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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...
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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...
A Ride to Remember (06/18/15)
This Saturday, June 20th, the 2nd Annual Hometown Heroes Annual Memorial Ride will be taking place. Motorcycles and classic cars will be out participating in the trip. "The event is intended to keep the memories of the fallen alive. It's also to make the public aware of the importance of first responders in the community," says Rockwell City Volunteer Firefighter, Mike Orller. ...
Updates discussed for Alta City Council (06/18/15)
The possibility of City of Alta shirts was discussed in its early stages during June's council meeting. Deb Struthers had recommended the bartenders at the Alta Community Center wear a matching shirt which began the topic among the council members. Some members voiced opinions that they wouldn't mind having an Alta city shirt of some type to wear at official functions. ...
Alta Pool summer news, community input needed (06/18/15)
A survey attached to an Alta city newsletter will give citizens the opportunity to state their opinion on what should be done with the Alta community pool. Alta City Council and the Alta Park Board are interested in what the community has to say. This newsletter was handed out by the Boy Scouts of Troop 117 from the middle to end of May. ...
Blood drive coming to Alta (06/18/15)
As the temperature increases, so does the need for blood donations! The blood supply tends to decline during the summer months but the number of patients in need of blood does not. Join LifeServe Blood Center in saving lives in your community by making a blood donation...
Alta Kiwanis (06/18/15)
Alta-Aurelia head softball coach Dave Turnquist was our guest speaker. This year's squad of 30 girls is able to field three teams: Varsity, JV , and 9th grade. Dave's assistant coaches include Kacee Jensen, and Lesa and Katie Turnquist. Class 2-A Alta-Aurelia is a member of the Twin Lakes conference. ...
The Hoodlebug through the ages (06/11/15)
The original railroad depot that once was only a stop named for railroad engineer John I. Blair's daughter in the expanding Chicago-Illionis Railroad has transformed in purpose over time but remains standing. With a train car that was attached in 1991, we know it as cafe, coffee shop and gift shop, The Hoodlebug. ...
Alta Library kicks off summer reading program (06/11/15)
The Alta Community Library kicks off their summer reading program "Every Hero has a Story" on June 19 at 11 a.m. with the Alta ambulance. Reading logs will be handed out and treats will be provided. Enjoy a summer of reading, heroes, and crafts.
Alta student receives scholarship from BV County Soil & Water Conservation (06/11/15)
Buena Vista County Soil & Water Conservation District Commissioner, Jim Hinkeldey, recently presented Ross Friedrich with the $1000 Buena Vista County Soil & Water Conservation District Scholarship. The District Commissioner's recognize outstanding high school seniors who plan to study agriculture or natural resources at a two or four year college or university. ...
Local student receives ISEA Scholarship (06/11/15)
Haley Payne, a senior majoring in Elementary Education at the University of Northern Iowa received a Scholarship for Future Educators from the Iowa State Education Association (ISEA). Haley is the daughter of Rory and Penny Payne who are ISEA members from the Alta Education Association in the Alta Community School District...
Eight local men arrested after brawl in Alta (06/11/15)
Several arrests have been made by the Buena Vista County Sheriff's Department after a fight at the Alta ballfields Saturday. Shortly before 11 a.m. a report was made to the communications center of several subjects fighting at that location. Two vehicles had reportedly left the scene. ...
Scholarship winner (06/11/15)
The Alta Chapter G.B. of P.E.O. is pleased to present a $300 scholarship to graduating senior Brielle Kolpin from Alta-Aurelia. This year's recipient has demonstrated great leadership in school, community and church. P.E.O. is a women's organization that celebrates the advancement of women who educate women through scholarships, grants and awards. They motivate each other to achieve their highest aspirations...
Alta Kiwanis (06/11/15)
Mr. Lynn Evans Superintendent of Alta-Aurelia Schools spoke to us on a variety of topics. The Governor of Iowa okayed a 1.25% increase in school funding for next fiscal school year. Enrollment went from 510 students to 501. New textbooks will be arriving soon. ...
