Altepeter, Buchmeier honored.

Altepeter honored for years as T.H.E. Bus driver
Tri-Valley Transportation held a retirement gathering Nov. 20 for bus driver Alan Altepeter. Altepeter began driving T.H.E. Bus in 2000. He drove routes in Crookston and throughout Polk County and was a favorite driver of many of the riders he served. Altepeter’s driving skills earned him many awards at regional and state bus roadeo’s. Altepeter finished third at the 2008 Minnesota Bus Roadeo, second at the 2009 Northern Tier Bus Roadeo, second at the 2010 Minnesota Bus Roadeo and third at the 2011 Northern Tier Bus Roadeo.

T.H.E. Bus (Tri-Valley Heartland Express) is a division of Tri-Valley Opportunity Council, Inc. T.H.E. Bus is a curb to curb service and provides public transportation services to the public in seven Minnesota counties, Polk, Red Lake, Norman, Marshall, Kittson, Pennington and Clearwater.

Tri-Valley Opportunity Council, Inc. is a not-for-profit community action agency headquartered in Crookston, Minn. In existence since 1965, Tri-Valley provides services in 84 counties in Minnesota and Northeast North Dakota. For more information on services offered and job opportunities at Tri-Valley visit the website at, follow us on Facebook at or on Twitter at @TriValley_TVOC.

Buchmeier receives Master Teacher Award
At their Fall Clinic and Luncheon, the Minnesota String & Orchestra Teachers Association presented the Master Teacher: School Orchestra Award to Valdin Buchmeier, recently retired orchestra teacher from Crookston. This award is presented to a meritorious teacher from a school orchestra program who throughout their career has made a significant contribution to orchestral music education in the State of Minnesota.

Buchmeier has served on the board of the Minnesota Music Educators Association (MMEA) twice, as Region 8A Representative and Vice-President, in charge of the Minnesota All-State Orchestra.  He has been a string clinician and judicator in Minnesota and North Dakota. He retired in August after teaching orchestra in Crookston for the past 22 years.

Buchmeier and his wife, Bonnie, recently moved to Woodbury, Minn. to be closer to their children and grandchildren in the Twin Cities area. He is the new orchestra teacher at Bailey and Liberty Ridge Elementary Schools for the South Washington County School District in the Cottage Grove area of the Twin Cities. He is also the principal bassist with the Bemidji Symphony Orchestra.