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Tuesday, Sep. 27, 2016
Alta News

Giving Back (09/22/16)
The second Sunday of September, members of the Evangelical Lutheran Church around the country perform community service acts in a program called "God's Work, Our Hands." Members of Trinity Lutheran Church in Alta painted a fence, prepared 'Thank You' cards for local Fire, Sheriff, and EMT personnel, and even brought a friendly K-9 to visit a dog lover who lives in a pet free apartment. / Photos submitted...
Alta track nears completion (09/22/16)
The long jump boards are installed at the new Alta track and the fence and gates are in. Some drainage work remains to be done on the north end. After that, the rubber surface will be put on top of the asphalt track, weather permitting. Several days of temperatures staying above 40 degrees Fahrenheit are required for the rubber to cure properly. ...
German Feast benefits Hanover Society (09/22/16)
On Saturday, Sept. 24, at 6 p.m., the Hanover Historical Society Board of Directors will host a German Feast to raise money for the Hanover Historical Society. The dinner will be held at the Aurelia Community Center, 235 Main Street, Aurelia. Tickets for this fundraising event are $20 per person and must be paid for in advance...
Felled tree reveals hidden telephone pole (09/22/16)
After city crews had cut a big old maple tree on Lois and Dean Newman's yard on 3rd street, the Newmans noticed an old, forgotten utility pole was inside the felled maple. As the years passed, the maple slowly grew around the pole, eventually encasing it. The tree crew estimated the maple to be 65 years old. Pictured, Dean Newman points to a utility pole, which had been 'consumed' by a maple tree. / Photo by Chip Hubert...
Alta Kiwanis (09/22/16)
Kiwanis guest speaker was Wendell Larson. Wendell is Alta-Aurelia High School cross country coach. The team consists of nine girls and 11 boys. So far this year, A-A has run in two out of four events. Two were rained out. For the first time in thirteen days, the cross country team participated in a meet at Sanborn on Mon. Sept. 19. The girls led by Alicia Turnquist's 4th place run finished first overall. The boys, led by Schade Larson's eighth run finished fourth 0verall...
Alta-Aurelia Homecoming Court (09/15/16)
Front: Emma Kaskey, Natalia Carr, Morgan Jacobson, Lauren Falck and Emiline Carr. Back: Jared Weiland, Logan McKenzie, Ryan Radke, Jason Hinkeldey and Jordan Wendel.
Warrior Bike Ride at the Alta Library (09/15/16)
On September 20th at 5:30 p.m., the Alta Community Library is having a Warrior Bike Ride. Safety tips and bike riding games are offered. Pre-registration is required to be eligible to win prizes. Extra registration forms can be picked up at the library. There will be prizes and a light meal - hot dogs, chips and a drink. You are also encouraged to wear your Warrior colors for homecoming week...
Homecoming parade (09/15/16)
The Alta-Aurelia homecoming parade will be held on Friday, September 23rd at 1 p.m. The parade will start at 7th and Johnson street going North on Johnson to 1st, west on 1st to main, south on main to the new high school elementary. All school/community pep rally will be held immediately following in the high school gym. If anyone would like to have a entry in the parade please contact Shawna at 712-200-1331...
Alta and Aurelia school boards hold first meetings of school year (09/15/16)
The Alta and Aurelia school boards held three meetings Monday evening in the Aurelia school building. The first meeting was the final order of business for the 2015-2016 school year. The two boards approved the procedures for exchanging funds for whole-grade sharing for the coming school year. Aurelia board president Dan Winterhof and Alta president Gigi Nelson complimented secretary Vicki Koplin for her efforts to make the paperwork easy to understand...
Eastern Star awards $500 to Ready, Set, Grow! childcare (09/15/16)
Susan Krueger, of the Freemasonic group Eastern Star presented a check for $500 to the childcare center Ready, Set, Grow! (RSG) Tuesday evening at the child care's monthly board meeting. RSG is seeking donations as part of their "Growing Support Campaign" to help with costs of opeing the facility...
Maple Valley pumpkins available in October (09/15/16)
The Maple Valley Agriculture 4H Club will once again be offering pumpkins for sale, beginning Saturday, October 1st. 4H leader Roxanne Peterson says, "We have all sorts of pumpkins and gourds that were raised by the Maple Valley 4H kids, from 4th graders up to seniors in high school. ...
Alta Kiwanis (09/15/16)
This week's guest speaker was Jeannie Henningsen. Jeannie is Aurelia's Middle School principal and Alta-Aurelia volleyball coach. The girls began informally practicing in June and July. In early August, the team participated in a competition against six larger schools. ...
Upcoming library events (09/08/16)
The Alta Community Library will be having a Family Movie Night on Monday, September 12th at 5:30 p.m. The movie that will be shown that night will be "The Angry Birds" Movie. September 20th at 5:30 p.m., the Alta Community Library is having a Warrior Bike Ride. ...
Trinity Lutheran Church to help citizens Sunday (09/08/16)
On the second Sunday of September, Lutheran Evangelical Churches across the country celebrate God's Work, Our Hands. Pastor Denise Parrello of Trinty Lutheran Church in Alta says, "We are God's hands doing his work, and this Sunday we are going to show off our service to the Lord by helping residents who are housebound." Parrello says small groups of parishioners will be performing such tasks as cleaning gutters, and preparing frozen individual meals. ...
Olsen looks back on 2016 racing season (09/08/16)
BV Raceway Promoter Rod Olson says the 2016 season was great, and he is eager to get back at it next year. "I think we proved we're here to stay, and now I need to focus on ways to increase the car count." Olson says he has a few tweaks in mind for the 2017 season. ...
Multiple topics covered at Alta City Council (09/08/16)
Fire Station use Fire Chief Reetz said he is having a resolution written by a third party which will allow fire department members to use the fire station for private events. Reetz said public reaction was completely in favor of fire department personnel having access to the station...
Notes from the Alta Public Library (09/08/16)
September is here - and it is beginning to feel rather fall-like. Nights are cool; days are noticeably shorter; and even some of the leaves are turning and falling to the ground. School has started and the young ones walk past my house twice a day as they catch the bus. It is a new beginning, even as we see the year starting its long descent into cold and snow...
Correction (09/08/16)
Membership costs for the Alta Fitness Center are as follows: People living in the Alta-Aurelia school district are considered residents, and memberships are for one calendar year. Resident Single- $100 Resident Family- $150 Nonresident Single- $250 Nonresident Family- $350...
VFW commemorates first day of school (09/01/16)
Breyer Anderson and Kaden Brown prepare to raise the flag, with a little help from VFW member Ernie Glienke, to kick off the first day of school in Alta, last Thursday. An Honor Guard from VFW Post 6172 was on hand to help raise the flag and recite the Pledge of Allegiance as Mary Connely played reveille on the bugle as the entire school watched. Cathy Fisher, Director of the VFW Auxiliary, said, "This ceremony has been going on since I was in kindergarten here."...
Jena Harms awarded ESTARL Grant from the Iowa Grand Chapter Order of the Eastern Star (09/01/16)
Richard Wehde Alta Chapter OES and President of the Educational Board, Grand Chapter of Iowa Order of the Eastern Star, presented a check in the amount of $4054 to Jena Harms, Aurelia, a graduate of Alta-Aurelia High School and Northwestern College, Orange City. Her parents are Sherry and Doug Harms Aurelia...
Alta Fitness Center opens today (09/01/16)
The new Alta Fitness Center, located in the old school building at the corner of Main and 5th, will officially open its doors to the public Thursday. Strength and cardio equipment will be available to members from 5 a.m. until 10 p.m. Membership will be managed by Claudina Grienke, from the school administration office located inside the Northeast doorway, open from 7 a.m. ...
Alta Community Library Bike Olympics (09/01/16)
The Alta Library held a Bike Olympics on August 19th. BV County Sheriff's, Captain Marty Demuth, talked to the participants about bicycle safety. One of the key factors was the importance of using hand signals when making turns. Bicycles were decorated with yarn and pipe cleaners with attached ribbons. The children then paraded around the parking lot...
Alta track to be ready for Friday night lights (09/01/16)
Alta-Aurelia school superintendent Lynn Evans says he expects the Alta track to be ready for foot traffic Friday night as Sioux Central come to town. As this paper goes to press Wednesday afternoon, Evans says "The asphalt should be done today, and we will start backfilling the low spots tomorrow. ...
VFW Auxiliary supports elementary school (08/25/16)
Monday afternoon, members of Alta VFW Post 6172 Auxiliary delivered a trunk-full of school supplies to Alta Elementary School. "This makes about 10 years we've been doing this," says Auxiliary Sr. Vice President Cathy Fisher. She adds it's not too late to donate, "The donation box will stay in the City Hall until Labor Day, and even after that if someone dropped off something, the ladies there would call me." Some of the things the school needs may surprise you...
Meyer to be childcare center director (08/25/16)
Katie Meyer has accepted the position the Director position at Ready, Set, Grow childcare center in Alta (pending board approval Wednesday, August 24th). "Emily Bodholdt and I have worked a long time to make this come true," she said. "It's been a dream of mine to help provide this service to the community, and when we open the doors, all that work will pay off."...
Hanover Village celebrates 20th year at August 28 festival (08/25/16)
The 20th Anniversary Hanover Festival will be held on Sunday, August 28, at the Hanover Village southwest of Alta at the Junction of M-27 and C-65. The event is scheduled from noon to 7 p.m. Keeping with tradition two of the finest polka bands will play for your listening and dancing pleasure. Malek's Fishermen from Garner, Iowa, and the Mark Vyhlidal Band from Fremont, Nebraska are back to headline the event...
Alta Kiwanis (08/25/16)
Tuesday morning, the Kiwanis club welcomed Brad Pedersen as their guest speaker. Brad is a city maintenantence worker for the city of Alta. He spoke to them about several projects the city has underway. Due to heavy truck traffic on 1st street a portion of that street was in need of repairs...
Smooth sailing (08/25/16)
Highway 7 was opened to traffic last Friday. "We still have a few punch-list things we need to take care of, but essentially it's done. It's a nice little road, and hopefully it'll stay that way for a while," said Steve McElmeel, Cherokee County construction engineer. / Photo by Chip Hubert...
New well expected in early 2017 (08/25/16)
Alta Municipal Utilities Director Randy Tilk says he expects the city's new well to come online in early 2017, a little later than originally planned due to unforeseen delays with testing the new site. In April of 2015, the casing screen collapsed in Well # 5. ...
Alta Community Blood Drive September 1 (08/18/16)
The Alta Community Blood Drive will take place Thursday, September 1 from 3 - 6 p.m. at the Alta Community Center. Schedule a blood donation appointment today. Schedule online at www.lifeservebloodcenter.org or contact Evelyn Meyer at 712-200-1137...
