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Trial for Knigge Set for May of 2018

By: Nathan Bloechl — nathanb@977thebolt.com Clare, Iowa — 26-year old Mackenzie Knigge, who is accused of slaying her best friend Jessica Gomez in August, will stand trial in May of 2018, officials say. Knigge pleaded not guilty to the charges stemming from the accused murder and is being held on $1 million bond in Webster County. After …

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City Has Minimal Concern About 901 Taft Becoming Habitat House

By: Nathan Bloechl — nathanb@977thebolt.com Humboldt, Iowa — Speaking to the media yesterday, Humboldt City Administrator Travis Goedken indicated that a public hearing in the coming weeks regarding the possible purchase of 901 Taft Street by Habitat for Humanity could be a “vast improvement” to the current structure. Goedken mentioned that there had been a bit of …

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DD #33 Landowners To See Damages Following Tiling Mishap

By: Nathan Bloechl — nathanb@977thebolt.com Humboldt, Iowa — A bit of positive news could be coming for landowners in DD #33 who were affected by tiling err last year. ISG reported at Monday’s supervisors meeting there would be significant damages available resulting from the work on their land. A survey was conducted by ISG to determine the …

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Animal Control Building on Forefront for County

By: Nathan Bloechl — nathanb@977thebolt.com Humboldt, Iowa — Humboldt County Board Chairman Rick Pedersen told the Board of Supervisors Monday that moving the existing animal control could end up being a pricey option. Pedersen explained that after crunching numbers, he believes it could be up to $50,000 before the garage is wholly usable. “The roof isn’t good, …

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Supervisors to Discuss Wind Turbines and Other Items In Work Session Today

By: Nathan Bloechl — nathanb@977thebolt.com Humboldt, Iowa — The Humboldt County Board of Supervisors will hold a work session this afternoon to discuss various topics. The board was alarmed by Gerry West, of Dakota City, that the county’s wind turbine ordinance was perhaps out-dated. Board chairman Rick Pedersen explained Monday that the board will need to take …

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County Auditor Says Voting Numbers Declined in 2017

By: Nathan Bloechl — nathanb@977thebolt.com Humboldt, Iowa — County-wide voting numbers are significantly lower this year explained Humboldt County auditor Peggy Rice yesterday at the Humboldt County Courthouse. Rice and the County Supervisors discussed the topic, along with the results of last week’s city elections at the supervisors’ meeting yesterday. At the last election cycle in 2015, …

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Young Wildcat Cross County Runners Shine in Sioux Falls Regional

By: Nathan Bloechl — nathanb@977thebolt.com Sioux Falls, South Dakota — In what truly now can be called the final race of 2017, three young Humboldt High School runners can be very pleased. The trio of Bryce Gidel, Lauren Erickson and Quinton Orr all competed in the NXN Heartland Regional Rising Stars cross country race in Sioux Falls last …

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After Seventeen Years, Thomas Steps Down as Humboldt Football Coach

By: Nathan Bloechl — nathanb@977thebolt.com Humboldt, Iowa — What a career. Can we just end the article there? It’s probably all that needs to be said. However due to the bosses constraints, I’ll go forward. The career we just mentioned, yeah, it couldn’t have happened to a better coach, a better father, or a better husband, or …

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Humboldt Man Fatally Shot Over Weekend Discussed “Suicide by Cop” To His Family

By: Nathan Bloechl — nathanb@977thebolt.com Humboldt, Iowa — Authorities say 20-year-old Shane Allen Jensen of Humboldt, who was fatally shot in Dakota City Saturday, “had expressed thoughts of suicide by cop” to his family. Law enforcement officials say Jensen stole a vehicle Saturday in Humboldt County. Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office Deputies and officers with the Iowa Department …

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AUDIO: County Supervisors Choose to Not Renew Contract of County Engineer Paul Jacobson

By: Nathan Bloechl — nathanb@977thebolt.com Humboldt, Iowa — In a 4-1 roll call vote, the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors chose Thursday to not renew the contract of long-time county-wide engineer Paul Jacobson. Jacobson had been in his current post since 2000. He will continue serving as the county engineer until December 31st of this year, but …

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