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Government

  • Dirt Dig Case Going To Trial Feb. 9

    A group of Mineola residents fighting a dirt dig site in their neighborhood will finally have their day in court Feb. 9.
    Omaha attorney Terry White, on behalf of nine plaintiffs, filed suit last April against the Mills County Board of Adjustment for its controversial decision to grant a special use permit to Cory Leick to extract dirt from a 40-acre parcel west of Mineola along Barrus Road and 237th Street.

  • Leaky Roof Remains A Concern At Library

    More than two years after a nearly $200,000 restoration project was completed at the Glenwood Public Library, the facility continues to be plagued by a leaky roof.

    Library board member Terry Craig voiced concerns about the leak to members of the Glenwood City Council at a meeting in late December, noting the situation has existed for several months.

  • 'No Regrets'

    Kim Clark’s political career owes a lot to the advice she didn’t take.

    Clark, who wrapped up her third and final term in the Glenwood Mayor’s Office Jan. 1, decided to run for the Glenwood City Council nearly a decade ago on essentially a whim.

    “There was no one running in Ward 3,” said Clark, who is a 15-year deputy with the Mills County Sheriff’s Office. “And I got elected on a write in. It was just a spur of the moment thing that lasted 10 years.”

  • City's Fiscal Year Ended With $116,000 General Fund Deficit

    According to a financial report submitted to the state of Iowa, the city of Glenwood’s general fund had a deficit of $116,140 at the conclusion of the 2014-2015 fiscal year that ended June 30.

    The 2015 fiscal year deficit marks the second consecutive year the city’s general fund has ended the year in the red. The general fund deficit was $297,000 at the conclusion of the 2014 fiscal year.

    The financial report was submitted to the state in November by the city’s auditing firm – Council Bluffs-based Hamilton and Associates.

  • Candidates Weigh In On Unexpected Run-off Election

    Glenwood’s mayoral and city council candidates didn’t learn until last Tuesday that because of a “majority vote” provision in the city’s code of ordinances, a Dec. 1 run-off election will be necessary to elect a new mayor and two council members.

  • Unexpected Development In Glenwood City Election

    The Glenwood city election has taken an unexpected turn.

    City attorney Matt Woods and Mills County Auditor Carol Robertson have confirmed that a relatively unknown and seldom utilized provision in the city code of ordinances requires a candidate to receive a majority of the vote (more than 50 percent by state definition) to be elected to public office.

  • Several New Names On City Election Ballot

    There will be some contested races with new candidates in the Glenwood city election on Nov. 3.

    Three candidates filed the necessary paperwork to be on the ballot for mayor - Darcey Butts, Jessie Lundvall and Brian Tackett. Noticeably absent from the ballot is current

    Glenwood mayor Kim Clark who is not seeking re-election.

  • Glenwood Public Library Director Named

    The Glenwood Public Library has a new director.

    Lamoni native Tara Painter began her new duties last week, replacing Jenny Ellis who resigned in July.

    Painter was initially hired at the library earlier this summer to fill a part-time position and was among several applicants for the director’s job. She has many years of experience working in libraries, most recently as director of acquisitions at the State Historical Society of Missouri in Columbia.

  • Branstad Talks Economic Development During Visit To Loess Hills Harley Davidson

    PACIFIC JUNCTION - Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad last visited Mills County just over 11 months ago. The event that day was the ribbon cutting for the Highway 34 Bridge connecting U.S. Interstate 29 in Mills County and to Sarpy County and Highway 75 in Nebraska.

    Last Tuesday, Sept. 8, Branstad was back in Pacific Junction for a stop at the Loess Hills Harley Davidson with some words on economic development and the power of infrastructure improvements on rural businesses.

  • Branstad Talks Economic Development During Mills County Visit

    PACIFIC JUNCTION - Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad last visited Mills County just over 11 months ago. The event that day was the ribbon cutting for the Highway 34 Bridge connecting U.S. Interstate 29 in Mills County and to Sarpy County and Highway 75 in Nebraska.

    Last Tuesday, Branstad was back in Pacific Junction for a stop at the Loess Hills Harley Davidson with some words on economic development and the power of infrastructure improvements on rural businesses.