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Tue
05
Jul

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.

Fri
23
Sep

See this week's 32-page Home Edition


The Ryan and Heidi Gidel home on Eagle Ridge Drive is one of eight featured in this year's Home Edition section, included in this week's Humboldt Independent. Humboldt Independent photo.

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Fri
23
Sep

Development agreement approved with Fareway


Fareway's Garrett Piklapp (right) shows Humboldt City Council members what a new store will look like during a PowerPoint demonstration at Monday's Humboldt City Council meeting. Humboldt Independent photo.

The Humboldt City Council moved ahead with a development agreement with Fareway Stores Inc., Monday, Sept. 26.
The agreement includes property tax rebates for a 10-year period on a sliding scale for essential services, as defined by the Iowa Economic Development Authority, and also includes a $100,000 tax credit to lower the sale price of the existing Fareway store as it sits in a “blighted” urban renewal area as identified by the Humboldt City Council.
The cumulative total of rebates/credits from the city to the company would be an amount not to exceed $400,000.
The minimum improvements for tax purposes would be an amount not less than $1.5 million. The city and the developer will enter into a minimum assessment agreement with the county.

Thu
15
Sep

Humboldt County to send 11 on Honor Flight


Pictured are eight of the Humboldt County veterans who will be taking part in this Saturday’s Honor Flight trip from Fort Dodge to Washington, D.C. and back. Pictured from left: Danny Ellifritz, George Hanselman, Terry Arnold, William Frideres, Larry Davidson, Jerry Bacon, Roger McBride and Donald Wason. Others going but not pictured are: Gary Lowe, Vernon Abbas and Daniel Erickson. Submitted photo.

Eleven Humboldt County veterans, most representing the Vietnam-era, will be boarding a jet this Saturday for a one-day trip to Washington, D.C.
The Brushy Creek Area Honor Flight will be making its 13th Honor Flight trip with more than 100 veterans aboard.
The Honor Flight gives those participating a chance to see the military memorials, the Lincoln Memorial and the changing of the guard ceremony of Arlington National Cemetery, as well as a bus tour of sites of interest in Washington, D.C.
Humboldt County veterans making the trip this Saturday will be Roger McBride, Daniel Erickson, Jerry Bacon, George Hanselman, Vernon Abbas, Danny Ellifritz, William Frideres and Terry Arnold. Other veterans going from Humboldt County are Larry Davidson, Donald Wason and Gary Lowe. Davidson and Wason will be leaders, who assist other veterans with mobility issues.

Thu
15
Sep

Mock Hazmat training on Highway 3


Jon Nissen (center with hat), a member of the Renwick EMS, lends aid to a mock victim in anhydrous ammonia nurse tank/vehicle accident exercise that was conducted on Tuesday, Sept. 6 in Humboldt.

The scenario was a large leak from an anhydrous nurse tank after a vehicle accident. The Region V Hazardous Materials exercise was held Tuesday evening, Sept. 6, at the NEW Coop location on Highway 3 in Humboldt. The situation not only involved an accident with victims, but also reports of lung and eye irritation from nearby residents. Instructor Jerry Eslick of Professional Rescue Innovations led the exercise along with Humboldt County Emergency Management coordinator Melody Larson. Read more about other agencies participating in the exercises and see more photos in this week's edition of The Humboldt Independent. Subscribe by clicking on the link at the top of this page.

Mon
12
Sep

Heart for Art seeks entries


The Humboldt Area Arts Community is seeking original artwork to be donated for sale for a fund-raiser slated for the organization on Monday, Sept. 26, from 6-8 p.m. at the River Valley Orchard and Winery west of Humboldt. Works are due by Sept. 23, at Witz End in Humboldt. Humboldt Independent file photo.

The Humboldt Area Arts Community is looking for artists to create and donate art for the 11th annual art exhibit on Monday, Sept. 26.
The “Have a Heart for Art” benefit will be held Monday, Sept. 26, from 6-8 p.m. at River Valley Orchard and Winery, located four miles west of Humboldt on Highway 3.
Art donations are being requested. All mediums are welcome and encouraged. Finished and priced artwork is to be delivered to Witz End by Friday, Sept. 23. Art donations will be available for purchase by Have a Heart benefit attendees.
Artists are asked to contact Lisa Rasmussen at (515) 890-1098 or by email at lisajrasmussen@gmail.com, or Kris Christensen at krchristensen@yahoo.com with your intent to create so further information can be mailed.

