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Government

  • Traffic Flowing Again On I-29

    The travel time for a road trip to Kansas City became a little shorter Saturday when the Iowa Department of Transportation (IDOT) re-opened a stretch of Interstate 29 from the Missouri state line to Exit 32 near Pacific Junction.

        Portions of the the 32-mile section of interstate had been closed since June 15 because of flooding from the Missouri River.
        Several vehicles were lined up on the interstate at 10 a.m. when IDOT personnel removed barricades and snow fence to formally reopen the roadway.

  • Golf Carts On City Streets?

        The Glenwood City Council has approved the first of three required readings that would legalize the operation of golf carts on city streets.
        An amendment to city Ordinance 847 would make it legal for any person age 18 or older with a valid Iowa driver’s license to operate a golf cart on city streets during daylight hours from April 1 through Oct. 31.
        Golf cart operators would be required to apply for an operator’s permit from the Glenwood Police Department.

  • Pot-ted Plants

    A search by Mills County Sheriff’s deputies has turned up a “sophisticated” marijuana plant growing operation in a rural Mills County home.

        Reports indicate deputies served a search warrant on a residence at 25365 Norrell Ave., southeast of Glenwood, shortly after 9 p.m. on Sept. 23. While conducting their search, deputies discovered a marijuana grow room in the home’s basement.

  • Damage Assessment

    MALVERN – It may be weeks or months before Mills County officials have a precise reading on the percentage of crops destroyed or damaged this year by flooding along the Missouri River and devastating hail and high winds that accompanied a pair of August thunderstorms, but there’s no doubt that production losses in the county will be substantial.

  • Councilman Resignation

    Craig Florian has resigned from his Ward I seat on the Glenwood City Council, but hopes to be elected back to the council in the Nov. 8 city election as the representative for Ward II.

  • Deadline Nears

    Mills County is now taking applications for Iowa Disaster Assistance from individuals affected by the hail storms on Aug. 18 and Aug. 22 as well as from those individuals and families who have had flood-related expenses.

        Applicants must meet the income requirements and present receipts for expenditures related to either event listed above. Expenses must fit into the application guidelines with a maximum reimbursement amount of $5,000 per household.  

  • National Guard Demobilized

    The levees near the banks of the Missouri River in Mills County are no longer in the hands of the Iowa National Guard.

  • Road Woes

    Floodwaters may be receding in areas of Mills County but dangers remain for motorists on the county’s many closed roads, said Mills County Engineer Kevin Mayberry.

        Mayberry, speaking at a Flood Policy Group meeting at Glenwood Community High School earlier this month, said many of the county’s roads closed entirely or partially by floodwaters in evacuated portions of western Mills County could be months away from being passable due to damage caused by the water.

  • FEMA Assistance Denied To Iowa

    Iowa was notified late last week by Federal Emergency Management Agency Director Craig Fugate that the state’s request for activation of the Federal Individual Assistance Program for Fremont, Harrison, Monona, Pottawattamie and Woodbury counties has been denied.

    Mills County was not included in the original request due to a low number of significantly affected homes in our area during the original assessment process.

  • Silver City, Hastings Post Offices Closing?

    The mayors of Hastings and Silver City said they were surprised to learn last week the post offices in their respective communities are among the more than 3,700 nationwide being considered for permanent closure by the U.S. Postal Service.

        “Actually, we are kind of surprised because in the past, we’ve been told because of the number of rural customers we have, the fact that we have a postmaster and the fact that the school (Nishna Valley) is considered to be in Hastings, we’d be OK,” Hastings Mayor Troy Hatcher said.