Stories

On 99 County Tour, Alpine Communications Attracts Attention of Senator Grassley

May 14, 2019

When we say we believe connected communities become thriving communities, sometimes the best opportunities are to connect with the well-connected. Recently, Alpine Communications was happy to have the chance to share the good work we’re doing with someone of influence: United States Senator Charles Grassley. When the United States Senate is not in session, Senator Grassley visits all 99 counties in Iowa to keep in touch with issues that matter to his fellow Iowans. Clayton County was the 17th county...

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5th Annual Music and Monarchs Festival Saves the Butterfly Through Flower and Song

May 9, 2019

Renowned American poet Robert Frost wrote, “Butterflies…flowers that fly and all but sing.” The plight of one of the most recognizable “flying flowers”, the monarch butterfly, is real. Numbers of monarchs have decreased significantly over the last 20 years due to habitat loss, pesticide use, and a changing climate.  However, a group of local conservationists sprang into action to save the monarchs. They banded together to create awareness of the rapidly declining monarch population and to educate the community of...

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Why Does Alpine Utilize Storytelling?

April 30, 2019

By Chris Hopp, General Manager/COO Alpine Communications embarked on a rebranding strategy in June 2018. This was not the traditional rebranding that many companies go through – new logo, colors, maybe a mascot and many other items that give a new face to a brand that the marketplace has related to over the years. We at Alpine Communications are very comfortable with what we have become, but we felt as though you, the market, would welcome a re-introduction to the...

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Small Business Owners: Protect Your Tech with Cybersecurity

April 29, 2019

Did you know two-thirds of all cyber-attacks are directed at small business and that number is expected to rise? Cybersecurity is a top concern for many businesses. We hear daily news reports of data breaches, identity theft, and cybercrime. The risk is compounded by the increasingly sophisticated hackers who target businesses of all sizes with online threats such as malware, ransomware, and phishing emails. Let’s face it, most small businesses are not prepared or are adequately protected to thrive in...

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Media Powerhouses

April 1, 2019

Eight media giants control most of the shows and movies you watch, as well as many of those you don’t. To continue increasing their revenue, they require us, your local TV company, to carry their less-popular networks as a condition of providing the most popular ones. In addition, they use their size and power to continually demand higher fees for their programming. More money in their pockets means less money in yours. When the big media companies demand higher fees,...

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Help is at Hand with a Personal Emergency Response System

March 12, 2019

Did you know one in every three Americans over the age of 65 will fall each year, and less than half of them will tell anyone that it happened?  Did you know one in five falls will cause a severe head injury or broken bone? And did you know a Personal Emergency Response System will provide you and your loved once peace of mind knowing help, in the event of a fall, is one call away? Since 2010, Alpine Communications...

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Elkader Uses Housing Incentives to Grow and Thrive

March 5, 2019

Since 1836, when Elisha Boardmann and Horace Bronson settled on the banks of the Turkey River, Elkader has been a vibrant hub for commerce in Northeast Iowa. Elkader reached its peak population of 1,688 in 1980 but it has been steadily declining over the past 40 due to urbanization and a changing agriculture economy.  As a result, enrollment has also declined at Central Community Schools. The challenge is how to keep the small, rural community thriving. Jennifer Cowsert, Elkader City...

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Four Area Non-Profits Receive Aureon Grants

March 1, 2019

Alpine Communications in conjunction with Aureon is pleased to announce that an Aureon Charity Grant has been awarded to area non-profit organizations in Northeast Iowa. The grants were presented in conjunction with Alpine Communications who sponsored the grant applications. Upon reviewing an abundance of applications, the Aureon Charity Grant Committee delegated funds to projects committed to the betterment of local Iowa communities. Elgin Historical Society – $500.00 towards a new laptop and Past Perfect Software system at the museum. City of...

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Alpine Communications Recognize Marvel-ous Employees

February 25, 2019

Who is your favorite superhero? Is it Batman, Spiderman, Wonder Woman, or Captain America?  At Alpine Communications, our favorite superheroes are each other. Once a month, we celebrate our everyday marvels who work to exceed the standards that we live by to ensure the communities we serve are connected and thriving. Rather than recognizing a superhero trait, such as Herculean strength, we name the Alpine standard each marvel represents. A Monthly Marvel does one or more of the following: Their...

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WiFi Calling Eliminates Poor Cell Service In Your Home

February 25, 2019

Problem – you pay for cell phone service and it works in 90 percent of the places you go – except for your home. Why is that, you ask? You live in a hole. Not an actual hole, but a cellular hole. Who would complain about living in a valley or along the hillside of the scenic hills and dales, bluffs and valleys of northeast Iowa? There is peace, tranquility, and beauty in our rural lifestyle. However, the terrain is...

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