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Alta News

Burbach Aquatics makes pitch to city council for pool (07/24/14)
Dave Burbach of Burbach Aquatics Inc. met with Alta City Council members in a special workshop Monday to begin discussion on ideas for a possible future aquatic center. With his charismatic personality he first gave the council some background on his firm located out of Platteville, Wisconsin...
Wardell shows kids and parents how summers should be spent (07/17/14)
Dan Wardell brought excitement and energy to Alta last Friday. As someone who has been with Iowa Public Television for the past eight years with the Kids Clubhouse program, Wardell gotten the opportunity to go out to libraries all around the state this summer to share the reading theme Fizz! Boom! Read!...
Alta school board looks at Physical Plant and Equipment levy resolution (07/17/14)
The new Alta Elementary principal Kurt Hanna introduced himself to the Alta-Aurelia community school district on Monday night. He grew up in Storm Lake and graduated from high school in 2002. He attended Buena Vista and taught school in the area as well as a few years in Texas...
Allerdings is newest firefighter for Alta Fire Department (07/10/14)
After getting a taste of life in the big city, Andrew Allerdings along with his wife Geneva have come to Alta. He has been back in Alta since February and has enjoyed being back. He got a promotion at Hy-Vee and is working there after being in the Des Moines branch. His wife also also works at Hy-Vee and they moved here because they want to raise their family in Alta. Wanting to be apart of the Alta Fire Department came because of a conversation with family members...
Rehearsals for Cinderella musical well underway at the Roxy Theatre (05/30/14)
Practice for Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella at the Roxy Theatre in Alta is fully underway, with the wicked stepmother already yelling as she tries fitting the glass slipper on her too large foot. Take a step inside the theatre during a week night as the Pilot Tribune did and the talented actors and actresses will be practicing on stage as long as they don't burst out in laughter after making a blooper. ...
Alta Class Graduation of 2014 (05/21/14)
Alta-Aurelia graduated 38 seniors on Sunday at their gym. Students gathered fixing each other's tassels on their hats and preparing for their walk across the stage beforehand in the elementary cafeteria. The high school band performed "Trailridge Saga" followed by the choir's performance of "For Good."...
Alta Kiwanis and elementary students partner to clean up trash (05/21/14)
There is no longer any trash filling the ditches of Highway 7 going from Storm Lake to Alta. Reason is Alta Kiwanis members gathered with Alta Elementary students to clean up all the trash last week on a sunny afternoon. Kiwanis members often do this clean up twice a year. Not only does it help ease the work load when the students help, but the students learn a valuable lesson...
Alta school board approves voting on $0.67 PPEL tax (05/21/14)
Soon all citizens eligible to vote will have the opportunity to cast a ballot on an additional $0.67 tax that will allow the school to update projects the Alta-Aurelia School board have put off over the years due to lack of funds. Alta Schools Superintendent Dr. Lynn Evans says, "We have very specific projects that need to be addressed that have been pushed to the back burner for a number of years."...
Kirsten Doebel wins teacher of the year, takes students to state competition (05/21/14)
One student to compete at national competition
Alta FFA chapter attends 86th leadership conference (05/16/14)
Six Alta-Aurelia FFA members and Mr. Wehde, Chapter Advisor,attended the 86th State FFA Leadership Conference is Ames. They attended Sessions and toured Reiman Gardens. Pictured are Reiman Gardens are Group Leader, Chapter members Sidney Hilsabeck, Stacey Lane, Kirt Langner, Olivia Heschke, Tyler Crum, and Haley Batholomew. Haley Bartholomew and Kirt Langner were the Chapters Official delegates...
Repairs needed at Alta Community building (05/16/14)
The Alta Community building is in need of a few updates as discussed at the most recent city council meeting. Brad Peterson with the city's streets and sanitation department announced, "There are some things that need to happen." Aging in the carpet and bathrooms is becoming apparent with rips and tears outdated wall decor...
Summit Church sends missionary to Haiti, James 127 Village established in LesCayes (05/07/14)
Summit Evangelical Free Church of Alta sent church members on a journey to Lescayes, Haiti expecting to build a home and spread the gospel's mission. When they returned they realized Haiti had become so much more, even intertwining itself with their lives...
Students giving back to Alta and Aurelia communities (05/07/14)
Students at Alta-Aurelia High School took on the outdoors April 25 for their community service day with 200 students serving. It was the perfect day for service as it was with a mix of sunshine and warmth. A-AHS Principal Tom Ryherd says, "We find it necessary to give back."...
Elementary students receive awards for 'digging deeper' posters (04/30/14)
Alta elementary students submitted posters about digging deeper in the soil to be judged in the conservation poster contest with the Soil and Water Conservation District in Buena Vista County. At the end of April Anita Patrick with the district presented awards to students who placed. The contest is open to schools in BV County. This year 1,532 posters were received...
A-A students take six top art awards (04/16/14)
The Twin Lakes Conference Art Day was a successful day for 12 Alta-Aurelia High School students with six of them placing first in their category of art. Students who entered pieces include Paige Sivinski, Trenton Delp, Ben Stange, Cristena Heschke, Maddy Duhn, Dylan Heiderscheit, Tiernan Kolpin, Micah Barnes, Mikayla Tuttle, Beth Carlson, Ali Turnquist, and Kaity Brake...
Seven vacant positions at A-AHS to be filled this year (04/16/14)
Seven positions at Alta-Aurelia High School are in the process of being filled due to six resignations. It's more a chance of coincidence the six employees are leaving at one time without any connected reasons. Darlene Still, the Family and Consumer Science teacher, is taking early retirement. ...
Alta students drive tractors to school for National Ag Day (04/02/14)
The last week of May was dedicated to National Agriculture Week by the Future Famers of America. In order celebrate one of the largest days of the week, National Agriculture Day on Wednesday, March 25 students drove their tractors to school. "What we do is have students drive tractors to school then during that week we hand out some material, talk about agriculture week, then last Saturday the Corn Growers had a corn bowl quiz contest and we participated in that," says Richard Wehde who works at the high school and is also involved with Future Farmers of America.. ...
Parcel Landscaping builds a foundation in Alta (04/02/14)
The first large purchase Ross Parcel made for his business was a concrete saw, and since then he has steadily built up his supply of landscaping materials and tools. He was 16 then, and today he is 20 with his first building almost complete. "This will be my third year on my own. I started buying equipment when I was 16," he says. "A majority of the new shed is done with a building I can use. The office is still a work in progress, but it will be done by June or July."...
Education tests puts Alta and Aurelia Elementary schools on 'watch list' (04/02/14)
At a recent Alta-Aurelia School Board meeting the Iowa Test of Basic Skills scores were presented, showing improvement in some areas and little to no improvements in other grades. There are three categories the students test in every fall; reading, mathematics, science. The specific grades school officials look at are 4th, 8th, and 11th grade classes. Although they do look at each class on an individual basis...
A-A Speech season comes to a close, All-State nominees perform (04/02/14)
Speech season is nearly over, and the results have been turned in. In the individual varsity category Paige Sivinski, Abigail Anderson, Josh Baxter, Caroline Ford, Connor Napierala, Ben Kearney, Kirk Carlson, Katelynn DeRoos, Kaity Brake, Meri Kestel, Izzy Hinkeldey, and Mikayla Tuttle made it to State competition, Junior varsity individuals who made it past districts and onto state are Emily Beukelman, Tali Carr, Emmi Carr, Hanna Westphal, Lauren Falck, and Cynthia Placido. ...
A-A schools approve restructuring for principal and curriculum positions (03/27/14)
'Now we will have a principal overseeing each building every day working with students, teachers, and staff'
Huseman named City Clerk of the Year for 2013 (03/27/14)
The Iowa Rural Water Association is pleased to announce that Tom Huseman with the City of Alta has been named the 2013 City Clerk of the Year. Mr. Huseman was presented with this award during the Iowa Rural Water Association's 39th Annual Conference held at the Veteran's Memorial Community Choice Credit Union Convention Center February 24-26th, 2014 in Des Moines...
Alta Elementary students help other kids through BVRMC Cares for Kids (03/27/14)
Buena Vista Regional Medical Center has always had Alta Elementary raise money for other children at the hospital. This year through the BVRMC Cares for Kids campaign Alta Elementary raised $1,0004. Alta Elementary is the only school at this point who raises funds for this specific cause...
Disney's The Little Mermaid Jr. playing at the Middle School Gym in Aurelia (03/27/14)
Disney's THE LITTLE MERMAID JR. is playing at the Middle School Gym in Aurelia on Thursday, March 27 at 7:00 p.m. Ticket prices are $5 for adults and $1 for students. The 60-minute musical, designed for middle-school aged performers, is based on the 2008 Broadway production and the 1989 animated feature film. The 7th/8th grade cast contains approximately 55 students led by Deb Peterson, Nikole Nuttall, and Sara Walter...
A dance in memory of the Binder girls (03/27/14)
Paige Sivinski and Beth Carlson, Alta-Aurelia dance team members, danced a duet titled, "Lonely," in memory of Camille and Chloe Binder who passed away in a recent train and car collision.
Future writers receive essay contest results (03/13/14)
The Ladies VFW Auxiliary went to classrooms in October to present the essay challenge to the 4th and 5th grade classrooms at Alta Elementary. In November the essays were sent to competition and winners' essays were then sent to district competition in December. ...
Alta trail map laid out (03/13/14)
IDOT meets with trails committee, discuss safe routes to school
Summit church funds and attends conference in Hyderabad, India (01/08/14)
After going on this trip participants immediately want to make a return trip and somehow get more involved. Summit Evangelical Free Church of Alta took a trip Nov. 11 through Nov. 22 to Hyderabad, India where they were involved in leading a ministry conference and working with a boys and girls orphanage...
Fire fighters gearing up to serve soup on Sunday (01/08/14)
Alta Firemen are gearing up for their soup luncheon on Sunday, Jan. 12 that invites everyone from kids to grandpa and grandma. There is no cost to the event, but free will donations will be accepted. So far this year the planning for the event is mostly done and the firemen have their five soups chosen and their 13 hot pans cleaned and ready to go. Five soups will be served at the luncheon including chili, vegetable beef, chicken noodle, chicken tortilla, and cheesy potato. All will be homemade...
Alta Church Schedules (12/19/13)
CHURCH OF CHRIST 505 W. Hwy. 7, Alta Kevin Lewis, Minister Sunday - 9 a.m. SS; 9:40 a.m. Coffee Fellowship; 10 a.m. Worship Service; 10:45 a.m. Wee Worship FIRST PRESBYTERIAN 317 Main Street, Alta Craig Lee, Pastor Phone - 229-0627 Sunday - 9 a.m. Adult Bible study; 10:30 a.m. Worship...
