (center) Rolland of Gettysburg, SD, came all the way from north central South Dakota to visit Smokey the Bear at the Humboldt Farmer’s Market on Saturday. The two boys were also visiting the home of their grandmother, Jennifer Rolland of Livermore, during the holiday weekend. Humboldt Independent photo.

The Humboldt Farmer’s Market will be expanded on Saturday, July 16, as SummerFest on Sumner is being planned from 8 a.m. to noon.
The Farmer’s Market will have even more vendors than normal. The 600 block of Sumner Avenue will be blocked off with Farmer’s Market vendors located down the center of the street. Businesses will be having sidewalk sales in front of their businesses.
There will be kids games in Finch Park, face painting, bags tournament, sidewalk painting and live music by Pam Stalpes, Jessica McClintock and Jami Olson, plus a karaoke machine.
A variety of food vendors will be offering various items. The Knotty Pine will be serving Bloody Marys outside. There will be wine tastings at Humboldt Engraving, Sister’s Homestyle Entrees and Kist Korner. Kist Korner will be serving breakfast burritos. Rustix will be serving mimosas and breakfast pizza. Sweetest Things will be offering gourmet cupcakes.


HCMH Board acts on budget

Humboldt County Memorial Hospital had a float in last Monday's 4th of July Parade through Humboldt. Humboldt Independent photo.

By Kent Thompson
Budget matters and some end of the fiscal year capital purchases were the main matters of business during a meeting of the Humboldt County Memorial Hospital (HCMH) Board of trustees on Tuesday, June 28.
One of the capital improvements is additional parking for employees and patients north of the ambulance garage. The HCMH employee parking lot north of the hospital will be expanded to the east, with an additional 28 employee parking spaces.
The Board discussed and approved a budget for fiscal year 2016-17.
Chief Financial Officer A.J. Mason said projections are for a modest increase in revenue of $700,000, or 3.4 percent.
“This a very conservative number with two new physicians coming on. We are projecting a slight increase in outpatient revenue and only a little increase in inpatient,” Mason said.
The hospital is expecting no rate increase changes for 2016-17.

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