A-A student awarded $2,500 scholarship from Iowa Masons (06/04/15)
Trevor E. Sangwin, a senior at Alta-Aurelia High School in Alta, has been awarded a $2,500 scholarship from the Grand Lodge of Iowa, Ancient Free and Accepted Masons - the"Mark Earl and Esther Ruth Spencer Technical Scholarship". Trevor was one of 10 Iowa high school students selected to receive the MCEC Technical scholarship from more than 40 applicants...
Landscape is frosting on the cake (06/04/15)
Chances are you already know about White House 220 Cupcakery's hours every Friday and Saturday morning from nine to noon with delicious cupcake flavors like this month's Pineapple Upsidedown Cake and varieties of lemon with locally sourced fruits. Some choose to take their fresh baked goods out back for an al fresco treat...
Alta Kiwanis (06/04/15)
Guest speaker Jane Weber who told the club about this year's BV County Fair. Jane and her husband Denny have lived in Alta for 40 years. When approached to be on the fair board they readily accepted. Jane stated that this is the 128th year of the fair. ...
Hyview Banquet to be held Saturday (06/04/15)
The 95th Annual Hyview Alumni Reunion will be held at the Presbyterian Church in Alta. Registration begins at 6 p.m. that evening. Graduating classes of 1950, 1955, and 1960 will be honored. All alumni, former teachers, staff, cooks, bus drivers, janitors and friends are welcome. RSVP to Gerald Galvin (712) 296- 4407 by June 6th...
Alta Alumni Banquet set for June 13th (06/04/15)
The 120th Alta Alumni Banquet is scheduled for Saturday, June 13th at the United Methodist Church in Alta (218 Prospect) at 6 p.m. All alumni, friends, former teachers and staff o fAlta are encouraged to attend. The honored class will be 1965. Please notify those you know who might be interested in this event. Reservations may be made by calling Cindy after 6 p.m. at (712) 434-5895...
A-A STUDENTS VISIT STATE CAPITOL (05/28/15)
Students from Alta-Aurelia Middle School recently toured the historic office of Secretary of State Paul Pate at the Iowa State Capitol. They were given an informational tour of the office by Secretary Paul Pate's staff, which included examining the original handwritten Iowa Constitution, exploring the Capitol's three-story vault and learning about the rich architectural history of the Iowa Secretary of State's Capitol Office. ...
Alta Elementary wraps up successful PBIS year (05/28/15)
Elementary Principal Kurt Hanna and Counselor Brenda Shea talked Wednesday morning about the highlights of the positive behavior program PBIS in the 2015-2016 year. "Our current PBIS team is moving to tier 2, a new group of teachers will be moving into the universal leadership next year." Hanna said. ...
Hyview Banquet to be held Saturday, June 13 (05/28/15)
The 95th Annual Hyview Alumni Reunion will be held at the Presbyterian Church in Alta. Registration begins at 6 p.m. that evening. Graduating classes of 1950, 1955, and 1960 will be honored. All alumni, former teachers, staff, cooks, bus drivers, janitors and friends are welcome. RSVP to Gerald Galvin (712) 296- 4407 by June 6th...
Alta Kiwanis (05/28/15)
Tuesday morning's guest speaker was Sandy Stanley from the Olive Branch in Alta. The Olive Branch is a non-profit organization sponsored by the Summit Church. The Olive Branch receives new and used clothing, bedding, school supplies and some furniture and in return provides these items at a low cost or no cost to needy residents of Alta. ...
Memorial Service (05/28/15)
Alta's citywide Memorial service honoring departed comrades and sisters in arms was held in the High School gym Monday morning finishing with Taps and a 21 gun salute by Alta's VFW Post 6172 on the west lawn. Seven flags were dedicated during the service to the following soldiers: James M. ...