The eagle: A paragon of transformation and renewal (12/19/13)
By REV. REMIGIO P. PANLAQUI Alta and Schaller United Methodist Churches Eagles are the most long-lived birds in the world. It is said that by the time they reach 40 years old, their claws will start to age, losing their effectiveness and making it hard for them to catch their prey. ...
P.I.E. partners celebrate (12/19/13)
For the past eight years, Lisa Brown's first grade class has been partners with Lorri Glawe of the Pilot Tribune as part of the Partners in Excellence program which teams up businesses with school classes. On their last visit, the present first grade class posed with Lorri and presented her with a sign. Lorri is leaving the Pilot Tribune. Below are Lorri Glawe and Lisa Brown...
Dear Santa, All I want for Christmas is... (12/19/13)
Thanks to the students in the junior kindergarten class and the first grade students for sharing their Santa letters with the Pilot Tribune. Junior kindergarten Dear Santa, Please bring me lots of babies, a baby bed, Legos, coloring books and some new clothes...
The reason for the season (12/05/13)
By PASTOR CRAIG LEE First Presbyterian Church Several times a day we are reminded that there are only so many shopping days til Christmas. We receive countless news updates about the dollars retailers are bringing in as the day approaches. Electronic and print media bombard us with ads enticing and guilting us into buying myriad products that we or our family and friends supposedly just can't live without. ...
Horizons to explore garden plan (12/05/13)
Horizon's of Alta has had a successful run with its community garden and many people in the community have benefitted from the produce. Monday, the Alta City Council approved the sale of a parcel of land 212'x110' to Tim Radke located on the north side of the Alta Community Center, which entails the area where the community garden is located. Total purchase price is $15,000...
Kiwanis Notes (12/05/13)
Nov. 26 The Alta Kiwanis met Tuesday, Nov. 26 at Welcov. Speaker was Brad Strader. He shared that buena Vista Regional Medical Center is no longer affiliated with Children's Miracle Network. BVRMC started their own program called "BVRMC Cares for Kids." Having their own program will result in more money being available to purchase equipment used to care for babies and children...
Comfy Claus (12/05/13)
Santa Claus was at the Hoodlebug following the tree lighting ceremony on Dec. 1. Beauden Larson is comfy on Santa's lap. /Photo by Lorri Glawe
A-A MS Honor Roll for first quarter (12/05/13)
The Alta-Aurelia Middle School honor roll is appearing again as several names were left out before it was sent to the Pilot Tribune. Denotes 4.0 Sixth grade - Grace Arnts, Matthew Arnts, Alexanna Barrera, Kienna Carr, Damaris Cortez, Matthew Edwards, Carson Elston, Alexa Fredericksen, Robbie Hach III, Josie Henrichs, Halle Hilsabeck, Suzannah Hinde, Samantha Hogge, Kirah Kolpin, *Chloe Kruger, Daniel Langner, Jair Lopez, Hannah Loring, Logan McCoy, *Jimena Mendoza, Max Miller, Abigail Mitchell, Joshua Parks, Adrian Placido, Michael Ryherd, Caden Shea, Diogo Sliefert, Sydney Stanton, Sarah Sundene, Nathan Weflen, Michael Weiland, Morgan Wilson. ...
Bridal Shower (12/05/13)
A come-and-go bridal card shower for Khristine Reclusado, bride-elect to Russ Hinkeldey, will be held on Dec. 28 at St. John Lutheran Church, 169 630th St., Alta, (Hanover). The shower will be held in the church fellowship hall from 1 to 3 pm. Khristine and Russ are requesting gift cards from Target, Bed Bath and Beyond, Crate and Barrel and Best Buy...
Electric outage scheduled for Dec. 14 (12/05/13)
An electric outage is scheduled for the entire City of Alta Saturday, Dec. 14 at 4 a.m., weather permitting, for the final upgrades to the transmission system. Outage time is expected to be about one and one-half hours. Power will be restored as soon as upgrades are completed...
Megan Peterson named as new Alta City Clerk (12/05/13)
Megan Peterson has been hired as Alta's new city clerk. She moved to Alta in 2002 and she has a great commitment to the community; she has been very involved. She has been the president of the Alta PTO for four years, is the secretary for the newly "re-formed" Alta Community Chamber, and has been the secretary of the Alta Park Board for the last one and a half years...
Athletic Director of the Year (12/05/13)
Mentor Ron Mueller told her years ago she would enjoy this job By LORRI GLAWE Pilot Tribune Staff Alta-Aurelia High School's Terri Zimmerman has been selected as the Athletic Director of the Year for the NW District. the announcement was made by the Iowa High School Athletic Directors Association...
Angela shines over Alta (12/05/13)
Community Christmas tree is memorial tree for Bob and Karen Pender's granddaughter By LORRI GLAWE Pilot Tribune Staff In a special community service on Dec. 1, the lights were flipped on the Pender Memorial Tree, located at the corner of First and Main Streets...
Just in time for cold season (11/25/13)
JUST IN TIME FOR COLD SEASON - The Alta VFW Ladies Auxiliary has been collecting Kleenex which will be donated to the Alta School. They have collected 83 boxes so far; donations are still being collected until the end of the month. If you wish to donate, please drop them off at Cathy Fisher's home, 505 Johnson St. in Alta. For more information, call 200-1761. The auxiliary thanks everyone who donated...
National Support Your Small Business Day: Visit Alta establishments Nov. 30 (11/25/13)
Support Your Small Business Day will be observed on Nov. 30. This special day was initiated three years ago by American Express initiated as a day to remind everyone to shop locally because it benefits everyone. A commercial that American Express currently airs on TV expresses it best:...
Thanksgiving dinner according to 4 year olds (11/25/13)
Thanksgiving will be here on Thursday. Many moms throughout the nation will be up early, preparing feasts for a few or a crowd. This year, give mom a break and let the kids do the cooking. The Pilot Tribune went to some real experts, 4 year olds at the Alta School, and asked them how they would prepare some of the traditional foods...
Students respond: 'What Patriotism Means to Me' (11/25/13)
The Alta VFW Auxiliary once again hosted the Patriot's Pen essay contest. A-A Middle School teacher Susan Piercy made it a class project to compile essays, using the theme, "What Patriotism Means to Me". A total of 46 essays were turned in to the auxiliary for judging. Three essays were selected as local winners and all three will go on to compete in the district contest...
Security check (11/21/13)
Ever woken up in the middle of the night and feared that you forgot to lock the door? Or maybe you were out of the house and wondered if you turned off the stove or the iron. The sense of relief I get when I check the thing I fear or wonder about is very satisfying. I don't have to fear again because now I know. I can feel secure!...
Alta Kiwanis Nerws (11/21/13)
The Alta Kiwanis met Tuesday, Nov. 19 at Welcov. Welcomed as the speaker was Sue Geyer from the Lord's Cupboard. The Lord's Cupboard began in the Methodist Church in 1979 to provide food to members of the church who were in need. The food was stored in a small metal cabinet at the church. ...
Power to be off in all of Alta Nov. 24 for upgrades and repairs (11/21/13)
An electric outage is scheduled for the entire city of Alta on sunday, Nov. 24 at 4 a.m., weather permitting, for upgrades to the transmission system and repairs in the substation. Power will be restored as soon as repairs are completed. Please plan accordingly...
Sisters make donations to 'Locks of Love' (11/21/13)
Locks of Love donations were made last week by Nora Peterson, a 6-year-old first grader at Alta and her sister, Elsie Peterson, a 5-year-old preschooler. Nora donated 12" and Elsie donated 11" of hair. Both girls were excited to jump into Jada Jones' chair at Identity Salon in Aurelia, and are glad that their hair will make someone -- maybe even more than one - very happy. Proud parents of the girls are Tim and Kathy Peterson...
Sisters make donations to 'Locks of Love' (11/21/13)
Locks of Love donations were made last week by Nora Peterson, a 6-year-old first grader at Alta and her sister, Elsie Peterson, a 5-year-old preschooler. Nora donated 12" and Elsie donated 11" of hair. Both girls were excited to jump into Jada Jones' chair at Identity Salon in Aurelia, and are glad that their hair will make someone -- maybe even more than one - very happy. Proud parents of the girls are Tim and Kathy Peterson...
Dictionaries presented (11/21/13)
The Alta Kiwanis recently presented dictionaries to the fourth grade students at the Alta building. The dictionaries are for the students to keep. They will use them in their school work. This is an annual project of the Kiwanis group.
Wee Care students see wheat go from garden to bread (11/21/13)
Wee Care teacher Glenda Lewis introduced her students to a garden out their back door, allowing them to plant, weed, harvest and eat produce from the plot. They recently picked wheat from the garden, above, stomped the kernals out by hitting it in a pillow case, getting out the non-usable parts of the kernals, then grinding it into flour. ...
Seventh Annual 'No Hungry Neighbors' food drive going on (11/21/13)
Alta Municipal Utilities and the City of Alta are sponsoring their seventh annual food drive to serve the needy people in Alta. The winter season is fast approaching and it brings additional hardships with it. Together the community can make a difference in the lives of those in need and make sure no one in Alta goes hungry during the upcoming holiday season...
Alta-Aurelia First Quarter Honor Roll (11/21/13)
Middle school Sixth grade - Grace Arnts, Matthew Arnts, Alexanna Barrera, Kienna Carr, Damaris Cortez, Matthew Edwards, Carson Elston, Alexa Fredericksen, Robbie Hach III, Josie Henrichs, Halle Hilsabeck, Suzannah Hinde, Samantha Hogge, Kirah Kolpin, Chloe Kruger, Daniel Langner, Jair Lopez, Hannah Loring, Logan McCoy, Jimena Mendoza, Max Miller, Abigail Mitchell, Joshua Parks, Adrian Placido, Michael Ryherd, Caden Shea, Diogo Sliefert, Sydney Stanton, Sarah Sundene, Nathan Weflen, Michael Weiland, Morgan Wilson. ...
Alta-Aurelia FFA receives $1,500 grant for grain bin rescue equipment Grant provided by Farm Credit Services of America 'Working Here Fund' for rural disaster relief initiatives (11/21/13)
The Alta-Aurelia FFA Chapter received a $1,500 "Working Here Fund" grant to research and purchase a metal-cutting saw for grain bin rescues. The grant is provided through Farm Credit Services of America's (FCSAmerica) Working Here Fund. The selection and purchase of the metal-cutting rescue saw is an educational effort of the Alta-Aurelia FFA Chapter. ...
Alta Kiwanis News (11/13/13)
The Alta Kiwanis met Tuesday, Nov. 12 at Welcov. Lynn Evans, Superintendent at Alta-Aurelia school was the speaker. Mr. Evans praised the excellent job by all who participated in the recent high school production of the musical of "Grease". All performances were sold out a week in advance...
