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Government

  • 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.

  • City Says ‘Unaudited’ General Fund Deficit Sits at $19,558

    The City of Glenwood has closed its books for the 2014-2015 fiscal year with a financial picture that is slightly better than expected.

    According to city administrator Brian Kissel, Glenwood’s “unaudited” general fund deficit is currently at $19,558.67. After months of speculation of just how far the city was in the red, the current figure, which Kissel determined in a meeting with Susanne Gerlach of Public Financial Management, Inc., paints a slightly better picture for Glenwood’s finances than anticipated.

  • Grassley touches on energy, GOP race in Tabor visit

    A crowd of more than 40 gathered at the Tabor Community Center last Wednesday for a townhall meeting with Iowa Senator Charles Grassley.

    For more than an hour, Grassley took questions on everything from renewable energy policy and income discrepancy to international trade, tax reform and the upcoming Iowa Caucuses.

  • Aquatic Center Ground Breaking 'An Amazing Day' For Glenwood

    Sunny skies and swimming-like temperatures prevailed Friday as city officials and other dignitaries took part in a formal ground breaking ceremony for the Glenwood Aquatic Center.

    The 8,700 square-foot facility will be built on land adjacent to a new gymnasium going up at Glenwood Community High School. Glenwood city administrator Brian Kissel told the crowd gathered at Friday’s ceremony that construction will take about a year.

  • City Moving Forward With Aquatic Center

    It appears Glenwood is finally going to get its aquatic center.

    Following a public hearing Monday night at City Hall, the Glenwood City Council cleared the final financial hurdle by approving up to $600,000 in additional general obligation bond funding for construction of an 8,700 square-foot swimming center that will be built on land adjacent to a new gymnasium under construction at Glenwood Community High School.

  • City Considers Taking On Additional Bond Debt To Fund Aquatic Center

    The city of Glenwood’s proposed $5.1 million aquatic center suffered a major setback last week when the Charles E. Lakin Foundation announced it no longer intends to provide funding for the project.

  • County Employee Charged With Falsifying Documents Resigns

    A Mills County employee accused of falsifying public documents has resigned.

    Mills County Auditor Carol Robertson said emergency management specialist Adam Wainwright submitted his resignation last week. Wainwright, 35, was placed on paid administrative leave earlier this month after being charged with two counts of falsifying a public document, a Class D felony.

  • City Projected To Have $99,910 General Fund Defecit At End Of Fiscal Year

    A consultant from Des Moines-based Public Financial Management (PFM), Inc., said Monday her analysis projects the city of Glenwood to have a general fund deficit of $99,910 on June 30 - the end of the 2014-2015 fiscal year.

  • Concerns Voiced About Possible Library Annex Sale

    Discussion during the Glenwood City Council’s Budget and Finance Committee May 12 meeting concerning the possible sale of the Glenwood Public Library Annex came to an abrupt halt after two members of the audience made strong statements in opposition of the sale and city leaders were accused of “going behind the backs” of Glenwood Library Board members in considering the matter.

  • Congressman Young Makes Coffee Stop In Glenwood

    Iowa’s Third District U.S. Rep. David Young, a Republican from Van Meter, spent an hour in Glenwood Saturday morning sharing his views and knowledge on issues of national and local interest with about two dozen Mills County residents.

    The first-year congressman addressed questions and concerns on a variety of topics, including immigration, education, Iran and President Barack Obama.