Parents plea to School Board: better substitute teachers (05/22/15)
Local parents Kathy Peterson and Shannon Strand came forward to express concern to the Board about substitute teachers at May's school board meeting. The use of substitute teachers is on the rise around the nation. This came to their collective attentions last fall when both their sons had told of school days in which there were substitutes in six out of eight classes. ...
Alta-Aurelia graduates 54 seniors (05/22/15)
On the cover of the Alta-Aurelia High School commencement program for 2015, prominently featured are the words "It's not just what you know, it's what you DO with what you know." That proved to be a recurring theme for the event Sunday as 54 graduates received their diplomas to advance to the next stage of their lives...
Well replacement discussed at last Monday's meeting (05/14/15)
Randy Tilk, manager with Alta Municipal Utilities, discussed the need for a well replacement at the May city council meeting held last Monday. In March, Iowa Department of Natural Resources employee Julie Sievers did a sanitation survey on Alta's water plant. She gave recommendations to issues that need to be addressed...
Library gets grant, building permit rates discussed (05/14/15)
The City of Alta held their monthly meeting last week. Andrea Hogrefe, library director, let the city council members know that they were awarded a $2000 grant from the Buena Vista Foundation for a concrete bench and picnic table outside of the library. Hogrefe mentioned that it will be a good resource in the summer months where programs will be held as well as those in the public or while school is in session...
Raffle for rifle: Alta-Aurelia trap team shoots off second rifle grand prize (05/07/15)
When he bought the ticket last year, Mark Glienke didn't think that he would end up with the top prize. He just purchased the ticket to help out the growing Alta-Aurelia Trap and skeet team. Several months later, the ticket just a distant memory on Glienke's mind, his phone lit up. On the other end of the phone was Mike Bartholomew, the head coach for the Alta-Aurelia trap team...
Local pastor sets out to inspire others (05/07/15)
Alta Pastor Kevin Lewis is taking a one year sabbatical to create a photojournalism book. The book, entitled "Rediscover Your Spark," will tell the stories of people he meets all over the country. To find them, he will be living on the road, crisscrossing the country for 12 months with his wife and four children. They will begin their journey in just a few short weeks...
City and homeowners would like easement for West Links (05/07/15)
A meeting was held last week for property owners in the West Links subdivision regarding getting an easement for proper drainage. A spokesman for the group said that water hasn't been drained well for the past couple of years and the city has hold of an engineer's report done by I&S Group. ...
School Board hear about learning resources, examines test scores (04/30/15)
Alta Elementary Principal Kurt Hanna discussed the needs for new math textbooks in the curriculum at the April school board meeting. He has been in contact with a sales representative from Pearson Instructional Resources for students in kindergarden to third grade with the enVisionmath2.0 Common Core math textbooks...
FUeL Sports Performance taking shape (04/30/15)
Garrett Hill has traveled across the country to follow his passion for helping others in their sports performance journey. After spending time in Iowa City and down in Texas; he has also made the decision to stay home. He is a homegrown Aurelia man, who wants to help those of all ages perform at their best. ...
Skeet and Trap Shooting club hoping for funding (04/23/15)
Members and supporters of the Alta-Aurelia trap and skeet shooting team squeezed into the April school board meeting held at the old high school building last Monday night. Mike Bartholomew, a coach with the team, came before the board to share details about the team as well as asking for funding for the club...
Day care center moving forward, discussed at school board meeting (04/23/15)
Alta resident Katie Meyer, who has been helping set up a daycare for the area, spoke at the latest school board meeting last Monday. She shared that the city of Alta has approved a donation of $850 for the filing fee as the daycare will be going into non-profit status. ...
Chamber of Commerce looking ahead, recognizes new member (04/16/15)
Owner of a new sports performance business and chamber newest member, Garrett Hill came in front of the Alta Chamber of Commerce last Thursday to share with others about his business called FUeL Strength and Conditioning.FUeL stands for Function Under execration Labs. Hill mentioned that he specializes in olympic lifts...