Keeping covenant (11/13/13)
In their book, "The Meaning of Marriage," Tim and Kathy Keller distinguish between "consumer relationships" and "covenantal relationships." Consumer relationships are what you have with the insurance salesman, the plumber, or the caterer. These relationships last only as long as the vendor meets your needs at a cost acceptable to you. ...
Fall vocal concert (11/13/13)
The Alta-Aurelia Middle School and High School choirs presented a concert recently, first singing separately and then coming together as a mass choir to sing a selection. The event was very-well received.
Importance of reading (11/13/13)
In recognition of the recent 10th anniversary of Alta Community Library, special readers were brought in for the kids.
Notes from Your Alta Library (11/13/13)
November is here. We have in this month two days of giving thanks. The first is Veterans Day (previously known as Armistice Day) on Nov. 11, when we salute all those, past and present, who have served in the military to protect our freedoms. The second is Thanksgiving Day. ...
Selected for Honor Band Fest (11/13/13)
Approximately 160 high school students from 40 area high schools will combine their talents for the 60th annual Northwest Iowa High School Honor Band Festival Saturday, Jan. 11. Four Alta-Aurelia students were selected. Membership was chosen through auditions held Nov. 2 in Storm Lake from among 350 entries...
All-State Music Festival participants (11/13/13)
Students from Alta-Aurelia band and vocal departments had the opportunity to audition for the 2013 All-State Music Festival. Hannah Nelson, soprano I, was selected to represent A-A in the All-State Choir. Also trying out for a position in the choir were A-A's Ali Turnquist, Reghan Harms, and Josh Baxter; all were recalled, given a second chance in front of the judges...
Salute to veterans (11/13/13)
The Alta VFW members participated in a number of events this week in recognition of Veteran's Day. Some of the members took part in programs Monday at the Alta-Aurelia Middle School and High School, at Storm Lake Middle School and at St. Mary's School. At left is Bob Rohlfsen salutes. Some of the VFW members from Alta also took part in a program at North Lake Manor on Tuesday. The Alta VFW also sponsored a soup and pie supper last week...
Halloween revisited (11/07/13)
Halloween parties were held all over the community last week.
Future subscriber (11/07/13)
Breyer and Bree Anderson would like to introduce their little brother - Edward Barrett who was born Oct. 23. Proud parents are Cory and Jill Anderson of Alta. Grandparents are Ed and Barb Anderson of Alta and Paul and Carol Peters of Pender, Neb. Great-grandparents are Tom and Pat Schuler of Storm Lake...
Election results: Neulieb and Henderson back, Meyer voted in (11/07/13)
Ron Neulieb was voted in for a second term as the mayor of Alta, defeating Ron Chapman by only 10 votes. Pam Henderson, incumbent, was voted back on to the council, receiving 165 votes, or 23.78 percent. Lee Meyer also earned a council seat, receiving 237 votes or 34.15 percent...
Grease! (11/07/13)
Grease" has been one of the biggest productions put on at the Alta-Aurelia School and one of the greatest! The large cast, under the direction of Denise Nicodemus, Luke Miller and CorbetButler, has worked very hard. The three scheduled shows planned for this weekend are already sold out. /Lorri Glawe...
Confidence in Christ (10/30/13)
In You, O Lord, I put my trust, let me never be ashamed; deliver me with Your righteousness. Psalm 31:1 The sixteenth century Reformation movement under Martin Luther was, above all else, a matter of pastoral concern. If people are to be believers and part of Christ's Church they must be taught the Gospel in all its truth and purity. ...
Alta Kiwanis (10/30/13)
The Alta Kiwanis met Tuesday, Oct. 29 at Welcov. Guest speaker was State Representative Gary Worthan. Gary has been chairman of the House budget committee for four years. When he took over as chairman, the state had a $900 million deficit. Today, the state has a surplus of $800 million...
Death notice (10/30/13)
Donald D. Anderson, age 82 of Council Bluffs passed away Oct. 30, 2013. Family and friends will meet in the Garner Township Cemetery on Saturday at 10 a.m. for a graveside service. A reception will follow in the community room at Hoy-Kilnoski. He was born in Alta, on Jan. 26, 1931 to the late Earl and Pearl (Polkinghorn) Anderson...
'Thank you' from A-A Music Boosters (10/30/13)
From KEITH GLIENKE and ROSE ECKERMAN / co-presidents The Alta-Aurelia Music Boosters would like to thank the Alta and Aurelia communities for their overwhelming support of this year's "Just Donate" night. Thanks to the generosity of so many, we have currently received over $8,200 which will be put towards uniforms for the high school band and choir students, as well as musical instrument repairs and upgrades...
A-A students selected for Northwest Iowa Honor Choir; will perform Nov. 5 at LeMars (10/30/13)
Eight Alta-Aurelia seventh-eighth choir students of director Deb Peterson auditioned and were selected to take part in the Northwest Iowa JH Honor Choir. Those students - Justine Ryherd, Alicia Turnquist, Hope DeRoos, Emma Buss, Ricky Pizano, Tristan Jansen, Keaton Mork, Colton Henkel - will practice all day at the LeMars High School on Tuesday, Nov. ...
A-A students selected for Northwest Iowa Bandmasters Honor Band; to perform Saturday in SL (10/30/13)
The 46th annual Northwest Iowa Junior High/Middle School Honor Band festival will take place on Saturday, at the High School Gymnasium in Storm Lake. Approximately 370 seventh and eighth grade musicians from 44 Northwest Iowa schools auditioned on Oct. 19 for places in one of two, 100-member bands...
Warrior cross country boys heading to state! (10/30/13)
For the third year in a row, the Warrior cross country boys will be going to state. Team member Ross Friedrich finished sixth (out of 109 runners) and as a team they finished third at the regional meet last week.
Robin Miller's haunted maze adding to halloween fun in Alta (10/30/13)
Robin Miller has been "collecting" Halloween decorations for several years - picking up things at garage sales, auctions, end of the season sales and even receiving them as Christmas gifts. For the past seven halloweens, with the help of Wes and Brad Bunjes, she has offered a haunted maze in her yard. It has become a tradition for trick or treaters who find their way through the maze and at the end are rewarded with a treat...
On the Alta ballot (10/30/13)
Don't forget - Tuesday is election day! When you go to the polls, you will see two names on the ballot for mayor. Current mayor Ron Neulieb, is seeking re-election. Ron Chapman, who is currently serving on the city council, is also seeking the mayor position...
Library celebrates 10 year (10/30/13)
The Alta Community Library celebrated its 10th anniversary Friday of being located in the school. An open house was held. By JOAN CURBOW Library Board President It's gratifying to see the library continue to develop; we've seen an explosion in children's programming under Laura Turnquist's leadership, and we're now offering some adult opportunities under our new director, Andrea Hogrefe. Both of these women are energetic and creative and dedicated to providing excellent library service...
Alta Kiwanis meets (10/23/13)
The Alta Kiwanis met Tuesday, Oct. 22 at Welcov. Speaker was Lori Philips who is in her first year as Alta-Aurelia Elementary Principal. Lori and her husband live in Ida Grove. They have five children ranging in age from 14-31. After graduating from Morningside, Lori taught Spanish and was a guidance counselor. ...
True (Unsung) Heros (10/23/13)
This is evidence of the righteous judgment of God, that you may be considered worthy of the kingdom of God, for which you are also suffering -- since indeed God considers it just to repay with affliction those who afflict you, and to grant relief to you who are afflicted as well as to us, when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven with His mighty angels in flaming fire, inflicting vengeance on those who do not know God and on those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus. ...
A-A JH football (10/23/13)
By MIKE FRY A-A JH Football coach Seventh grade Alta-Aurelia Warriors - 40, Ridge View Raptors - 12 On Tuesday, Oct. 8 the younger Warriors traveled to Early to battle the Ridge View Raptors for their last away game of the season. It didn't take long for the younger Warriors to show they were there to play and the offense steadily marched the ball down the field behind good blocking and hard running. ...
A-A to present 'Grease' (10/23/13)
Under the direction of Denise Nicodemus, Luke Miller and Corbet Butler, Alta-Aurelia students are preparing for their production of "Grease." The play will be on the Roxy Theatre stage Nov. 8 and Nov. 9 at 7:30 p.m. and Nov. 10 at 2 p.m. Tickets are going fast so please reserve your seat today by contacting Shawna at the A-A High School - 200-1331...
Halloween events to check out in Alta (10/23/13)
Halloween at the Alta Library Family costume party, Monday, Oct. 28 - 5-6:30 p.m. The Maple Valley Ag 4-H'ers will be helping with centers. Come wearing a costume! Haunted Maze at Alta Community Center The Alta Community Chamber will host a haunted maze at the Alta Community Center in celebration of halloween. ...
Give me an R-E-A-D (10/23/13)
The Alta-Aurelia football cheerleaders led the cheer - R-E-A-D at the recent story time at the Alta Library. Some 40 kids attended the event which included stories, cheers for the cheerleaders, free hotdogs and crafts. - oh, and a visit from the snowman who "got his dates mixed up" and is supposed to be at the library event in January. /Photos by Lorri Glawe...
Auditor reports available on the Alta Municipal Broadband Communications Utility and Alta Municipal Utilities (10/02/13)
Auditor of State, Mary Mosiman, has released audit reports on the Alta Municipal Broadband Communications Utility and on the Alta Municipal Utilities. The reports include the cash receipts and disbursement activities and other information, The Alta Municipal Broadband Communications Utility operates telephone and cable and internet utility departments. ...
One hundred years of wonderful (10/02/13)
Addie Petersen will earn the distinction of being a centenarian on Oct. 13. She still drives, lives in her own home, remains active and shares her sense of humor. "If anyone had told me I was going to live to be 100 years old, I would have told them they were crazy," she said...
Alta-Aurelia Homecoming (09/27/13)
Homecoming was celebrated at Alta-Aurelia last week which will make great memories for the students.
Alta Kiwanis Nerws (09/19/13)
The Alta Kiwanis met Tuesday, Sept. 17 at Wel-Life. There was no speaker. Business meeting: Kiwanis along with Alta-Aurelia football moms are having a homecoming breakfast for players, cheerleaders, and coaches at 7 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 20 at the Alta Golf Course. ...
Pastor's Corner - Reassurance (09/19/13)
By PASTOR JOHN H. SCHMIDT St. John Lutheran, Hanover Blessed be the Lord day by day, who burdens Himself with us; He is the God of our salvation. Psalm 68:19 The high point of this Psalm's message is presented (as in so many) in the middle verses where it tells of Christ's resurrection victory and the glorious result of His ascension (v. ...
Notes from Your Alta Library (09/19/13)
September is half over.here. In another twist of weather, it turned hot again, resulting in "early-outs" for school, and the return of air conditioning, and the desperate need for rain. I was interested to receive via e-mail, a list of famous authors who have September birthdays. ...
