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LISTEN: Picciotto Inspires Many in Heroic Story Told Sunday at Humboldt High School

By: Nathan Bloechl — nathanb@977thebolt.com Humboldt, Iowa — The highest-ranking firefighter to survive the World Trade Center collapse, NYFD chief Richard Picciotto presented at Humboldt High School this past Sunday. Picciotto is the author of the book: Last Man Down: A Firefighter’s Story of Survival. He delivered a gripping, inspirational and jaw-dropping presentation in front of over …

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Boys Basketball Looks to Upset Go-Hawks in First Round Matchup

By: Nathan Bloechl — nathanb@977thebolt.com Humboldt, Iowa — Is the talent there? Yes. Is the shooting there? Yes. Is the height there? Yes. Does the Humboldt Wildcat boys’ basketball team have all the necessary components to pull off a first round upset tonight over Waverly-Shell Rock? That remains to be seen, but you’d think the Go-Hawks aren’t …

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Boys Basketball Playoffs Postponed Tonight Due to Weather

By: Nathan Bloechl — nathanb@977thebolt.com Humboldt, Iowa — Tonight’s Humboldt Wildcat boys’ basketball game has been postponed due to weather. Ice, wind and freezing rain have left a blanket of ice over central Iowa, which prompted classes being cancelled at Humboldt High School. The Cats were originally scheduled to play in Waverly-Shell Rock this evening in the …

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Saturday Gas Leak Closes Sumner Avenue

By: Nathan Bloechl — nathanb@977thebolt.com Humboldt, Iowa — A reported gas leak closed off downtown Humboldt Saturday morning, officials say. The leak was reported near Knotty Pine and Hair Studio 706. A strong smell of a gas-like odor was the descriptor used by those who called in. People around that area were asked to evacuate the area …

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Johnson Exudes What Humboldt Wrestling Is All About

By: Nathan Bloechl — nathanb@977thebolt.com Des Moines, Iowa — The long way is often the way less traveled. But don’t tell that to Humboldt 220-pound senior Brandon Johnson. That’s because Johnson actually took the long way. Often times at state wrestling, the talent there is incredibly decorated — either coming up steadfast in the youth ranks, or making serious …

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Busse Earns Medal, Has Sights Set for More Moving Forward

By: Nathan Bloechl — nathanb@977thebolt.com Des Moines, Iowa — In his third straight trip to the Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines, Humboldt junior Joey Busse finally got over the hump. Busse earned a medal and a trip to the podium, placing sixth in the 145-pound weight class. Busse defeated Clear Creek Amana’s Andrew Rohret in the …

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Wine and Dine for the Cure

By: Austin Vaught — austinv@977thebolt.com Humboldt, Iowa — The Wine and Dine for the Cure is coming up Feb. 24th at River Valley Orchards here in Humboldt. Hosted by the Humboldt County Relay for Life the event will begin at 6pm and will conclude at 9:30pm. Entertainment will include a hypnotist along with a guest speaker and …

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Possible Salmonella Risk

By: Austin Vaught — austinv@977thebolt.com Humboldt, Iowa — The USDA is sending out a warning for all Iowans about a possible salmonella risk. The warning is also going out to Minnesota, Illinois, Nebraska and South Dakota. The USDA Food Safety twitter page sent out a tweet saying “Salmonella concerns with chicken salad products sold at all Fareway …

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Fort Dodge Woman Dies in Car Accident in Badger, Sunday

By: Nathan Bloechl — nathanb@977thebolt.com Badger, Iowa — A Fort Dodge woman was killed in a two-car accident in Badger yesterday afternoon. Authorities say a tractor with a snow blower was blowing snow to clear a farm driveway causing a temporary white out condition on the road. A Toyota Camry driven by James Harris of Fort Dodge …

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Busse Marches Back to the Well For Third Straight Year

By: Nathan Bloechl — nathanb@977thebolt.com Webster City, Iowa — Sitting before his opening match, Joey Busse was as calm as ever. I approached him and wished him well and we began talking about music. As if wrestling was just was another thing he was doing today. “Have you heard that new Drake single? Or the new Migos …

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