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  • P.J. councilman’s comments about Mexicans draw fire

        A Pacific Junction City Councilman is under fire after remarks he made in reference to Mexicans during last Monday's regular council meeting.
      Following a  request by The Opinion-Tribune for a copy of the audio recording of the meeting, Mayor Jim Lovely played the tape in the Pacific Junction City Hall on Tuesday.
        A voice on the recorder, who Lovely identified as Councilman Rodney G. Bents, can be heard saying, “Well, then don't be getting hit by a Mexican up in Omaha.”

  • Glenwood Going After RAGBRAI

        It’s been seven years since the Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa (RAGBRAI) last started in Glenwood.

        The Glenwood Area Chamber of Commerce believes it’s time to bring the colorful bicyclists back to town.

  • East Mills Reorganization?

        The Green Hills Area Education Agency will join the school boards from Nishna Valley and Malvern for a public hearing on Sept. 1 that could decide the future of the two districts that entered into a whole-grade sharing agreement nearly four years ago.

  • Gone, But Not Forgotten

        There are many traditions associated with Glenwood Homecoming, but none more meaningful than a ritual carried out every five years by the Glenwood Community High School Class of 1965.

  • Protecting Pacific Junction

    PACIFIC JUNCTION – Pacific Junction residents aren’t about to let their town go under water without a fight.

    With the waters of the Missouri River rising on a daily basis and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers warning that under a worst-case scenario, Pacific Junction could be inundated with 8 to 10 feet of water, the town’s residents have spent the past week preparing for a flood of potentially historic significance.

  • Fundraising efforts underway for K9 purchase, training

    Fundraising has begun for the purchase and training of a new dual purpose K9 for the Mills County Sheriff’s Office.

    The office’s current K9, Monte, recently underwent surgery to repair a knee injury. The 5-year-old Dutch Shepherd had been serving as a dual purpose dog – assisting with narcotic identification, criminal apprehension, tracking and handler protection. Monte will now be restricted to only doing narcotic identification in an effort to prolong his life and service to the sheriff’s office.

  • County land values on the decline for second straight year

    Land prices dropped for a second consecutive year in Mills County, but remain more than four times higher than they were at the start of the 21st century.

    According to the recently released Iowa State University Iowa Land Value Survey, farmland prices in Mills County dropped from $7,742 per acre in 2014 to $7,645 last year.

    The decrease mirrors a statewide trend in which land values dropped 3.9 percent to $7,633 per acre in 2015.

    Both state and Mills County land values hit a historic high in 2013 at $8,955 and $7,260 per acre, respectively.

  • Chamber, economic development foundation will no longer share director

    The Mills County Economic Development Foundation and the Glenwood Area Chamber of Commerce have announced their plans to formally separate on July 1.
        

    Technically, the economic development foundation and chamber have always been separate organizations with each agency having its own governing board.  However, beginning July 1, they will no longer share an executive director.
        

  • State Receptive To 'Glen Haven Village' Proposal At GRC

    The aging Glen Haven Home could be replaced by a new skilled care complex on the campus of the Glenwood Resource Center as early as next year if adequate funding can be secured.

    The Iowa Department of Human Services is receptive to negotiating a proposal that would allow Glen Haven to lease seven cottages on the GRC campus and allow the living units to be renovated into a state-of-the-art skilled care and rehabilitative services facility.

  • Trump, Clinton Win Mills County Caucus Vote

    Texas Sen. Ted Cruz claimed victory in Monday’s Iowa Republican Caucuses, but  billionaire Donald Trump finished on top in Mills County.

    Trump tallied 27 percent of the  Republican vote in Mills County.  Florida Sen. Marco Rubio was the runner-up with 24 percent, followed by Cruz with 22. Dr. Ben Carson garnered 16 percent of the Mills County vote to finish a distant fourth.
    In the statewide results, Cruz finished first with 28 percent, followed by Trump with 24 and Rubio with 23. No other Republican candidates reached the double digit mark.