Wee Care Preschool makes learning fun (09/19/13)
Classes at Wee Care Preschool are up and running with a full class.
Walsh gives up city council seat after 15 years (09/19/13)
Brian Walsh has served 15 years on the Alta City Council. He will not be running for another term but has enjoyed sharing his voice and helping make decisions that are in the best interest of the community members. Walsh has worked with five mayors - Ed Buckendahl, Courtney Lytle, Ed Buckendahl again when Lytle moved away, Tom French, Richard Morris and Ron Neulieb - and numerous city council members...
Alta City council talks land sales (09/19/13)
The Alta City Council discussed possible sales of available lots in the city-owned Eighth Addition and in the Alta Municipal Utilities Subdivision at its meeting last week. Darell DePrez made an offer for $16,000 per lot for Lots 11 and 12 in the Eighth Addition. DePrez would like to build four houses on the two lots with a similar plan he used on West Second Street...
Homecoming is underway (09/19/13)
Homecoming has been celebrated all week at the Alta-Aurelia Schools. It was twin (and triplet) day on Wednesday. Above real twins - Levis and James Owens. At Right -Haven Chase, Nate Harems, Emily Beukelman. See many more pictures in next week's issue. Attend the parade and pep rally on Friday...
Healthy Harvest (09/19/13)
The Alta Community Garden produced a good crop again this year. Vegetables have been shared among the gardeners and with many others in the community including the Lord's Cupboard and Olive Branch. It is hoped more people will want to take part next year. Front - Sue Boyd, Pam Henderson, Beth Kessler, Marie Michelson. Back - Ron and Marge Neulieb, Cassie Bishop, Marlene Clay, Lynette Hansen, Cathy Fisher, Jerry Buckendahl...
Future Subscriber (09/19/13)
Cade Wesley Bunjes Cade Wesley Bunjes was born Sept. 11, 2013. Proud parents are Wes and Kirstie Bunjes of Alta. Proud Grandparents are Jeff and Carol Bunjes of Alta and Kirk and Kathy Friedrichsen of Holstein. Great-Grandparents are JoAnn Friedrichsen of Holstein, Gerald Morton of LeMars, Margret Bunjes of LeMars and Darvin and Jane Petersen of LeMars...
Listen, learn and play at Alta District Preschool (09/12/13)
Alta Kiwanis Nerws (09/11/13)
The Alta Kiwanis met Tuesday, Sept. 10 at Wel-Life. There was no guest speaker. The business meeting began with the treasurer's report. Kiwanis is applying for a $5,000 grant from Buena Vista County Community Foundation . If the grant is approved, the funds would be used to update technology at the A-A elementary level. In addition, the club would kick in $1,000...
Alta Kiwanis Nerws (09/11/13)
The Alta Kiwanis met Tuesday, Sept. 10 at Wel-Life. There was no guest speaker. The business meeting began with the treasurer's report. Kiwanis is applying for a $5,000 grant from Buena Vista County Community Foundation . If the grant is approved, the funds would be used to update technology at the A-A elementary level. In addition, the club would kick in $1,000...
Pastor's Corner - Reassurance (09/11/13)
By PASTOR CRAIG LEE First Presbyterian Church For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. ~Jeremiah 29:11-13 (NIV)...
City elections coming up; get your nomination papers until Sept. 19 (09/11/13)
City elections will be held Nov. 5 with two city council seats expiring and the mayor's seat. There are also four park board seats available. Mayor Rob Neulieb will be seeking re-election. Council member Pam Henderson is seeking re-election and council member Brian Walsh will not be...
Partners in Excellence (09/11/13)
The Pilot Tribune newspaper is teamed up with Mrs. Brown's first grade class as part of the P.I.E. program. Name: Caitlyn Mattson Parents: Jennifer Carlson and Bud Mattson Birthday: March 16 Siblings: Brother - Dusty, 4 Favorite color: Pink Favorite...
Lillian turning 90 (09/11/13)
Please wish Lillian (Kjolhede) Rystad, formerly of Alta, a happy 90th birthday. Cards may be sent to her at: 48 Bayview Way Mountain Home, AR 72653
Rehnstroms celebrate 60th (09/11/13)
High school sweethearts, Merrill and Phyllis Rehnstrom of rural Alta, will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary on Saturday, Sept. 21 with an open house from 2-4:30 p.m. at the Hope Evangelical Free Church, 2015 West Milwaukee Ave., Storm Lake. They were married Sept. 27, 1953...
A-A Homecoming will be celebrated Sept. 16-20 (09/11/13)
Here is the schedule for the week. Monday, Sept. 16- - No School (Iowa Core Professional Development Day); JVR VB at Manson Tuesday, Sept. 17 - Dress up day; 5:30 p.m. VB at St. Mary's Wednesday, Sept. 18 -Dress up day; student council-sponsored blood drive...
Glenda Lewis is helping create better lives for Honduras moms (09/11/13)
When Glenda Lewis returned from a mission trip to Honduras earlier this summer, her life was changed. She saw the endurance of the moms who will do anything to feed their children - even if it means rising in the middle of the night to make tortillas to sell on the streets for a few dollars...
JJenny Peterson is a foster mom for rescued puppy mill dogs (09/11/13)
Jenny Peterson is a foster mom. Most of those that come into her home have had a sad life. She makes it her mission to show love towards those that come in to her home and to let them know that someone really does care about them. Her foster "kids" are all dogs most of which have been rescued from puppy mills...
Sailing (09/05/13)
Youth from Alta Summit Church and Hope Evangelical Free Church of Storm Lake were treated to sail boat rides by the Storm Lake Kiwanis on a beautiful Sunday evening as part of an outreach ministry.
To boldly go where no one has gone before (09/05/13)
As an official "geezer" (senior citizen) I find myself left in the dust by much of the technology available to us today. Yes, I text. No, I don't tweet. I think I'll stay there for now. I do enjoy my Facebook friends, and as I was never very good at writing letters but would rather pick up the phone, I now find I have the best of both worlds: a written and pictorial message with almost the immediacy of a phone call...
Family Movie Night at Alta Library Sept. 17 (09/05/13)
The Alta Community Library will be having Family Movie Night, Tuesday, Sept. 17 at 5 p.m. Free popcorn will be provided. Come and watch the new DVD, "Super Buddies." Watch the fur fly as a new breed of super hero is born in Disney's fun-filled epic adventure. ...
Maple Valley Ag 4-H'ers perform Share-The-Fun at the Iowa State Fair (09/05/13)
Some nine Buena Vista County 4-H'ers traveled to Des Moines to perform during the 2013 Share-the-Fun event at the Iowa State Fair. Share-the-fun participants perform vocal or instrumental music, dance, humorous skits, monologues and specialty acts. 4-H'ers representing the Maple Valley Agriculturalists performed "The Night Before Fair" on Monday, Aug. 12 at the 4-H Exhibits Building Performing Arts Stage...
Galvins recognized with Iowa Farm Environmental Leader Award (09/05/13)
Gov. Terry E. Branstad, Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds, Iowa Sec. of Agriculture Bill Northey and Iowa Department of Natural Resources Director Chuck Gipp presented 63 Iowa farm families with the Iowa Farm Environmental Leader Award during a ceremony at the Iowa State Fair on Thursday, Aug. 15. Garold and Ila Galvin, were recipients of this award and were nominated by the Buena Vista County Soil and Water Conservation District...
A dog-gone nice day for a swim at the Alta Pool (09/05/13)
The Alta Pool closed its season again this year by turning it over to the dogs. Everyone was invited to bring their dogs for a swim; there were no fights and some dogs enjoyed the water and some did not. The dog-lovers had a great time!
Water quality problems being taken care of (09/05/13)
The water quality at Alta has been in question over the past several months. The Alta Municipal Utilities staff wants the community to know that they're working as quickly as they can to remedy the situation. "We're doing something in one year that would normally take three years to do," said water plant manager Steve Vande Weerd...
Panthers hold off Mustangs (08/30/13)
On a hot night in Storm Lake the St. Mary's Panthers managed to hang on for a four set win over the Newell-Fonda Mustangs in a season opening clash of Twin Lakes Conference teams. St. Mary's jumped out to an early lead with a 25-19 victory that was back and forth until the Panthers managed to pull away. ...
Alta firemen's fundraiser (08/29/13)
The Alta firemen hosted their annual fundraiser meal and dance on Saturday; many people came out to support the dedicated firemen and women. Above - members help serve the meal. Below - a drawing was held for the Kubota and afghan donated by Lois Sievers. At left top - the old fire truck was brought out kids were given rides. Left below - the firemen and women do the "YMCA" during the dance. /Photos by Shannon Sutton...
Back in time at Hanover Village (08/29/13)
The 17th Annual Hanover Festival took place Sunday with lots of heat, music, dancing, food and fun. People of all ages enjoyed the ecvent that featured many demonstrations which showed early farming techniques. Above is the Hanover Store. At right - Jaedyn Marshall was right at home on an antique tractor. ...
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Myron Radke How many years have you been on the board? Two and 1/2 years Why do you want to contiue serving on the board? To help keep the Alta and Aurelia sharing agreement going in such a positive direction. Are there issues you think need addressing?...
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Jen Kaskey How many years have you been on the board? I have been on the Aurelia board for four years (one term). Why do you want to continue serving on the board? There are several reasons I want to continue serving on the board. I enjoy going to board meetings and hearing about all of the new opportunities for our kids, and the continued innovation and improvements that the teachers and administration are implementing. ...
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Greg Kueny How many years were you previously on the board? Three years Why do you want to serve on the board again? Here in Alta, we have no one serving on the board with children going to school. Are there issues you think need addressing? 1. Finances - always a challenge...
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Gigi Nelson How many years have you been on the board? I am completing my first term of four years. Why do you want to contiue serving on the board? When I was initially elected, the Alta and Aurelia communities were beginning to seriously examine the opportunity of whole grade sharing and what that meant for their future. ...
Alta and Aurelia School Board candidates: election is Sept. 10 (08/29/13)
On Tuesday, Sept. 10, Iowans will head to the polls in more than 340 school districts across the state to vote for the men and women who will collectively affect Iowa's education system. The public elects local school boards only every other year for four-year terms; in some cases, a majority of seats will be open. The Iowa Association of School Boards urges the public to make education a priority by paying attention to local campaigns and voting on Sept. 10...
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COLLECTION OF SCHOOL SUPPLIES - The Alta VFW Auxiliary sponsored the annual school supply drive. Several items were received and have been given to the school; the drive will continue until Labor Day for anyone who still wants to give. Some of the auxiliary members and teachers - front - Allison Robbins, Penny Payne. Back - VFW Auxiliary member Marie Michelson, Lisa Brown, Brian Christiansen, Laurie Aube, Lori Phillips and VFW Auxiliary member Cathy Fisher. /Photo by Lorri Glawe...