Donations (08/18/16)
Randy Ericksen and Bruce Hinkeldey (right) present Alta School Board President Gigi Nelson with a check for $2500- the proceeds from the Beuna Vista Community Theater's production of the play, "The Music Man." Carol Huntzicker, of BVCT said the box office proceeds totalled $12,000, with costs of around $7000 to stage the musical. Bruce Hinkeldey also presented the board with a check for $450, representing the proceeds from selling cupcakes made by his wife, Peg...
Deiber honored (08/18/16)
At the North Iowa Municipal Electric Cooperative Association (NIMECA) picnic on Thursday evening, August 11th, Ron Deiber of Alta was honored with a resolution plaque for "Recognition of Service" to NIMECA by CEO Greg Fritz. Ron was a valued employee for Alta Municipal Utilities, and served as Utility Superintendent from early 1973 through late 2000. After his retirement, he stayed on as Director representing AMU's generation and transmission interests...
Aurelia Daycare Board talks possibilities of expansion (08/18/16)
Wayne Miller of The Aurelia Daycare Board told the school board about their plans to build a new facility at the Aurelia school. He said the daycare has been in existance 12 years. The daycare handles about 45 children during the summer, and about 20 during the school year, and there is always a waiting list. He said they need about 2400 square feet of space, and the structure will be required to meet storm shelter standards because it will house more than 16 people...
Appreciation (08/18/16)
The Alta Fire Department held their annual Appreciation Supper on Sunday. The supper was a success and the fire department thanks the community for their support. / Photo submitted
Carwash Saturday to benefit HS Basketball teams (08/18/16)
The Alta-Aurelia boys and girls basketball teams will wash your car Saturday morning between 9 a.m. and noon at the Raceway Car Wash on Highway 7 in Alta. Please come out and support the team. Free will donations will be used to purchase equipment for the team...
Vendors wanted for Fall Festival Flea Market (08/18/16)
Vendors are wanted for the Fall Festival Flea Market/Farmer's Market/Arts and Crafts Fair at the Buena Vista County Fairgrounds in Alta from September 30-October 1. Hours are 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. on Friday and 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. on Saturday. Booths are $25 for a 10x10 and will be inside until buildings are full. Please contact Deb Jesse 712-732-3442 or debrajesse@gmail.com to reserve a spot or download a contract at Buena Vista County Fair-Flea Market Facebook page...
Alta Kiwanis (08/18/16)
Fellow Kiwanian Lynn Evans, Superintendent of Alta-Aurelia Schools was our guest speaker. Some of the topics Mr. Evans covered included: K-12 new curriculum in reading. Track renovation: asphalt removed down to old cinder track which was also removed. Completion date this fall. Painting of new track either this fall or next spring. A chain link fence will be built around the new track...
Alta's fire hydrants receiving attention (08/11/16)
A couple of months ago, Alta Fire Chief Kirk "Bubba" Reetz told the City Council the money his department paid to Alta Utilities was not being used to repair and maintain the cities fire hydrants, as it should have been. As a result, many of the city's fire hydrants are broken...
Alta track receives face lift (08/11/16)
"Everything has gone smoothly so far, which is a pleasant surprise," said Lynn Evans, Alta-Aurelia School Superintendent, referring to the track renovation project at the Alta school. "We are a couple of days ahead of schedule- the weather has been kind to us."...
Alta Firemen's Appreciation Night to be held this Sunday (08/11/16)
The Alta Firemen's Association is hosting their annual Appreciation Night on Saturday August 13th, at the Alta Community Center. A pork burger meal will be served from 5 to 8 p.m. They will have a firefighting obstacle course for children to try their hand at firefighting skills as well as fire truck rides (weather permitting.)...
Peterson elected to ISU Alumni Association Board of Directors (08/11/16)
Kathy A. (Sullivan) Peterson of Aurelia, a 1995 graduate in speech communication who is the founder and president of PeopleWorks, Inc., in Storm Lake, has been elected to the Board of Directors of the Iowa State University Alumni Association. Her term will expire in 2020...
Highway 7 nears completion (08/11/16)
"We are laying one lane today (Wednesday), and we'll finish the second one Thursday," says George Komanec, foreman of the crew paving Highway 7. This is the last of three layers, and the last stretch of highway- the crew starts in Cherokee and paves their way eastward to Storm Lake...
Alta car theft ends in Storm Lake arrest (08/11/16)
On the afternoon of Monday, August 8, at approximately 3:15 p.m., a Storm Lake police officer on patrol observed a stolen vehicle. Police observed a 1999 Honda Accord, reported stolen on August 4, in Alta, driving south on College Street. Police stopped the vehicle in the 300 block of College Street and made contact with the driver identified as Cesar Gracia, age 19 of Storm Lake...
Hanover Tractor ride to be held August 20 (08/11/16)
Enjoy using a favorite tractor and join with other tractor enthusiasts and enjoy the 12th Annual Hanover Tractor ride to be held on Saturday, August 20. The group will leave the Hanover Village (intersection of M-27 and C-65 south west of Alta) and travel north of Alta and then to the Prairie Nature Center by Peterson and return by Dog Creek...
Bike Olympics coming to the Alta Library (08/11/16)
Bike Olympics will be hosted by the Alta Community Library on Friday, August 19 at 4 p.m. in the school parking lot. They will be having a bike dress up contest, riding games and bicycle safety will be taught.
Alta Kiwanis (08/11/16)
Jill Colerick spoke to the club on Aug. 9 about the Youth Football League. Jill is a four year member of this league. 50 boys and 1 girl from 3rd-6th grade at Alta and Aurelia make up the teams. Team 1 is 3rd and 4th grades. Team 2 is 5th and 6th grades. ...
BV Theater helps elderly (08/04/16)
Thursday afternoon, Carrol Huntzigger and Randy Ericksen donated the proceeds from the play "Dear Mom," written by Dr. David and Glee Crippin to Upper Des Moines. The money will be used to help the elderly in Buena Vista County. Joan Spooner, Director of Upper Des Moines in Storm Lake, said, "We got a spike in donations when the play ran, and we picked up a few regular monthly donors."...
Alta Fire Department looks to replace tanker (08/04/16)
The Fire Department has been researching fire trucks to replace its old tanker. They compared used truck prices to new, and decided the price difference was too small to justify purchase of a used one. They say the best deal was a Freightliner 206 costing $225,000. ...
Alta National Night Out (08/04/16)
Alta held its annual National Night Out Tuesday evening, offering citizens the opportunity to meet people they wouldn't get a chance to, otherwise. The warm afternoon air carried the smells of char-broiled burgers and hotdogs, and the sounds of children's laughter as people enjoyed food and entertainment provided by the city. ...
Alta Kiwanis (08/04/16)
Tuesday morning we celebrated the 100th anniversary of U.S. National Parks. Using a slide presentation guest speaker Glen Huntington took us on a tour of National Park Lodges. Glen and his wife Bea were part of a group that toured several National Parks in 2014. ...
National Night Out scheduled for next Tuesday (07/28/16)
The city of Alta will come together for National Night Out August 2nd from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Shelter House on the Southeast side of the football field. Alta Mayor Ron Neulieb says, "National Night Out is a way for the public to get to know the sheriff, the fire department and the other public servants, and it has proven to be a very effective way to do that. ...
Water fights to be held Sunday at the fire station (07/28/16)
Area Fire Departments will converge in Alta Sunday for a little head-to-head water fighting competition. Alta Fire Chief Bubba Reetz explains waterfights like this: two teams stand about 50 feet apart with a keg hanging from a cable overhead. The teams try to force the keg to the opposite side by spraying it with their hose, drenching the other team in the process. Reetz says, "It gets pretty interesting with their stream raining down on you."...
VFW Auxiliary seeks back-to-school donations (07/28/16)
School is fast approaching. The VFW Auxiliary is again collecting school supplies for the underprivileged students. All donations are greatly appreciated. Donations may be dropped off at the Alta City Hall during business hours, or at 505 Johnson Street in Alta. If you have any questions, please call Cathy at 200-1761...
Donations (07/28/16)
Glenn Huntington of Alta Kiwanis presents a check for $520 to Randy Ericksen and Carol Huntzicker of the Buena Vista Community Theater, to go towards upgrading the sound system in the Roxy Theater. Huntington said members of the theater spoke to the Kiwanis recently, explaining the needed improvements, which will help the city's schools as well as the theater group. / Photo by Chip Hubert...
Alta Kiwanis (07/28/16)
Corbett Butler was the featured speaker at Alta Kiwanis this past Tuesday morning. For the past four years, Corbett has been Alta-Aurelia high school and elementary Band Director. During that four year period, the band has experienced much growth. Grades 5-8 have 100 members. The middle school band in Aurelia is led by Nicole Nuttle. The high school band has 50 members...
BV Community Choir looking for singers (07/21/16)
Anyone interested in singing in the newly formed Buena Vista Community Choir is invited to join us to perform at Alta's National Night Out. The rehearsals will be held at 7 p.m. at the Roxy Theatre in Alta on July 24th, 27th, and 31st with a performance on August 2nd. No prior experience needed...
A-A Music goes international (07/21/16)
Six current and former students of Alta-Aurelia, along with Mr. Butler, toured through Europe with the Iowa Ambassadors of Music. They toured from July 3th to July 19th, and performed and visited seven countries across Europe. / Photo courtesy of Alta-Aurelia Music...
Highway 7 on schedule, so far (07/21/16)
"We expect the Highway 7 project to be completed by the second or third week of August, assuming no more weather delays," says Steve McElmeel, construction engineer for DOT District 3. Paving is currently underway. Asphalt is put down in two inch layers, called "lifts," so the asphalt can be compacted properly. ...
Kids receive golfing lessons (07/21/16)
Golf pro Tom Thompson gave a demonstration of his sport to youngsters at the Alta library Wednesday morning. He emphasized the role of honesty in the sport of golf, along with the benefits of exercise. He showed them his first set of golf clubs, which were plastic toys from his childhood, but he said he practiced with them all the time, teaching himself how to hit the ball. ...
Alta Kiwanis (07/21/16)
The guest speaker Tuesday morning was Robin Hogrefe. Robin is a pharmacist at Storm Lake Hy-Vee Pharmacy. Robin has in the past worked Bedel's Pharmacy, assisted living facilities, and clinics. She has training in Doctorate Programs. Robin has seen many changes in the years relating to her profession. ...
Katie Struss visits the Alta Library (07/14/16)
On Tuesday, July 12th, at 3 p.m. Katie Struss the BVC Naturalist brought several birds to the Alta Community Library. Katie brought a barn owl and a Red-T-Hawk and talked to the children about their features and survival of each animal. Sally Van Houten led the children in doing an action song called Tooty Ta and following that Sally read a book to the children on "Out Of Water Otter," by Dakota Daetwiler, which was about a little otter who is scared to swim. ...
