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Alta News

Alta-Aurelia High School concert (05/05/16)
The Alta-Aurelia High School Choir and Band presented their Spring Concert last Thursday night in the school gym. The choir, under the direction of Mrs. Rebecca Elemond sang, "The Gartan Mother's Lullaby," with Alicia Turnquist playing a flute solo accompanying the gentle melody. ...
Giving Back (05/05/16)
Every Monday and Friday, Noah Wilson (left) waits to see the garbage truck go by so he can give them a wave. Monday, Noah presented Morgan Van Houten (right) with a plate of cookies as a thanks for the hard work he and the rest of the city workers do...
Alta Trails Committee works to jumpstart trails program (05/05/16)
The Trails Committee met on April 20th at 7 p.m. in the City Council chambers. One of the first actions of the Trails Committee was to apply for a $25,000 grant from Wellmark to jumpstart the trails program. The grant application was submitted in early March. Last week Wellmark foundation requested additional information from the committee, which was provided...
Fun and Laughter (05/05/16)
The Alta Community Library hosted a Family Night with Special K'z the clown as their program. She sang songs and performed magic tricks. Pictured, left to right, Landon Watson, K'z the Clown and Danielle Sliefert.
Alta City Council discusses many topics (05/05/16)
Fitness Center update Greg Kueny gave the Council an update on the Fitness Center, which will be located in the school building. The school board is seeking donations to help pay for the equipment when the Fitness Center is opened in late August/ early September. Kueny said the Kiwanis had donated $10,000, and would pay over the course of a year to cushion the financial impact...
NSCS welcomes Trenton Delp as a new member (05/05/16)
Trenton Mitchell Delp of Alta has accepted membership in The National Society of Collegiate Scholars. "NSCS is more than just a symbol of academic achievement. Membership gives students access to a number of amazing benefits including career and networking resources, scholarships, travel and service projects both on campus and in the community," says Stephen E. Loflin, NSCS Founder and Chief Executive Officer...
King of the Wild Frontier (05/05/16)
Nathan Pearson relaxes, coonskin-cap style, between events at the recent Warrior Relays in Alta. Both the boys and girls track teams won their respective divisions in this year's big home meet despite cold and blustery conditions. / Pilot photo by Dana Larsen...
Alta Kiwanis (05/05/16)
This first Tuesday in May our guest speaker was Emily Bodholdt. Emily is an OB Nurse at the hospital. She spoke to us about the Child Care Facility which will be located in two rooms on the west end of the old Alta High School building. In January, they received an IRS document for non-profit status. ...
A-A Band and Choir perform (04/28/16)
This past weekend the Alta-Aurelia Band took part in a Large Group competition with approximately a dozen other schools in (Large Group means the whole ensemble is in the competition for three judges). Band Directory Ms. Nuttall said, "They did fantastic. ...
Alta Library receives new table and bench (04/28/16)
A-A LIBRARY RECEIVES NEW TABLE AND BENCH - The Alta Community Library Board and Staff would like to thank the Buena Vista County Community Foundation for their generous grant that paid for the purchase of the concrete bench and table outside of the library. Seen are board members Gretchen Miller, Anna Garcia, Joyce Sandine, and library director Andrea Hogrefe...
Alta-Aurelia whole grade sharing vs consolidation (04/28/16)
School Superintendent Lynn Evans spoke with the Pilot-Tribune this week about the current status of Alta-Aurelia school systems, and the possibility of eventually consolidating the two school systems. "We currently have a whole-grade sharing agreement between Alta and Aurelia for their middle schools and high schools. This means they maintain their own identity- separate school boards, taxes and budgets, but share students in grades six through 12."...
Buena Vista County Fair seeking parade participants (04/28/16)
If you are a member of one of the many groups in Buena Vista County- social groups, churches, clubs, cities within the county- the Buena Vista County Fair would like to see you in their parade to help showcase all the facets of our home county. "We are trying to entice all the former queens and little misses to be in our parade, wouldn't that be neat?" says Deb Jesse, who with her husband Kevin, is a member of the board organizing the BV County Fair this year, to be held from 8 a.m. ...
Alta Kiwanis (04/28/16)
Joining Kiwanians Tuesday morning was guest speaker Tim Galvin. Tim is Alta-Aurelia head girls track coach. He is assisted by Jennifer Radke. This year's team features 16 girls, three of whom are freshmen. Alta-Aurelia is in class 2-A and regularly competes against larger schools that have 20-30 girls involved. Roughly half of the season has been run. At the Russ Krai Relays held earlier in April, A-A finished one point out of first place. Lily Peterson finished first in the 400 meter race...
Alta-Aurelia Prom (04/21/16)
BV Community Theater seeks actors, singers for summer production (04/21/16)
To celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the BV Community Theatre, they will produce that first play again, The Music Man. "Its a favorite of Iowa people because it takes place in Iowa!" says Carol Huntzicker, treasurer for the troupe. "It's about a little town called River City, and it's very fun. ...
Relay for Life Shopping Extravaganza (04/21/16)
The Relay for Life Shopping Extravaganza will take place this Saturday from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. at the Alta Community Center. There will be vendors, crafters and a silent auction. Some vendors include: Scentsy, Rodan + Fields, Tastefully Simple, 2nd Chance Furnishings, Thirty-One, Little for Sew Long, Wine Shop at Home, Garden Babies, K&E Beads, Tupperware and many more...
Alta and Aurelia School Boards meet, budgets approved (04/21/16)
Budget approved Both boards unanimously approved the superintendent's budgets. Trap Shooting registration fees approved At last month's meeting, Trap Shooting Coach Mike Bartholomew asked the boards for financial assistance with the cost of attending trap shooting meets. Each board approved $750 for a total of $1500 to be used for registration fees...
Pizza Party (04/21/16)
Pizza Party Story Time was held on Friday, April 8th at the Alta Library. The kids enjoyed hearing stories and poems about pizza. They also had a pizza cheer and did several pizza songs. They also enjoyed eating pizza. For their craft they made pizza on a paper plate. ...
Caitlin Eckerman of Alta awarded $2,000 scholarship from Iowa Masons (04/21/16)
Caitlin R Eckerman, a senior at Alta-Aurelia High School in Alta, has been awarded a $2,000 scholarship from the Grand Lodge of Iowa, Ancient Free and Accepted Masons. Caitlin was one of 60 outstanding Iowa high school students selected to receive the scholarship from over 650 applicants...
Alta Trails Meeting Minutes (04/21/16)
Kurt Hanna, Report about Wellmark Grant: Kurt Hanna submitted the Wellmark grant with the help of Chris Reinert, with the school letting us use the 501c3. Roger Radke, Report of information from Cara Elbert of Northwest Iowa Planning and Development Commission:...
Alta Kiwanis (04/21/16)
Tuesday morning's featured guest speaker was John Hill. John is an assistant Trapshooting coach for Alta-Aurelia Schools. Mike Bartholemew and his wife Kelly are head coaches. This year 34 athletes participate in three different classes: 4th-5th grade rookies, 6-7-8th grades Middle School, and High School...
Can whimsical dogs and flying clocks help you to unwind? (04/14/16)
If you are coloring for relaxation, the images you are coloring can be just as important as the act itself. Fun, light, and silly illustrations are the focus of two new coloring books by Michele Deiber Kumm, a former Alta resident. The first, "Deliberate Misinterpretations," is a book Inspired by fairy tale illustrations, the drawings in this book are visual puns. Phrases like "Time Flies" and "Man on the Moon" are illustrated in delightfully literal ways and ready for you to color...
Maple Valley Hardware stays in family (04/14/16)
"Katina knows the business end of it, and I know how to use everything in the store, so we make a pretty good couple," says John Bennett, new propriator of Maple Valley Hardware in downtown Aurelia. Katina says, "My parents, Bruce and Carla Peterson were here for about 13 years, but she is ready to focus on being a grandmother now, so we are taking over." Before that, Bruce and Carla's parents owned the store. ...
Alta Library adds additional space, holds open house (04/14/16)
The Alta Library held an open house Monday evening. "We wanted to thank the school board for giving us the addition, it gives us a lot more room. We really needed the extra space, which we opened this semester, and we just finished getting all the shelving put in. It is an area for the high school students, with books for young adults, and they come here to do homework. We are glad to see the high school students are using it, not abusing it."...
Elevator Burn in Aurelia (04/14/16)
On Sunday April 17th at around 7:30 a.m. the Aurelia Fire Department along with several area Fire Departments will be conducting a control burn / live fire training. Location is City of Aurelia at Hwy7 and Main St. They will be burning down the wood elevator at that location. Traffic will be detoured for several hours until the structure is completely down and rendered safe for traffic to resume...
IWCC students earn scholarships (04/14/16)
Nine students from Iowa Western Community College's Construction Technology Program and one high school student, including Michael Salazar of Alta, were presented scholarships from the 2016-2017 NeighborWorks Home Solutions and NP Dodge Home Building Scholarship Program...
Alta Kiwanis (04/14/16)
Tuesday morning our guest speaker was Dr. Greg Kueny. Dr. Kueny is a chiropractor in Alta. He spoke to us about the fitness center. The fitness center, which began in 2014, is located in the old high school building in Alta. A portion of the old shop area on the south end of the school was formerly turned in a weight-lifting room and was used by the wrestling team. ...
Alta Municipal Utilities to start flushing water mains (04/11/16)
Alta Municipal Utilities plans on flushing water mains April 11th through April 15th. During that time, residents may notice less pressure and some color discoloration.
Alta Fire Department training class (04/07/16)
The Alta Fire Department conducted an "Interior Fire Attack" training class Monday night for members of the Alta, Newell and Albert City Fire Departments. The training was part of the Fire Fighter 1 class conducted by Iowa Fire Service Training Bureau. Alta Fire Chief Kirk "Bubba" Reetz said, "We try to hold this training about every other year, it's the best, safest way to train for an interior fire." / Photos courtesy of the Alta Fire Department...
Traci Peterson Benefit (04/07/16)
A benefit for Traci Peterson (wearing the pink bandana) was held last Saturday at the Alta Community Center. In January, Traci was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer. She is undergoing aggressive chemo treatments in Des Moines and Fort Dodge and will have a double mastectomy late spring in Des Moines. ...
Kueny briefs council on new high school gym (04/07/16)
Greg Kueny of the Alta School Board gave a presentation on his work with the new fitness center at the high school. The company Push Pedal Pull was selected to equip the gym, "because they didn't try to sell us anything." He showed the council a floor plan and the layout of the equipment. ...