The silence of doubt (08/21/13)
Elijah came near to all the people and said, "How long will you go limping between two different opinions? If the Lord is God, follow him; but if Baal, then follow him." And the people did not answer him a word. -- 1 Kings 18:21 How embarrassing. Like someone hit the collective mute button, people were totally speechless. ...
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Brad and Julie Bunjes of Alta are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Grahm Jeffrey Bunjes. He arrived Aug. 13 at 5:39 p.m., tipping the scales at 8 lbs. 5 oz. He was 21 1/2 inches long. Grahm is welcomed home by his big sister, Blair. Proud grandparents are Jeff and Carol Bunjes, Alta, and Gary and Anne Mohr, Varina...
Putt, putting down the highway (08/21/13)
The Hanover Historical Society sponsored its ninth annual tractor ride on Saturday. The ride began at Hanover with 42 tractors. A coffee break was held at Sunset Knoll. The residents loved that. Then it was off to Martin's Access for dinner. The event ended up with 45 tractors as some joined in along the way. /Photos by Kristen Watts...
Flag raising marks first day of school (08/21/13)
The Alta VFW and Ladies Auxiliary led the annual flag raising ceremony Wednesday at Alta, marking the first day of school. At left the elementary students, with their hands on their hearts, recited the Pledge of Allegiance and Teagan Meyer was given the opportunity to play the bugle as Darel Burns, Bob Holmes, Dan Young and Desel Caboth stood at attention. Below - raising the flag were Pako Garcia and Ryan Jensen. /Lorri Glawe...
New A-A staff ready for the school year (08/21/13)
Alta-Aurelia Schools welcome eight new staff members and a new administrator. School is now underway for the year. Shana Kai - Transitional kindergarten in Aurelia Miss Kai grew up in Aurelia and was a first grade teacher last school year at River Valley. She and her daughter, Reese, 4, reside in Aurelia. Reese will be attending preschool there...
Benefit scheduled for local accident victim (08/21/13)
An evening of food and fun has been scheduled to benefit the family of Steve Sauter of Alta. Sauter, who grew up in Storm Lake, was injured on July 30 in a work related accident when he fell 20 feet onto gravel. He is recovering from broken bones and other injuries...
Hanover Festival set for Aug. 25 (08/16/13)
The 17th Annual Hanover Festival will be held Sunday, Aug. 25, at the Hanover Village at the junction of M27 and C65 southwest of Alta. Gates open at noon. This is a great time to revisit the restored village which dates back to the late 1800s and includes a general store, blacksmith shop, restored homes and farm buildings. ...
Napierala to speak on trip to India (08/16/13)
Joe Napierala had the opportunity to travel to New Delhi, India earlier this year where he participated in the NASA Asian Regional Space Settlement Design Competition. He was invited to participate after his performance at the Space Settlement Design Competition in Houston...
Alta City Council continue discussion on drainage district issue (08/16/13)
The Alta City Council is still determining a plan that will assist home owners in the West Links area that have had water problems during big rains. A number of home owners addressed the council back in early June after the heavy rains that took place at the end of May that caused flooding...
Mission trip to Dominican Republic is eye-opener for A-A senior Laura Holmes (08/16/13)
For two summers, Laura Holmes was among a group of Alta youth who saw for themselves the devastation created by the Joplin, Mo, tornadoes of May 2011 and pitched in where they could to help in clean up and to listen to the stories the survivors had to share. They traveled with RISE Ministries out of Sheldon and accompanied many other youth willing to help out...
Alta City Clerk retiring after 29 years of service (08/16/13)
Tom Huseman will be retiring from his Alta City Clerk position the beginning of next year, a spot he has had for the last 29 years. He has received great praise from council members and mayors he has worked with for the superb job he has done for the city...
Children in protective custody after man, woman brawl at King's Pointe (08/13/13)
Storm Lake Police were called to King's Pointe Saturday night on a report that a man had been assaulted by a woman, and that the woman was being held in a guest room. Officers located and detained Kody Hanson, age 29, and Heather Christensen, 34, both of Atlantic. An investigation determined that they had been involved in an argument in the resort room, when Christensen attempted to take the children ages 3 and 7 and leave the room...
Hy-Vee gives cash to school (08/07/13)
Hy-Vee generously supports schools by donating cash for the return of cash register receipts. Alta Kiwanis members Steve Jimmerson and Marie Michelson dropped off receipts, which had been turned in at the school through last school year, to SL store manager Dan Joyner. ...
Wel-Life hosts Barefoot BBQ (08/07/13)
Wel-Life hosted a picnic supper Friday for residents, families and friends. A meal of summer time favorites was served inside when rain clouds filled the sky. When the skies cleared, the party was taken outside where Lake Park's Terry Kline entertained. ...
Boating tradition continues (08/07/13)
The Alta fifth graders enjoyed an afternoon of fun at the lake Tuesday with their Partners in Excellence P.I.E. partners, the Alta Kiwanis. The sixth graders joined them as the annual event was cancelled last year due to the lake being so low. The 32 students had the chance to go boating and tubing on Storm Lake and were treated to a pizza party before departing. ...
National Night Out bring people Alta-gether (08/07/13)
National Night was celebrated throughout the nation on Aug. 6. Alta hosted its version of the event for the second year in a row with another great success. The goal is to heighten crime-prevention awareness, build support and participation in local anti-crime programs, and most importantly, send a message that Alta's neighborhoods are organized and fighting back. ...
Pastor Remy Panlaqui now (08/07/13)
Remigio Panlaqui is now serving as the United Methodist Church's minister, bringing 50 years of experience with him. He is also serving at the United Methodist Church in Schaller. A native of the Philippines, Pastor Remy pointed out careers begin much earlier there. Students graduate from high school at the age of 15. Initially he received stenography training with hopes of working at the Bureau of Labor. When that did not work out he served as a secretary for law firms and later at a bank...
Alta Fire Dept. hosts water fights; Alta picks up trophies (07/31/13)
Many of the local and area fire departments take part in water fights during the summer months - and it is taken pretty seriously! Many departments host the water fights and many travel to take part several times a summer. There are individual competions and team competitions. ...
Summit Church: Super Summer SPLASHtacular (07/31/13)
Summit Church offered some summer fun and learning last week during their Kids for Christ Super Summer SPLASHtacular. The free event featured a light supper, clinics where kids had the chance to develop their skill level in sports of their choice. Bible lessons, crafts and songs. ...
Alta Fire Dept. preparing for annual appreciation event (07/31/13)
Get out your dancing shoes and get ready to burn up the dance floor while supporting the Alta Firemen's Association fundraiser set for Saturday, Aug. 24. A meal of smoked or grilled pork and turkey and a choice of side will kick off the annual event with the members of the volunteer fire department cooking and serving at the Alta Community Center from 5-8 p.m...
Dig into reading (07/25/13)
Exciting! Fun! Rewarding! That is how Lynn DePrez, Summer Reading Director describes last week of the summer reading program at the Alta Community Library. There were 72 kids that signed up to take part in the summer reading event with 42 actually turning in charts, logging 406 hours total reading hours by students or parents reading to their children...
Due Date (07/19/13)
Have you noticed all the different kinds of people there are here? I see old and young, and VERY old and VERY young. I see numerous ethnic groups and countries represented. I see rich and poor. I see happy and sad. I see skilled and unskilled. I see givers and takers. I see successes and failures. What do you see?...
Kiwanis notes (07/19/13)
The Alta Kiwanis met Tuesday, July 16 at Wel-Life. The guest speaker was Cindy Pedersen, owner of the Hoodlebug in Alta. Cindy will soon open a bridal shop in Alta. The shop will be managed by her daughter Elizabeth who is currently a teacher in the Storm Lake school system. The building to house the new store was previously owned by Don and Jan Petersen. No name has been picked out for...
Heritage Bank celebrates remodeling (07/19/13)
Heritage Bank, N.A. recently heldon Ohen House to celebrate the remodel of the Alta location and to welcome a new investment representative, Chad Ericson. Many customers stopped in to see the new space and enjoy refreshments. "Everyone at Heritage is excited about the new look in Alta," says Randy Wilkinson, Heritage Bank President. ...
BUENA VISTA COUNTY FAIR ROYALTY - (07/19/13)
The BV County Fair Queens and Little Misses kept bust passing out ribbons and trophies to the 4-H'ers during their shows. At left are the 2012 royalty - Queen Callie Buske and Little Miss Bryleigh Marshall. At right are the 2013 royalty - Queen Kaity Brake and Little Miss Lucy Gunkelman...
Ross Parcel is one of Alta's youngest business owners (07/19/13)
Ross Parcel is one of Alta's youngest business owners. At just 19, his business - Ross Parcel Landscapes - is blooming. Ross' interest in landscaping work started when he was just 13 when he began working during the summers with Wes and Brad Bunjes and their landscaping business. He learned a great deal from them. When he was 17, he began doing a few small projects on his own, hauling what little equipment he had at the time in a 6'x5' trailer...
A-A student has busy summer (07/19/13)
Chayce Glienke, who will be a senior at Alta-Aurelia High School this fall, was one of 38 Iowa students who took top honors in the state-wide National History Day contest, earning a spot at the National History Day competition at the University of Maryland. The event was held last month. This is the first year she has participated in National History Day which is led by teacher Kirsten Doebel...
Pastor's Column Swine and whine (06/27/13)
The story of Jesus at last Sunday's worship service was the one about his meeting with the man possessed by many "demons". Now, many people of faith roll their eyes when they hear about demon possession. Others see a demon behind every rock or corner or in the thoughts and actions of every adversary. I think it is helpful to think about demons not in the context of the novelty of vampires and zombies, but in terms of the real meaning of the word for the demons in the New Testament...
Alta's Lindsey Peterson (06/27/13)
Lindsey Peterson of Alta was recently honored at Buena Vista University's (BVU) student recognition event. She is a recent graduate of BVU who majored in history and political science.
Free summer food program (06/27/13)
The summer meal program will be held again this summer at the OLD high school lunchroom in Alta. A nutritious meal will be served free to anyone 1-18; adults accompanying children may eat for $3.50 No reservations needed. Meals will be served Monday-Friday through Aug. 2 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
New Alta website (06/27/13)
There is a brand new look to the Alta website thanks to funds provided by the Alta Community Chamber, Heritage Bank and the City of Alta. The website has been totally redesigned by Anitra (Aberson) Wolf of Blue Lake Website and Graphics.
Bunjes brothers are a 'tag team' in landscape, lawncare business (06/27/13)
When Wes and Brad Bunjes were in elementary school, dad Jeff told them if they wanted money to by things, they needed to get a job. And so they did. They began mowing lawns for neighbors and before long, they stretched their customer base across the city of Alta.
Make a splash at the Alta Pool (06/27/13)
The best place to be on a hot day? The Alta Pool! There is a great deal going on at the pool this summer so check it out.