School boards discuss helping the Roxy (07/14/16)
The Alta and Aurelia school boards held their regular monthly meetings Monday evening at the Aurelia school building. BVCT seeks help renovating Roxy Representatives of The Buena Vista Community Theater (BVCT) gave a brief presentation to the board about the Roxy Theater in downtown Alta, currently owned and operated by the Alta school system. ...
Kyle Suter memorialized (07/14/16)
"It's been 16 years since my son was killed, but there is still not a day that goes by when we don't talk about him," says his mother, Desi Suter. "He is still a big part of our family." This year the memorial race was run on the Forth of July week. "That week has always been our family vacation week, and we just want him to know we are still involving him in our vacation time."...
Several discussions at Alta City Council (07/14/16)
The Alta City Council met Monday evening at 6 p.m. at the Alta Council Chambers. Northwest Iowa Corridor offers economic help Kiley Miller of Northwest Iowa Corridor spoke to the chamber, reminding them of the Corridor's mission to assist cities in the northwest corner of Iowa, directing businesses and employees to this area...
Notes from your Alta Library (07/14/16)
July is here, an auspicious month in the history of our country. We all remember and celebrate July 4, the birthday of our independence. This year is an election year, with the conventions to select the nominees of our two major political parties coming up this month. ...
Help improve the Roxy Theatre (07/07/16)
It's not every day you get a chance to help a local school, a community theater, and a historic landmark in on fell swoop, but here's your chance to do all three by donating to the historic Roxy Theatre in downtown Alta. The theater is owned by the Alta-Aurelia school district, and it is used for such activities as musical productions (last year saw the production of "Oklahoma") speech competitions and school plays. ...
Local residents pitch in to make race happen (07/07/16)
"The big thing is to smooth out the track," says Rod Olson, Promoter for the BV Raceway, "and you can thank Randy Robbins for that. He's a former board member, and he donates a ton of time getting the track ready for race night. We strive for a consistent surface. We start at about seven in the morning, laying down water to help handling."...
Alta blood drive shows success (07/07/16)
Michah Riffey of Lifeserve preps Denise Betts for donating 'double red' blood last week in the Alta Community Center. 'Double red' is a process that removes extra red blood cells from the blood, while the other components- plasma and platelets are returned to the donor in one process. ...
Highway 7 Update (07/07/16)
Highway 7 remains closed to through-traffic, but local drivers can still get around the barricades. Iowa DOT District 3 Construction Engineer Darwin Bishop says paving has begun near Highway 3 and the project is on schedule to be completed by the end of August. / Photo by Chip Hubert...
National Night Out (07/07/16)
This year's annual National Night Out event will be on Tuesday, August 2nd. They will be offering free pool admission in the afternoon and the pool will be closing at early at 5 p.m. that day. They will have inflatables, games, and entertainment for all ages starting at 5 p.m. at the City Park. They will also be serving a free meal starting at 5:30-7:30 p.m. or until the food is gone. Stay tuned for more information...
Alta Kiwanis (07/07/16)
Guest speaker for Tuesday, July 5th was Dan Wendel, Alta-Aurelia boy's baseball coach. Dan has coached at class 2-A A-A for the past eight years. This year's team has 25 players, five of whom are seniors. Although hampered by the loss of veteran senior player Josh McCormick due to a late season basketball injury the coach and team seem to have found the winning combination...
Hy-Vee, Kiwanis team up to help Alta Elementary (06/30/16)
Tuesday morning, Marie Michelsson of Alta Kiwanis, delivered over $99,557 in receipts to Manager of Perishables, Amanda Fitchett, at Hy-Vee in Storm Lake. In return, Hy-Vee will donate $663 to Alta Elementary School. As part of Hy-Vee's "Cash for Students" program, they donate one dollar to Alta Elementary School for each $150 in receipts (less tax, alcohol purchases, pharmacy, and a few other items.) The receipts are from shopping trips citizens of Alta saved, then gave to Kiwanis...
Alta, Aurelia OK track renovation bidding process (06/30/16)
The Alta and Aurelia school boards held a special meeting Monday evening in Alta to approve two separate payments to Beck Engineering for planning the renovation at both of the school's tracks, and soliciting bids from contractors to perform the work. ...
Yoga (06/30/16)
Wednesday morning, Lisa Turnquist taught yoga to the youngsters at the Alta Library by impersonating animal characters in stories. Here, they show their crocodile impersonation. The yoga demonstration was part Sally Van Houten's "Ready, Set, Read" program which encourages the children to be active this summer. / Photo by Chip Hubert...
Highway 7 Project on schedule (06/30/16)
Darwin Bishop, District 3 Engineer for the Iowa DOT, said the project is on schedule and going well. "We have completed milling off three inches of the old surface, and we are working on widening and patching the road now, and that should be finished this week. Some sections will be widened four feet, and some will be six feet. Then we will begin resurfacing the road with four inches of asphalt." Bishop said the road is closed, but as of Wednesday morning, it was open to Jone's Nursery...
Alta Kiwanis (06/30/16)
Tuesday's special guest speaker was Melissa Green. Melissa and her husband serve as Co-Commodore at this year's Star Spangled Spectacular in Storm Lake. Festivities kick off July 3rd with a Classic Car parade, and a show at Sunset Park with music featuring the Storm Lake Municipal Band at 6:30 p.m. ...
Ready, Set, Grow hopes to open in August (06/23/16)
The Ready, Set, Grow Child Care Learning Center looks like a child care center now, with kid-size furniture and educational games on the shiny, newly refinished hardwood floors of the old school building in downtown Alta. Board member Danelle Haberman said, "All of it has been donated, and there is still a lot more we need."...
Blank Park Zoo visits the Alta Library (06/23/16)
The 2016 Summer Reading Program kicked off, Monday, June 13th with four animals from the Blank Park Zoo. As the children came into the library they guessed how many plastic animals were in a jar. Macy D was the winner of the contest. The zoo brought a box turtle, fox snake, ferret, and a small alligator. The children learned about each animal and tried to find Olympic games that would meet their physical ability...
Alta-Aurelia schools to open bids on track renovation (06/23/16)
Bids from contractors vying to renovate the athletic tracks at the Aurelia and the Alta schools will be opened Friday afternoon at 2 p.m. in the Central School office in downtown Alta. The schools hired Beck Engineering to draw up specifications for the tracks. The Aurelia project is estimated to come in at $288,000, and the Alta project is estimated at $428,000...
Annual audit for A-A school district released (06/23/16)
Each year, Iowa law requires school districts to be financially audited. Alta-Aurelia Community School District was audited by Cornwell, Frideres, Maher & Associates, P.L.C. The results were released May 16th. For the year, the district had revenues of 7,837,358 which is an increase of 1.4% over the previous year. ...
The art of Kenpo (06/23/16)
Dan Waites of Storm Lake Kenpo Karate gave a quick self-defense lesson to the youngsters at the Alta Library Wednesday morning. Waites taught the kids about balance, awareness of their surroundings, and other principles of self defense. The library will host a yoga demonstration next Wednesday, the 29th at 10 a.m. / Photos by Chip Hubert...
Road construction (06/23/16)
As of Wednesday afternoon, Highway 7 between Storm Lake and Alta was open as far as Lake Creek Golf Course, though the road is very rough from the DOT's work. Brad Jones of Jones Nursery said the DOT has not told him when they expect to use pilot cars for one-lane operation, but it's coming sometime. Steve McElmeel, the Cherokee DOT spokesperson for the project was not available Wednesday for an update. / Photo by Chip Hubert...
Upcoming blood drives (06/23/16)
You can be that special someone who saves a life this summer! You can be a super hero blood donor. For your life-saving efforts between now and September 24, all donors will receive a limited edition Super Hero T-Shirt. Call Evelyn Meyer today at (712) 200-1137 to schedule a blood donation appointment at the Alta Community Center on Wednesday June 29th between 3 and 6 p.m. Or make an appointment online at www.lifeservebloodcenter.org, or call (800) 287-4903...
VBS to take place this Sunday at St. Paul Lutheran (06/23/16)
One day Vacation Bible School will take place this Sunday, June 26th, from 1-4 p.m. at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Alta. This event is for children preschool through 5th grade. That also includes 3-year-olds. The theme is "Fishers of Men." For more information, contact Laura at 712-284-1848...
Demolition (06/16/16)
The "Gator" building at 2nd and Main streets is being demolished. It was purchased by the Industrial board for demolition to spruce up the appearance of Main Street. No plans are in place for new construction on the site. / Photo by Chip Hubert
Fire hydrants a main concern at Alta City Council meeting (06/16/16)
Fire hydrants in question "I don't see how this money has been going into utilities for 32 years, and no one questioned it, and we still don't have the fire hydrants repaired," said city council member Pam Henderson at Monday's meeting. "That's about $203,000, more or less." She was referring to the annual fee of $6356 the fire department pays to the Utilities department for fire hydrant maintenance and repair. ...
Alta-Aurelia Middle School second semester honor roll (06/16/16)
6th Grade Ethan Arnts Jacob Arnts Kaysha Brown Sara Cargin Simon Carlson Amelia Damewood Carolina Donis Zander Dowdy Kyla GalvinJoshua Granville Ethan Hach Lane Kraemer Caela KrugerMaria KuenyShea LockinAngela Lopez Madison Lundberg Alli Magnussen...
Upcoming events at the Alta Library (06/16/16)
Wednesday, June 22 at 10 a.m. Kenpo Karate will give a karate demonstration. Come ready to learn and move. Following the program there will be crafts, games, snacks and a lot of fun. Wednesday, June 29 at 10 a.m. Lesa Turnquist will have a yoga demonstration. Bring your beach towel and get ready for yoga under the tree. Following the program there will be crafts, games, snacks and a lot of fun...
Alta native graduates from Coe College (06/16/16)
Sarah Freese of Alta was awarded a Bachelor of Arts degree from Coe College on May 8, majoring in religion. Freese, a graduate of Alta High School, is the daughter of David and Katherine Freese. The Commencement speaker was Katherine Roger, a 2008 Coe graduate, who serves as the principal of Achievement First Brownsville Elementary School in Brooklyn, New York. ...
Alta Fire Department to hold water fights at the end of July (06/16/16)
The Alta Fire Department will hold water fights on Sunday, July 31 at the Alta Fire Station. Registration begins at 11:30 a.m. and events begin at 1 p.m. Events include the bucket brigade, leader line, women's one and a half hose and men's one and a half hose. There will be a meal provided but please bring your own beverage...
Alta Kiwanis (06/16/16)
Tuesday morning's guest speaker Rob Hach spoke on behalf of the local Boy Scout troop. Rob is head Scout Master of Boy Scout Troop 117 of Alta and Aurelia. Six boys ranging in age from 11-18 years old make up troop 117. Boys start out as Cubs at ages 6-7. ...