Barber says goodbye (04/07/16)
"I'm going to do what I want, when I want," says Syd Barber at her retirement ceremony Thursday, after 15 years as the billing clerk with Alta Municipal Utilities. The room was full of well wishers, and after speaking with Syd a few minutes it was easy to see why. Syd personally greeted everyone who came into the room with a big smile, as each person said, "We're going to miss you."...
Notes from your Alta Library (04/07/16)
April Fools! Mother Nature played an April Fool's Joke on us this year. To wake up to snowflakes falling and the ground all white was truly a "radical" joke. But, I must say, she relented and sent the sun to shine and the snow to melt. So it could have been worse...
Burn will destroy Aurelia elevator, serve as training (03/31/16)
AURELIA - The business of handling farmers' grain has always been important in the town of Aurelia. Aurelia's first grain warehouse was started in 1871 by my great-great grandfather, Reuben Whitney, and the town's first grain elevator was opened by Clarkson and Simpson a year later...
A-A School Boards weigh benefits, costs of track renovation (03/31/16)
The Alta and the Aurelia School Boards met at the Alta School Monday night for an informational meeting. Informational meetings are designed for the exchange of ideas between board members, but no official actions can be taken. Last fall, School Superintendent Lynn Evans held informational meetings with the boards to work out the needs of the schools, estimate the costs, and prioritize projects. Both school boards recognized a need to renovate the tracks, among other projects...
Music Honors (03/31/16)
Congratulations to Audacity on their 3rd place performance at the Iowa Vocal Jazz Championships in Des Moines this week. They performed in a talented 2A division. / Photo courtesy of Alta-Aurelia Music
Benefit to be held for Traci Peterson this Saturday (03/31/16)
A benefit for Traci Peterson will be held Saturday, April 2 from 4 p.m. - midnight at the Alta Community Center. There will be a free will donation supper, bake sale and action. The meal will be served from 4-6 p.m. with auction to follow. Anyone willing to donate auction items or bake sale items may call Kathy at 712-260-3955 or Rachel at 712-299-3654. Items can be brought to the Community Center between 2-4 p.m. Saturday...
Donation (03/31/16)
Alta Kiwanis members present a $1,500 check to Alta-Aurelia School Liberian Julie Langer for purchase of books for the High School Library. Alta Kiwanis previously gave the Library $200 for the pre-school thru 5th grade annual "Book Fair." Pictured, left to right: Glen Huntington, Secretary Ken Lenz presenting check to Julie Langner and Pam Henderson...
Birthday (03/31/16)
There will be a Surprise Come and Go Birthday party for Twyla Chase who will be turning 90. It will be held April 16th at the Trinity Lutheran Church basement in Alta.
Funding allows for fairgrounds update (03/28/16)
The Buena Vista County Fair was one of the recipients of the BV County Foundation Grants this past spring. Along with the grant and funding from the State of Iowa and Buena Vista County, the fair board has purchased and installed a public address system and also new energy efficient security lighting. ...
Dr. Seuss' Birthday (03/24/16)
The Alta Community Library celebrated Dr. Seuss' Birthday on Friday, March 4th. We did a craft and Laura Turnquist read several Dr. Seuss Stories and activities. The children wore a hat to the program.
Spuds and Splits to take place April 10th (03/24/16)
Spuds and Splits will take place Sunday, April 10th from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Alta. The menu will consist of a baked potato with toppings, a banana split and a drink. The cost is $8 per person. Ages pre-school and under are free. Carry-outs are available...
Upcoming events at the Alta Library (03/24/16)
Pizza Party Story Time: A "Pizza the Size of the Sun!" The Alta Community Library Story Time will enjoy hearing stories and poems about pizza, and of course eating pizza on Friday, April 8th at 4:30 p.m. at the library. The Alta Community Library is celebrating National Library Week, April 11th-16th...
Food Collection (03/24/16)
Each March, Heritage Banks across Iowa and Minnesota collect food and money for local food cupboards. This year's theme is "It makes 'cents' to give to The Lord's Cupboard." Located at 202 S. Main Street in Alta, the lobby hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. / Photo by Chip Hubert...
A-A High School track renovation becoming a top priority (03/24/16)
Engineering firm talks track renovation Beck Engineering reported the results of their survey of the Alta track. His company performed a topographic survey (checking the flatness of the terrain) and a soil bore (checking the soil at four different places along the track.)...
A-A Jazz Band students selected for the Iowa All-State Jazz Band (03/24/16)
Congratulations to seven students from the Alta-Aurelia HS Jazz Band for being selected to the Class 1A/2A Iowa All-State Jazz Band. These students sent in a "Blind Audition" of a CD with a short jazz etude, improvisation, and scales, and were selected amongst their peers from across the state to perform in a 19-member ensemble. Being selected for the All-State Jazz Band is one of the top honors in jazz for high school students...
Big turnout for DOT meeting (03/24/16)
The Iowa DOT held an informational session Tuesday evening in the Alta Community Center to answer questions regarding the work to be done on Highway 7 from the intersection of Northwestern Blvd in Storm Lake to the city of Cherokee. The room was full of people, and about 6 DOT employees were on hand to answer questions. ...
Alta Main Street Railroad Crossing Arms Project receives generous contributions (03/24/16)
In March 2015, the City of Alta was able to sign an agreement with the Iowa Department of Transportation and the Chicago, Central and Pacific Railroad Company for the construction and cost participation covering the installation of crossing arms on Main Street in Alta. The estimated total cost of the project was $178,234.00, of which the City of Alta would be responsible for 10%, or $17,823.40...
Alta Kiwanis (03/24/16)
Tuesday morning we welcomed Wendell Larsen as our guest speaker. Wendell is the head boys track coach of Alta-Aurelia Warriors High School track team. His assistant coaches are Rory Payne and Brian Christiansen. This year's track squad is made up of 22 boys with five or six students from every high school class. ...
A-A High School to put on spring play this weekend (03/17/16)
Alta-Aurelia Community High School invites you to the spring play, Great Caesar's Ghost, by William Fisher, March 18 and 19 at 7:30 p.m., at the Roxy Theater. William Fisher again blends frustrated relationships with the supernatural to create an evening of delight. ...
Alta Kiwanis flip pancakes for a good cause (03/17/16)
The Alta Kiwanis held their annual Pancake Breakfast fundraiser Sunday morning in the Community Center. Glen Huntington said "We had 430 people come to the event- a very good turnout. Besides the pancakes, we had over 40 donated items up for auction. ...
School Board hears frustration about communication, votes to move 5th grade to Aurelia (03/17/16)
In January, the Aurelia School Board decided to offer two unused classrooms to the Alta School system because of the space shortage there. The boards announced after their February meeting that such talks were taking place, and meetings between the two boards were being held to discuss impacts on parents and students...
Alta-Aurelia 5th grade solo contest (03/17/16)
Congratulations to 15 Alta Elementary students who participated in the 2016 Buena Vista University MS/JH Solo Contest held on March 12th in Storm Lake. Approximately 130 performance entries were on display at the Buena Vista University campus, featuring area middle school band students ranging in age from 5th grade to 8th grade. Each student prepared a solo to be performed for a public audience and a judge who gave them feedback and a rating on their performance...
National Honor Society receives 10 inductees (03/17/16)
"I pledge myself to uphold the high purposes of the National Honor Society to which I have been selected striving in every way by word and deed to make its ideals the ideals of my school and of my life." By speaking these words, 10 Alta-Aurelia High School students were inducted into the National Honor Society last Thursday. Ten current members of the society were present to welcome the newcomers...
Alta Kiwanis (03/17/16)
Julie Langner, Alta School Librarian was our guest speaker. Julie talked to us about the upcoming Scholastic Book Fair. This year's book fair is an online event from Mar. 16-29. The library will have a three day event beginning Monday, March 21st. On those days elementary and high school students can look over and make a wish list of books they would like to buy. Teachers also make...
Jazz (03/10/16)
The Alta-Aurelia High School Jazz Choir and Jazz Bands performed Monday night in the high school gym. / Photo by Doris Gregg.
A-A middle schoolers to put on a night of musical fun March 17 (03/10/16)
Come join the students and faculty of East High for the "Start of Something New." If you "Get 'Cha Head in the Game" you will "Bop to the Top" and find "What I've been Looking For." We'll be "Counting on You" to come and enjoy a night of musical fun. After all "We're All in this Together."...
Alta Community Center to receive ambiance upgrade (03/10/16)
Ron and Marjorie Neulieb saw a waterfall in a nice restaurant recently and they thought one would compliment the Community Center in Alta. That's why they were installing one this week. The first step was to nail a cement board onto the wall to act as backing for the waterfall. ...
Alta Kiwanis Fudraiser and Silent Auction (03/10/16)
The Alta Kiwanis Fundraiser and Silent Auction will be held Sunday, March 13th from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. at the Alta Community Building. Items to be auctioned include: a New Holland peddle tractor, a LED waterproof spotlight, a five night stay in Branson, Missouri, a one month membership to Sports Rehab, a pool pass to the Alta Pool, two pies a month for six months from M. Turnquist, cupcake certificates from the White House Cupcakery, 620 John Deere model tractors, a flat screen TV and much more...
Many topics addressed at the Alta City Council meeting (03/10/16)
A representative of GOES insurance provided the council with an update on rates, saying the premiums are decreasing this year by 5 percent due mainly to the decrease in Workman's Comp claims. Last year premiums decrease by 8 percent, also as a result of decreased Workman's Comp claims. After a brief discussion regarding the value of the library contents and a potential scenario of a city vehicle damaging city property, the council voted to accept the renewal...
Legislators welcome Alta constituents (03/10/16)
Reps. Gary Worthan (R-Storm Lake) and Dan Huseman (R-Aurelia), welcomed Ronald and Marjorie Neulieb, both of Alta, to the Iowa House of Representatives. The Neuliebs were visiting the Capitol to talk to legislators during League of Cities Day on the Hill. Ronald Neulieb is the Mayor of Alta. Pictured here are Rep. Gary Worthan (R-Storm Lake), Ronald Neulieb (Alta), Marjorie Neulieb (Alta), and Rep. Dan Huseman (Aurelia)...
"Dance with us Tonight" (03/10/16)
The Storm Lake Dance Squad is holding their dance squad night on Friday, March 11th at 7 p.m. in the Storm Lake High School gym. Admission is $5 at the door. Their guest performers are the Alta-Aurelia Dance Team and Sioux Central Dance Team. The night also included award winning state Pom and Hoopla routines, Co-Ed, Little Friends, Father Daughter and a surprise finale...
