Category Archive: Local News

Mar 16

Mental Health On Forefront For County Budget

Humboldt, Iowa – When the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors adopted the 2017-18 budget for the county, one number stood out in particular. The county increased it’s mental health budget by 18% in 2017-18, marking a somewhat staggering increase. “One of things that went into it, was regionalization” County Supervisor Carl Mattes explained. “A big problem …

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Mar 15

Education Association Proposes Salary Increase

Humboldt, Iowa – Humboldt Education Association Chief Negotiator Greg Wickett presented a 3.32% salary increase for Humboldt teachers at a special district-wide meeting Monday. “As far as the increase goes, we factor in a lot things, but now, a lot of that has changed due to new laws being passed” Wickett said in a teleconference yesterday. …

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Mar 14

Private Ag Drainage Well Closure Accepted, Cheaper Alternative for Landowners

Humboldt, Iowa – Tom Hundertmark’s request for the ability to use a private institution for an ag-drainage well closure on his property went off without a hitch at the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors meeting yesterday morning. Hundertmark will work exclusively with Bill Manske of Precision Drainage & Excavating of Algona, Iowa, with the price being …

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Mar 14

County Budget Approved, County Employees See Raises

Nathan Bloechl – nathanb@977thebolt.com Humboldt, Iowa – The Humboldt County Board of Supervisors approved the county budget for fiscal year 2017-18 at their meeting yesterday morning. The Board set the tax rates per $1,000 of taxable valuation at 5.9637 for Urban Areas and 9.9137 for Rural Areas. Chairman Rick Pedersen explained: “there wasn’t any big increases.” …

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Mar 10

Abens Marty Curran and Humboldt Mutual Warn of Potential Scam

(From Brittany Larson, Abens Marty Curran and Humboldt Mutual) Humboldt, Iowa –  It has been brought to our attention that there may be a high volume of individuals trying to solicit business in our area due to recent storms. To all of our insureds and members of the community who have experienced any damage; please contact …

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Mar 10

Supervisors, Council To Discuss, Adopt Budget Monday

Humboldt, Iowa – The Humboldt County Board of Supervisors will hold a public hearing on the budget for Humboldt County for Fiscal Year 17-18. The Humboldt City Council will also act on the budget, Monday, as well. The public hearing for the county will take place at 8:35 Monday morning at their regularly scheduled Supervisor’s Meeting. …

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Mar 09

100+ Women Who Care Give to Christensen Family

Humboldt, Iowa – The Humboldt County 100 Women Who Care Group held their spring meeting yesterday at Gordy’s at Rustix. The group donated $14,100 to the Craig Christensen family. Christensen, a 28-year long resident of Humboldt County is currently undergoing treatment for cancer. He was admitted to Mayo Clinic in Rochester a mere eleven days ago …

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Mar 08

Supervisors Hear Quote on Weed Removal; Supervisors Meeting Notes

Humboldt, Iowa – At their Monday meeting the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors heard from Don Reffer of B&W Weed Control Specialists of Algona, Iowa. Reffer brought forth a $40,000 quote-not to exceed that amount-for a three year rotation of weed clean-out in several county-wide drainage districts. Reffer also indicated to the board that there was …

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Mar 08

Corn Belt Power’s Kathy Taylor Honored with Distinguished Service Award

(From Touchstone Energy Cooperatives) Humboldt, Iowa – Kathy Taylor, vice president, corporate relations of Corn Belt Power Cooperative in Humboldt, Iowa, was honored with the Touchstone Energy® Cooperatives Distinguished Service Award during NRECA’s Annual Meeting in San Diego, Calif., on Tuesday, Feb. 28. Taylor was honored for her dedication and service promoting the cooperative difference and …

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Mar 07

Strong Storms Produce Hail and Large Winds in Humboldt, Tornadoes Elsewhere

Humboldt, Iowa – A strong band of severe thunderstorms brought quite a scare to Humboldt County yesterday afternoon. Shortly before 5:00 p.m. in Humboldt County, there were reports of golf-ball sized hail. The hail fell for roughly five minutes and was also accompanied by strong winds and heavy rains. Because of the weather, Humboldt County was …

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