Features http://www.opinion-tribune.com/features/todaysfeatures en Father, Daughter Fulfill A Wedding Day Dream http://www.opinion-tribune.com/content/father-daughter-fulfill-wedding-day-dream <img src="http://www.opinion-tribune.com/sites/www.opinion-tribune.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/gary_and_gina.jpg" alt="Gary Giaffoglione walks his daughter Gina down the aisle on her wedding day." title="Gary Giaffoglione walks his daughter Gina down the aisle on her wedding day." align="left" hspace="6" width="60" height="85" /><p> Something magical happened Saturday evening outside a castle tucked away in the Loess Hills.</p> <p> Gary Giaffoglione walked side-by-side with his little girl down the aisle on her wedding day &ndash; a father&rsquo;s dream that was seemingly shattered in March 2008 when an automobile accident left Gina, his only daughter, fighting for her life and paralyzed from the waist down.</p> <p> On this cool, late summer&rsquo;s evening 6 1/2 years later, in the presence of family and friends, Gary and Gina made their dream a reality.</p> Kickin' It With The KISS http://www.opinion-tribune.com/content/kickin-it-kiss <img src="http://www.opinion-tribune.com/sites/www.opinion-tribune.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/ks1.jpg" alt="Glenwood&#039;s Kenny Spencer is the place kicker for the LA KISS Arena Football League team and a prominent character on the reality TV show &quot;4th and Loud.&quot;" title="Glenwood&#039;s Kenny Spencer is the place kicker for the LA KISS Arena Football League team and a prominent character on the reality TV show &quot;4th and Loud.&quot;" align="left" hspace="6" width="134" height="85" /><p> Kenny Spencer admits he never envisioned his career in professional football leading to a prominent role on a reality TV show or personal friendships with rock-and-roll music legends Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley of KISS fame.</p> <p> Spencer, a 2005 Glenwood Community High School graduate, is the place kicker for the LA KISS, an Arena Football League (AFL) team partially owned by the two band members from KISS and the focus of the 10-week <strong>4th and Loud</strong> docu-series that began airing in August on Tuesday nights on AMC (9 p.m. CDT).</p> 'Going once, going twice' http://www.opinion-tribune.com/content/going-once-going-twice <img src="http://www.opinion-tribune.com/sites/www.opinion-tribune.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/07_5.jpg" alt="Auctioneer Earl Thies (upper left) shares a laugh with his audience at a recent auction." title="Auctioneer Earl Thies (upper left) shares a laugh with his audience at a recent auction." align="left" hspace="6" width="145" height="85" /><p> By Daisy Hutzell-Rodman</p> Familiar Face At Mills County Attorney's Office Retires After 25-plus Years http://www.opinion-tribune.com/content/familiar-face-mills-county-attorneys-office-retires-after-25-plus-years <img src="http://www.opinion-tribune.com/sites/www.opinion-tribune.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/janice_j.jpg" alt="Mills County Attorney’s Office staff at Friday’s reception. From left, Lisa York, Jill McAleer, Tricia McSorley, Janice Johansen and Eric Hansen." title="Mills County Attorney’s Office staff at Friday’s reception. From left, Lisa York, Jill McAleer, Tricia McSorley, Janice Johansen and Eric Hansen." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> &nbsp;Mills County Courthouse employees said goodbye and offered their well wishes to a familiar face last week.</p> <p> Janice Johansen, a secretary in the county attorney&rsquo;s office for more than 25 years, officially entered retirement Friday afternoon after being honored at a reception in the board of supervisors meeting room.</p> Mettwurst - A Mineola Tradition http://www.opinion-tribune.com/content/mettwurst-mineola-tradition <img src="http://www.opinion-tribune.com/sites/www.opinion-tribune.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/mineola01.jpg" alt="Mike Sukup (left) and Mark Nightser run pork through the meat grinder while making Mettwurst for last year&#039;s German Heritage Dinner." title="Mike Sukup (left) and Mark Nightser run pork through the meat grinder while making Mettwurst for last year&#039;s German Heritage Dinner." align="left" hspace="6" width="110" height="85" /><p> MINEOLA - Do a Google search for the word &ldquo;Mettwurst&rdquo; and you&rsquo;ll be guided to Wikipedia, the popular online encyclopedia.</p> <p> Three paragraphs into its definition of the German pork sausage, Wikipedia has this to say:</p> <p> &ldquo;The town of Mineola, Iowa, which was settled almost exclusively by immigrants from Schleswig-Holstein, hosts an annual heritage dinner with &ldquo;Schoening-style&rdquo; cold-smoked Mettwurst known in the Low German dialect as &ldquo;Metvuss.&rdquo;</p> Annie Jr. On Masquers' Stage http://www.opinion-tribune.com/content/annie-jr-masquers-stage <img src="http://www.opinion-tribune.com/sites/www.opinion-tribune.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/annie_singing.jpg" alt="Cast members (from left) Alex Neff, Ali Blue, Andrea Morrison, Mike Lynes, Sydney Major, Jason Morrison, Carol Schramm, Lois Pitchfork and Denise Schroeder rehearse a scene from Annie Jr." title="Cast members (from left) Alex Neff, Ali Blue, Andrea Morrison, Mike Lynes, Sydney Major, Jason Morrison, Carol Schramm, Lois Pitchfork and Denise Schroeder rehearse a scene from Annie Jr." align="left" hspace="6" width="153" height="85" /><p> &nbsp;Since the first of January, the Mills Masquers have been preparing their 34th annual Winter Musical &ndash; &ldquo;Annie Jr.&rdquo;</p> <p> Craig Florian returns to the director&rsquo;s chair for the first time since 2012&rsquo;s &ldquo;Bye, Bye Birdie&rdquo; and once again Florian has assembled a talented and diverse cast that combines both seasoned theater veterans and fresh newcomers.&nbsp;</p> <p> Starring in her first production, Sydney Major steps into the well-worn shoes of the iconic rags-to-riches girl, Little Orphan Annie.&nbsp;</p> Merci Beaucoup http://www.opinion-tribune.com/content/merci-beaucoup <img src="http://www.opinion-tribune.com/sites/www.opinion-tribune.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/myron_roker1.jpg" alt="Myron Roker reads the letter he received from Consulat General de France A Chicago." title="Myron Roker reads the letter he received from Consulat General de France A Chicago." align="left" hspace="6" width="78" height="85" /><p> By Daisy Hutzell-Rodman</p> <p> Last fall, Myron Roker received a special package at his home in Glenwood. Inside the white envelope was a letter from Consulat General de France A Chicago and a medal making him a Knight of the Legion of Honor, France&rsquo;s highest military distinction given to living U.S. veterans who risked their lives during World War II while fighting on French territory.</p> Blanket Man Inspires Church Congregation http://www.opinion-tribune.com/content/blanket-man-inspires-church-congregation <img src="http://www.opinion-tribune.com/sites/www.opinion-tribune.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/blanketman_012.jpg" alt="Blanket Man Jeff Mitts." title="Blanket Man Jeff Mitts." align="left" hspace="6" width="64" height="85" /><p> While many Mills County residents were ringing in the new year in the comfort and warmth of their own homes, a Glenwood man was roughing it in a tent outside Grace United Methodist Church (GUMC).&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p> Jeff Mitts spent New Year&rsquo;s Eve camping in the tent to fulfill a promise he made to members of the church congregation for surpassing its &ldquo;Blankets +&rdquo; missions project fundraising goal.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p>