Safe room at SLHS will have to wait (06/22/13)
There will be no safe room built at the Storm Lake schools at this time, it was determined Thursday at the regular school board meeting. Discussion to incorporate safe rooms at the schools to protect students in the event of a tornado has been going on for several weeks, targeting the high school first since construction will begin there soon; discussion has also been held on constructing safe rooms at the other two schools. The safe rooms are not cheap.
Vietnam vet receives medals 43 years late (06/18/13)
Bob Rohlfsen is a very proud Vietnam veteran who received a Bronze Star and the Distinguished Flying Cross for his service. For many years, he was aware that there were problems with his discharge papers but he was willing to let it go. His kids, now grown, urged him to check into it and with the help of Congressman Steve King and his office, it was discovered there were several other medals that he had not received in the mix up...
Alta-Aurelia School Boards meet; approve contracts, text book and bus purchases (06/17/13)
The Alta-Aurelia School Boards met at Alta for their regular monthly meeting on Monday. The Alta master contract, classified staff contracts and administrative contracts have been settled for the 2013-14 school year and approved by the school board...
City council waives residency requirement for new employee who lives in Aurelia (06/17/13)
At last week's Alta City Council meeting, several people were in discussing their water issues. A group from the West Links area said there were many water problems after the Memorial Day rains. They shared that they believe that there should be a way to funnel the water away from the houses and that they believe the water is not moving properly through the tiles. "There must be some way to move the water in a more efficient manner," they said...
90th Fairview Alumni Banquet held (06/17/13)
The 90th Fairview Alumni Banquet was held at 11:59 a.m. on June 1 at the Alta Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall with 27 people attending. The officers for 2013 were President Dick Anderson, Vice President Richard Pedersen and Secretary/Treasurer Joyce Rohweder...
Lori Phillips hired as new elementary principal (06/16/13)
Lori Phillips has been hired as the Alta-Aurelia elementary principal. She grew up in Mapleton and graduated from Maple Valley Communitåy School District in 1981. She is the oldest of five children. She began her career as a teacher in 1988 after graduating from Morningside College. She taught high school Spanish in several districts...
A-A Middle School students have writings published in book (06/16/13)
The writings of 11 Alta-Aurelia Middle School students were selected to be a part of the Harvest 2013 book put out annually by Northwest AEA. Writings of prose and poetry were sent in at the beginning of the school year, selected from classroom writing. They were informed at the end of the school year that their writings were selected...
Alta-Aurelia Honor Rolls for fourth quarter (06/16/13)
High School Straight A: Freshmen: Jack Glienke, Joseph Kueny Sophomores: Kirk Carlson, Trenton Delp, Katelynn DeRoos, Brandon Glienke, Brielle Kolpin, Alex Larson, Erica Lockin, Zachary Lukkes, Matthew Swanson, Grace Weiland Juniors: Molly McDaniel, Paige Sivinski, Mikayla Tuttle...
Alta Bridge and 500 Card Luncheon (06/06/13)
The ladies of the Alta Golf and Country Club invite you to a bridge and 500 card luncheon on Wednesday, June 12. Lunch will be served at noon with cards to follow. Reservations are a must by June 9 and may be made by calling the clubhouse - 200-2442...
Alta-Aurelia Girls' Golf Team is Class 2A State Champion! (06/06/13)
The Alta-Aurelia Girls' Golf Team earned championship honors at the state contest last week. They were welcomed into town by the fire trucks last Wednesday and a short program was held. At left top - the parade of trucks. Above - teammates Lexie Patton, Erica Lockin, Steph Stange, Kelsi Snyder, Jenna Snyder and Val Hernandez. Left bottom - number one! Middle - coaches Jeanne Strock and LeAnn Patton with their trophy. Below - bringing home the trophy. /Photos by Lorri Glawe...
Gardening at Wee Care Preschool (06/06/13)
Wee Care Preschool teacher Glenda Lewis has a love for gardening - and she shared that passion with her young students. The teacher gave the students the chance to play in the dirt and gave the opportunity to plant seeds, all starting in the classroom which is located at Church of Christ. ...
Aurelia woman shares memories of 'hermit' grandpa; book signing at Alta Library (06/06/13)
There were all sorts of stories about the Cherokee County man who many referred to as a hermit but to his grandchildren, he was just grandpa whom they all loved to visit. Berniece Spinelli of Aurelia has recently penned her memories of her grandpa,Thomas Everett Smith, who most know as Barney the hermit...
Alta Horizons gets a little help from friends (06/06/13)
The Alta Horizons received some help again this year from students at Alta-Aurelia Schools who began seed plants in their rooms which have been transplanted in to he Alta Community Garden. Doug Mossengren's high school Connections and Anatomy classes helped grow plants in the tents shown to the right, which first grade students are standing by. ...
Free summer food program to be held June 10-Aug. 2 (06/06/13)
The summer meal program will be held again this summer at the OLD high school lunchroom in Alta. A nutritious meal will be served free to anyone 1-18; adults accompanying children may eat for $3.50 No reservations needed. Meals will be served Monday-Friday June 10-Aug. 2 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m...
Alta Kiwanis Notes (06/06/13)
The Alta Kiwanis met Tuesday, June 4 at Wel-Life. Guest speaker was Randy Tilk, head of the Alta Utilities Dept. Randy has been on the job for one year and five months. Water filtration situation - the city is currently using a temporary system because the high pressure filter went down. In addition to replacing the filters, the city wants to replace some pipes, duct work, and redo some electrical. It may be November or December until everything is fully installed...
Pastor's Corner: Put me in, coach! (06/06/13)
"Put me in, coach! I'm ready to play today; look at me, I could be centerfield!" June is a big month for baseball and softball in Iowa. Anyone who's ever put on a uniform understands the excitement of getting into the game. If you're part of the team, it's no fun to stay on the bench. You want to be where the action is. You want to contribute and do your part...
Alta VFW Annual Memorial Day Celebration (05/30/13)
Alta VFW Post 6172 hosted the annual Memorial Day services Monday. A large group gathered at the Alta-Aurelia gym to remember the service men and women who have served this country in the past and currently serving. Top - left to right - the wreaths were placed as a tribute to the war dead. ...
Alta-Aurelia Senior Awards (05/30/13)
The Alta Seniors were recognized recently for their academic, athletic and citizenship achievements at the annual Senior Awards Night. Awards presented were: Heritage Bank Scholarship - Kelsi Snyder Iowa State Bar Association Citizenship Award - Tyler Larson...
Pastor's Corner: God cares for us (05/30/13)
Today is Trinity Sunday, when we celebrate the unity and uniqueness of the 3 personas of our God. I will tell you that this is a difficult day for clergy, the Trinity is so vast and complex and there are numerous heresies concerning the Trinity that we don't want to speak. ...
Bridal Shower (05/30/13)
A come-and-go bridal shower for Katie Niehaus bride-elect to Thomas Fitzgerald will be held on June 15 at St. John Lutheran Church, Alta (Hanover) fellowship hall from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Katie and Thomas are registered at Sears, Sugar Bowl, Target, and Bed, Bath & Beyond...
A note from Alta-Aurelia Superintendent Lynn Evans (05/30/13)
The end of a school year doesn't have to necessarily mean and end to learning and nothing is more important to academic achievement than being a good reader. Over the summer months, parents can provide the one-on-one time and attention that will lead their children to success in reading. ...
Alta Golf and Country Club bridge and 500 luncheon June 12 (05/30/13)
The ladies of the Alta Golf and Country club invite women to a bridge and 500 card luncheon on Wednesday, June 12. Lunch will be served at noon with cards to follow. Reservations are to be called in to the clubhouse (200-2442) by Monday, June 9. Reservations and emergency cancellations are a must...
Maple Valley Ag 4-H Notes (05/30/13)
The regular meeting of the Maple Valley Ag 4-H Club was held Saturday May 4 at 6 p.m. at the Alta Elementary Gym. The meeting was called to order by President Jayden Van Berkum with 22 members in attendance. The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Danielle Peterson...
Kiwanis News (05/30/13)
The Alta Kiwanis met Tuesday, May 28 at Wel-Life. Speaking to the group was Dave Turnquist - Alta-Aurelia softball coach. Currently there are 28 girls participating in the sport. A-A is in class 2-A. The team is composed mainly with freshmen. Their record is 4-2 with losses to 3-A Sargent Bluff-Luton and to Ridgeview. Coach Turnquist has five starting pitchers, including Katie Van Berkum, Taylor Rowher, and Jenna Synder. Steph Stange leads hitting with an over 400 average...
Alta-Aurelia graduates 55 (05/24/13)
Fifty-five Alta-Aurelia students received their diplomas Sunday during graduation ceremonies. Recognized for their academics were students earning a 4.0: Tyler Larson and Katie Turnquist and students earning a 3.5 or better: Joe Napierala, Gracie Winterhof, Kelsi Snyder, Nathan Flaherty, Alejandra Mendoza, Ange Rehnstrom, April Hase, Morgann Droemiller, Jayson Van Haaften, Titus Letzring, Cory Ballantyne, Katie Brechwald, Sarah Miller, Lacie Sleezer, Michaela McDonald, Cody Anderson, Taler Stanton and Valarie Hernandez.. ...
Helen Johnson will attend her 80th Fairview class reunion (05/24/13)
By LORRI GLAWE Pilot Tribune Staff Helen Johnson will be attending the Fairview High School reunion next month; it will be her 80th year since graduating. Helen was one of 12 students in the class of 1933. At 98, she still speaks of her school days...
Celebrate 'The Son' at Summit (05/24/13)
Bring your lawn chair, enjoy an outdoor worship celebration, and then stay for free lunch and fun activities in the afternoon--including three different inflatables for the kids! Summit Evangelical Free Church will host "Celebrate the Son" on Sunday, May 26 on the west lawn of their campus, located at 1000 South Main Street in Alta. The day begins at 10:00 AM with an outdoor contemporary worship celebration featuring The Sonflowerz!...
Notes From Your Alta Library (05/24/13)
Our 2013 weather has certainly been capricious, to say the least. Have you ever thought about how many movies are made from books? It seems to me the movie never quite measures up to the book, but I have found it to be fun to check it out. I have just read "The Great Gatsby" (the F. ...
Pastor's Corner: God is faithful (05/24/13)
Jesus said, "The Comforter, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you." John 14:26
Kiwanis News (05/24/13)
The Alta Kiwanis met Tuesday, May 21 at Wel-Life. Guest speaker was Wendell Larson, Alta-Aurelia boy's track and cross country coach. Thirty boys participated in track this season. Among that group were five seniors. This years team goal was to win one or two track meets. ...
