Aurelia Star News

Clay County land auction nets $4.6 million


Just over 224 acres in Clay County sold at auction Thursday morning for $4.66 million. The land was spread across three tracts roughly 1.5 miles south of Royal. Midwest Land Management of Spencer sold the land for the family of Milton Christensen. According to to the auction house, the land averages 225 bushels per acre on corn and 68 bushels […]

Local communities selected for ‘forever chemicals’ testing


Four cities in Buena Vista and Cherokee counties will be subject to testing for forever chemicals this summer.  The Iowa Department of Natural Resources plans to sample water supplies in Alta, Albert City and a portion of Cherokee County Rural Water that serves Meriden and Larrabee, according to DNR Water Supply Operations Supervisor Corey McCoid.  McCoid said PFAS testing in […]

Cash rents for cropland up 10% across region


Cash rental rates for cropland in Northwest Iowa increased 10% this year, according to Iowa State University Extension’s annual survey.  Rental rates in Buena Vista and Cherokee counties increased 9% and 18% in 2022. The spike was attributed to strong farmland values and commodity prices, according to the survey’s authors. “Higher cash rents means lower margins on rented land, but […]

Cherokee County supervisors approve money for Aurelia Daycare


At the Cherokee County Board of Supervisors meeting on May 10, Debbie Erpelding and Jenny Marshall representing Aurelia Day Care provided an informative update on services provided to area families and requested financial support for equipping rooms for the 87 children being served on site. The board agreed to provide a $10,000 contribution to the day care with a $5,000 […]

DNR will host online hearing on soy crush plant permit application


The Iowa Department of Natural Resources will host a virtual public hearing June 23 to review Platinum Crush’s construction permit application. The DNR Air Quality Bureau has determined the soybean crush plant just south of Lake Creek Country Club will be a “major stationary source” of air pollution, per the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Air Act regulations. A public notice […]

BV, Cherokee County not in DOT’s plans for next year


The Iowa Department of Transportation is not planning any major transit projects in Buena Vista or Cherokee counties next year.  A draft of the DOT’s five-year transportation improvement program shows no projects are planned for either county the next fiscal year, which starts in July. The earliest work that is slated to occur in either county is a pair of […]

Alta picks up state grant to overhaul park


The City of Alta scored a $420,600 grant from the Iowa Economic Development Authority to restore the city’s park on the south side of town.  Mayor Kevin Walsh informed the city council on Monday the city was awarded the grant for the renovation, which is expected this summer. Walsh said the city will soon have a concept design that will […]

BV County issuing $4.3M in bonds for crush plant road upgrades


The Buena Vista County Board of Supervisors is expected to issue $4.3 million in general obligation debt to resurface four miles of pavement around Platinum Crush’s soybean crushing plant just south of BVU Golf Course at Lake Creek Country Club.  The board is expected to authorize the bond issuance on Tuesday to effectuate three years of improvements to the four […]

Memorial Day service planned for Aurelia

Plans have been finalized for the Memorial Day service in Aurelia on Monday, May 30. The program will be held at Alta-Aurelia Middle School in Aurelia beginning at 10:30 a.m. The Gettysburg Address will be read, as well as  Flanders Field and The Response by middle school students. Retired Pastor Bruce Rapp of the Congregational Church will give the invocation […]

Alta-Aurelia seniors ready for next chapter


“Now’s a good time to leave your mark on the world,” Alta-Aurelia High School Principal Scott Mitchell told the 2022 graduating class at commencement ceremonies Sunday.  The last three years have brought changes, he said. “Don’t worry. Change is part of life.” Senior speaker Simon Carlson advised his classmates, “Don’t sacrifice good relationships for good grades, achievements or money.” He […]


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