National FFA Week (03/10/16)
On Friday February 26, Kirk Langner drove his grandfather's tractor to school to celebrate National FFA Week. Kirk had to work the after school program that night and decided to show the kids present at the program his Grandfather, Harold King's 1957 Farmall 450. ...
Notes from your Alta Library (03/10/16)
After the month of February, which seemed interminable with that extra day tacked on, it is finally MARCH and we are inching our way to spring. (I'm writing this on March 3 -- 17 days 'til spring arrives.) Did March arrive like a lion or a lamb? I heard one TV personality say it wasn't nasty enough for a lion, or nice enough for a lamb, so she thought it arrived like a sheep!...
Kiss a what?! (03/03/16)
Aurelia students awarded for good behavior
Aurelia Commercial Club holds Kickoff Dinner (03/03/16)
Around 85 people attended the Aurelia Commercial Club's annual kickoff dinner at the Aurelia Community Center on Thursday February 18th. Those present were treated to a catered dinner, followed by the presentation of the 2106 Aurelia Citizen of the Year plaque to Pastor Larry and Marge Lemke...
A-A High School holds FFA Olympics (03/03/16)
To celebrate the conclusion of Ag Week, the Alta/Aurelia FFA held their Ag Olympics last Friday. The festivities began with select teachers kissing a pig named Sheldon Bacon Sandwich, the pet of Cheyenne Searfoss. Olympians had to drop tennis balls into buckets while being wheel-barrowed through the serpentine course by a team mate; milk a wooden cow, shuck corn, move hay bales, toss feed bags over a fence and hand eggs over the fence without breaking them...
Easter Egg Hunt to be held March 19 (03/03/16)
The City of Alta Easter Egg Hunt will be held at Welcov on Saturday, March 19th with 10 a.m. starting with story time and egg hunt to follow. An Easter Bunny will be present for pictures! This event is sponsored by Kiwanis, Alta Businesses, Welcov, Alta Community Library and Alta Chamber of Commerce. This event is for ages 0-8...
A-A High School Pops Concert postponed (03/03/16)
The Alta-Aurelia High School Pops Concert that was originally scheduled for Tuesday, March 1, has been postponed until Monday, March 7 at 7 p.m. in the high school gymnasium.
Alta Kiwanis (03/03/16)
Guest speaker Tuesday morning was Rob Colerick from BVRMC. Rob spoke to us about the ongoing construction at the hospital. Part of the original building was built in 1949. Throughout the years the hospital has undergone various remodeling projects. The most recent construction has added 69,000 square feet, a new lab, a new main entrance on Northwestern Avenue. Heating, boilers, air conditioning, and electrical are all housed in buildings west of the hospital...
Alta Library celebrates Dr. Seuss' birthday this week (03/01/16)
Dr. Seuss' birthday is Wednesday, and the Alta Library will celebrate all week with a variety of programs and prizes. Each day at 3 p.m. a guest reader will be at the library to regale the young ones with Seuss stories dressed as a Seuss character, Seuss Bingo will be played every day of the week and Seuss Trivia will be held over the intercom each day. ...
Alta Community Blood Drive March 3 (02/29/16)
The Alta Community Blood Drive will be held Thursday, March 3rd from 3-6 p.m. at the Alta Community Center. Schedule a blood donation appointment today by going online to www.lifeservebloodcenter.org or contact Evelyn Meyer at 712-200-1137.
Alta Fire Department hosts successful fundraiser (02/25/16)
The Alta Fire Department held a Soup Luncheon fund raiser Sunday at the Fire Station, serving soups, chili and a wide variety of deserts. Alta Fire Chief Kirk "Bubba" Reetz said, "A few families spent most of Saturday cooking and getting ready, and we had over 150 people through the door before we quit counting."...
Valentine's Party (02/25/16)
The Alta Community Library Valentine's Party was held on Friday, February 12th. Stories were read and cards were made. They also played several games. Pictured from left to right: Riley Lundgren, Elizabeth Schable, Kadin Greane, Austin Droegmiller and Mackenzie Wilson...
Alta Community Blood Drive March 3 (02/25/16)
The Alta Community Blood Drive will be held Thursday, March 3rd from 3-6 p.m. at the Alta Community Center. Schedule a blood donation appointment today by going online to www.lifeservebloodcenter.org or contact Evelyn Meyer at 712-200-1137.
Alta residents charged with Forgery (02/25/16)
According to Sheriff Kory Elston several arrests have been made as a result of a forgery Investigation. On February 18, the Buena Vista County Sheriff's Office completed an investigation regarding forged checks that had been passed at an Alta business. During the investigation the suspects were identified as Keinda Walker age 39, Angelica Baker age 20 and Kathleen Wagenaar age 19 all from Alta. A fourth suspect was identified as Logan Wenck age 21 of Marathon...
Local student receives 2016 Family Scholarship Award (02/25/16)
The American Society of Safety Engineers Foundation is pleased to name Tristan Bainum of Alta, as a 2016 Family Scholarship Award recipient in the amount of $10,000. Developed in 2013 and championed by former Assistant Secretary of Labor John Henshaw, the Family Scholarship Fund provides financial assistance to families affected by a workplace fatality. Bainum's father was electrocuted while attempting repairs on a large circuit breaker at an Iowa City mine in 2009...
Alta Trails Committee making progress (02/25/16)
By CHIP HUBERT Pilot-Tribune Staff The Alta trails committee met Wednesday the 17th. The Committee finalized and approved the Safe Route to School (SRTS) map. With the route finalized, they were able to get a cost estimate. David Doxtad of the engineering firm I and S Group briefed the committee on work needed to create the SRTS trail. ...
Dr. Seuss' Birthday at the Alta Library (02/25/16)
The Alta Community Library will be celebrating Dr. Seuss' Birthday on Friday, March 4th at 4:30 p.m. Wear a hat! There will be stories and games along with snacks.
Alta Kiwanis serves up smiles (02/19/16)
"The focus of Alta Kiwanis, and Kiwanis everywhere, is children," says Glen Huntington, President of Alta Kiwanis. "We ask ourselves, what can we do to help?" "One of the things is Pancake Day at the school. We set up the grill in the cafeteria and serve two pancakes (more if they want) to elementary and high school students. The kids really enjoy it and we really enjoy it."...
Alta City Council goes over budget (02/19/16)
The Alta City Council held their second budget meeting Monday evening in the Council Chambers. Mayor Ron Neulieb said, "We are trying to keep the budget in line without raising taxes. All the Departments have stayed pretty much in line. But we did have some expenses on Industrial Road, and we had the Community Center renovation, which were big items we hadn't budgeted."...
DeRoos seals up his title (02/19/16)
Alex DeRoos of Aurelia sealed up his title as the four-time District champion at the Amateur Athletic Union District Tournament in Spencer on Feb. 7. DeRoos competed in the seventh/eighth grade bracket. His first beat his first opponent, Patrick Conley from the Western States Pride Wrestling Club, by pinfall in a 1:30. ...
Think spring with the help of the Alta Public Library (02/19/16)
February has arrived. The ground is covered with snow, as we dig ourselves out from the biggest blizzard of the year. But -- relax! Punxsutawney Phil has declared that we will have an early spring! According to his handlers, the furry rodent failed to see his shadow and, therefore, spring comes early. ...
Alta Kiwanis (02/19/16)
Tuesday morning's guest speaker was Susan Krumman. Susan is the new FFA teacher at Alta-Aurelia schools. She is a native of Linn Grove who studied Agronomy at Iowa State University. She decided to be an FFA teacher after receiving the highest degree in FFA. ...
A-A students in BVU art show (02/11/16)
Six Alta-Aurelia students' artwork have been selected to be displayed in the BVU Art Gallery from February 10 through March 15. On Saturday, February 13, there will be a reception open to the public will between 2:30 to 4 p.m. There will be an awards presentation at 3 p.m. A-A students include: Madison Hach, Abby Hill, Talon Horton, Stephanie Murillo, Cynthia Placido and Elyse Pollock...
Awards Ceremony (02/11/16)
The Alta Chamber of Commerce recently held their annual dinner and awards ceremony. Attendees were, left to right, Mandi Aronson, Secretary; Kirk "Bubba" Reetz, President; Deb Aberson, Vice President; Nick Andersen, Treasurer, Megan Peterson. / Photo by Chip Hubert...
Aging fire trucks become concern for Alta Fire Department, request budget increase (02/11/16)
The City Council held its regular monthly meeting Monday February 8th. Representatives from the Fire Department said they will be hosting a fundraising Soup Supper February 21st at the fire station from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. They also explained their reason for requesting an increase in their budget to replace aging fire trucks. ...
Iowa Lakes Corridor Development Corp shows Alta new plan (02/11/16)
Kiley Miller of Iowa Lakes Corridor addressed the Alta City Council Monday evening at the council's monthly meeting. He announced a new initiative called "Five by Five" to reflect the goal of the program to increase the population by 5 percent over the next five years...
Alta Public Library has tons of books to help pass time until spring (02/11/16)
February has arrived. The ground is covered with snow, as we dig ourselves out from the biggest blizzard of the year. But -- relax! Punxsutawney Phil has declared that we will have an early spring! According to his handlers, the furry rodent failed to see his shadow and, therefore, spring comes early. ...
Alta Kiwanis (02/11/16)
Joining us Tuesday morning was guest speaker Kory Elston. Kory is BV County Sheriff and is also a member of our Kiwanis club. Kory discussed with us the need for a dive-rescue for BV County. Over the past 25 years BV County has had 14 drownings, half of which have occurred within the past five years. If a dive team is needed, they have to be called from either Plymouth County or the Okoboji area. If the search involves several days the cost to the county could be exorbitant...
A-A students compete at district speech (02/04/16)
Alta-Aurelia competed at District Speech on Saturday, January 23, 2016. The following groups received I ratings and will move on to state: Choral Reading, Readers Theatre, Musical Theatre, Ensemble Acting, and Group Improv. Pictured are: Row one (L to R): Caitlin Eckerman, Reghan Harms, Abigail Anderson, Izzy Hinkeldey, Peyton Price and Grace Meier. ...
Alta Trails Committee holds first meeting, talks about two trails in the city (02/04/16)
"When I was a kid growing up in Storm Lake I was a pool rat in the summer, and my parents didn't have to worry about me because I rode my bike on the trail," said Alta Elementary School Principal Kurt Hanna. He, and others would like to see a similar trail in Alta...
Children's Movie Night (02/04/16)
The Alta Library showed the movie "Frosty the Snowman" on Friday, January 15th. Guest appearance, was the "Library Snowman" (Kirk Langner). / Photo submitted
Alta Education Association tenders initial proposal to school board (02/04/16)
The Alta Education Association presented its initial proposal to the School Board last week. The Association is requesting a Total Package increase of 6.02 % for schedule A and Schedule D, not the 8% increase in Schedule E reported in last week's Pilot Tribune...