Alta City Council Meets (04/16/15)
Alta Streets and Sanitation worker Brad Pedersen gave his monthly report to the city council members last Monday. Storm tile work is needed to be done by Casey's General Store. Work will need be done and a quote received is at $150 - $175 per hour. The city would provide concrete and assist when needed. The council approved Les Mann Construction to do the work at an hourly rate...
Board of Education meets with A-A Board Members (04/09/15)
Board members from Alta and Aurelia met last Wednesday with members of the Iowa Department of Education for a little over an hour after doing a site visit. After the Iowa Board of Education members and Alta and Aurelia Board members introduced themselves questions were answered regarding the state of the school district. ...
Cornerstone Pregnancy Resource Center holds event at Summit (04/09/15)
Life was spoken at the second annual banquet for life event held for Cornerstone Pregnancy Resource Center For Life at Summit Evangelical Free Church on Monday night. More than 100 supporters came to the event to enjoy a dinner and speakers Sue Thayer and Melissa Ohden. The mission of the recourse center is bringing comfort, hope, and healing; honoring LIFE through the Gospel...
This year's VITA Program a success (04/02/15)
Alta Horizons group partnered again this year to host an IRS endorsed Volunteer ncome Tax Assistance (VITA)" Program in Alta during the months of February and March 2015. VITA offers basic free basic tax assistance prepared by IRS certified volunteers for qualifying taxpayers, usually of lower income, who require assistance in preparing their own tax returns. ...
Alta man steers movie to local theatre (04/02/15)
"Beyond the Mask" a Christian action film will be showing at the Vista 3 Theatre in Storm Lake because of an Alta resident, Jonathan DeRoos. The movie will be shown this Monday, April 6 at 7:30 p.m. The cost is $11 per ticket and tickets are available online when searching the zip code 50588 at beyondthemaskmovie.com...
A-AHS Jazz Band and Choir Students travel to Music City (04/02/15)
Earlier this month, Alta-Aurelia High School students, Band Director Corbet Butler, Choir Director Rebecca Elemond, and parent chaperones embarked on a trip to Nashville. The school partnered with Brightspark an organization that helps teachers with education and music and performance tours across North America...
ISU student using his voice to support others (03/19/15)
Find Your Adventure. That is the Iowa State University's slogan. ISU senior Gabe Walsh is pursuing his thanks to his years of growing up in Alta. He graduated from Alta High School and hasn't forgotten his roots. "I think growing up in a small town Iowa community was really good for me. ...
Blood drive in Alta a success (03/16/15)
The LifeServe Blood Center blood drive held in Alta on March 5, was a success. Seventeen donors registered and 18 life-saving units were donated. Thank you to everyone that came out to help!. The units donated at the blood drive can save up to 54 lives. A special thanks Evelyn Meyer and the Alta Community for sponsoring the blood drive...
City Council hears industrial board update, adopts 2016 budget (03/12/15)
The Alta City Council last Monday met in regular session. At the top of the agenda was the adoption of the fiscal year 2016. But after hearing no one speak during the public hearing. Don Peterson and Bruce Frederick with the Industrial Development Board (IDB) gave an update to the council members...
School Board reviews 2016 budget, public hearing date set (03/12/15)
The Alta-Aurelia school board took nearly an hour to look over fiscal year 2015-2016 budget. In a sheet handed out at the meeting, board members were able to see what the Alta and Aurelia school districts have been budgeted for 2016. A few line items budgeted for 2016 include:...
Northwest Iowa Bulldogs present to city council (03/12/15)
Last Monday, board of directors and football players Clint Coderman and Zach Nixon with the newly created semi-professional football team, the Northwest Iowa Bulldogs gave a presentation to the Alta City Council members. It was an informational presentation about the team as a way to get the word out to communities in the area to let their leaders know what they have to offer in terms of economic growth, including Alta...