With a peep peep here...and a peep peep there... (05/20/13)
When chicks hatched in the junior kindergarten room, the students went chick crazy! It was a learning experience for the students - both about development and about respect for animals. The class above - front - Clare Gunkelman, Dan Schlafer, Andrew Garcia, Jacob Spooner, Eli Rieb. ...
Ooh La La Spa (05/20/13)
The Ooh La La Spa was open last week. Moms of Alta preschoolers were invited in for a make-over - performed by their preschool children! Above right - all of the beautiful moms and their kids. Above left - Ashton Snyder puts eye make up on mom Melissa. ...
New computers approved, soccer looked at (05/20/13)
The Alta and Aurelia School Boards met Monday and in keeping with their goal to provide students with the best technology, approved the purchase of 66 Chromebooks which will be put into three mobile labs. The labs, consisting of 22 Chromebooks, charging cart and management software will cost the district $8,214 each. The funding for these labs will come out of PPEL dollars...
Tyler Larson recognized as Governor's Scholar (05/20/13)
Tyler Larson of Alta was recognized by Gov. Terry Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kimberly Reynolds for outstanding academic achievement at the 11th Annual Governor's Scholar Recognition Ceremony April 28 at Hy-Vee Hall in Des Moines. The statewide program, sponsored by the Iowa Governor's Office, Iowa High School Athletic Association (IHSAA) and its sponsor the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation (IFBF), honored 439 high school seniors...
A-A students raise $2,700 for orphanage in Kenya (05/20/13)
Sixty seventh grade social studies students of long-term sub Trish Engelke deserve a pat on the back. While studying a unit on Africa, students mentioned that Sherie Van Berkum had traveled to Kenya on two mission trips and it was suggested they ask her to come and speak of her travels as a way of bringing the unit to life. She was more than happy to visit with the students and talked of the orphanage and school there...
Kiwanis Notes (05/20/13)
The ALta Kiwanis met Tuesday, May 14 at Wel-Life. The morning's program once again had a musical theme. Luke Miller-Alta-Aurelia vocal music instructor spoke to te group about the high school program. Mr. Miller stated that the school year began with 77 students participating in mixed chorus, vocal jazz, and new this year boys' chorus and girls' chorus. ...
A-A JH Boys' track claims third at Twin Lakes Conference meet (05/20/13)
The Alta-Aurelia JH Boys track team finished third at the Twin Lakes Conference Track meet Friday by just 4.5 Points. South Central Calhoun was first with 112.5 Points. Manson was second with 112 points and we were third with 108 Points. Pocahontas finished fourth with 98 points...
Planting time at the Community Garden (05/20/13)
Finally - planting season has arrived at the Alta Community Garden. Potatoes were planted Tuesday evening by these enthusiastic gardeners - Marilyn Harvey, Gloria Sanders, Joyce Schuler, Pam Henderson, Cathy Fisher, Jim Sanders and Jerry Buckendahl. If you would like to be a part of the community garden, you are welcome. Registration forms are available at the Alta City Hall. /Lorri Glawe...
Pastor's Corner: God is faithful (05/20/13)
How unfortunate that we humans are so impatient. Some wag is quoted as praying, "Lord give me patience, but I need it right now." We are so accustomed to a fast pace that we find ourselves unable to cope with waits of any length. It is also unfortunate that we think that having everything go smoothly should be the norm--that it is our entitlement. When pain, loss, disappointment, betrayal etc. come our way, we may even get to the point where we blame God...
Chayce Glienke wins at state National History Day; goes on to the nat'l contest at U of MD (05/10/13)
DES MOINES -- Thirty-eight Iowa students took top honors in a statewide history contest this week and will represent Iowa at the National History Day competition next month at the University of Maryland. The 38 students competed against 275 other students in the senior division (grades 9-12) of the National History Day in Iowa contest this week at the State Historical Museum of Iowa in Des Moines. ...
Roxanne Tjaden honored for 34 years of teaching (05/10/13)
Roxanne Tjaden retires this year with 34 years of teaching experience. She was honored Sunday at an open house. At left - with her family - (front) Brooke daughter-in-law to be Brooke Feehrer, sister-in-lasw Dorothy Steig, mom Frances Steig. (Back) son Ben, daughter Liz and husband Steve. ...
Music Notes (05/10/13)
The A-A seventh/eighth grade band performed in Anthon recently for large group contests, receiving a superior rating. They performed "Antigua Bay" by Ed Huckley and "Courage" arranged by Larry Clark. The A-A MS band is under the direction of Nikole Nuttall. ...
A-A High School Band takes honors (05/10/13)
The A-A High School Band recently took part in contests and came away with many honors. Two entries were awarded perfect scores on their pieces: Grace Weiland (Bass Clarinet) and the flute duet of Abigail Anderson and Tiernan Kolpin. Two entries were selected as "Outstanding Performance/Best In Center": Grace Weiland (Bass Clarinet) and Michael Swanson (Alto Sax)...
MIDDLE SCHOOL QUIZ BOWL TEAMS COMPETE (05/10/13)
Fifteen Alta-Aurelia seventh and eighth grade students recently competed at the West Bend-Mallard Middle School Quiz Bowl. The A-A eighth grade team, consisting of Cole Drenth, Nathaniel Harms, Jared Weiland and Ryan Radke (shown front) won first place in the large school class, beating Western Dubuque in the finals. ...
Alta Kiwanis Notes (05/10/13)
The Alta Kiwanis met Tuesday, May 7 at Wel-Life. the Kiwanis members welcomed Alta-Aurelia head girls' golf coach LeAnn Patton and her assistant Jeannie Strock. Class 2-A A-A is a member of the 11- team Twin Lakes Conference. There are nine girls on the golf team including three seniors, two juniors, three sophomores, and one freshman. ...
Strengthening Families completes spring sessions (05/03/13)
Larson, Lopez, Puffer and Shea families graduate from the program
Sixteen inducted into A-A National Honor Society (05/03/13)
Above are the new members (front) Jayden Van Berkum, Kaity Brake, Meri Kestel, Laura Holmes, Ashley Peterson, Taylor Rohwer, Chayce Glienke, Mariah Allen. (Back) Mikayla Tuttle, Ali Turnquist, Beth Carlson, Paige Sivinski, Rachael Arnts, Molly McDaniel, Lacie Sleezer. ...
Alta School District audit complete,ready for review (05/03/13)
Cornwell, Frideres, Maher and Associates, P.L.C., CPSs have released an audit report on the Alta Community School District. The District's revenues totaled $7,393,696 for the year ended June 30, 2012, a 6.6 percent increase from the prior year. Revenues included $3,347,654 in local tax, charges for service of $1,113,912, operating grants, capital grants, contributions and restricted interest of $1,039,153, unrestricted interest of $4,464 and other general revenues of $1,888,513...
Students take part in community service day (05/03/13)
Another group spent time at Hanover, completing many projects including painting this barn (top left). At left, Lexie Nepple and Melanie Hughes washed windows. Right, Ben Stange and Jesse Boehmer painted the Hanover store. (Jesse Ramirez, sitting, also helped.) Above, Taylor Rohwer polishes up a mirror on a fire truck. Work was also done at the ball fields and park and pool areas...
A-A Girls' JH Track results (05/03/13)
April 15 at Alta Although the weather has impacted the track seasons for everyone this year, the Alta-Aurelia Junior High Girls Track team finally participated in their first meet of the season on Monday, April 15 in Alta. The girls had limited practice but prevailed winning their debut meet with 167 points followed by runner up with 97 pts...
A-A Boys' JH Track results (05/03/13)
April 15 in Alta The Alta-Aurelia JH boys track team ran in their first meet on Monday April 15 in Alta. The boys won with a team score of 139 followed by Ridge View with 130. "It was great to finally get on the track and run this year," said Coach Grant Peckenschneider. "It is always good to win your home meet as well. It was a solid start to the season for the boys."...
Iowa Jazz Champs to be showcased on IPTV (05/03/13)
JOHNSTON - As part of the network's commitment to showcasing talented young Iowans, statewide Iowa Public Television will broadcast exclusive coverage of the 2013 Iowa High School Jazz Championships. Programs will air May 6-9 at 6:30 p.m. each day. The complete lineup of performances is listed below:...
Pastor's Corner: Many sparrows (05/03/13)
Have you heard them? The morning comes alive again after winter with the sound of many bird varieties. I heard a mourning dove today cooing away with robins, sparrows, finches, crows, and geese. They all fill the air with their songs. They are not afraid to be heard. Now if only we would be so bold as to express ourselves clearly during the day...
Alta Kiwanis Notes (05/03/13)
The Alta Kiwanis met Tuesday, April 30 at Wel-Life. Excellence in music!! Once again Alta- Aurelia jazz band has taken first place in class 2-A at state music contest in Des Moines. Band director Corbet Butler and seven members from the jazz band spoke to the group. ...
A-A Jazz Band - 'We are the champions - again' (04/26/13)
By LORRI GLAWE Pilot Tribune Staff The Alta-Aurelia Jazz Band did it again! They earned the right last week to retain their state champion title from performances that director Corbet Butler termed as "the absolute best they have played all year." The 20 members filed into the packed gym upon returning from Des Moines, hoisting the grand trophy, which will join its twin in the trophy case, and received a standing ovation from teachers, staff and students...
Dale and Barb Wetherell - Havin' fun in their '31 (04/26/13)
Ben Wetherell drove his date Sara Eddie to the Alta-Aurelia prom last week in style - in a bright yellow 1931 Model A five-window Ford coop. Not many other prom-goers can claim making an entrance like that. The car belongs to Ben's parents, Dale and Barb...
Students raise over $4,300 for American Heart Association (04/26/13)
Students in grades three through eight in the Aurelia building of the Alta-Aurelia Elementary/Middle School participated in their annual Jump Rope for Heart Event and the final tally of funds raised was $4,314.24. "We had a lot of late envelopes come in and help up our final total but want to make sure the kids are recognized for doing an outstanding job!" said Coach Fry. ...
Thank you from the A-A Music Boosters (04/26/13)
The Alta-Aurelia High School Jazz Band and their director Corbet Butler, as well as the Alta-Aurelia Music Boosters, would like to thank the Alta-Aurelia parents, faculty, and administration, along with residents and area businesses from both communities, for supporting the band during their recent and hugely successful jazz band season. ...
'Kenya' help the seventh graders with their Kenya project? (04/26/13)
In our seventh grade social studies class, we studied a unit on Africa. Sheri Van Berkum came and talked to us about a mission trip she and some others took to Kenya. They visited an orphanage in Kenya called Shangilia Children's Orphanage. We also had another speaker named Adamu, who is from Nigeria. He came and talked to us about where he lived, his school and how he came to the the United States...
Alta Kiwanis Notes (04/26/13)
The Alta Kiwanis Club meet on Tuesday, April 23 at Wel-Life. Guest speaker was Kiwanis member Don Peterson, who spoke as a member of the Buena Vista County Foundation which makes grants available to those who need them. Since 2005, the Foundation has handed out grants in the amount of $40,000 in BV County...