Alta-Aurelia High School receives CASE Grant from DuPont Pioneer (02/04/16)
DuPont Pioneer supports agriculture education teachers
Alta Community Center renovations complete (01/28/16)
The Alta Community Center's renovation is complete! "Saturday, Ron packed up the last of his tools at 2 and I was serving dinner for all the city boards at 6," says Margorie Neulieb. Mayor Ron Neulieb said, "A lot of people donated a lot of time over the last couple of months, and when we first opened it 25 years ago, lots of men worked nights and weekends to make it possible."...
Basketball teams receive new uniforms (01/28/16)
The Alta 3rd and 4th Grade Girls' Basketball Teams would like to say a big thank you to PeopleWorks, Inc. and the Alta Kiwanis for the purchase of their uniforms. Back row: Kathy Peterson -- President of PeopleWorks, Ashley Hinkeldey, Bryleigh Marshall, Kerrigan Pedersen, Ella Nielsen, Hannah Colerick, Lucy Gunkelman, Addison Fritz, Addison Reeves, Danielle Sliefert and Glen Huntington -- President of the Alta Kiwanis. ...
Alta City Council discusses budget to prepare for the year (01/28/16)
The Alta City Council held a special meeting Monday evening at 6 p.m. in the Council chambers to discuss the budget in preparation for the formal budget meeting later in the year. A potential source of income is the city-owned three-bedroom apartment, with full bath and laundry located above the Community Center building. The apartment is available for $500 per month, which includes utilities except internet. Interested parties should contact the City Clerk at (712) 200-2105...
A-A School Board discusses teacher's salaries and grade alignment (01/28/16)
The Alta School Board held a special meeting Monday morning in the Preschool room. The first order of business was to receive for negotiation the Opening Proposal from the Alta Education Association for teacher's salaries. The teachers seek to raise Salary Schedule A by 6.02% to $31,700, and a raise of about 8.3% in Salary Schedule D from $24,100 t0 $26,100...
Aurelia American Legion to host Annual Pancake Supper (01/28/16)
The Aurelia American Legion Post #390 will have their Annual Pancake Supper on Saturday evening, June 30th. They will be serving from 5-7 p.m. in the Aurelia Community Center. Admission to this event is $5 per person and preschoolers eating free.
Alta Kiwanis (01/28/16)
Our guest speaker this Tuesday morning was Alan Wadsley. Alan is a member of Alta Industrial Board. The board was founded in the 1950's. The Industrial Board is made up of five members. In the past, they helped sponsor the league of high schools wherein high school students built houses. They were taught by Kim Piercy among others. However, that project has now shifted to the Storm Lake schools...
Hanover Historical Society holds annual meeting (01/21/16)
The annual meeting of the Hanover Historical Society was held Sunday, January 10, at St. John Lutheran Church, rural Alta. Members of the society rejoiced as they burned the mortgage on the blacksmith shop property that was purchased in 2005. The generous donations of community members and successful fund-raising events made this possible...
Aurelia School Board considers track improvements (01/21/16)
The Aurelia School Board conducted a workshop meeting Monday night in the Aurelia Middle School building. Workshops are informal meetings the board schedules as needed that allow the board to "kick around ideas, without having to take a formal vote," as Board President Dan Winterhof said...
Veterans Sweet Heart Supper scheduled for February 17 (01/21/16)
The Veterans Sweet Heart Supper will be held February 17 at 6 p.m. at the Alta Community Building. The public is welcome. This program is $10 per person. Supper will consist of roast beef or ham. Entertainment will begin at 7 p.m. with Touch of Broadway performing. There will also be door prizes...
Alta Kiwanis (01/21/16)
Tuesday morning's guest speaker was Linda Dierking. Linda works for Upper Des Moines and is an educational director of the pre-school in Alta. In the past, the kids were allowed to explore on their own and then their teachers determined their course of teaching. Now there is more accountibilty. Teachers goals this year are to teach kids social skills, and how to use small and large muscle groups. In previous years,...
A-A wrestlers each win 100th match (01/14/16)
Alta-Aurelia High School wrestlers (L-R) Colton Larson, Skyler Solko and Bret Sherkenbach each won their 100th wrestling match on Tuesday January 5th. / Photo courtesy of Karla Solko
Five A-A band students participate in Northwest Iowa Honor Band (01/14/16)
Approximately 180 high school musicians from 40 area high schools combined their talents for the 62nd annual Northwest Iowa Honor Band Festival on Saturday, January 9, at 7 p.m. in Eppley Auditorium at the Morningside College Campus in Sioux City. Membership was chosen through auditions held November 7 in Storm Lake from among 331 entries. Alta-Aurelia High School was be represented by five students:...
A-A School Board still discussing the possibility of adding classrooms (01/14/16)
Over the last few months, the Alta-Aurelia School Boards have been discussing construction projects, including possibly adding three classrooms to the Alta school building. As part of the education process, Superintendent Dale Evans invited representatives from Iowa Construction Advocate Team (ICAT) to the board meeting to explain how ICAT could help save the district money during the construction...
Alta-Aurelia School Boards shown financing options (01/14/16)
During the past few Alta-Aurelia School Board meetings, the boards have been discussing expanding the Alta building by three class rooms, and making improvements to the football field/track area. School Superintendent Lynn Evans is exploring various options for financing these projects...
Notes from your Alta Library (01/14/16)
Happy New Year! 2016 has arrived and brought a change in weather. After the unusual high temps and mostly dry weather, we are now experiencing cold wind and snow. But who knows how long it will last -- weather is extremely unpredictable. Let's think for a minute about January. ...
Community Center renovation yields unexpected treasure (01/07/16)
For years a set of plaques hung on the wall of the Alta Community Center- silhouettes depicting the essence of Alta- the downtown facade on Main Street, the old school building, the grain elevator, the trains, the water tower, a church and a farm. The silhouettes were made by longtime Alta cabinet maker Glen Bauer, and donated to the community, possibly for the the city's centennial in 1978. ...
Snowmobiles become an issue for City of Alta (01/07/16)
During the City Council Open Forum, a citizen complained of snowmobiles crossing her driveway and continually spreading snow on it, and that the snowmobilers had knocked down a sign she had erected. The citizen said she had injuries which made shoveling snow painful. Members of the Council also said they had witnessed instances of snowmobilers acting improperly...
Councilman Hach steps down (01/07/16)
"Things move at 'The Speed of Government," says Rob Hach, coining a phrase. "It's not the people, it's the process that defines the speed." Hach has served on the Alta City Council for the past four years trying to act as a pro-business influence...
Alta Kiwanis (01/07/16)
Welcome to new year 2016. Our first guest speaker of the new year was Brad Pederson. Brad works for the city of Alta. He spoke to us about the city of Alta Recyclable Program. Regular garbage pickup day is on Monday and is limited to four 33-gallon containers. Monday's garbage is sent to a landfill in Carroll. Recyclables are picked up on Friday. They are to be placed in see-thru plastic 33 gallon bags and there is no limit on number of bags...
The City of Alta reminds community of the snowmobile ordinance (01/07/16)
The City of Alta has gotten recent complaints about snowmobiles running through the town. The city would like to remind the community of the snowmobile ordinance that is in effect. The ordinance, it its entirety, can be obtained at the City Clerk's office...
Alta wins $363K low-cost loan for drinking water project planning (01/05/16)
Fifteen water quality projects including one in Alta will benefit from a combined total of more than $20.7 million in low-cost water quality loans through the State Revolving Fund. State Revolving Fund Construction Loans are a low-cost construction financing option available for Iowa cities and municipalities for water quality initiatives. ...
B.V. Sheriff's Reserve Association boon to Alta Community Center (12/28/15)
"We came in Monday morning and we were surprised to find the counters, the floors and the ceiling in the kitchen all finished!" said Marge Neulieb. She was referring to the renovation taking place in the Alta Community Center, located on Highway 7 on the East side of town. The sheriffs department had promised to help, but they over-delivered considerably...
Alta Library to show "Frosty the Snowman" (12/28/15)
The Alta Library will be showing the movie, "Frosty the Snowman" on Friday, Jan. 15th from 4:30-5:00. Snacks will be provided. Guest appearance, "Library Snowman."
Alta schools major depositors at Lord's Cupboard food bank (12/28/15)
In the weeks leading up to Christmas, Alta Elementary School competed against Alta High School to see who could collect the most food for The Lord's Cupboard, which supplies food and toiletry items for underprivileged families living within 51002 zip code of Alta. The elementary school weighed in at 860 pounds, and the high school hit 920 pounds! Each load filled up the back of a full-size pick up truck...
Ugly Sweaters (12/22/15)
Faculty and Staff of Alta Elementary School had an ugly sweater contest, Friday December 18th. "We did it just for fun!" said Sherry Van Berkum (second from left, back row). Jayson Garcia (center, front) kept the participants smiling during the photo session. / Photo by Chip Hubert...
Elston reflects on 12 years of service on City Council (12/22/15)
After serving on Alta's City Council 12 years, Molly Elston is stepping aside. "I think it's good to get some new blood in there with new ideas, to keep growing and moving forward," she says. It will also give her more time for her busy schedule as a teacher with teenage children, and coach of the volleyball and softball teams. ...
Alta choir, band entertain town (12/22/15)
"We wanted to keep it short and light because we know the parents are busy," said Choir director Rebecca Elemond. She produced a lively show with songs that were new and old at the same time. "I wasn't sure 'The Twelve Days After Christmas' would go over, but it did." Another modified song was "Jingle Bells (Sort Of)", a bouncy, tongue-in-cheek rendition of the classic. ...
City Council approves an official Trails Committee (12/17/15)
The City Council makes Trails Committee official At last month's meeting, Roger Radke of the unofficial Trails committee told the council an official committee was required before they could apply for any grants to fund two proposed trails. So, at this meeting, the council passed a resolution to form an official Trails Committee. ...
A-A middle schoolers entertain with their Christmas concert (12/17/15)
The Alta Middle School Choir and Band put on their Christmas concert at the middle school gym Tuesday night to a packed house. Deb Paterson, in her 33rd year as Choir Director said, "This group has a lot of talent, and they work well together, so we were able to do some more difficult songs this year. I have enjoyed working with them."...
School board looking to get help with major construction projects (12/17/15)
School board to get help with major construction The School Board is in the process of addressing a shortage of classroom space, and the track and football field condition. The Superintendent has invited Iowa Construction Advocate Team (ICAT) to look at the facilities and suggest the most efficient way forward. ICAT is an arm of the Iowa Association of School Boards, created to provide experienced guidance for school districts contemplating construction projects...