National Honor Society recognizes new and past members (03/05/15)
Students at Atla-Aurelia High School took part in recognizing new and past members of the National Honor Society Monday night in the high school gym. Advisor for the group is Wendell Larson, math teacher at the high school. This year, the new members totaled 11. The National Honor Society began in 1921 and serves to honor high school students who have demonstrated excellence in areas of scholarship, leadership, service, and character...
Park Board discusses hiring contracts and plans for summer activities (03/05/15)
The Alta Park Board met on Tuesday night to go over events for the upcoming season. Introduced at the meeting was Anne Thompson who was hired as the Parks and Recreation Director; she is a native of Alta. The first item discussed was a project for the concession stand. ...
Alta Horizons Group discusses community garden (03/05/15)
The Alta Horizon's Group met for a special meeting on February 26. It was decided that unless a piece of land would become available in the next few weeks, there will not be a community garden for the community. At the city council meeting this Monday, the city council members gave the group an okay to look at ground just south of Alta-Aurelia High School near the section 8 housing development...
Ag Partners bring rezoning request to county supervisors (03/05/15)
On February 17, members of the Ag Partners operation in Alta, as well as members of the public, heard the first ordinance read by the Buena Vista County Board of Supervisors after they requested rezoning of Section 14 of Nokomis Township from ag to commercial. Zoning director Kim Johnson was on hand to take care of any questions after the zoning commission recommended to rezone the land...
Alta CIty Council Discusses 5 year plan (02/27/15)
Council members discussed the five year plan for the city of Alta last week in a special session. Topics reached from housing to commercial and industrial development. Options for short term and long term were also laid out. Code enforcement officer Tom Konradi spoke on the housing issue and the city's plan to promote the selling of homes for those in section eight through the U.S. Department of Housing...
Alta Council Members hear about pool options at meeting (02/19/15)
A special meeting was held Monday night at City Hall in Alta. Council members met to discuss the engineer's reports for the proposed pool project. I&S Group staff Tom Grafft and engineer David Doxtad were on hand to talk about the three options on the table. Council members each received a Swimming Pool Review prepared by Doxtad that detailed the existing conditions of the pool, improvement cost options, and recommendations by the engineering firm...
Alta native, now missionary, shares story (02/19/15)
Alta native Les DeRoos shared what he and his family members are doing in Haiti with the family's non-profit organization "Laborers With Christ" at Trinity Lutheran Church on Sunday. After readings from the Gospels DeRoos shared with the congregation...
Alta Youth League registration form available (02/12/15)
The Alta Tournament Committee is looking for volunteers to help run tournaments on three Saturdays this summer (usually late May/June). The committee had run tournaments the past couple years, and it has provided opportunities for the community, as well as for teams to play more games locally at the complex...
A-A School Board talks day care and library concerns (02/12/15)
Alta and Aurelia school board members met Monday evening to discuss topics on the agenda. After hearing an update on high school achievements, and a look over bills, the board fielded questions from Katie Meyer and Emily Bodholdt who are involved with getting a day care for Alta and surrounding communities...
National Night Out committee meets, discusses August event (02/12/15)
The date is set for Alta's National Night Out for 2015. Mark your calendars for August 4. Members of the committee met for a short meeting Tuesday night to discuss what went well last year and what they hope to bring to the one night event this year...
Horizons Group looking into community garden (02/12/15)
Last Thursday evening, the Alta Horizons group met for their monthly meeting. A large part of the discussion centered around a possible community garden. The location of the garden will matter as well as the maintenance required in and out of season...
Ladies VFW Auxiliary award fifth graders (02/06/15)
Members of the Ladies VFW Auxiliary gathered with fourth and fifth graders on Wednesday at Alta Elementary School. The first, second, and third place winners got a cash prize. Present from the Auxiliary included Americanism Chairman Cathy Fisher and President Janet Haler. The topic was "What the Constitution of the United States Means to Me."...
