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Government

  • Sen. Joni Ernst Talks Agriculture, Health Care During Round Table Discussion In Malvern

    U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst was in Malvern last week holding a round table meeting with area farmers while on her two-week Easter recess from Washington.

    Ernst, a Montgomery County native, held an informal discussion at the Malvern City Hall Wednesday afternoon where the 20 in attendance peppered the Republican senator on agriculture and livestock issues facing Iowa’s farmers. She later toured Gregory Feedlots south of Tabor.

  • City Raising Property Tax Levy

    As expected, the city of Glenwood is raising its property tax levy and moving forward with the implementation of utility franchise fees as a means of generating revenue to cover expected expenses in its general fund budget for the 2017-18 fiscal year.

  • Mills County Ready To Unveil New Conservation Building

    Jerad Getter admits he and his staff at the Mills County Conservation Office are not only proud, but “pretty darn excited” about their new conservation and nature education building on the grounds of Pony Creek Park.

    “We’re thrilled to be in here and we’re excited about getting the public out here,” Getter said.

  • New Mills County Attorney Is Southwest Iowa Native

    A new Mills County Attorney will be in place later this month.

    Naeda Elliott, who’s worked the past six years in Iowa City with the Johnson County Attorney’s Office, has been selected by the Mills County Board of Supervisors to fill the position to replace Tricia McSorley, who resigned earlier this year to take a job with an Omaha insurance firm. Elliott, an Underwood native and University of Iowa graduate (undergraduate and law degree), was chosen from a pool of eight candidates.

  • Mills County To Contract With Pottawattamie County For Interim County Attorney

    Mills County is contracting with the Pottawattamie County Attorney’s Office to provide interim county attorney services until the county can hire a permanent replacement.

    The county has been without its full-time county attorney since April when Tricia McSorley resigned her post. James Burger, the assistant Mills County Attorney had assumed many of McSorley’s duties but he too submitted his resignation earlier this month. Burger’s last day is Friday.

  • Aquatic Center Admission Rates Disclosed

    The city of Glenwood is receiving two grants totaling $15,000 to assist with the start-up of the Glenwood Aquatic Center and city council members heard last Tuesday night how that money will be spent.

    They also heard about pricing for the coming season, which is expected to begin about July 1 and last for half a normal season.

    Mary Gunderson of the Glenwood Aquatic Center Committee made a presentation regarding the grants. One was for $10,000 from Ash Grove and the other was for $5,000 from Casey’s, which is paying $1,000 per year.

  • Four GOP Candidates Seek Two Seats On County Board

    The field of county candidates has been set for the June 7 primary election.

    The Republican Party has candidates running for all three “county courthouse” positions on the ballot in the primary - auditor, sheriff and board of supervisors. There are no Democratic candidates seeking the county offices.

    Incumbent county auditor Carol Robertson of Glenwood is running unopposed in the Republican primary, as is county sheriff Eugene Goos of Glenwood.

  • Citizens Voice Concerns Before City Adopts Budget

    The Glenwood City Council approved its preliminary budget for the 2016-2017 fiscal year following a 34-minute public hearing at City Hall last Tuesday, April 12.

    City council members unanimously approved the $4.1 million budget, despite a projected shortfall of up to $300,000 in its general fund account.

  • Mills County Attorney Submits Resignation

    Mills County is in the market for a new county attorney following the surprise resignation of Tricia McSorely.

    Less than half way through the four-year term she was elected to serve in November 2014, McSorley has tendered her resignation to take a position with an insurance firm in Omaha. Her last day on the job will be April 22.

    “It’s a good move for my family,” McSorley said. “It’s a job opportunity that came up that I really couldn’t pass up.”

  • Deficit Projected In City's 2016-2017 Fiscal Year Budget

    The Glenwood City Council will be asked to approve a budget next week with the understanding that the deficit in its general fund account will be prolonged for at least another year.

    A public hearing for the 2017 fiscal year budget and a vote for council approval will take place Tuesday, April 12, 7 p.m., at City Hall.