It wasn't a ribbon cutting for a new building or new business, but rather for radio signals that will provide Buena Vista County and the surrounding areas the latest in weather and severe weather information.
A NOAA Weather Radio Transmitter is now broadcasting from a MidAmerican Energy tower in Storm Lake, and it will be a "timely and reliable" source of information for citizens, according to Greg Harmon, meteorologist in charge of the Sioux Falls National Weather Service office.
"The goal is to have the system be as reliable as it can be within the scope of the technology that we have nowadays," Harmon said.
While weather radio is aimed at providing the latest weather and severe weather information, the system is being tested to handle other emergencies in the future - from Amber Alerts for missing children to terrorist attacks.
For all the information on the new weather tower, get your copy of the Pilot Tribune today.