City council hears updates on day care center (02/06/15)
Monday night, city council members listened as Katie Meyer updated them on the possibility of a day care center in Alta. "We are in the process of trying to form a board. We've had a couple of "board meetings". The progress that we are making is moving forward; it is just a slow process. ...
City council hears aerial mapping proposal, and resignation of employee (02/06/15)
Julie Potter with Aerial Seven, Inc. presented her mapping services to city council members on Monday evening. The map designer said that she would include space for the city of Alta if they would be willing to pay for an advertisement as an extension of the Storm Lake map that is already completed...
City Council looks over 2016 budget (01/29/15)
Alta City Council members went into a special session Monday night to discuss the wants and needs of the city in 2016. They first looked at the fire department and a request to increase wages. The volunteers get paid per meeting, per call, and per EMS call...
Members from the Auxiliary award fourth graders for their essays (01/29/15)
Members of the Ladies VFW Auxiliary gathered with fourth and fifth graders last Wednesday at Alta Elementary School. The first, second, and third place winners got a cash prize. Present from the Auxiliary included Americanism Chairman Cathy Fisher and President Janet Haler. The topic of the essays was "What Freedom Means to Me." Here are the winning essays:...
Posters go to show at the Alta Library (01/29/15)
Iowan Mike Piepel visited the Alta Community Library last week to showcase his collection of movie posters and memories. He had over 15 original posters from Iowa actors, actresses, and directors on hand with a story to share about each one. He shared his passion with other movie goers with his small business "Hollywood Through Posters."...
City employees awarded for 15 years of service (01/22/15)
The City of Alta had a 2014 Appreciation Dinner Saturday night at the Community Center for the City employees, Council, other City Boards, AMU employees, and Trustees. AMU honored Bruce Johnson and Kevin Walsh each with a 15 Year Service Award for 2014. Bruce as a lineman since May 24, 1999, and Kevin being on the Board of Trustees since December 6, 1999. He is currently the Chairman of the Board of Trustees. Each received a clock with a name plate showing their service...
Local Resident Wins Free Fuel from Cenex (01/22/15)
Tanks of ThanksŪ program rewards Alta resident for making a difference in the community A local resident has received a special thank you for his contribution to the community. Dave Sanders of Alta, was selected to receive free fuel from Tanks of ThanksŪ, a program that rewards people who do good deeds to help make their communities just a little bit better...
Ag Society meets to discuss upcoming fair (01/22/15)
The Buena Vista Agricultural Society also known as the Buena Vista Fair Board met to discuss the upcoming fair in July. Nearly twenty members from across the county met at 824 Flindt Drive in Storm Lake on Monday night took three hours to discuss their wants and needs for the five day events slated for July 22 to July 26 at the fairgrounds in Alta. This is the 128th fair in the county...
City council discusses pool options, with price and funding noted (01/15/15)
After a snow storm came to the area last Monday, Alta City Council members were back at work on last Wednesday night for their monthly meeting. Engineer David Doxtad with I&S Group shared his thoughts on the pool. No action was taken on the subject, he was there to share the findings from the swimming pool review that was worked on...
A-A School Board tackle mission statements; look at master calendar (01/15/15)
On Monday evening, school board members met to discuss the needs of the Alta-Aurelia school district at Alta-Aurelia Middle School. In new business, the board members look at the mission statements of both Aurelia and Alta. The current mission statement for Aurelia is as follows: The mission of the Aurelia Community School District is to provide a solid foundation of essential skills, and an environment of excellence in educational opportunities, so each student will become a life-long learner. ...
A dog grooming business comes to Alta; courtesy of Connie's basement (01/15/15)
If you find yourself walking down the steps to Alta resident's Connie Ploeger's basement, you will be greeted with a purple wall. The first thing you will read are the dog rules she has. "Bark softly. Don't roll in the mud. Fetch. Chase your tail. Always be loyal. Guard the house. Lick often. Ask to go outside. Don't drink from the toilet. Be affectionate. Do tricks when asked. Don't beg."...