Both school boards approve track projects, await bids (06/09/16)
The Alta School Board and the Aurelia School Boards mets Monday evening to approve the final specifications for the proposed track facility renovations, and to release the specification for bids. Brad Beck of Beck Engineering in Spirit Lake has been working with both school boards, and performed the engineering prep work for both tracks. Monday evening he showed the final plans to the boards, and both boards accepted them...
Raceway opens season (06/09/16)
Wednesday, June 1st, right about seven o'clock, several Sport Compact race cars came sliding sideways through the turns at BV County Raceway, opening another season at the dirt track. Running "Hot Laps" to get a feel for their cars and the track, the small cars were soon followed by the other classes as the sound of high performance engines and the smell of burned high performance fuel filled the air...
Make a splash at the Alta Pool this summer (06/09/16)
The Alta Pool is open for the season. Hours: Sunday - Thursday, 1 - 7 p.m., and Friday - Saturday, 1 - 8 p.m. Cost is $3 per day or you may purchase memberships, $50 for a single, annual membership or $90 for a family, annual membership (no babysitters). Please like "Alta Pool" on Facebook for all the updates and happenings going on at the pool!...
Alta Trails on Facebook (06/09/16)
The Alta Trails and Safe Routes to School held their monthly meeting Tuesday evening at the City Council chambers. The committee wants to stress no tax money has been used for the trails up to this point in time, and only grant money is being accumulated...
Alta Kiwanis (06/09/16)
Megan Peterson spoke to our club on Tuesday June 7. Megan is the City Clerk of Alta. Her topic was Alta-Aurelia Junk Yard Dogs, which is a youth wrestling club. Megan's son is a member of this club. In the 2015-2016 school year, 47 kids from Alta and Aurelia were involved. ...
Mortgage burning at Alta's Trinity Lutheran Church (05/31/16)
Six years ago the members of Trinity embarked on a project to make Trintuy handicapped accessible. Work began in 2010 and was finished in the summer of 2011. A new front was added to the building with an elevator, and automatic doors for wheelchairs. Five years after the project was completed, the congregation has paid off its loan in full...
Alta-Aurelia Graduation (05/26/16)
Last Sunday afternoon, on a warm sunny day, as the band played "Pomp and Circumstance," 56 young adults filed into the Alta-Aurelia High School gym one last time. After introductions and performances by the band and choir, the graduates walked across the stage to receive their diplomas and a white rose, which was given to their parents...
Fitness center fundraising shifts into high gear (05/26/16)
The new fitness center, located on the south side of the old school building, has new flooring installed, and only needs some more equipment to become fully operational. Currently, efforts are underway to get funding for cardio and strength equipment from local organizations, and the doors should open to the public in August...
Karaoke Night (05/26/16)
On Friday, April 29th the Alta Community Library had a Karaoke Night for the 5th-8th Grades. Other entertainment for the night included Body Bubble photo opp. and special balloon twisting hats. / Photos submitted
Alta City Council holds special meeting (05/26/16)
The council approved an amended budget Monday evening. Mayor Ron Neulieb said "This will not raise taxes, we are just transferring funds from one account into another before July first, when the new budget goes into effect. It's a common practice, and it doesn't change the budget, the total remains the same."...
Alta Kiwanis (05/26/16)
Tuesday morning's guest speaker was Al Patton from Farm Credit Services of America. Al has worked for FCS of A for the past 25 years. Farm Credit Services of America was created by the Federal Government. It is a financial services cooperative that provides credit and crop insurance for ranchers, farmers etc...
Aurelia Fire Department receives an $815 grant for Ag Land Fire Control Equipment (05/19/16)
Grant provided by Farm Credit Services of America Working Here Fund for Rural Disaster Relief/Essential Services
Alta Juniors learn to make a difference (05/19/16)
Jennifer Radke's Junior English class' "Work for a Cause" program lets students choose a project to identify a problem in society and raise awareness of issues many people face, and ways to help them. Ms. Radke says, "This project teaches students to look outside themselves in order to bring awareness to an issue they feel passionately about." Many of the students have taken it a step further and created fund-raising events to benefit the groups they chose to write about...
A-A OK track renovation bidding process (05/19/16)
The Alta and Aurelia school boards held a special meeting Monday evening in Alta to approve two separate payments to Beck Engineering for planning the renovation at both of the school's tracks, and soliciting bids from contractors to perform the work. ...
Alta student keeps Baccalaureate tradition alive (05/19/16)
When Alta High senior Reghan Harms found out there would be no Baccalaureate program this year, she took matters into her own hands. "I asked around and did some research on what is included in a typical Baccalaureate service. I then lined up a time and a place, and once everything was finalized with the school, I went on a search to find pastors. I talked to pastors at four different churches and thankfully, two of them and one of their wives volunteered to help us out."...
Public gets a peek at this year's racers (05/19/16)
Buena Vista Raceway promoter Rod Oleson arranged for a few race cars to be parked along Alta's Main Street Saturday to let people get a look at some of the machinery that will be on the track this year. Left, Lloyd Meyers polishing his Nostalgia class racer. Right, father and son team Cody Bales and "Chief" Roy stepped up to Hobby Stock from Bomber class this year. / Photos by Chip Hubert...
Flea Market to be held at the BV County Fairgrounds June 3-4 (05/19/16)
There will be a flea market held June 3-4 at the Buena Vista County Fairgrounds. Hours are Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Saturday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. They have opened another building so inside and outdoor booths are still available. Cost is $25/booth for all weekend. ...
Trails committee welcomes new member, makes plans (05/19/16)
The Alta Trails Committee met Tuesday night in the City Council Chambers. They welcomed a new member to the board- Brandy Hoffert, of Iowa Lakes Resource Conservation and Development, Inc. She is a graduate of BVU, and was the Training Development Coordinator there for six years before joining ILRCD. ...
Alta-Aurelia High School concert (05/05/16)
The Alta-Aurelia High School Choir and Band presented their Spring Concert last Thursday night in the school gym. The choir, under the direction of Mrs. Rebecca Elemond sang, "The Gartan Mother's Lullaby," with Alicia Turnquist playing a flute solo accompanying the gentle melody. ...
Giving Back (05/05/16)
Every Monday and Friday, Noah Wilson (left) waits to see the garbage truck go by so he can give them a wave. Monday, Noah presented Morgan Van Houten (right) with a plate of cookies as a thanks for the hard work he and the rest of the city workers do...
Alta Trails Committee works to jumpstart trails program (05/05/16)
The Trails Committee met on April 20th at 7 p.m. in the City Council chambers. One of the first actions of the Trails Committee was to apply for a $25,000 grant from Wellmark to jumpstart the trails program. The grant application was submitted in early March. Last week Wellmark foundation requested additional information from the committee, which was provided...
Fun and Laughter (05/05/16)
The Alta Community Library hosted a Family Night with Special K'z the clown as their program. She sang songs and performed magic tricks. Pictured, left to right, Landon Watson, K'z the Clown and Danielle Sliefert.
Alta City Council discusses many topics (05/05/16)
Fitness Center update Greg Kueny gave the Council an update on the Fitness Center, which will be located in the school building. The school board is seeking donations to help pay for the equipment when the Fitness Center is opened in late August/ early September. Kueny said the Kiwanis had donated $10,000, and would pay over the course of a year to cushion the financial impact...
NSCS welcomes Trenton Delp as a new member (05/05/16)
Trenton Mitchell Delp of Alta has accepted membership in The National Society of Collegiate Scholars. "NSCS is more than just a symbol of academic achievement. Membership gives students access to a number of amazing benefits including career and networking resources, scholarships, travel and service projects both on campus and in the community," says Stephen E. Loflin, NSCS Founder and Chief Executive Officer...
King of the Wild Frontier (05/05/16)
Nathan Pearson relaxes, coonskin-cap style, between events at the recent Warrior Relays in Alta. Both the boys and girls track teams won their respective divisions in this year's big home meet despite cold and blustery conditions. / Pilot photo by Dana Larsen...
Alta Kiwanis (05/05/16)
This first Tuesday in May our guest speaker was Emily Bodholdt. Emily is an OB Nurse at the hospital. She spoke to us about the Child Care Facility which will be located in two rooms on the west end of the old Alta High School building. In January, they received an IRS document for non-profit status. ...
A-A Band and Choir perform (04/28/16)
This past weekend the Alta-Aurelia Band took part in a Large Group competition with approximately a dozen other schools in (Large Group means the whole ensemble is in the competition for three judges). Band Directory Ms. Nuttall said, "They did fantastic. ...
Alta Library receives new table and bench (04/28/16)
A-A LIBRARY RECEIVES NEW TABLE AND BENCH - The Alta Community Library Board and Staff would like to thank the Buena Vista County Community Foundation for their generous grant that paid for the purchase of the concrete bench and table outside of the library. Seen are board members Gretchen Miller, Anna Garcia, Joyce Sandine, and library director Andrea Hogrefe...
Alta-Aurelia whole grade sharing vs consolidation (04/28/16)
School Superintendent Lynn Evans spoke with the Pilot-Tribune this week about the current status of Alta-Aurelia school systems, and the possibility of eventually consolidating the two school systems. "We currently have a whole-grade sharing agreement between Alta and Aurelia for their middle schools and high schools. This means they maintain their own identity- separate school boards, taxes and budgets, but share students in grades six through 12."...
Buena Vista County Fair seeking parade participants (04/28/16)
If you are a member of one of the many groups in Buena Vista County- social groups, churches, clubs, cities within the county- the Buena Vista County Fair would like to see you in their parade to help showcase all the facets of our home county. "We are trying to entice all the former queens and little misses to be in our parade, wouldn't that be neat?" says Deb Jesse, who with her husband Kevin, is a member of the board organizing the BV County Fair this year, to be held from 8 a.m. ...
Alta Kiwanis (04/28/16)
Joining Kiwanians Tuesday morning was guest speaker Tim Galvin. Tim is Alta-Aurelia head girls track coach. He is assisted by Jennifer Radke. This year's team features 16 girls, three of whom are freshmen. Alta-Aurelia is in class 2-A and regularly competes against larger schools that have 20-30 girls involved. Roughly half of the season has been run. At the Russ Krai Relays held earlier in April, A-A finished one point out of first place. Lily Peterson finished first in the 400 meter race...
Alta-Aurelia Prom (04/21/16)
BV Community Theater seeks actors, singers for summer production (04/21/16)
To celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the BV Community Theatre, they will produce that first play again, The Music Man. "Its a favorite of Iowa people because it takes place in Iowa!" says Carol Huntzicker, treasurer for the troupe. "It's about a little town called River City, and it's very fun. ...
Relay for Life Shopping Extravaganza (04/21/16)
The Relay for Life Shopping Extravaganza will take place this Saturday from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. at the Alta Community Center. There will be vendors, crafters and a silent auction. Some vendors include: Scentsy, Rodan + Fields, Tastefully Simple, 2nd Chance Furnishings, Thirty-One, Little for Sew Long, Wine Shop at Home, Garden Babies, K&E Beads, Tupperware and many more...