Santa visits Alta Library (12/17/15)
On Friday evening, Santa and Mrs. Claus took a break from their busy schedule to stop by the Alta Library to listen to children's wish lists, conduct a game or two, and provide some snacks for the kids. Santa said "Things are going really well, and I enjoy listening to the kids answers," but he reported one out of ten kids said they had been bad this year. It was unclear if that meant one out of ten were bad, or one out of ten were honest...
Kiwanis News & Notes (12/17/15)
Newly elected to a third term as mayor of Alta, Ron Neulieb was Tuesday's guest speaker. Ron stated that around this time of year all committees and boards are busy submitting their budgets for the new year. It is the job of the mayor and city council to keep budgets in line so that city taxes won't have to be increased...
Missing children found safe in Alta (12/17/15)
After a search, Storm Lake Police located two missing children in a residence in Alta Monday night. The two, age 3 and 1, were considered missing after a removal order was issued to assure the children's well being, and family members did not respond...
Sheriff investigating stabbing incident in Alta (12/15/15)
Sheriff's officials are continuing to investigate a stabbing incident in Alta early Sunday morning. Reportedly, a fight broke out, and one victim was stabbed in the back at Century Bar around 2 a.m. At the time, authorities were looking for two white males, accompanied by two white females, who they wish to speak to about the incident...
Alta lights up Christmas tree for its third holiday season (12/10/15)
At the corner of First and Main sits Alta's Christmas Tree, a large pine. Sunday night Brian Underwood gave a short speech and turned on the tree's colored lights to officially launch another Holiday Season in Alta. He spoke of the memory of his daughter, Angela Underwood, who was tragically killed in 2000 at the age of 16 in a car accident nearby. ...
A-A High School basketball team to host fundraiser at Pizza Ranch (12/10/15)
The Alta-Aurelia High School Basketball teams will have a fund raiser at Pizza Ranch the night of Wednesday, December 16th from 5 - 8 p.m. All the teams along with the coaches will be there to serve pizza inside, and at the drive-through. You can help by getting pizza, and a tip jar will be out for the more motivated supporters. This is the second year the team has held its fund raiser at Pizza Ranch...
A-A Dance scores at state (12/10/15)
A-A DANCE SCORES AT STATE - The Alta-Aurelia Fusion Dance team won second place in their Hoopla routine and third in Kick at the Iowa State Dance Team competition. Coach Kayla Wilson said "This is the best group of girls I've had, and it has been a fun season!" The coach and team came up with the routines together, and have been practicing since late July. ...
Alta Elementary school puts on its Winter Concert (12/10/15)
On Monday night the Alta Elementary school put on its Winter Concert in front of a jam-packed house of parents, friends and supporters, performing such classics as "Jingle Bells" as well as newfangled tunes like "Ugly Sweater." Each grade filed onto the bleachers in its turn to sing three songs, except for the fifth grade which performed first and last...
VFW Auxiliary holds ceremony for elementary students for the patriotic writing contest (12/10/15)
The VFW Auxiliary held a ceremony at the elementary school Tuesday morning to recognize winners of a patriotic writing contest, and to donate Kleenex to the school. The Kleenex donation is the second big event of the school year for the VFW Auxiliary, after the school supplies donation in August...
Alta Kiwanis (12/10/15)
India, a country which is one-third the size of the U.S., contains one-sixth of the world's population. Boasting a population of 1.3 billion, India is predominately Hindu and Muslims. Only about 3% of India is Christian. Since 2000, Tuesday's guest speaker Pastor Doug Corlew of Summit Church in Alta has made eight missionary trips to South Central India. ...
Alta Fire Department to hold soup supper (12/03/15)
The Alta Fire Department will be holding a free will donation soup supper Sunday December 6 from 4:30p.m. to 7 p.m. Santa will be on hand for the kids to share their wish lists from 6-7 and the Alta Community Chamber will have a table to register for a free turkey or ham with drawing to be held after the tree lighting. ...
Alta budget anticipates early snow (12/03/15)
Sunday night and into the next few days, freezing rain turned into snow, and accumulated eight to twelve inches, according to the National Weather Service, making a mess of local roads. Tuesday morning, Alta Mayor Ron Neilueb said "I met for coffee with our snow removal crews this morning, and of course they had been up half the night. ...
Ninth annual 'No Hungry Neighbors' food drive (12/03/15)
Alta Municipal Utilities and the City of Alta are sponsoring their 9th annual food drive to serve the needy people in our community. The winter season is fast approaching and it brings additional hardships with it. Together we can make a difference in the lives of the needy. We can make sure that no one in our community goes hungry during this upcoming holiday season...
BV Co. Pork Producer's 2015 Royalty visit area second graders (12/03/15)
Miss Pigtails Joelle Arnts, Madison Theisen and Ashley Hinkeldey, along with Pork Queen Brea Baumhover, visited area schools including St. Mary's, Storm Lake Public, Albert City, Sioux Central, Newell, and Alta. The girls educated on various topics including where their food comes from, how farmers raise a pig and produce pork and how farmers take good care of their animals, nutrition of pork and the safety of meat, non-meat products made out of the hog, the importance of the pork industry, especially in our area of the nation, with Iowa being the 1st ranked state in pork production. ...
Race Banquet to be held December 5th (12/03/15)
The annual Buena Vista Raceway Banquet will be held Saturday, December 5th at the Alta Community Center, with the social beginning at 5 p.m. and dinner of pork loin, green been casserole, garlic potatoes and cookies served at 6 p.m. "Just about every local business has contributed door prizes," say Sharon Hinners, coordinator of the banquet. "We probably have over $1000 so far, with more to come," she adds. "Things like coozies, hats, gift certificates, tools, and at least one Garden Gnome!"...
Character learning paying dividends in AA schools (11/24/15)
Character really does count. Officials of the Alta-Aurelia school district are celebrating the impact of character-building programs in their schools, in the third year for the effort in the Alta buildings and the second in Aurelia. "It's the biggest push we have, and we can feel that it has changed the climate for the better in our schools," A-A Superintendent Lynn Evans told the Pilot-Tribune recently...
Renovations to begin soon on the Alta Community Building (11/24/15)
Work will begin on the Alta Community Building on December 1st. Volunteers are needed throughout the project for different jobs at different times. Contact Ron Neulieb at (712) 299-5239, or Margie (712) 284-1704 to coordinate schedules. Items from the center will be for sale on December 1st, including two stools, two counter tops with sinks, partitions from the restrooms, and two lights from above the restroom sinks. ...
Alta Library's Scholastic Book Sale success (11/24/15)
"The Scholastic Book Sale was a tremendous success with sales of over $5000," says Alta Librarian Julie Langner. The booksale was conducted at the library from November 2nd through the 6th, with online sales continuing through the 10th. Also during the sale, the library was accepting cash donations in their All For Books Box...
Tilk wants to see things done properly (11/19/15)
"I want to see things done properly, and I want to see projects follow the code. If anything new comes up people should not take short cuts," Vi Tilk says. "I want to help make Alta a better town." She found out only one person was running for city council, but three positions were being vacated, "I thought, what a shame. ...
Alta Fire Department to hold soup supper (11/19/15)
The Alta Fire Department will be holding a free will donation soup supper Sunday December 6 from 4:30p.m. to 7 p.m. Santa will be on hand for the kids to share their wish lists from 6-7 and the Alta Community Chamber will have a table to register for a free turkey or ham with drawing to be held after the tree lighting. ...
A-A School Board talks math problems (11/19/15)
During last Monday's School Board Meeting, Sherry Harms walked the board through a 4th grade math exercise employing Cognitive Guided Instruction. According to school superintendent Lynn Evans, the 'hands on' presentation was very engaging. "Math instruction is geared more toward problem solving skills now, " he said. "The students are given a problem and they figure out ways to solve it, then they explain their rationale to their peers and their teachers."...
Alta's last harness racer laid to rest (11/19/15)
A select few people on this earth get a funeral that honors their life's passion. Dick McDanel of Alta was one such person. Harness racing (a one-man cart called a 'sulky' pulled by a horse) starts with the horses already up to speed. The gate is attached to a car driving down the track, and the horses trot up to the gate while the car is traveling at low speed. ...
Alta Kiwanis (11/19/15)
Tuesday morning's guest speakers were Tonya Santos and Melissa Patton. These ladies are associated with "READY-SET-GROW" day care center in Alta. The new day-care center is located in two rooms on the west end of the first floor of the old high school. ...
Ninth annual "No Hungry Neighbors" food drive (11/19/15)
Alta Municipal Utilities and the City of Alta are sponsoring their 9th annual food drive to serve the needy people in our community. The winter season is fast approaching and it brings additional hardships with it. Together we can make a difference in the lives of the needy. We can make sure that no one in our community goes hungry during this upcoming holiday season...
HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL THIS WEEKEND (11/12/15)
Alta-Aurelia high school is putting on a show! Oklahoma will be playing in the Roxy Theatre in downtown Alta, performed by thirty-odd students, from freshmen to seniors. Here's how Becky Elemond describes the action: The musical takes place in the Oklahoma territory before it's a state. ...
Weber wins Alta City Council election despite last minute write-in (11/12/15)
Denny Weber decided Monday to run for the Alta City Council election on Tuesday, and won. "I called my friends and talked to my neighbors and asked them to vote for me," he said. As a result, he came in first among the write-ins. He says infrastructure will be his focus, primarily the streets and the sewer system. ...
A-A school board discusses adding six more classrooms (11/12/15)
Lynn Evans, Superintendent of Alta-Aurelia school district, and the principals of the high school and the elementary school got together with the school board Monday night to discuss improvements for the Alta schools. The superintendent solicited the two principals for improvements, starting with Kurt Hanna, the elementary school principal. As Hannah voiced his ideas, the supervisor made a list on the whiteboard, while the board members made comments and suggestions...
Theater for the Thirsty at Summit Church (11/12/15)
Theater for the Thirsty will present their newest musical comedy, "A Kingdom Tale," at Summit Evangelical Free Church in Alta on Sunday, November 15 at 8:30 and 11 a.m. "A Kingdom Tale" is a suspenseful, silly, and engaging musical that tells the Biblical story of Esther, the unlikely queen whose faith is tested by a ruthless plot to destroy her people. One epic story. Two actors. Eleven songs. Sixteen characters. Countless laughs...
