Category Archive: Local News

May 19

Kent Closes Career a Four-Time State Qualifier

By: Nathan Bloechl — nathanb@977thebolt.com Des Moines, Iowa — Gabby Kent never was the biggest girl, nor was she the fastest or strongest, but when it’s all said and done Kent goes down as one of the finer runners in the North Central Conference for some years. Kent, a senior set to graduate tomorrow, was a four-time …

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May 18

For Humboldt’s Groat, Running Hurdles at State Just a Cherry On Top

By: Nathan Bloechl — nathanb@977thebolt.com Des Moines, Iowa — Rewind the clocks two weeks prior and tell Lily Groat she’d be competing at Drake Stadium, at State Track, in the high hurdles and she might have slapped you. Okay, maybe not slap, she’s too nice. But she might have chuckled in your face and called you crazy. …

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May 18

Super Speed Bros Pedersen, Heinz Feed Off Each Other on Way to 200m State Appearance

By: Nathan Bloechl — nathanb@977thebolt.com Des Moines, Iowa — If you’re lucky enough to get one person through to an event at State, you’re pleased. To get two through? Well that’s a whole new level. But that’s exactly the case for the super speedy duo of Humboldt’s Jamison Heinz and Denny Pedersen. Pedersen the elder statesman of …

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May 16

Supervisors Pass Second Reading of Windtower Ordinance

By: Nathan Bloechl — nathanb@977thebolt.com Humboldt, Iowa — The Humboldt County Board of Supervisors passed the second hearing of the proposed wind tower ordinance at their meeting on Monday. However, the supervisors plan to pass the hearings then make changes as they see fit, which will then require three more new hearings, according to board chairman Bruce …

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May 16

Humboldt Law Enforcement Investigating Monday Accident

By: Nathan Bloechl — nathanb@977thebolt.com Humboldt, Iowa — The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Department is investigating a single vehicle accident that occurred Monday near Delaware Avenue. Deputy Cory Lampe says the crash involved 61-year old, Gary Monson of Ottosen, Iowa. Monson’s vehicle was northbound on Delaware Avenue, north of Ottosen when it entered the east ditch and over-corrected. …

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May 15

Humboldt P.D. Reporting MidAmerican Scam

By: Nathan Bloechl — nathanb@977thebolt.com Humboldt, Iowa — The Humboldt Police Department is reporting that local businesses are receiving calls from someone claiming to be from MidAmerican and threatening to shut off electricity. The calls appear to be coming from 507-205-7352 and they give a case number and are demanding payment. This is a scam. If local residents …

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May 14

Ben Loots Named County Engineer

By: Nathan Bloechl — nathanb@977thebolt.com  Humboldt, Iowa — The Humboldt County Board of Supervisors have named Ben Loots as the full-time County Engineer, per the recommendation of Bruce Reimers and Rick Pedersen. Reimers and Pedersen were tasked with bringing the recommendations back to the board. Loots took over late in 2017 following the board’s decision to not …

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May 14

Ordinance Reading #2 for WindtowersToday

By: Nathan Bloechl — nathanb@977thebolt.com Dakota City, Iowa — A week after passing the first reading as-is, the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors will look to pass the second reading of the wind-tower ordinance. Last week several county residents poured into the magistrate courtroom to discuss their positions on the matter, with presentations given on both sides. …

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May 11

State Track Schedule Released

By: Nathan Bloechl — nathanb@977thebolt.com Humboldt, Iowa — The Iowa High School 2018 State Track and Field team has released it’s schedule for next week and area competitors are as follows. THURSDAY: 2:40 p.m.: Shuttle Hurdle Relay prelims (Miller, Vitzhum, Satern, Savery) 3:20 p.m.: 3000m run (Vonnahme, Pocahontas) // 3000m run (Gidel) 3:50 p.m.: 3200m run (Orr) …

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May 11

Groat Turns 100m Hurdle Group Upside Down with Upset State Berth

By: Nathan Bloechl — nathanb@977thebolt.com What?! How?! Who?! That was my reaction when I saw that Humboldt Wildcat freshman Lily Groat would be heading to state in her first year, hurdling with the state’s best next week following a monster PR effort, Thursday night. Never-mind her 18.67 seed time, Groat smashed the first heat winning by …

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