Northwest Iowa Wellness Fair set for Saturday (01/08/15)
Jump start your health and wellness for the year with the 2015 Northwest Iowa Health and Wellness Fair. The event is being held from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. in the Alta community building this Saturday January 10. Admission to the public is free, and a variety of vendors will be present along with free dietician consultations and blood pressure and sugar checks by Buena Vista Regional Medical Center Staff...
Summit Church celebrates 20 years of ministry (01/08/15)
A cause for celebration was in order this past Sunday as Summit Evangelical Free Church celebrated their 20th anniversary. Church members and other attendees were welcomed and grateful to celebrate the faithfulness of God. After one worship service at 10 a.m., people packed the Alta Community Building for a banquet supper that included cake for desert. Senior Pastor Doug Corlew has held his position at the church for the last 20 years...
Former Alta Pastor Don Rothweiler portrays Martin Luther (12/30/14)
Sunday morning at Summit Evangelical Free Church, Rev. Don Rothweiler played a special role. Rothweiler is familiar in the area, as former pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church in Alta and Nain Lutheran Church in Newell for the past three years. He is now retired and lives in Ankey with his wife Jayme...
Pender Tree Lighting (12/18/14)
Last Sunday night, Alta community members gathered around to light the Pender Memorial Christmas tree. Shown here is the tree lit by the family. It stands at First and Main streets in Alta. Attendees were treated to cookies and refreshments after the gathering. /Photo by Tessa Moser...
Community Chamber discusses upcoming events (12/18/14)
Last Thursday, Alta Community Chamber members met at the community building to recap and discuss upcoming events. The attendance was up at the tree lighting and the event was a success. Attendees figured there was about 100 people at the event. In another agenda item, the chamber decided to take over the Easter egg hunt from the Kiwanis group...
School board members attend meetings; report back on what they learned (12/18/14)
A few board members from the Alta and Aurelia school districts went to meetings with the Iowa Association of School Boards. At the December meeting, they shared about what they learned from the IASB Delegate Assembly and Convention. Gigi Nelson spoke first about a few sessions she attended - a review of the school finance formula. She explained that a task force was created in the state after a request for a five year legislative study which they reported on...
The Lord's Cupboard Receives a $2,000 Grant to Help Stock Food Pantry (12/04/14)
ALTA, IOWA -- The Lord's Cupboard has received a $2,000 Working Here Fund grant to stock its pantry in Alta with a variety of meats and staples. The grant is provided through Farm Credit Services of America's (FCS America) Working Here Fund. The Lord's Cupboard is supported through donations of food and money from the community. An average of 56 community members, representing about 14 households, receives food assistance through the pantry each month...
Drainage area discussed at latest council council meeting (12/04/14)
Tuesday night, Alta City Council members, engineers, and members of the public came together to discuss what lies ahead for the a particular drainage area in the community. The owner of the properties at West Links housing addition was in attendance to inform the council that the residents who live on the land are getting anxious about a decision in regards to the drainage. ...
Food Drive taking place in Alta (11/20/14)
Alta Municipal Utilities and the City of Alta are sponsoring their 8th 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...
Alta Municipal Utilities looks at current prices (11/20/14)
The Alta Municipal Utility Board met last Wednesday. They talked about the condition of a truck that the employees use. While they did not make any action to purchase a new truck, the plan is to keep an eye on the truck's condition. There is trouble with the fuel pump and steering. The current vehicle the utility uses is a 1998...
MOPS Shopping Extravaganza 2014 (11/13/14)
Above left: Tenlay Neilsen and her Grandma Cindy Nielsen look at "I Want My Pacifier: by Tony Ross. Melissa Lamaak of USBORNE Books & More was the vendor for the educational book company. Above right: Dana Erickson of the MOPS group holds up a purchase from vendor Mary & Martha. ...
