Stories

Meet the Crew – Kari Doeppke

January 12, 2022

Join us in giving Kari Doeppke, Alpine’s new Accountant, a Northeast Iowa welcome home. Kari is originally from Elkader and has returned to rural Guttenberg after 13 years with her husband, Will. Together, they have three sons: Kale is a sophomore at Central; Hunter is a Marine stationed in Cherry Point, NC; and Austin is a Welder and lives in Valdosta, GA, with his wife, Jenna. Kari and Will also have two dogs, Toby and Bella.  Kari is a seasoned...

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Apply for the FRS Scholarship Today

December 9, 2021

The Foundation for Rural Service (FRS) is excited to announce that applications for the 2022 FRS Scholarships and the James L. Bass Legal Scholarship are now open! In 2022, FRS will award $100,000 in scholarships to students. Eligibility requirements and the application can be downloaded from FRS at www.frs.org. Completed applications must be returned to our office by February 11, 2022, so that we may complete the sponsor certification and forward the applications to FRS.

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Online Shopping Tips for the Holidays

December 9, 2021

Ready to check out? As the holiday shopping season is in full swing, make sure you aren’t adding any cybersecurity threats to your shopping cart.  Every year, thousands of people become victims of holiday scams. Scammers can rob you of hard-earned money, personal information, and, at the very least, a festive mood. Tips to Avoid Holiday Scams There are a number of ways you can protect yourself—and your wallet. Learn how you can navigate the holiday shopping season securely. Be...

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Small Business Owners Share Broadband Success Stories with Iowa Public Televisions

November 20, 2021

In 2021, Alpine Communications made great strides in expanding the 100% fiber-optic Fusion Network to hundreds of customers in rural Northeast Iowa. Building the additional miles of fiber-optics was partly due to grant funding from the Office of the Chief Information Officer who administers the Empower Rural Iowa Broadband Grant Program.  In November, Iowa Public Television filmed Alpine customers who benefited from the fiber-optic broadband build-out this summer. Their stories were featured in a recent episode of “Iowa Press” below. ...

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Secure Your Smart Home and Business

October 25, 2021

One element of Cybersecurity Awareneess Month is making security a priority. For businesses, this means building security into products and processes. Make cybersecurity training a part of employee onboarding and equip staff with the tools they need to keep the organization safe. For individuals, keep cybersecurity at the forefront of your mind as you connect daily. Before purchasing a device or online product, do your research. When you set up a new device or app, consider your security and privacy...

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3 Fundamentals for Shoring Up Phishing Defenses

October 13, 2021

From ransomware to SolarWinds, the cybersecurity space has been as hectic as it has ever been over the last 12-24 months. However, for all of the emerging threats and news that are cropping up on the horizon, phishing – one of the oldest pain points in cybersecurity – is continuing to quietly wreak havoc, and is as big of a threat as it has ever been. Despite often being overlooked in terms of hype, phishing has been a mainstay in...

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Get Familiar with the Cyber Basics

October 7, 2021

At a time when we are more connected than ever, being “cyber smart” is of the utmost importance. This year has already seen more than a fair share of attacks and breaches, including the SolarWinds and Kaseya breaches as well as high-profile attacks on the Colonial Pipeline and other critical infrastructure. Furthermore, as has been underlined by these recent breaches, cyberattacks are becoming more sophisticated with more evolved bad actors cropping up each day. Luckily, there are several steps that...

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Cybersecurity Month

Alpine Champions Cybersecurity Awareness Month

October 5, 2021

Every October, Cybersecurity Awareness Month continues to raise awareness about the importance of cybersecurity across our Nation. Led by the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and the National Cybersecurity Alliance (NCSA), Cybersecurity Awareness Month shares messages and weekly themes of the importance of staying safe online. The evergreen theme – Do Your Part. #BeCyberSmart – encourages individuals and organizations to own their role in protecting their part of cyberspace, stressing personal accountability and the importance of taking proactive steps...

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Attracting Success Campaign Draws Iowa Lt. Gov. Gregg to Clayton County

September 28, 2021

Iowa Lt. Governor Adam Gregg visited Osborne Nature Center in July to learn more about “Attracting Success in Clayton County” as part of his 99 County Tour. He was interested in this exciting new project spearheaded by Jenna Pollock, Clayton County Conservation Executive Director. According to Pollock, the purpose of Attracting Success in Clayton County is “to engage young adults and young families, and to grow a strong Northeast Iowa Young Professionals Network.” “Northeast Iowa is known for its natural...

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