Mon
12
Sep

Memorial tree program started by historical association


The Humboldt County Historical Association is starting a memorial tree program. Committee members developed some possible sites for future tree locations at the Historical Museum grounds east of Dakota City. Here is a graphic rendering of some potential locations. Graphic courtesy of Steve Reedy.

The reasons to plant a tree are as numerous as the branches it grows.
Now add another reason to the list, to remember of loved one in the pastoral and serene setting of the Humboldt County Historical Association Museum grounds east of Dakota City.
This new Memorial Tree Program at the museum was the idea of a group of volunteers who not only saw the environmental/ecological need of more trees at the museum property, but also saw the emotional/spiritual need of finding a way to recognized a friend or a loved one.
“Participation in the program will be through donations, and selection of a tree from the approved list. A donation of $150-$250 will purchase one tree. Other donations will be accepted and when adequate funds have been received, the suitable trees will be planted on the museum grounds,” said LeRoy Jorgensen, one of the volunteers organizing the effort.

Thu
01
Sep

West Fork Services open but workshop closing


West Fork Services Renae Seefeld sews filters for ADF at the sheltered workshop Monday. It was one of the last tasks before the workshop, which has operated in the community since the early 1980s, closes. The closing will just be a transition to more supportive employment in the community West Fork CEO Patrick Tate said. Independent photo by Kent Thompson.

First things first, West Fork Services is not closing.
Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Patrick Tate wanted to make that abundantly clear to the public.
However, there is a change going on at 21 North Taft St., the West Fork Services Inc. home in Humboldt.
Beginning Sept. 1, the vocational workshop portion of the business will be closing. That doesn’t mean West Fork will not be continuing to offer supportive employment, job training and job coaching. Basically, the sheltered and pre-vocational services that West Fork has been offering will be transitioning, in an effort to get more consumers at West Fork various forms of work in the greater Humboldt community.

Thu
01
Sep

West Fork Services open but workshop closing


West Fork Services Renae Seefeld sews filters for ADF at the sheltered workshop Monday. It was one of the last tasks before the workshop, which has operated in the community since the early 1980s, closes. The closing will just be a transition to more supportive employment in the community West Fork CEO Patrick Tate said. Independent photo by Kent Thompson.

First things first, West Fork Services is not closing.
Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Patrick Tate wanted to make that abundantly clear to the public.
However, there is a change going on at 21 North Taft St., the West Fork Services Inc. home in Humboldt.
Beginning Sept. 1, the vocational workshop portion of the business will be closing. That doesn’t mean West Fork will not be continuing to offer supportive employment, job training and job coaching. Basically, the sheltered and pre-vocational services that West Fork has been offering will be transitioning, in an effort to get more consumers at West Fork various forms of work in the greater Humboldt community.

Thu
01
Sep

Fire destroys garage on city's north side


Members of the Humboldt Fire Department douse a blaze in a garage at 508 2nd Street North, the home of Nile Ropte. At left in the photo is the house, which sustained some smoke and fire damage to the kitchen area of the home. See this and other photos in the next issue of The Humboldt Independent, or online at www.humboldtnews.com. Independent photo by Phil Monson.

By Kent Thompson
A Humboldt man’s garage burned down and the flames caused damage to the northwest corner of his house, Thursday night, Sept. 1.
At 7:41 p.m., the Humboldt Fire and Police departments were called to the scene of a garage on fire at 508 2nd St. N.
“I came home from Rutland and smelled rubber burning. I parked my car in the garage and 30-45 minutes later a boy on a bicycle rang my doorbell and said my garage was on fire,” said Nile Ropte, owner of the garage.
Lost in the blaze was Ropte’s 1997 Chevrolet Camero convertible.
The fire also caused damage to the kitchen area of the home, as well as melting plastic exterior siding. The home is just a few feet south of the garage.

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