Alta City Council discusses trail project (11/12/15)
Formal Trails Committee formed Rodger Radke of the informal Pedestrian Trails and Safe Route to School Committee presented his findings to the council. The committee is seeking grants to build a walking trail circling the city, and another trail leading from within the city to the school. Mr. Radke told the council an official committee must be formed before any agencies would discuss grants, so the committee passed a motion to do so...
Notes from your Alta Library (11/05/15)
I'm back, and it is November! My last column was the one for June. A lot has been happening over the summer. Our library space has increased, and soon the shelves will be in place and there will be more room for more books, more tapes and more movies...
Kiwanis (11/05/15)
Tuesday morning they learned about Ranco Industries from guest speaker Jim Heschke. Jim and his wife Lori live in Alta. Lori teaches 7th and 8th grades at the Aurelia Middle School. For the past 13 years, Jim has worked as a salesman for Ranco. Ranco is an employee stock op company which manufactures, markets, and services fertilizer handling equipment. ...
Thank You (11/05/15)
Alta-Aurelia Warriors would like to thank communities for their support throughout this football season. As cheering spectators, their fan base was second to none. Thank you also for the support in purchasing Warrior Cards during their annual fundraising campaign. They appreciate all support given to them!...
Fundraiser for the Alta Community Center (11/05/15)
The Alta Community Building has been open for 25 years, and it's time for some updating. A fundraising lunch of 'Spuds and Splits' will be served November 15th, from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the community building. The "spuds" are potatoes served with butter, sour cream, ham and/or hamburger and cauliflower. "Splits" are banana splits- banana's with ice cream and various toppings. Cost is $7 for adults and $3.50 for kids 6 and under...
City of Alta trains concession workers in TIP's (11/05/15)
Compass Pointe Behavioral Health congratulates the City of Alta for making the commitment to train all concessions workers in TIP's (Responsible Beverage Server Training) to continue its efforts to make the City of Alta a safe and healthy community...
Kids let their imaginations run free as they immerse themselves in books (11/05/15)
The Scholastic Book Fair is going on at the Alta public library through Friday, November 6th to raise money for the library and for kids who need a little help. "This sale is how I get most of my budget for new books," said Julie Langner the school librarian...
Alta election results (11/05/15)
In Tuesday's election, the Mayor's seat, 3 city council seats and 2 seats on the park board were in play. Voters also had the option to continue the optional local sales tax of 1% through June 30th, 2035. Ron Neulieb won the Mayor's race with 84.4 % of the vote, the remaining 15.6% went to write-in candidates. ...
Two from A-A selected for All-State Music (11/05/15)
Two music students from Alta-Aurelia High School have been selected to participate in the 69th All-State Music Festival at the Hilton Coliseum in Ames on Nov. 21. Selected for participation in the All-State Chorus was senior Reghan Harms, an alto. Reghan is the daughter of Doug and Sherry Harms of Aurelia and is a vocal student of Becky Elemond...
Kiwanis (10/29/15)
Tuesday mornings guest speaker was Alta-Aurelia High School Principal Tom Ryherd. Mr. Ryherd's topic was school safety. Last year a camera system was installed at the school with cameras mounted above main entryways and hallways. Monitors were set up in the Principal's office and the office of the high school secretary...
Scholastic Book Fair to be held next week (10/29/15)
The book fair will be the week of November 2-6 in the Alta Community Library. Hours the book fair will be opened are as follows: Monday: 8 a.m.-4 p.m.; Tuesday: 8 a.m.-8 p.m.; Wednesday: 8 a.m.-4 p.m.; Thursday: 8 a.m.-8 p.m.; Friday: 8 a.m.-12 p.m...
Committee: in the swim of things (10/29/15)
Several possible options for city pool, but more public input is needed
Elementary may need 3-5 new classrooms (10/29/15)
AA District hopes for better allowable growth funding from the state next year
SAFETY FIRST (10/29/15)
After two young girls were killed at the railroad crossing on Main Street in Alta in February of 2014, the city approached the railroad about putting up a crossing gate there. "The Railroad was all for it. They were very helpful," says Alta mayor Ron Nuelieb. ...
Upcoming Halloween events (10/22/15)
Pumpkin Patch Party at Summit Church Looking for a fun free fall family activity? You'll love what's in store for you at this year's Pumpkin Patch Party from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday evening, October 28 at Summit Church in Alta. "The community is invited! We'll have fun for the whole family," says Peter Bunnell, Pastor of Children & Family Ministries at Summit. "Bring a friend and join in all the exciting activities."...
Upcoming Halloween events (10/22/15)
Pumpkin Patch Party at Summit Church Looking for a fun free fall family activity? You'll love what's in store for you at this year's Pumpkin Patch Party from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday evening, October 28 at Summit Church in Alta. "The community is invited! We'll have fun for the whole family," says Peter Bunnell, Pastor of Children & Family Ministries at Summit. "Bring a friend and join in all the exciting activities."...
AMU to flush water mains starting Monday (10/22/15)
Alta Municipal Utilities will begin flushing water mains the week of October 26th, weather permitting. During flushing, you may notice discolored water in your home. If you notice this, please turn on a cold water faucet and flush out your service lines. Thank you for your patience...
Kiwanis (10/22/15)
Have you been a victim of a recent scam? Have you ever had your identity stolen? Recent scams was the topic presented Tuesday morning by our guest speakers Sheriff Kory Elston and Captain Marty Demuth. This year alone the Storm Lake Police Department has received 142 reports pertaining to scams. ...
Two businesses to be recognized (10/22/15)
Two businesses in Alta will be recognized by the city council next week. A ribbon-cutting will be held at Ross Parcel Landscaping and Rowland Racing on Industrial road Wednesday the 28th at 6 p.m. Since the buildings for the two businesses are side by side, they will be done one after the other, the exact order to be determined. Though both businesses have been on site for a while, this was the first time the schedules of the city meshed with theirs...
Midwest values in action (10/22/15)
"This is why I chose to live in the Midwest," says Tom Hinkeldey. He is referring to the outpouring of help when Rob Huseman needed it. In this case, help came in the form of donated labor, donated time, and donated farm equipment, which means cash...
Alta Horizons to scale back efforts (10/15/15)
The Alta Horizons committee will be meeting once every four months instead of once a month after October. They will continue to distribute ABC packages ('Alta Builds Connections' also known as the Welcome Wagon- a bag of items to make moving into Alta easier for new residents)...
DONATION (10/15/15)
Randy Ericksen (left) and Carol Huntzicker (right) present a check from the Buena Vista Community Theater at the Roxy to the Alta Community School District in the amount of $3,000. This amount represents half of the proceeds from this summer's musical production of "The Wizard of Oz." Representing the Alta School District is school board president Gigi Nelson (center). / Photo by Chip Hubert...
A-A holds monthly School Board meeting (10/15/15)
The Alta-Aurelia School Board held their monthly meeting Monday night at the Alta-Aurelia High School. The Marching Band received a Division 1 rating last Saturday, and the board recognized the achievement at the meeting. The Alta Community School received a check for $3,000 from the Buena Vista Community Theatre...
A-A Homecoming (10/15/15)
Alta-Aurelia Homecoming King and Queen Jacob Husman and Abigail Anderson. / Photo by Will Musgrove
Kiwanis (10/08/15)
Joining Kiwanians Tuesday morning were four members from Storm Lake Hy-noon Kiwanis club. Two of them - Gary Ringgenberg and Clark Fort - served as guest speakers. Both of these gentlemen had attended the Kiwanis International Convention held this past summer in Indianapolis, Indiana. Kiwanis celebrated its 100th anniversary at this event...
Alta mayor's office issues trick-or-treat proclamation (10/08/15)
Whereas, traditionally, children of all ages have observed Halloween in the City of Alta by participating in "Trick or Treat Night," and Whereas, many parents have requested that the City officially set aside a specific date and time for all the little witches, goblins, and space creatures to trick or treat in our community; and...
Lone council candidate brings history of service (10/08/15)
If you attend Alta City Council meetings, you've seen Jerry Buckendahl. He regularly attends the meetings as a concerned citizen of Alta, and now his name is on the ballot for Council Member. "I don't have an axe to grind, I just want to help the city move forward" he said...
Nuelieb runs unopposed for third term (10/08/15)
Ron Nuelieb will be Alta's mayor for another four years. Initially he didn't want to seek a third term, but he decided to run again after several people asked him to. "It takes a lot of time," he says. "You've got to go to all the meetings to know what's going on to make a good decision."...
Alta City Council discusses sewer rate hike, adopts urban design specifications (10/08/15)
Because the city is losing money on sewage treatment, they commissioned a study which recommended a use-based increase. The first reading was approved with the second reading scheduled for next month to allow citizens to weigh in on the subject. During discussion of Storm Water Utilities, one of the council members pointed out the people in the drainage area already get assessed for storm water work performed in the basin. The council decided to use the budget to get revenue instead...
Ribbon cutting at the Buffalo Ridge Cafe (10/01/15)
Members of the Alta community gathered at the Buffalo Ridge Cafe last Saturday morning for their ribbon cutting. Owners Kevin and Toni Hammer stand with their employees of the cafe along with and community members.
Maple Creek addition nears completion (10/01/15)
Maple Creek Addition is nearing completion, and lots will go on sale soon. In fact, one lot is already spoken for, though it can't be sold until the city approves the plans for the development. The land has been graded and grass planted, and the only item remaining is procuring the official stamp of approval. "I've just got to jump through a few hoops" said Paul Koth, of Koth Development...
I&I costs citizens of Alta (10/01/15)
When relatively clean storm water drains into sanitary sewage, the cost of treating the sewage increases because of the increased volume, and also because the efficiency of treating the sewage decreases due to dilution. During heavy rain, it can even cause sewage lines to overflow, polluting streams and generally making a mess. "Infiltration and Inflow, (I&I)" is the term used to describe dilution of sewage, and it's a problem in Alta...
A-A homecoming court and events (10/01/15)
The homecoming schedule is as follows: Sunday, October 4 6 p.m. - Movie Night High jump area at the football field There will be games and they will be showing the movie 'Remember the Titans.' $1 hot dogs and $1 pop, water, and Gatorade available for purchase. Please no outside drinks...
A football Friday night (09/25/15)
A football Friday in rural Iowa isn't a game, it's a happening. Especially in Alta. For one thing, how many high school football teams do you know that play in a city park? While you're lining up at outside linebacker, your kid sister's playing on the old-fashioned steel slide just beyond the end zone...
Ribbon cutting at Four Pawz Grooming (09/25/15)
When Tyson's in Cherokee closed, Connie Ploeger lost her job. Not one to take things like that laying down, Connie asked a friend who ran a pet grooming service if she would share the tricks of the trade. She drove to Sergent Bluff three days a week for a couple of months, and now she runs her own pet grooming service in Alta...