A-A HS art students recognized for their creations (04/19/13)
Alta-Aurelia High School art students participated in the 2013 Twin Lakes Conference Art Show recently at Iowa Central Community College. Three students garnered some of the top awards. Paige Sivinski's drawing entitled, "Audicus" was named as the Best Artwork of the Show...
A-A Prom: Two Tickets to Paradise (04/19/13)
Alta-Aurelia students enjoyed their prom, "Two Tickets to Paradise" on Saturday. The juniors decorated the gym, which included a lava-spewing volcano (designed by Denny Allen) and a tropical area including tiki huts, a hammock, palm trees and a sunset. ...
Five students advance to state National History Day contest (04/19/13)
Five students at Alta-Aurelia High School will be participating in the state National History Day competition on April 29. Alta has had great success taking part in this program over the years and now as Alta-Aurelia; for the past three years in a row, there has been a national qualifier...
School board approves use of old Aurelia baseball field; offers contracts (04/19/13)
Cal and Jennifer Morse of the Aurelia Little League spoke at the Alta-Aurelia School Board last week about using the former high school baseball field in Aurelia for the youth league. The couple told the board that additional fields are needed and that by having more fields, more tournaments could be held in Aurelia, thus bringing in additional dollars to support the league. the field has been used for practices only and no games have been played on the field for three seasons...
Message board will be operating by May 1 (04/19/13)
The Alta Horizons digital message board has been put in place but do to the weather, the Alta Utilities has not been able to complete the underground electrical work. The work will be completed and messages will begin appearing on the message board by May 1...
Farm Breau donates to Lord's Cupboard (04/19/13)
The Buena Vista County Farm Bureau made a donation of $25 to the Lord's Cupboard on Friday, along with donations in the same amount to three other BV County food pantries. Presenting the check (left) is Rob Hach, who is the Director of Nokomis Township for BV County Farm Bureau. Accepting the check are Sally Kuhrts, Sue Geyer and Barb Irvan. "We are thankful for every dollar we get," said Kuhrts. /Lorri Glawe...
Pastor's Corner: Life from death (04/19/13)
With Easter in the rear view mirror, spring planting is now in the windshield. According to Jesus, what lies just ahead can help us make sense of the recent holiday. A few days before the cross, Jesus said, "Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit" (John 12:24)...
Alta Kiwanis Notes (04/19/13)
The Alta Kiwanis met Tuesday, April 16 at Wel-Life. Speaker was Josh Van Houten who works for Nicklas D. Jensen Funeral Home of Alta. Nicklas D. Jensen took over the funeral home five years ago from Carl Barker. Josh has been with them the past five years. In addition to Alta, Jensen operates funeral homes in Correctionville and Holstein. A fire destroyed the facility in Correctionville, however a new...
A-A District retiring two kindergarten teachers (04/12/13)
Roxanne Tjaden has been teaching in the district for 34 years
Tanya Wilkinson has been teaching in the district for 28 years (04/12/13)
Tanya Wilkinson will be retiring from her kindergarten job at the Aurelia building when this year is complete, after being in the district for 28 years. When she came to the district with her early childhood degree, the only opening was in junior high. ...
Reading is fun (04/12/13)
The Alta 3-year-old and 4-year-old students each received a free book of their own at a recent Reading is Fundamental party. Parents were invited. Teacher Keisha Aberson (top right) read a book to her students for the start of the party. They participated in a craft next; below, Nash Larson cuts. Following a snack, they received their books. Right bottom, Ava Brenner with mom. Ava was excited to have a new Arthur book. /Photos by Lorri Glawe...
School boards approve budgets, accept principal resignation (04/12/13)
The Alta and Aurelia School Boards met together on Monday. Each held public hearings to adopt their certified budgets for the fiscal year 2014. With no objections, the budgets were approved. A meeting was recently held with FEH Architects to get updated figures on what it would cost to demolish the old high school building and what it would cost to enclose the north part of the building which includes the gym and the shop area...
Notes from your Alta Library (04/12/13)
"The first of April, some do say Is set apart for All Fools Day. But why the people call it so, Not I, nor they themselves, do know."
Pastor's Corner: Show me the proof (04/12/13)
By PASTOR JESSICA ROCKHOLD-GAUL United Methodist Church Scripture John 20:19-31 People have doubts and questions, which is perfectly okay. We want to be sure of things. How many times have we sought proof for various things? How many times have we questioned even the simplest things? And for most of us personal experience is the best kind of proof there is out there...
Alta Kiwanis Notes (04/12/13)
The Alta Kiwanis met at Wel-Life on Tuesday, April 9. Joe Napierala, using a slide presentation, spoke to the group about his recent trip to New Delhi, India. Joe along with three other American students took part in the Asian Regional Space Settlement Design Competition. ...
Bringing back the putt-putt of the forgotten classic tractors (04/05/13)
There is something special about the putt-putt of an antique tractor. While they are much too young to remember those classic tractors, Alta-Aurelia students are learning what makes them run (and not run) and how to bring them back to their original looks...
Audicity earns fourth place at Iowa Jazz Choir Competition (04/05/13)
The Alta-Aurelia varsity jazz choir, Audicity, recently returned from the Iowa Jazz Choir Competition where they earned fourth place in Class 2A. The group was extremely happy with their finish - but sad that their competition season has now come to an end. The choir was one of only eight choirs in Class 2A that was selected to take part in the state contest...
Alta-Aurelia Middle School to present, 'Wrangler Ranch' on stage April 16 (04/05/13)
The Alta-Aurelia Middle School students are busy preparing for its musical production of, Wrangler Ranch," which will be presented on the Aurelia stage for one show only on Tuesday, April 16 at 7 p.m. Wealthy Mrs. Fitzhugh has finally located her long lost grandson, Alexander, working in a New Jersey pizza parlor. ...
Pastor's Corner: The death of death (04/05/13)
From the hand of hell I will ransom them; from death I will redeem them. I will be your plagues, O Death! I will be your destruction, O Hell! Pity will be hidden from My eyes. Hosea 13:14
Kiwanis Notes (04/05/13)
The Alta Kiwanis met Tuesday, April 2 at Wel-Life. Speaker was Tracey Siebrecht who is on the city of Alta park board. This board oversees all park activities, swimming pool, shelter house, and the baseball leagues. Currently, 175 youth from eighth grade on down are involved in league play. Alta has a strong...
A-A student receives $30,000 scholarship; will spend her senior year at Interlochen Arts Academy (03/29/13)
Writing is one of the many things Molly McDaniel has a passion for. The Alta-Aurelia High School junior, daughter of Tim and Kathleen McDaniel, Molly McDaniel, has been selected as the winner of the 2012-2013 Virginia B. Ball Creative Writing Competition. ...
Message center up! (03/29/13)
Alta Horizons members are pleased to announce the digital message center has been put in place at the Alta Community Center, purchased from Roling Signs of Sioux Rapids. The sign will be up and running by April 15 - watch for more details in the Pilot Tribune on how to get your messages onto the board. ...
Kurtis Bonnesen accepted at Iowa Lakes Community College (03/29/13)
Kurtis Bonnesen, son of Bruce Bonnesen and Sally Ites, has been accepted into the Farm Equipment and Diesel Technology Program for the Fall 2013 semester at Iowa Lakes Community College. The Farm Equipment & Diesel Technology Program offers experiences in machinery set-up and repair, power trains, hydraulics, fuel systems, electrical systems and diesel engine service. At the completion of coursework, students achieve an Associate in Applied Science Degree...
Tyler Larson participates in Simpson Scholarship Day (03/29/13)
Tyler Larson of Alta was invited to compete for additional scholarships at Simpson Scholarship Day on Saturday, Jan. 26 at Simpson College in Indianola. Participants who attended this prestigious event interviewed with a panel of judges and composed an essay as part of the competition...
Pastor's Corner: Reminded of hope (03/29/13)
This month closes with a celebration of Jesus' resurrection (Easter on most calendars, the eve of Passover on the Jewish calendar.) Celebrations take many forms-sunrise services, communion services, egg hunts, baskets of candy, bunnies, lavish dinners, etc. We should be asking ourselves, however, what the observance really should mean to us...
Kiwanis News (03/29/13)
The Alta Kiwanis met Tuesday, March 26 at Wel-Life. Brad Jones of Jones Nursery spoke to the group on effects of last summer's drought on trees and plants. The effects on trees are long range. During times of prolonged drought, tree roots send a message to the stomata of leaves to close. Stomata are tiny openings on under surfaces of leaves which control flow of air into the leaf. If stomata are open, water evaporates...
Life changer (03/22/13)
Two of Alta's youth take part in unique service project over spring break
4-H Notes (03/22/13)
The regular meeting of the Maple Valley Ag 4-H Club was held Saturday, March 2, 2013 at 6 p.m. at the Alta Elementary Gym. The hosts were Grace Arnts and Katie Van Berkum. The meeting was called to order by Vice President, Jeremy Peterson with 21 members in attendance. The "Pledge of Allegiance" was led by Drew Hinners. The secretary and treasurer's reports were given and approved...
Pastor's Corner: Yesterday's hero (03/22/13)
Ever try to keep up with the news cycle? It is very difficult whether one checks in with a favorite news program and watches the "scroll" or "scrolls" rolling at the bottom of the screen, or signs into an online provider to see "what's trending" on the home page...
Special Holy Week services at Trinity and Nain (03/22/13)
On Thursday, March 28 at 7 p.m. there will be a Maundy Thursday communion service at Nain Lutheran Church in Newell. On Friday, March 29, Good Friday at noon, "Stations of the Cross" will be celebrated at Nain Lutheran in Newell and at 7 p.m., Tenebrae, the Service of Light and Darkness, will be held at Trinity Lutheran Church in Alta...
Alta Kiwanis Notes (03/22/13)
The Alta Kiwanis met Tuesday, March 19 at Wel-Life. Guest speaker was Linda Glienke. Linda has worked at Ag-Partners elevator in Alta for the past 32 years as an administrative development manager. When she began working there they went under the name Cargill. ...
More members wanted for Alta Community Garden (03/15/13)
Do you like to eat fresh vegetables? Are you an avid gardener or maybe someone who wants to learn about gardening? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then the The Alta Horizons group is looking for you. They will be sponsoring the Alta Community Garden for the third year and would like more people to be able to enjoy the harvest and the love of gardening. ...
Wee Care Preschool produces wee gardeners (03/15/13)
Wee Care Preschool teacher Glenda Lewis is proving that gardeners can be all ages. With a desire to share her own love of gardening, she approached the Church of Christ board to ask if raised garden beds could be constructed and placed in the field near the church. They agreed. The main gardeners will be her students...