Alta and Aurelia School Boards meet, budgets approved (04/21/16)
Budget approved Both boards unanimously approved the superintendent's budgets. Trap Shooting registration fees approved At last month's meeting, Trap Shooting Coach Mike Bartholomew asked the boards for financial assistance with the cost of attending trap shooting meets. Each board approved $750 for a total of $1500 to be used for registration fees...
Pizza Party (04/21/16)
Pizza Party Story Time was held on Friday, April 8th at the Alta Library. The kids enjoyed hearing stories and poems about pizza. They also had a pizza cheer and did several pizza songs. They also enjoyed eating pizza. For their craft they made pizza on a paper plate. ...
Caitlin Eckerman of Alta awarded $2,000 scholarship from Iowa Masons (04/21/16)
Caitlin R Eckerman, a senior at Alta-Aurelia High School in Alta, has been awarded a $2,000 scholarship from the Grand Lodge of Iowa, Ancient Free and Accepted Masons. Caitlin was one of 60 outstanding Iowa high school students selected to receive the scholarship from over 650 applicants...
Alta Trails Meeting Minutes (04/21/16)
Kurt Hanna, Report about Wellmark Grant: Kurt Hanna submitted the Wellmark grant with the help of Chris Reinert, with the school letting us use the 501c3. Roger Radke, Report of information from Cara Elbert of Northwest Iowa Planning and Development Commission:...
Alta Kiwanis (04/21/16)
Tuesday morning's featured guest speaker was John Hill. John is an assistant Trapshooting coach for Alta-Aurelia Schools. Mike Bartholemew and his wife Kelly are head coaches. This year 34 athletes participate in three different classes: 4th-5th grade rookies, 6-7-8th grades Middle School, and High School...
Can whimsical dogs and flying clocks help you to unwind? (04/14/16)
If you are coloring for relaxation, the images you are coloring can be just as important as the act itself. Fun, light, and silly illustrations are the focus of two new coloring books by Michele Deiber Kumm, a former Alta resident. The first, "Deliberate Misinterpretations," is a book Inspired by fairy tale illustrations, the drawings in this book are visual puns. Phrases like "Time Flies" and "Man on the Moon" are illustrated in delightfully literal ways and ready for you to color...
Maple Valley Hardware stays in family (04/14/16)
"Katina knows the business end of it, and I know how to use everything in the store, so we make a pretty good couple," says John Bennett, new propriator of Maple Valley Hardware in downtown Aurelia. Katina says, "My parents, Bruce and Carla Peterson were here for about 13 years, but she is ready to focus on being a grandmother now, so we are taking over." Before that, Bruce and Carla's parents owned the store. ...
Alta Library adds additional space, holds open house (04/14/16)
The Alta Library held an open house Monday evening. "We wanted to thank the school board for giving us the addition, it gives us a lot more room. We really needed the extra space, which we opened this semester, and we just finished getting all the shelving put in. It is an area for the high school students, with books for young adults, and they come here to do homework. We are glad to see the high school students are using it, not abusing it."...
Elevator Burn in Aurelia (04/14/16)
On Sunday April 17th at around 7:30 a.m. the Aurelia Fire Department along with several area Fire Departments will be conducting a control burn / live fire training. Location is City of Aurelia at Hwy7 and Main St. They will be burning down the wood elevator at that location. Traffic will be detoured for several hours until the structure is completely down and rendered safe for traffic to resume...
IWCC students earn scholarships (04/14/16)
Nine students from Iowa Western Community College's Construction Technology Program and one high school student, including Michael Salazar of Alta, were presented scholarships from the 2016-2017 NeighborWorks Home Solutions and NP Dodge Home Building Scholarship Program...
Alta Kiwanis (04/14/16)
Tuesday morning our guest speaker was Dr. Greg Kueny. Dr. Kueny is a chiropractor in Alta. He spoke to us about the fitness center. The fitness center, which began in 2014, is located in the old high school building in Alta. A portion of the old shop area on the south end of the school was formerly turned in a weight-lifting room and was used by the wrestling team. ...
Alta Municipal Utilities to start flushing water mains (04/11/16)
Alta Municipal Utilities plans on flushing water mains April 11th through April 15th. During that time, residents may notice less pressure and some color discoloration.
Alta Fire Department training class (04/07/16)
The Alta Fire Department conducted an "Interior Fire Attack" training class Monday night for members of the Alta, Newell and Albert City Fire Departments. The training was part of the Fire Fighter 1 class conducted by Iowa Fire Service Training Bureau. Alta Fire Chief Kirk "Bubba" Reetz said, "We try to hold this training about every other year, it's the best, safest way to train for an interior fire." / Photos courtesy of the Alta Fire Department...
Traci Peterson Benefit (04/07/16)
A benefit for Traci Peterson (wearing the pink bandana) was held last Saturday at the Alta Community Center. In January, Traci was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer. She is undergoing aggressive chemo treatments in Des Moines and Fort Dodge and will have a double mastectomy late spring in Des Moines. ...
Kueny briefs council on new high school gym (04/07/16)
Greg Kueny of the Alta School Board gave a presentation on his work with the new fitness center at the high school. The company Push Pedal Pull was selected to equip the gym, "because they didn't try to sell us anything." He showed the council a floor plan and the layout of the equipment. ...
Barber says goodbye (04/07/16)
"I'm going to do what I want, when I want," says Syd Barber at her retirement ceremony Thursday, after 15 years as the billing clerk with Alta Municipal Utilities. The room was full of well wishers, and after speaking with Syd a few minutes it was easy to see why. Syd personally greeted everyone who came into the room with a big smile, as each person said, "We're going to miss you."...
Notes from your Alta Library (04/07/16)
April Fools! Mother Nature played an April Fool's Joke on us this year. To wake up to snowflakes falling and the ground all white was truly a "radical" joke. But, I must say, she relented and sent the sun to shine and the snow to melt. So it could have been worse...
Burn will destroy Aurelia elevator, serve as training (03/31/16)
AURELIA - The business of handling farmers' grain has always been important in the town of Aurelia. Aurelia's first grain warehouse was started in 1871 by my great-great grandfather, Reuben Whitney, and the town's first grain elevator was opened by Clarkson and Simpson a year later...
A-A School Boards weigh benefits, costs of track renovation (03/31/16)
The Alta and the Aurelia School Boards met at the Alta School Monday night for an informational meeting. Informational meetings are designed for the exchange of ideas between board members, but no official actions can be taken. Last fall, School Superintendent Lynn Evans held informational meetings with the boards to work out the needs of the schools, estimate the costs, and prioritize projects. Both school boards recognized a need to renovate the tracks, among other projects...
Music Honors (03/31/16)
Congratulations to Audacity on their 3rd place performance at the Iowa Vocal Jazz Championships in Des Moines this week. They performed in a talented 2A division. / Photo courtesy of Alta-Aurelia Music
Benefit to be held for Traci Peterson this Saturday (03/31/16)
A benefit for Traci Peterson will be held Saturday, April 2 from 4 p.m. - midnight at the Alta Community Center. There will be a free will donation supper, bake sale and action. The meal will be served from 4-6 p.m. with auction to follow. Anyone willing to donate auction items or bake sale items may call Kathy at 712-260-3955 or Rachel at 712-299-3654. Items can be brought to the Community Center between 2-4 p.m. Saturday...
Donation (03/31/16)
Alta Kiwanis members present a $1,500 check to Alta-Aurelia School Liberian Julie Langer for purchase of books for the High School Library. Alta Kiwanis previously gave the Library $200 for the pre-school thru 5th grade annual "Book Fair." Pictured, left to right: Glen Huntington, Secretary Ken Lenz presenting check to Julie Langner and Pam Henderson...
Birthday (03/31/16)
There will be a Surprise Come and Go Birthday party for Twyla Chase who will be turning 90. It will be held April 16th at the Trinity Lutheran Church basement in Alta.
Funding allows for fairgrounds update (03/28/16)
The Buena Vista County Fair was one of the recipients of the BV County Foundation Grants this past spring. Along with the grant and funding from the State of Iowa and Buena Vista County, the fair board has purchased and installed a public address system and also new energy efficient security lighting. ...
Dr. Seuss' Birthday (03/24/16)
The Alta Community Library celebrated Dr. Seuss' Birthday on Friday, March 4th. We did a craft and Laura Turnquist read several Dr. Seuss Stories and activities. The children wore a hat to the program.
Spuds and Splits to take place April 10th (03/24/16)
Spuds and Splits will take place Sunday, April 10th from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Alta. The menu will consist of a baked potato with toppings, a banana split and a drink. The cost is $8 per person. Ages pre-school and under are free. Carry-outs are available...
Upcoming events at the Alta Library (03/24/16)
Pizza Party Story Time: A "Pizza the Size of the Sun!" The Alta Community Library Story Time will enjoy hearing stories and poems about pizza, and of course eating pizza on Friday, April 8th at 4:30 p.m. at the library. The Alta Community Library is celebrating National Library Week, April 11th-16th...
Food Collection (03/24/16)
Each March, Heritage Banks across Iowa and Minnesota collect food and money for local food cupboards. This year's theme is "It makes 'cents' to give to The Lord's Cupboard." Located at 202 S. Main Street in Alta, the lobby hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. / Photo by Chip Hubert...
A-A High School track renovation becoming a top priority (03/24/16)
Engineering firm talks track renovation Beck Engineering reported the results of their survey of the Alta track. His company performed a topographic survey (checking the flatness of the terrain) and a soil bore (checking the soil at four different places along the track.)...
A-A Jazz Band students selected for the Iowa All-State Jazz Band (03/24/16)
Congratulations to seven students from the Alta-Aurelia HS Jazz Band for being selected to the Class 1A/2A Iowa All-State Jazz Band. These students sent in a "Blind Audition" of a CD with a short jazz etude, improvisation, and scales, and were selected amongst their peers from across the state to perform in a 19-member ensemble. Being selected for the All-State Jazz Band is one of the top honors in jazz for high school students...
Big turnout for DOT meeting (03/24/16)
The Iowa DOT held an informational session Tuesday evening in the Alta Community Center to answer questions regarding the work to be done on Highway 7 from the intersection of Northwestern Blvd in Storm Lake to the city of Cherokee. The room was full of people, and about 6 DOT employees were on hand to answer questions. ...
Alta Main Street Railroad Crossing Arms Project receives generous contributions (03/24/16)
In March 2015, the City of Alta was able to sign an agreement with the Iowa Department of Transportation and the Chicago, Central and Pacific Railroad Company for the construction and cost participation covering the installation of crossing arms on Main Street in Alta. The estimated total cost of the project was $178,234.00, of which the City of Alta would be responsible for 10%, or $17,823.40...