Buffalo Ridge Cafe grand opening (09/25/15)
The grand opening for Buffalo Ridge Cafe will be held this Saturday, September 26th. Ribbon cutting will be at 9 a.m. They will be open from 6 a.m. - 2 p.m. with free coffee and $1 pancakes all day.
5th annual fall bazaar and bake sale (09/25/15)
On September 26th Trinity Lutheran Church, Alta will hold a bazaar and bake sale. In addition to the bake sale some of the vendors include: Young Living, Jamberry, Younique, Eye Candy, Hair Flare, Tupperware, Thirty-One, Tastefully Simple, Scentsy, Pampered Chef, Trades of Hope, Arbonne, Garments by Design/Ruby Bell Doll Clothes and Designs by Celia. ...
A reminder during harvest season (09/25/15)
During the months of September and October, please take the following precautions: Due to heavy traffic at First Coop and Ag Partners, please refrain from using the Main St and Highway 7 intersection. Always slow down and look both ways at train tracks...
Alta resident rewarded with free fuel from Cenex (09/18/15)
Tanks of ThanksŪ program honors a local resident for making a difference in the community
Fond Memories (09/18/15)
The first thing you notice about the old church on the corner of 4th street and Cherokee is the high, pointed roof with the gray, wooden shingles. The builders were making a statement with that roof. But then you see the faded, peeling paint on the outside, and gaping holes in the roof. ...
BV Ryder Cup golf tournament (09/18/15)
The second annual Buena Vista Ryder Cup golf tournament will be held this year at Alta Golf and Country Club on Saturday September 19th (not the 26th as listed in the flyer), with a rain date of September 20th. Tee time is 9:30 Two divisions will compete: an Open Division and a Senior Division. ...
Blood drive coming November 5th (09/18/15)
Thanks to all the wonderful blood donors who volunteered their time to make a life-saving blood donation at the September 3rd Alta blood drive. A total of 16 people registered to donate and 17 units of blood were collected at this drive. A special thanks also goes out to Evelyn Meyer and the Alta community for helping to organize and sponsor this drive. Committed volunteers are key to maintaining the blood supply in our community...
VFW Post 6172 to sponsor pancake breakfast (09/18/15)
There will be an all you can eat pancake breakfast held on Sunday, September 27th from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. at the Alta Community Center. Cost is $5 per person. Anyone 6 years of age and under eat free. This event is sponsored by VFW Post 6172. Funds will go towards Community Service Projects...
CLASS OF 1950 (09/18/15)
A reunion was held September 5th and 6th with seven members present. Pictured, front L-R: Doris (Combs) Schmidt of Storm Lake, Ray Lija of Oak Lawn, IL, and Delores (Flache) Clayton of Marshalltown. Back L-R: Phil Walsh of Alta, Arlene (Carlsen) Zwenke of Mesa, AZ, Kay (Bell) Gibert of Newhall and Gordon Johannesen of Alta. Memories of the past 65 years were shared by all. They are looking forward to number 66 next Labor Day...
Honorable First Day (09/18/15)
The Alta-Aurelia School began the new year by joining with the Alta VFW Post 6172 and VFW Auxiliary Post 6172 to present the colors and recite the Pledge of Allegiance. Three girls from the fifth grade played the bugle and raised the American Flag and the Iowa State Flag. VFW members led the recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance. This tradition has been carried out for many years. VFW and Auxiliary members look forward each year to participate with the young people in this ceremony...
National Assisted Living Week to take place at Welcov next week (09/10/15)
Assisted living is a critical component of long term care. At Welcov, we pride ourselves on caring for all aspects of each unique resident. That's why we are excited to see that this year's National Assisted Living Week (taking place Sept. 13-19) theme is "Nourishing life: Mind, Body and Spirit...
Council discusses disposal of old grocery site (09/10/15)
The September meeting of the Alta City Council was held Tuesday evening at City Hall in Alta. Mayor Ron Neulieb presided, with council members Pam Henderson, Ron Chapman, Molly Elston and Lee Meyer present. Also present to answer questions were the Street Superintendent, the City Code Enforcer, and an Engineering Representative...
VFW helps out Alta-Aurelia (09/10/15)
VFW HELPS OUT ALTA-AURELIA - The VFW Auxiliary has been helping out children in the local elementary school for about eight years, and this year outdid themselves with a massive collection of school supplies for those who may not be able to afford their own. ...
Grand opening for the Buffalo Ridge Cafe (09/10/15)
By CHIP HUBERT Pilot-Tribune Staff A new restaurant is opening its doors in Alta this weekend. Starting this Saturday, the 12th, Buffalo Ridge will be open Tuesday through Sunday from 6 a.m. until 2 p.m. serving breakfast and lunch. Owner Toni Hammer is well prepared to take over. ...
Alta Methodist Church celebrates 140th anniversary (09/10/15)
The Alta United Methodist Church will be celebrating their 140th Anniversary with a two day event, Saturday, September 12 and September 13. On Saturday evening, the musical group Touch of Broadway will be performing at 7:30 p.m. with refreshments following their performance in Anderson Hall. The show is open to the public and everyone is invited...
Hanover Festival (09/04/15)
One pebble can start an avalanche, and so it was when Mardi and Tom Letzring used shingles to patch the back wall of the General Store they'd bought in Hanover Village. It was the first improvement to Hanover Village, but not the last. Not by a long shot...
Alta Scouts help community (09/04/15)
Troop 10206 of Alta, composed of Daisies, Brownies and Juniors, helped make the Alta Elementary School a better place by donating supplies to the school, including 14 backpacks, complete with supplies; 23 books for the school library; and crates for preschool filled with supplies such a play-dough, crayons, glitter and other items designed to spur the imagination and creativity of youngsters...
Mayor, three council seats on Nov. ballot (09/04/15)
The City of Alta has the following seats available for the November 3rd election: Mayor, three city council positions, and three park board positions. If you are interested in being on the upcoming ballot, please stop in the City Clerk's office to pick up the packet. The filing period is Aug. 24 -- Sept. 17. If you have any questions, please contact City Clerk Megan Peterson at 200-2105...
Cheryl I. Dominguez (09/04/15)
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Meyer named 2015 Iowa Hall of Fame Honoree for 4-H (09/04/15)
Buena Vista County 4-H is proud to recognize Lee Meyer as the 2015 Iowa Hall of Fame Honoree. Lee's first experience with 4-H was as a member of the former Elk Antler 4-H Club in Elk Township near Alta. From there, Lee has experienced the full range of 4-H from member to parent; from fair board member to an elected Extension Council Chair. Lee Meyer and his wife Becky continue to reside in Alta, where they contribute willingly to the community...
Hanover hosts 19th Festival this Sunday (08/27/15)
It's that time again! The Hanover community comes alive to celebrate with some old-fashioned fun and re-creations of days-gone-by this weekend. The historic area community hosts the Annual Hanover Festival Sunday, August 30, noon to 7 p.m. There are tours of the buildings, antique machinery displays, an ice cream social, and homemade food! Demonstrations of sheep shearing, wool spinning, wood carving, forge and blacksmithing, corn grinding, rope making, apple pressing, rug weaving, putting up hay, and sawmill operations will be offered.. ...
Audit report from AMU (08/27/15)
Auditor of State, Mary Mosiman today released an audit report on Alta Municipal Utilities, a component unit of the City of Alta. This report includes the resource and expenditure/expense activities of only Alta Municipal Utilities and other information...
Mayor, three council seats on Nov. ballot (08/27/15)
The City of Alta has the following seats available for the November 3rd election: Mayor, three city council positions, and three park board positions. If you are interested in being on the upcoming ballot, please stop in the City Clerk's office to pick up the packet. The filing period is Aug. 24 -- Sept. 17. If you have any questions, please contact City Clerk Megan Peterson at 200-2105...
Upcoming Alta blood drive (08/27/15)
What color do you bleed? Donate blood between August first and September 30. Save up to three lives with a single donation and also show your school spirit at the same time! How? Well, redeem your donation points for a limited-edition "can koozie" in your choice of school colors, at the online store, for just 200 points...
A-A Music Boosters to hold fundraiser Friday (08/27/15)
The Alta-Aurelia Music Boosters will be holding a tailgate fundraiser meal on Friday, August 28th from 5-7 p.m. before the high school football game in Aurelia. The boosters will be serving pork burgers grilled by the Cherokee County Pork Producers, chips, bars and pop for $6 per person. An extra burger is $2.50...
Kiwanis News (08/27/15)
Chris Reinert, Alta-Aurelia H.S. co-football coach, was Tuesday morning's guest speaker. Chris shares coaching duties with Grant Peckenschneider, both having replaced long-time coach Kevin Hammer. Chris is an Alta native and has spent eight years as P.E. ...
A tail-wagging fundraiser ends pool season (08/27/15)
A Dog Swim will be held at the Alta Swimming Pool, Saturday, Sept. 12, 1-3 p.m. The fee is $10 per dog. All of the proceeds from this event will be donated to a local citizen who rescues/houses abused and homeless dogs. Dogs should be leashed, except when they are in the pool. In the event of rain, the Dog Swim will be canceled and will not be rescheduled...
New cafe to be opening in Alta (08/21/15)
Another business will be gracing the old Rock Island depot that is located on Alta's Main Street. Kevin and Toni Hammer are expecting to be opening up the Buffalo Ridge Cafe on September 12. This is a business venture that the couple is very passionate about...
Demonstrations at Hanover Festival feature a national champion (08/21/15)
Working demonstrations and exhibits are popular events at the Hanover Festival, and this year a former National Champion from the area will be featured. Kevin Cone, Alta, will demonstrate the art of pitching horseshoes, a popular pastime in days gone by-but is still practiced today. ...
School board election nominees (08/21/15)
"It's all about the kids, making sure kids get an education. Alta has always done that," Alta School Board Incumbent, Ila Galvin stated. School board elections across Buena Vista County will be taking place on Tuesday, the eighth of September. Nominee candidates, including Galvin, Laura A. ...
Upcoming events in Alta (08/21/15)
Summer is drawing to a close, so with that end drawing near some events will be taking place in Alta to provide some fun to the community. These events are scheduled to take place the last weekend of August. Activities include bowling, golf, and a poker ride. Information about these events can be obtained from Clem Ledoux at 712-200-2302...
Fundraising event to help new learning center in Alta (08/21/15)
Preparations are underway for the Ready, Set, GROW! Learning Center that is located in the old Alta School building on West Fifth Street. Building renovations, community fundraising, and licensing is currently the focus of the center's non-profit board. ...
