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> '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> Glenwood Pet Lodge http://www.opinion-tribune.com/content/glenwood-pet-lodge <img src="http://www.opinion-tribune.com/sites/www.opinion-tribune.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/pet lodge 1.jpg" alt="Deb Jaurez greets one of the guests at the Glenwood Pet Lodge." title="Deb Jaurez greets one of the guests at the Glenwood Pet Lodge." align="left" hspace="6" width="129" height="85" /><p> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="background-color: rgb(0, 0, 255);"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva,sans-serif;">By Daisy Hutzell-Rodman<br /> </span></span></span></p> <p> People walking in the door of the Glenwood Pet Lodge are often greeted by a tan and white Jack Russell terrier named Gracie.&nbsp; Gracie, the unofficial operations manager, sniffs at patron&rsquo;s hands and wags her tail back and forth.</p>