Alta Kiwanis (03/24/16)
Tuesday morning we welcomed Wendell Larsen as our guest speaker. Wendell is the head boys track coach of Alta-Aurelia Warriors High School track team. His assistant coaches are Rory Payne and Brian Christiansen. This year's track squad is made up of 22 boys with five or six students from every high school class. ...
A-A High School to put on spring play this weekend (03/17/16)
Alta-Aurelia Community High School invites you to the spring play, Great Caesar's Ghost, by William Fisher, March 18 and 19 at 7:30 p.m., at the Roxy Theater. William Fisher again blends frustrated relationships with the supernatural to create an evening of delight. ...
Alta Kiwanis flip pancakes for a good cause (03/17/16)
The Alta Kiwanis held their annual Pancake Breakfast fundraiser Sunday morning in the Community Center. Glen Huntington said "We had 430 people come to the event- a very good turnout. Besides the pancakes, we had over 40 donated items up for auction. ...
School Board hears frustration about communication, votes to move 5th grade to Aurelia (03/17/16)
In January, the Aurelia School Board decided to offer two unused classrooms to the Alta School system because of the space shortage there. The boards announced after their February meeting that such talks were taking place, and meetings between the two boards were being held to discuss impacts on parents and students...
Alta-Aurelia 5th grade solo contest (03/17/16)
Congratulations to 15 Alta Elementary students who participated in the 2016 Buena Vista University MS/JH Solo Contest held on March 12th in Storm Lake. Approximately 130 performance entries were on display at the Buena Vista University campus, featuring area middle school band students ranging in age from 5th grade to 8th grade. Each student prepared a solo to be performed for a public audience and a judge who gave them feedback and a rating on their performance...
National Honor Society receives 10 inductees (03/17/16)
"I pledge myself to uphold the high purposes of the National Honor Society to which I have been selected striving in every way by word and deed to make its ideals the ideals of my school and of my life." By speaking these words, 10 Alta-Aurelia High School students were inducted into the National Honor Society last Thursday. Ten current members of the society were present to welcome the newcomers...
Alta Kiwanis (03/17/16)
Julie Langner, Alta School Librarian was our guest speaker. Julie talked to us about the upcoming Scholastic Book Fair. This year's book fair is an online event from Mar. 16-29. The library will have a three day event beginning Monday, March 21st. On those days elementary and high school students can look over and make a wish list of books they would like to buy. Teachers also make...
Jazz (03/10/16)
The Alta-Aurelia High School Jazz Choir and Jazz Bands performed Monday night in the high school gym. / Photo by Doris Gregg.
A-A middle schoolers to put on a night of musical fun March 17 (03/10/16)
Come join the students and faculty of East High for the "Start of Something New." If you "Get 'Cha Head in the Game" you will "Bop to the Top" and find "What I've been Looking For." We'll be "Counting on You" to come and enjoy a night of musical fun. After all "We're All in this Together."...
Alta Community Center to receive ambiance upgrade (03/10/16)
Ron and Marjorie Neulieb saw a waterfall in a nice restaurant recently and they thought one would compliment the Community Center in Alta. That's why they were installing one this week. The first step was to nail a cement board onto the wall to act as backing for the waterfall. ...
Alta Kiwanis Fudraiser and Silent Auction (03/10/16)
The Alta Kiwanis Fundraiser and Silent Auction will be held Sunday, March 13th from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. at the Alta Community Building. Items to be auctioned include: a New Holland peddle tractor, a LED waterproof spotlight, a five night stay in Branson, Missouri, a one month membership to Sports Rehab, a pool pass to the Alta Pool, two pies a month for six months from M. Turnquist, cupcake certificates from the White House Cupcakery, 620 John Deere model tractors, a flat screen TV and much more...
Many topics addressed at the Alta City Council meeting (03/10/16)
A representative of GOES insurance provided the council with an update on rates, saying the premiums are decreasing this year by 5 percent due mainly to the decrease in Workman's Comp claims. Last year premiums decrease by 8 percent, also as a result of decreased Workman's Comp claims. After a brief discussion regarding the value of the library contents and a potential scenario of a city vehicle damaging city property, the council voted to accept the renewal...
Legislators welcome Alta constituents (03/10/16)
Reps. Gary Worthan (R-Storm Lake) and Dan Huseman (R-Aurelia), welcomed Ronald and Marjorie Neulieb, both of Alta, to the Iowa House of Representatives. The Neuliebs were visiting the Capitol to talk to legislators during League of Cities Day on the Hill. Ronald Neulieb is the Mayor of Alta. Pictured here are Rep. Gary Worthan (R-Storm Lake), Ronald Neulieb (Alta), Marjorie Neulieb (Alta), and Rep. Dan Huseman (Aurelia)...
"Dance with us Tonight" (03/10/16)
The Storm Lake Dance Squad is holding their dance squad night on Friday, March 11th at 7 p.m. in the Storm Lake High School gym. Admission is $5 at the door. Their guest performers are the Alta-Aurelia Dance Team and Sioux Central Dance Team. The night also included award winning state Pom and Hoopla routines, Co-Ed, Little Friends, Father Daughter and a surprise finale...
National FFA Week (03/10/16)
On Friday February 26, Kirk Langner drove his grandfather's tractor to school to celebrate National FFA Week. Kirk had to work the after school program that night and decided to show the kids present at the program his Grandfather, Harold King's 1957 Farmall 450. ...
Notes from your Alta Library (03/10/16)
After the month of February, which seemed interminable with that extra day tacked on, it is finally MARCH and we are inching our way to spring. (I'm writing this on March 3 -- 17 days 'til spring arrives.) Did March arrive like a lion or a lamb? I heard one TV personality say it wasn't nasty enough for a lion, or nice enough for a lamb, so she thought it arrived like a sheep!...
Kiss a what?! (03/03/16)
Aurelia students awarded for good behavior
Aurelia Commercial Club holds Kickoff Dinner (03/03/16)
Around 85 people attended the Aurelia Commercial Club's annual kickoff dinner at the Aurelia Community Center on Thursday February 18th. Those present were treated to a catered dinner, followed by the presentation of the 2106 Aurelia Citizen of the Year plaque to Pastor Larry and Marge Lemke...
A-A High School holds FFA Olympics (03/03/16)
To celebrate the conclusion of Ag Week, the Alta/Aurelia FFA held their Ag Olympics last Friday. The festivities began with select teachers kissing a pig named Sheldon Bacon Sandwich, the pet of Cheyenne Searfoss. Olympians had to drop tennis balls into buckets while being wheel-barrowed through the serpentine course by a team mate; milk a wooden cow, shuck corn, move hay bales, toss feed bags over a fence and hand eggs over the fence without breaking them...
Easter Egg Hunt to be held March 19 (03/03/16)
The City of Alta Easter Egg Hunt will be held at Welcov on Saturday, March 19th with 10 a.m. starting with story time and egg hunt to follow. An Easter Bunny will be present for pictures! This event is sponsored by Kiwanis, Alta Businesses, Welcov, Alta Community Library and Alta Chamber of Commerce. This event is for ages 0-8...
A-A High School Pops Concert postponed (03/03/16)
The Alta-Aurelia High School Pops Concert that was originally scheduled for Tuesday, March 1, has been postponed until Monday, March 7 at 7 p.m. in the high school gymnasium.
Alta Kiwanis (03/03/16)
Guest speaker Tuesday morning was Rob Colerick from BVRMC. Rob spoke to us about the ongoing construction at the hospital. Part of the original building was built in 1949. Throughout the years the hospital has undergone various remodeling projects. The most recent construction has added 69,000 square feet, a new lab, a new main entrance on Northwestern Avenue. Heating, boilers, air conditioning, and electrical are all housed in buildings west of the hospital...
Alta Library celebrates Dr. Seuss' birthday this week (03/01/16)
Dr. Seuss' birthday is Wednesday, and the Alta Library will celebrate all week with a variety of programs and prizes. Each day at 3 p.m. a guest reader will be at the library to regale the young ones with Seuss stories dressed as a Seuss character, Seuss Bingo will be played every day of the week and Seuss Trivia will be held over the intercom each day. ...
Alta Community Blood Drive March 3 (02/29/16)
The Alta Community Blood Drive will be held Thursday, March 3rd from 3-6 p.m. at the Alta Community Center. Schedule a blood donation appointment today by going online to www.lifeservebloodcenter.org or contact Evelyn Meyer at 712-200-1137.
Alta Fire Department hosts successful fundraiser (02/25/16)
The Alta Fire Department held a Soup Luncheon fund raiser Sunday at the Fire Station, serving soups, chili and a wide variety of deserts. Alta Fire Chief Kirk "Bubba" Reetz said, "A few families spent most of Saturday cooking and getting ready, and we had over 150 people through the door before we quit counting."...
Valentine's Party (02/25/16)
The Alta Community Library Valentine's Party was held on Friday, February 12th. Stories were read and cards were made. They also played several games. Pictured from left to right: Riley Lundgren, Elizabeth Schable, Kadin Greane, Austin Droegmiller and Mackenzie Wilson...
Alta Community Blood Drive March 3 (02/25/16)
The Alta Community Blood Drive will be held Thursday, March 3rd from 3-6 p.m. at the Alta Community Center. Schedule a blood donation appointment today by going online to www.lifeservebloodcenter.org or contact Evelyn Meyer at 712-200-1137.
Alta residents charged with Forgery (02/25/16)
According to Sheriff Kory Elston several arrests have been made as a result of a forgery Investigation. On February 18, the Buena Vista County Sheriff's Office completed an investigation regarding forged checks that had been passed at an Alta business. During the investigation the suspects were identified as Keinda Walker age 39, Angelica Baker age 20 and Kathleen Wagenaar age 19 all from Alta. A fourth suspect was identified as Logan Wenck age 21 of Marathon...
Local student receives 2016 Family Scholarship Award (02/25/16)
The American Society of Safety Engineers Foundation is pleased to name Tristan Bainum of Alta, as a 2016 Family Scholarship Award recipient in the amount of $10,000. Developed in 2013 and championed by former Assistant Secretary of Labor John Henshaw, the Family Scholarship Fund provides financial assistance to families affected by a workplace fatality. Bainum's father was electrocuted while attempting repairs on a large circuit breaker at an Iowa City mine in 2009...
Alta Trails Committee making progress (02/25/16)
By CHIP HUBERT Pilot-Tribune Staff The Alta trails committee met Wednesday the 17th. The Committee finalized and approved the Safe Route to School (SRTS) map. With the route finalized, they were able to get a cost estimate. David Doxtad of the engineering firm I and S Group briefed the committee on work needed to create the SRTS trail. ...
Dr. Seuss' Birthday at the Alta Library (02/25/16)
The Alta Community Library will be celebrating Dr. Seuss' Birthday on Friday, March 4th at 4:30 p.m. Wear a hat! There will be stories and games along with snacks.