Alta's 2015 National Night Out (08/10/15)
By CHAD PRIBYL Pilot-Tribune Staff A sound of laughter echoed throughout Alta City Park with the smell of grilled pork patties filling the air. Tuesday, August 4 was Alta's National Night Out. The intent of this city wide event is to strengthen relationships within the community among neighbors and with local first responders...
Hanover Tractor Ride (08/10/15)
Some 40 tractors were entered in the 11th annual Hanover Tractor Ride. The route started in Hanover, proceeded through Aurelia with a stop at the Sunset Knoll Care Center and then on to Cherokee for lunch and back to Hanover. Left is a shot of Virdene Otto of Galva who led the group wiping down his John Deere 2010 before the ride and a view of the tractors heading north out of Hanover. ...
Alta Fireman's Association to host annual Appreciation Night Aug. 22 (08/10/15)
The Alta Firemen's Association is hosting their annual Appreciation Night on Saturday, August 22nd at the Alta Community Center. A meal of pork burger or hot dog with sides will be served from 5 to 8 p.m. The dance will begin at 7 with music provided by DJ Chris Brown...
AA school supplies drive begins (08/10/15)
School supplies are being collected for Alta-Aurelia students. Donations may be left at Alta City Hall or dropped off at 505 Johnson Street in Alta. Please help the needy students to prepare for school. This drive is sponsored by the VFW Post 6127 Auxiliary...
Super animals at the Alta Community Library (07/31/15)
Last Friday, July 24, the Blank Park Zoo from Des Moines visited the Alta Community Library. Blank Park Zoo has a Summer Library Program with a variety of sub-programs designed to fit any audience size and to let children get up close to learn about animals. ...
Alta Trails meeting revived (07/31/15)
An Alta Trails meeting took place at City Hall on the evening of July, 28. This was the first meeting Alta has had for a good while to discuss city trails that will link up with the county wide trails that the Buena Vista County Trails Advisory Council (BVCTAC) are still currently working on. This meeting's intention was to get interest kindled in the projects, attain input from the Alta community, and for the common goal of having a trail system in the City of Alta...
Trinity Lutheran Alta to host Camp Discovery (07/31/15)
Trinity Lutheran Alta will be hosting this Summer's Vacation Bible School along with the Alta United Methodist Church. Camp Discovery will be August 3rd - 7th. The evening will begin with a light meal at 5:30 p.m. and then at 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. will be the lessons and activities. ...
Kiwanis (07/31/15)
Tuesday's guest speaker was Jane Weber. Jane and her husband DJ who are members of the BV County Fair Board. Jane thanked all who volunteered to help at the fair. Following are some of the highlights of the recently completed BV County Fair. Attendance: 1500 per day except for Sunday when attendance was down. Return of a carnival to the fair after a 10 year absence: McDermott Shows out of Anthon...
Alta Fire Dept. water fights (07/31/15)
The Alta Fire Department hosted it's annual water fight at 1 p.m. on Sunday, July 26. These water fights are a fun way to practice and train in case of an emergency. Alta hosted personnel and their families from the fire departments of Breda, Lawton, Bronson, Hull, Sioux Center, Schaller, Storm Lake, and Elkader to participate in the water fight events. ...
Alta's 4th Annual National Night Out (07/24/15)
There is a sense of community when everyone in a neighborhood knows each other's names. When a person can feel safe walking the distance from their front door to their mailbox in suburban America. In Alta, the fourth Annual National Night Out will be held on Tuesday, August 4...
Concession Stand receives extension (07/24/15)
Last fall, the City of Alta park board was awarded a Buena Vista County Community Foundation matching grant in the amount of $4,799. The purpose of the grant was to build an overhead extension adjacent to the concession stand at the Alta Ball Complex which is home to many youth baseball and softball games during the months of May, June and July. ...
Developing Alta (07/24/15)
Twenty years after the beginning of West Links Estates, the trees planted have matured. Both coniferous and deciduous reach for the blue summer sky and tall grasses whisper all along the gentle beginnings of the Little Maple River. This is the most distinguishing feature between new Maple Creek and other developments. "It's kinda like going back on the prairie coming here right now, owner Paul Koth said. "Driving by on the highway you wouldn't guess there's anything like that around here."...
Alta Fire Department water fights to take place Sunday (07/24/15)
The Alta Fire Department will be hosting water fights Sunday, July 26th at the Alta Fire Station. Registration is at 11:30 a.m. and the water fights begin at 1 p.m. Order of events include Bucket Brigade, Leader Line, Women's one and a half inch hose and Men's one and a half inch hose. A meal will be provided but please bring your own beverage...
Cleaning up the park (07/24/15)
Alta city officials are concerned with the deterioration of the trailer park located just west of Leander Street. Several of the manufactured residences are being disregarded or totally abandoned by the renters or owners. There has been demolitions taking place there for a few years due to the structures not meeting city, state, or international code. ...
Roxy sees improvements (07/17/15)
The recent production, The Wizard of Oz, brought in over 900 attendees to the Roxy in the five nights of the performance. As usual, BV community theatre will soon present a check to the school district for half of all the proceeds from the summer production. ...
Alta City Council addresses numerous issues (07/17/15)
The Alta City Council meeting took place on July, 13 at 6 p.m. This meeting took place at the community building instead of the usual municipal building. Corrections to the agenda made included the removal of item seven, Century Bar will not be having outdoor service in July. Minutes from the previous meetings of June 6 and June 29 were approved. Grammatical corrections were made to the July 13 agenda...
Alta Trails meeting (07/17/15)
A meeting is scheduled for July 28th at 7 p.m. at the Alta City Hall for any resident of Alta who is interested in developing a walking trail within the City of Alta. Grants will be applied for after the trail plan is in place.
Hanover Tractor Ride scheduled for August 1 (07/17/15)
It's time to dust off that 'special' tractor and join the 11th Annual Hanover Tractor Ride which will be held on Saturday, August 1. The starting location is the Hanover Village (at the Junction of M27 and C65). Registration is 8-8:30 a.m. Virdene Otto, Galva, chair of the event, has announced a route that will take the riders to visit a turtle farm and into Aurelia where Sunset Knoll will host a morning coffee break. ...
Pastor's Column - The Wise Ruler (07/17/15)
God is a God of order. Chaos and confusion are against His will; there is no place for anarchy and rebellion in His design for society. Parents are responsible for the welfare, peace, and safety of household members (Eph. 6:1-4; Col. 3:18-21), and the family unit is the basic building block of society. God has appointed government to be responsible for the welfare, peace, and safety of the nation (1 Pet. 2:13f; Tit. 3:1). Anarchy has no place in either home or society...
Alta Blood Drive (07/09/15)
Thanks to all the wonderful blood donors who volunteered their time to make a life-saving blood donation at the July 2nd Alta blood drive. A total of 16 people registered to donate and 16 units of blood were collected at this drive. A special thanks also goes out to Evelyn Meyer and the Alta community for helping to organize and sponsor this drive. Committed volunteers are key to maintaining the blood supply in our community...
Kyle Suter Memorial Race (07/09/15)
Wednesday's headline feature at Buena Vista Raceway could not have been more exciting. Lake City's David Smith grabbed the early lead in the Kyle Suter Memorial for North Central Line Service IMCA Stock cars and raced among a five car pack that included Chris Ullrich, Roger Verdoorn, Derek Green and Devin Smith until the first caution. ...
Miss Audrey and The Club House band to perform at Wel-Life (07/09/15)
Miss Audrey and The Club House Band will entertain at Wel-Life of Alta on Monday, July 20. Roger Christiansen on keyboard, Bob Hantsbarger on lead guitar and Gene Kestel on sax, will be playing songs you will remember and can tap you toe to. Entertainment begins at 1:30. We hope to put a big summer smile on your face...
Aurelia All-School Reunion to take place July 17-19 (07/09/15)
FRIDAY NIGHT ACTIVITIES: 5 - 7 p.m. - Home Plate will be catering supper sponsored by the AU School Reunion Committee at the Community Center. Meal will consist of broasted chicken/pork chops, two salads, cheesy hashbrowns, green beans, roll and drink. ...
Hanover future events (07/02/15)
First on the minds of those involved with Hanover Village is what is on most folks' minds here in BV County - RAGBRAI. The village will be a courtesy stop with free water and coffee. Other foods will also be available for purchase like local pork and hamburgers, rhubarb pie, root beer floats, ice cream and other snacks. ...
Alta City Council (07/02/15)
The Alta City Council met this week and approved Resolution #1505, the transfer of funds from the Comm. Utility to the Water Utility. Sewer plant expenses are outweighing the revenue. So far the rates have been relatively cheap, but rates may have to be increased in order to sustain the system. ...
Two new teachers added for 2015-2016 school year (07/02/15)
New Alta-Aurelia Teacher contracts were approved in a Monday, June 29th special meeting for Garrett Hill for Health/Alternative school and Elizabeth Feilmeier for a shared elementary and middle school art position. Board Secretary Vicki Kolpan says that the settlement for next year's contracts were approved at a 3.61% increase for the coming 2015-2016 year...
A Sound of Thunder (06/25/15)
"You'll hear them coming before you see them," said an Alta firefighter the day of the Hometown Heroes Memorial Ride. The day consisted of bikers and classic car owners riding about 170 miles on Saturday, June 20. Roughly 130 bikes and 30 cars participated in a ride that would fund a police officer statue that will be positioned just north of the firefighter statue in Rockwell City. ...
Thoughts on the Theatre (06/25/15)
For something that is so well loved, it is interesting to note that the Roxy's history is hard to get a hold of. This story is not a complete history; it is yet another snippet that hopefully will fill in some gaps. A previous Pilot-Tribune article from August 2, 2005 entitled Roxy Rises Again says that although many land and tax papers for the Roxy are filled in with a date of 1900, a county clerk explained to the writer that when dates were unkown many years ago they were automatically filled in with 1900.. ...
Alta Kiwanis (06/25/15)
We greeted a large number of guests from Storm Lake Beavers Kiwanis club. One of their members, Mike Westphal, was our guest speaker. Mike worked for the local turkey plant for 34 years, the last 15 years as manager of the turkey farms. He spoke to us about the avian flu epidemic which has hit BV County especially hard...
David and Sandra Taylor celebrate anniversary (06/25/15)
David and Sandra Taylor of Alta will celebrate their 50th Wedding Anniversary on July 12th. The couple was married in the Augustana College chapel in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. David and Sandra's family include their two children and their families: Terry and Debra Taylor of Mansfield, Texas and Kristine Taylor of Storm Lake...