Features http://www.opinion-tribune.com/features/todaysfeatures en 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> 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> 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> Artist In Residence http://www.opinion-tribune.com/content/artist-residence <img src="http://www.opinion-tribune.com/sites/www.opinion-tribune.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/zj2.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="55" height="85" /><p> MALVERN - Artist Zack Jones has worked in various mediums.<br /> <br /> Digital animation, watercolor, film, pen and ink, oil on canvas.<br /> <br /> Nowhere on that list does &ldquo;139-year-old former Presbyterian church&rdquo; appear.<br /> <br /> But that is exactly the &ldquo;medium&rdquo; Jones is working in with his Art Church Project.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Jones bought the former Presbyterian church just off Main Street in Malvern on the brick-lined street corner of Prospect and East Fourth Streets from the Malvern Historical Society last May.<br /> <br /> Eat Healthy, Mills County http://www.opinion-tribune.com/content/eat-healthy-mills-county <img src="http://www.opinion-tribune.com/sites/www.opinion-tribune.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/Alicia CC_1.jpg" alt="Alicia Bartley-Hagen serves a chicken salad at Classic Cafe in Malvern." title="Alicia Bartley-Hagen serves a chicken salad at Classic Cafe in Malvern." align="left" hspace="6" width="65" height="85" /><p> BY ALLIE FORD<br /> SPECIAL TO THE OPINION-TRIBUNE<br /> Mills County businesses and community members are working together, making exciting changes to create healthier lifestyles. One way that this is occurring is through support and changes from local restaurants.<br /> <br /> Live Healthy Iowa helps bring more awareness to what Iowans are eating and the importance of being physically active.<br /> <br /> The Pedal Pull Guy http://www.opinion-tribune.com/content/pedal-pull-guy <img src="http://www.opinion-tribune.com/sites/www.opinion-tribune.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/Pedal Pull guy.jpg" alt="Ken Myers of Malvern at a recent youth tractor pull event in Glenwood." title="Ken Myers of Malvern at a recent youth tractor pull event in Glenwood." align="left" hspace="6" width="71" height="85" /><p> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Attendees at Keg Creek Days in Glenwood may be familiar with watching children pedal Ken Myers&rsquo; small tractors down a stretch of sidewalk.<br /> &nbsp;</p>