Alta Kiwanis serves up smiles (02/19/16)
"The focus of Alta Kiwanis, and Kiwanis everywhere, is children," says Glen Huntington, President of Alta Kiwanis. "We ask ourselves, what can we do to help?" "One of the things is Pancake Day at the school. We set up the grill in the cafeteria and serve two pancakes (more if they want) to elementary and high school students. The kids really enjoy it and we really enjoy it."...
Alta City Council goes over budget (02/19/16)
The Alta City Council held their second budget meeting Monday evening in the Council Chambers. Mayor Ron Neulieb said, "We are trying to keep the budget in line without raising taxes. All the Departments have stayed pretty much in line. But we did have some expenses on Industrial Road, and we had the Community Center renovation, which were big items we hadn't budgeted."...
DeRoos seals up his title (02/19/16)
Alex DeRoos of Aurelia sealed up his title as the four-time District champion at the Amateur Athletic Union District Tournament in Spencer on Feb. 7. DeRoos competed in the seventh/eighth grade bracket. His first beat his first opponent, Patrick Conley from the Western States Pride Wrestling Club, by pinfall in a 1:30. ...
Think spring with the help of the Alta Public Library (02/19/16)
February has arrived. The ground is covered with snow, as we dig ourselves out from the biggest blizzard of the year. But -- relax! Punxsutawney Phil has declared that we will have an early spring! According to his handlers, the furry rodent failed to see his shadow and, therefore, spring comes early. ...
Alta Kiwanis (02/19/16)
Tuesday morning's guest speaker was Susan Krumman. Susan is the new FFA teacher at Alta-Aurelia schools. She is a native of Linn Grove who studied Agronomy at Iowa State University. She decided to be an FFA teacher after receiving the highest degree in FFA. ...
A-A students in BVU art show (02/11/16)
Six Alta-Aurelia students' artwork have been selected to be displayed in the BVU Art Gallery from February 10 through March 15. On Saturday, February 13, there will be a reception open to the public will between 2:30 to 4 p.m. There will be an awards presentation at 3 p.m. A-A students include: Madison Hach, Abby Hill, Talon Horton, Stephanie Murillo, Cynthia Placido and Elyse Pollock...
Awards Ceremony (02/11/16)
The Alta Chamber of Commerce recently held their annual dinner and awards ceremony. Attendees were, left to right, Mandi Aronson, Secretary; Kirk "Bubba" Reetz, President; Deb Aberson, Vice President; Nick Andersen, Treasurer, Megan Peterson. / Photo by Chip Hubert...
Aging fire trucks become concern for Alta Fire Department, request budget increase (02/11/16)
The City Council held its regular monthly meeting Monday February 8th. Representatives from the Fire Department said they will be hosting a fundraising Soup Supper February 21st at the fire station from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. They also explained their reason for requesting an increase in their budget to replace aging fire trucks. ...
Iowa Lakes Corridor Development Corp shows Alta new plan (02/11/16)
Kiley Miller of Iowa Lakes Corridor addressed the Alta City Council Monday evening at the council's monthly meeting. He announced a new initiative called "Five by Five" to reflect the goal of the program to increase the population by 5 percent over the next five years...
Alta Public Library has tons of books to help pass time until spring (02/11/16)
February has arrived. The ground is covered with snow, as we dig ourselves out from the biggest blizzard of the year. But -- relax! Punxsutawney Phil has declared that we will have an early spring! According to his handlers, the furry rodent failed to see his shadow and, therefore, spring comes early. ...
Alta Kiwanis (02/11/16)
Joining us Tuesday morning was guest speaker Kory Elston. Kory is BV County Sheriff and is also a member of our Kiwanis club. Kory discussed with us the need for a dive-rescue for BV County. Over the past 25 years BV County has had 14 drownings, half of which have occurred within the past five years. If a dive team is needed, they have to be called from either Plymouth County or the Okoboji area. If the search involves several days the cost to the county could be exorbitant...
A-A students compete at district speech (02/04/16)
Alta-Aurelia competed at District Speech on Saturday, January 23, 2016. The following groups received I ratings and will move on to state: Choral Reading, Readers Theatre, Musical Theatre, Ensemble Acting, and Group Improv. Pictured are: Row one (L to R): Caitlin Eckerman, Reghan Harms, Abigail Anderson, Izzy Hinkeldey, Peyton Price and Grace Meier. ...
Alta Trails Committee holds first meeting, talks about two trails in the city (02/04/16)
"When I was a kid growing up in Storm Lake I was a pool rat in the summer, and my parents didn't have to worry about me because I rode my bike on the trail," said Alta Elementary School Principal Kurt Hanna. He, and others would like to see a similar trail in Alta...
Children's Movie Night (02/04/16)
The Alta Library showed the movie "Frosty the Snowman" on Friday, January 15th. Guest appearance, was the "Library Snowman" (Kirk Langner). / Photo submitted
Alta Education Association tenders initial proposal to school board (02/04/16)
The Alta Education Association presented its initial proposal to the School Board last week. The Association is requesting a Total Package increase of 6.02 % for schedule A and Schedule D, not the 8% increase in Schedule E reported in last week's Pilot Tribune...
Alta-Aurelia High School receives CASE Grant from DuPont Pioneer (02/04/16)
DuPont Pioneer supports agriculture education teachers
Alta Community Center renovations complete (01/28/16)
The Alta Community Center's renovation is complete! "Saturday, Ron packed up the last of his tools at 2 and I was serving dinner for all the city boards at 6," says Margorie Neulieb. Mayor Ron Neulieb said, "A lot of people donated a lot of time over the last couple of months, and when we first opened it 25 years ago, lots of men worked nights and weekends to make it possible."...
Basketball teams receive new uniforms (01/28/16)
The Alta 3rd and 4th Grade Girls' Basketball Teams would like to say a big thank you to PeopleWorks, Inc. and the Alta Kiwanis for the purchase of their uniforms. Back row: Kathy Peterson -- President of PeopleWorks, Ashley Hinkeldey, Bryleigh Marshall, Kerrigan Pedersen, Ella Nielsen, Hannah Colerick, Lucy Gunkelman, Addison Fritz, Addison Reeves, Danielle Sliefert and Glen Huntington -- President of the Alta Kiwanis. ...
Alta City Council discusses budget to prepare for the year (01/28/16)
The Alta City Council held a special meeting Monday evening at 6 p.m. in the Council chambers to discuss the budget in preparation for the formal budget meeting later in the year. A potential source of income is the city-owned three-bedroom apartment, with full bath and laundry located above the Community Center building. The apartment is available for $500 per month, which includes utilities except internet. Interested parties should contact the City Clerk at (712) 200-2105...
A-A School Board discusses teacher's salaries and grade alignment (01/28/16)
The Alta School Board held a special meeting Monday morning in the Preschool room. The first order of business was to receive for negotiation the Opening Proposal from the Alta Education Association for teacher's salaries. The teachers seek to raise Salary Schedule A by 6.02% to $31,700, and a raise of about 8.3% in Salary Schedule D from $24,100 t0 $26,100...
Aurelia American Legion to host Annual Pancake Supper (01/28/16)
The Aurelia American Legion Post #390 will have their Annual Pancake Supper on Saturday evening, June 30th. They will be serving from 5-7 p.m. in the Aurelia Community Center. Admission to this event is $5 per person and preschoolers eating free.
Alta Kiwanis (01/28/16)
Our guest speaker this Tuesday morning was Alan Wadsley. Alan is a member of Alta Industrial Board. The board was founded in the 1950's. The Industrial Board is made up of five members. In the past, they helped sponsor the league of high schools wherein high school students built houses. They were taught by Kim Piercy among others. However, that project has now shifted to the Storm Lake schools...
Hanover Historical Society holds annual meeting (01/21/16)
The annual meeting of the Hanover Historical Society was held Sunday, January 10, at St. John Lutheran Church, rural Alta. Members of the society rejoiced as they burned the mortgage on the blacksmith shop property that was purchased in 2005. The generous donations of community members and successful fund-raising events made this possible...
Aurelia School Board considers track improvements (01/21/16)
The Aurelia School Board conducted a workshop meeting Monday night in the Aurelia Middle School building. Workshops are informal meetings the board schedules as needed that allow the board to "kick around ideas, without having to take a formal vote," as Board President Dan Winterhof said...
Veterans Sweet Heart Supper scheduled for February 17 (01/21/16)
The Veterans Sweet Heart Supper will be held February 17 at 6 p.m. at the Alta Community Building. The public is welcome. This program is $10 per person. Supper will consist of roast beef or ham. Entertainment will begin at 7 p.m. with Touch of Broadway performing. There will also be door prizes...
Alta Kiwanis (01/21/16)
Tuesday morning's guest speaker was Linda Dierking. Linda works for Upper Des Moines and is an educational director of the pre-school in Alta. In the past, the kids were allowed to explore on their own and then their teachers determined their course of teaching. Now there is more accountibilty. Teachers goals this year are to teach kids social skills, and how to use small and large muscle groups. In previous years,...
A-A wrestlers each win 100th match (01/14/16)
Alta-Aurelia High School wrestlers (L-R) Colton Larson, Skyler Solko and Bret Sherkenbach each won their 100th wrestling match on Tuesday January 5th. / Photo courtesy of Karla Solko
Five A-A band students participate in Northwest Iowa Honor Band (01/14/16)
Approximately 180 high school musicians from 40 area high schools combined their talents for the 62nd annual Northwest Iowa Honor Band Festival on Saturday, January 9, at 7 p.m. in Eppley Auditorium at the Morningside College Campus in Sioux City. Membership was chosen through auditions held November 7 in Storm Lake from among 331 entries. Alta-Aurelia High School was be represented by five students:...
A-A School Board still discussing the possibility of adding classrooms (01/14/16)
Over the last few months, the Alta-Aurelia School Boards have been discussing construction projects, including possibly adding three classrooms to the Alta school building. As part of the education process, Superintendent Dale Evans invited representatives from Iowa Construction Advocate Team (ICAT) to the board meeting to explain how ICAT could help save the district money during the construction...
Alta-Aurelia School Boards shown financing options (01/14/16)
During the past few Alta-Aurelia School Board meetings, the boards have been discussing expanding the Alta building by three class rooms, and making improvements to the football field/track area. School Superintendent Lynn Evans is exploring various options for financing these projects...
Notes from your Alta Library (01/14/16)
Happy New Year! 2016 has arrived and brought a change in weather. After the unusual high temps and mostly dry weather, we are now experiencing cold wind and snow. But who knows how long it will last -- weather is extremely unpredictable. Let's think for a minute about January. ...
Community Center renovation yields unexpected treasure (01/07/16)
For years a set of plaques hung on the wall of the Alta Community Center- silhouettes depicting the essence of Alta- the downtown facade on Main Street, the old school building, the grain elevator, the trains, the water tower, a church and a farm. The silhouettes were made by longtime Alta cabinet maker Glen Bauer, and donated to the community, possibly for the the city's centennial in 1978. ...