A-A School Board plans for future (11/13/14)
The Alta-Aurelia School Board met Monday night. A variety of topics were discussed. After Superintendent Lynn Evans went over scenarios with the board members in conjunction with the Iowa Association of School Boards old and new business was discussed. ...
City employees could see hike in health care insurance options (11/13/14)
Jeff Stewart of Farm Bureau Financial Services discussed with Alta City Council members last Monday regrading city employee health insurance needs in the coming year. Stewart and the council discussed plans and quotes. Last year plans were $14,000 premiums but next year employees could see an increase of about 40 percent to $19,000 if the city decides to go with their current plan. ...
Iowan shares fossil discoveries at library (11/13/14)
The Alta Community Library hosted Iowa resident and avid fossil collector Robert Wolf on Tuesday, November 11. He covered fossil history of over four billion years in a matter of 30 minutes. Children in the room got to take home a geode, an Iowa crystal, and a 300 million old fossil after the performance. ...
Alta-Aurelia High School to host 'Bye Bye Birdie' (11/06/14)
Return to a simpler time. "Bye Bye Birdie, " the ultimate feel good musical, will be presented by Alta-Aurelia High School at the Roxy Theatre in Alta. Performances are scheduled for Friday, November 14, Saturday, November 15 at 7:30 p.m. and on Sunday, November 16th at 2:00 p.m. ...
Wrestling Program awarded $5,000 by A-A school board (11/06/14)
Wrestling Coach Mike Fry presented to the school board at a meeting earlier this month to see if the school board would be willing to donate money to the program. The board approved the donation of up to $5,000 for improvements to the wrestling practice room...
Fifth Annual MOPS Extravaganza Planned for Saturday, November 8 (11/06/14)
Mark your calendars for the fifth annual MOPS of Alta Shopping Extravaganza: Craft and Vendor Show to be held on Saturday November, 8 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Alta Community Center. Over 35 of your favorite crafters and vendors will be on hand to sell their products and home-made creations. Admission is free, and lunch will be available on site. Door prizes will be drawn throughout the day...
City Council discusses infrastructure (11/06/14)
Engineers Zach Andersen and Reese Sudtelgte of I&S Group spoke briefly to city council members Monday night regarding projects they are working on for the city. The first was about the drainage report for the northwest part of Alta regarding the storm water study they conducted. No new information was presented but the engineers are still planning on completing the project in three phrases...
Alta man charged for selling fake gold bars (11/04/14)
An Alta man has been arrested after allegedly selling faked gold bars. Buena Vista County Sheriff's officials were called to Peterson Jewelry in Alta October 15 on a report that a man was selling one-ounce gold bars. The store had purchased one of the bars from Casey J. Paprocki of Alta the day before and later found that it was not solid gold...
Alta-Aurelia Band Students selected for Northwest Iowa 7th and 8th Grade Honor Band (10/30/14)
Eight Alta-Aurelia band students have been selected to participate in the 46th annual Northwest Iowa Junior High/Middle School Honor Bands Festival. On Saturday, October 18, over 300 seventh and eighth grade band students from 43 Northwest Iowa schools auditioned for a position in two honor bands. ...
Industrial Road Construction Update (10/30/14)
The construction on Industrial Road in Alta has been going good according to David Doxtad, engineer with I&S Group on the project. The road is continuing to get graded. Rock will hopefully be placed at the end of this week. The grading of the ditches and drainage to them should be wrapped up soon as well. ...
ASU freshman Galvin has roots in Iowa (10/30/14)
Ardiss and Bob Galvin of Aurelia are the humble grandparents of their granddaughter Sarah Galvin. Passing along big dreams to their son Steve who graduated from Alta High School in 1978, he has soon passed it on to his daughter. Ardiss. Steve and his wife Abbie made sure that their daughter did her homework when she got home from school before anything else...