Snowmobiles become an issue for City of Alta (01/07/16)
During the City Council Open Forum, a citizen complained of snowmobiles crossing her driveway and continually spreading snow on it, and that the snowmobilers had knocked down a sign she had erected. The citizen said she had injuries which made shoveling snow painful. Members of the Council also said they had witnessed instances of snowmobilers acting improperly...
Councilman Hach steps down (01/07/16)
"Things move at 'The Speed of Government," says Rob Hach, coining a phrase. "It's not the people, it's the process that defines the speed." Hach has served on the Alta City Council for the past four years trying to act as a pro-business influence...
Alta Kiwanis (01/07/16)
Welcome to new year 2016. Our first guest speaker of the new year was Brad Pederson. Brad works for the city of Alta. He spoke to us about the city of Alta Recyclable Program. Regular garbage pickup day is on Monday and is limited to four 33-gallon containers. Monday's garbage is sent to a landfill in Carroll. Recyclables are picked up on Friday. They are to be placed in see-thru plastic 33 gallon bags and there is no limit on number of bags...
The City of Alta reminds community of the snowmobile ordinance (01/07/16)
The City of Alta has gotten recent complaints about snowmobiles running through the town. The city would like to remind the community of the snowmobile ordinance that is in effect. The ordinance, it its entirety, can be obtained at the City Clerk's office...
Alta wins $363K low-cost loan for drinking water project planning (01/05/16)
Fifteen water quality projects including one in Alta will benefit from a combined total of more than $20.7 million in low-cost water quality loans through the State Revolving Fund. State Revolving Fund Construction Loans are a low-cost construction financing option available for Iowa cities and municipalities for water quality initiatives. ...
B.V. Sheriff's Reserve Association boon to Alta Community Center (12/28/15)
"We came in Monday morning and we were surprised to find the counters, the floors and the ceiling in the kitchen all finished!" said Marge Neulieb. She was referring to the renovation taking place in the Alta Community Center, located on Highway 7 on the East side of town. The sheriffs department had promised to help, but they over-delivered considerably...
Alta Library to show "Frosty the Snowman" (12/28/15)
The Alta Library will be showing the movie, "Frosty the Snowman" on Friday, Jan. 15th from 4:30-5:00. Snacks will be provided. Guest appearance, "Library Snowman."
Alta schools major depositors at Lord's Cupboard food bank (12/28/15)
In the weeks leading up to Christmas, Alta Elementary School competed against Alta High School to see who could collect the most food for The Lord's Cupboard, which supplies food and toiletry items for underprivileged families living within 51002 zip code of Alta. The elementary school weighed in at 860 pounds, and the high school hit 920 pounds! Each load filled up the back of a full-size pick up truck...
Ugly Sweaters (12/22/15)
Faculty and Staff of Alta Elementary School had an ugly sweater contest, Friday December 18th. "We did it just for fun!" said Sherry Van Berkum (second from left, back row). Jayson Garcia (center, front) kept the participants smiling during the photo session. / Photo by Chip Hubert...
Elston reflects on 12 years of service on City Council (12/22/15)
After serving on Alta's City Council 12 years, Molly Elston is stepping aside. "I think it's good to get some new blood in there with new ideas, to keep growing and moving forward," she says. It will also give her more time for her busy schedule as a teacher with teenage children, and coach of the volleyball and softball teams. ...
Alta choir, band entertain town (12/22/15)
"We wanted to keep it short and light because we know the parents are busy," said Choir director Rebecca Elemond. She produced a lively show with songs that were new and old at the same time. "I wasn't sure 'The Twelve Days After Christmas' would go over, but it did." Another modified song was "Jingle Bells (Sort Of)", a bouncy, tongue-in-cheek rendition of the classic. ...
City Council approves an official Trails Committee (12/17/15)
The City Council makes Trails Committee official At last month's meeting, Roger Radke of the unofficial Trails committee told the council an official committee was required before they could apply for any grants to fund two proposed trails. So, at this meeting, the council passed a resolution to form an official Trails Committee. ...
A-A middle schoolers entertain with their Christmas concert (12/17/15)
The Alta Middle School Choir and Band put on their Christmas concert at the middle school gym Tuesday night to a packed house. Deb Paterson, in her 33rd year as Choir Director said, "This group has a lot of talent, and they work well together, so we were able to do some more difficult songs this year. I have enjoyed working with them."...
School board looking to get help with major construction projects (12/17/15)
School board to get help with major construction The School Board is in the process of addressing a shortage of classroom space, and the track and football field condition. The Superintendent has invited Iowa Construction Advocate Team (ICAT) to look at the facilities and suggest the most efficient way forward. ICAT is an arm of the Iowa Association of School Boards, created to provide experienced guidance for school districts contemplating construction projects...
Santa visits Alta Library (12/17/15)
On Friday evening, Santa and Mrs. Claus took a break from their busy schedule to stop by the Alta Library to listen to children's wish lists, conduct a game or two, and provide some snacks for the kids. Santa said "Things are going really well, and I enjoy listening to the kids answers," but he reported one out of ten kids said they had been bad this year. It was unclear if that meant one out of ten were bad, or one out of ten were honest...
Kiwanis News & Notes (12/17/15)
Newly elected to a third term as mayor of Alta, Ron Neulieb was Tuesday's guest speaker. Ron stated that around this time of year all committees and boards are busy submitting their budgets for the new year. It is the job of the mayor and city council to keep budgets in line so that city taxes won't have to be increased...
Missing children found safe in Alta (12/17/15)
After a search, Storm Lake Police located two missing children in a residence in Alta Monday night. The two, age 3 and 1, were considered missing after a removal order was issued to assure the children's well being, and family members did not respond...
Sheriff investigating stabbing incident in Alta (12/15/15)
Sheriff's officials are continuing to investigate a stabbing incident in Alta early Sunday morning. Reportedly, a fight broke out, and one victim was stabbed in the back at Century Bar around 2 a.m. At the time, authorities were looking for two white males, accompanied by two white females, who they wish to speak to about the incident...
Alta lights up Christmas tree for its third holiday season (12/10/15)
At the corner of First and Main sits Alta's Christmas Tree, a large pine. Sunday night Brian Underwood gave a short speech and turned on the tree's colored lights to officially launch another Holiday Season in Alta. He spoke of the memory of his daughter, Angela Underwood, who was tragically killed in 2000 at the age of 16 in a car accident nearby. ...
A-A High School basketball team to host fundraiser at Pizza Ranch (12/10/15)
The Alta-Aurelia High School Basketball teams will have a fund raiser at Pizza Ranch the night of Wednesday, December 16th from 5 - 8 p.m. All the teams along with the coaches will be there to serve pizza inside, and at the drive-through. You can help by getting pizza, and a tip jar will be out for the more motivated supporters. This is the second year the team has held its fund raiser at Pizza Ranch...
A-A Dance scores at state (12/10/15)
A-A DANCE SCORES AT STATE - The Alta-Aurelia Fusion Dance team won second place in their Hoopla routine and third in Kick at the Iowa State Dance Team competition. Coach Kayla Wilson said "This is the best group of girls I've had, and it has been a fun season!" The coach and team came up with the routines together, and have been practicing since late July. ...
Alta Elementary school puts on its Winter Concert (12/10/15)
On Monday night the Alta Elementary school put on its Winter Concert in front of a jam-packed house of parents, friends and supporters, performing such classics as "Jingle Bells" as well as newfangled tunes like "Ugly Sweater." Each grade filed onto the bleachers in its turn to sing three songs, except for the fifth grade which performed first and last...
VFW Auxiliary holds ceremony for elementary students for the patriotic writing contest (12/10/15)
The VFW Auxiliary held a ceremony at the elementary school Tuesday morning to recognize winners of a patriotic writing contest, and to donate Kleenex to the school. The Kleenex donation is the second big event of the school year for the VFW Auxiliary, after the school supplies donation in August...
Alta Kiwanis (12/10/15)
India, a country which is one-third the size of the U.S., contains one-sixth of the world's population. Boasting a population of 1.3 billion, India is predominately Hindu and Muslims. Only about 3% of India is Christian. Since 2000, Tuesday's guest speaker Pastor Doug Corlew of Summit Church in Alta has made eight missionary trips to South Central India. ...
Alta Fire Department to hold soup supper (12/03/15)
The Alta Fire Department will be holding a free will donation soup supper Sunday December 6 from 4:30p.m. to 7 p.m. Santa will be on hand for the kids to share their wish lists from 6-7 and the Alta Community Chamber will have a table to register for a free turkey or ham with drawing to be held after the tree lighting. ...
Alta budget anticipates early snow (12/03/15)
Sunday night and into the next few days, freezing rain turned into snow, and accumulated eight to twelve inches, according to the National Weather Service, making a mess of local roads. Tuesday morning, Alta Mayor Ron Neilueb said "I met for coffee with our snow removal crews this morning, and of course they had been up half the night. ...
Ninth annual 'No Hungry Neighbors' food drive (12/03/15)
Alta Municipal Utilities and the City of Alta are sponsoring their 9th annual food drive to serve the needy people in our community. The winter season is fast approaching and it brings additional hardships with it. Together we can make a difference in the lives of the needy. We can make sure that no one in our community goes hungry during this upcoming holiday season...
BV Co. Pork Producer's 2015 Royalty visit area second graders (12/03/15)
Miss Pigtails Joelle Arnts, Madison Theisen and Ashley Hinkeldey, along with Pork Queen Brea Baumhover, visited area schools including St. Mary's, Storm Lake Public, Albert City, Sioux Central, Newell, and Alta. The girls educated on various topics including where their food comes from, how farmers raise a pig and produce pork and how farmers take good care of their animals, nutrition of pork and the safety of meat, non-meat products made out of the hog, the importance of the pork industry, especially in our area of the nation, with Iowa being the 1st ranked state in pork production. ...
Race Banquet to be held December 5th (12/03/15)
The annual Buena Vista Raceway Banquet will be held Saturday, December 5th at the Alta Community Center, with the social beginning at 5 p.m. and dinner of pork loin, green been casserole, garlic potatoes and cookies served at 6 p.m. "Just about every local business has contributed door prizes," say Sharon Hinners, coordinator of the banquet. "We probably have over $1000 so far, with more to come," she adds. "Things like coozies, hats, gift certificates, tools, and at least one Garden Gnome!"...
Character learning paying dividends in AA schools (11/24/15)
Character really does count. Officials of the Alta-Aurelia school district are celebrating the impact of character-building programs in their schools, in the third year for the effort in the Alta buildings and the second in Aurelia. "It's the biggest push we have, and we can feel that it has changed the climate for the better in our schools," A-A Superintendent Lynn Evans told the Pilot-Tribune recently...