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  • Governor gives western Iowa rec designation

    COUNCIL BLUFFS - Portions of western Iowa are included in the state of Iowa’s second regional approach to boosting recreational opportunities and natural resources.

    Gov. Kim Reynolds has announced the selection of the Loess Hills Missouri River Region as the Iowa Parks Foundation’s second Parks to People Region. Speaking at a news conference in Council Bluffs Friday afternoon, Reynolds discussed efforts to address the future of parks, trails and cultural assets encompassing three western Iowa counties plus Lake Manawa.

  • Fremont-Mills facilities nearing completion

    TABOR - The Fremont-Mills Community School District’s early childhood development and auditorium additions are nearing the finish line.

    Construction began in November 2016 on the $6 million project. The early childhood development center on the building’s east side, which will allow the cramped elementary school to grow and meet the community’s growing pre-school demand, is two to four weeks from completion, according to Fremont-Mills Superintendent Chris Herrick.

  • Malvern house destroyed by fire

    MALVERN - A Malvern house and its contents were destroyed by a fire Tuesday morning, Jan. 2.

    The house in the southwest section of the city, was occupied by Renee Lynn and her daughter Jayme. They were not injured in the blaze. They left the house after seeing smoke but lost all of their possessions.

    The Malvern Fire Department, with assistance from firefighters from Hastings and Glenwood, were on the scene for most of the daylight hours on Jan. 2. Malvern firefighters returned Wednesday when debris started smoldering again.

  • Early PPEL voting now under way at county courthouse

    Early voting began Monday at the Mills County Auditor’s Office for the Glenwood Community School District’s $3.7 million Physical Plant and Equipment Levy (PPEL) that would help fund an overhaul of the Glenwood Athletic Complex. The special election is set for Tuesday, Feb. 6.

  • Pickleball court campaign in Glenwood gaining momentum

    The construction of an outdoor pickleball complex in Glenwood is moving closer to becoming a reality.

    The Southwest Iowa Pickleball Committee has now solicited over $25,000 in donations and pledges to help turn the city’s deteriorated tennis courts on South Vine Street into a six-court pickleball complex.

  • A Suitcase of Memories

    A California resident is reaching out to readers of The Opinion-Tribune in hopes of tracking down a World War II veteran with Mills County ties or his living survivors.

  • 'A Working Man's Doctor'

    He enjoyed science and biology classes in junior high and high school, but as a child Robert Fryzek never envisioned a life devoted to practicing medicine.

    “When I was in the eighth grade, they had us write down what we wanted to be. I wanted to be a conductor on a train,” the 83-year-old and soon-to-be retired Glenwood physician recalled during a recent interview. “I was in the Boy Scouts for one year in the ninth grade. I only got one merit badge and that was for safety and health, so it must have been in the back of my mind.”

  • Rural Mills County Fire Leaves Family Homeless

    The residents of a rural Mills County rental house lost their home and most of their belongings in a fire Thursday afternoon.

    Firefighters from Glenwood and Pacific Junction responded to a blaze at the 122-year-old, two-story farmhouse, located at 64789 232nd Street (near 232nd and Pease Road).

    The fire, which is believed to have started in a wood-burning stove in the kitchen, was reported shortly after 2 p.m. Firefighters worked for over three hours putting out the fire and securing the property.

  • Rural Mills County Fire Leaves Family Homeless

    The residents of a rural Mills County rental house lost their home and most of their belongings in a fire Thursday afternoon.

    Firefighters from Glenwood and Pacific Junction responded to a blaze at the 122-year-old, two-story farmhouse, located at 64789 232nd Street (near 232nd and Pease Road). The fire, which is believed to have started in a wood-burning stove in the kitchen, was reported shortly after 2 p.m. Firefighters worked for over three hours putting out the fire and securing the property.

  • New signs marking county creeks, rivers

    Twenty bridges in Mills County now have stream signs at each end giving the name of the creek or river. The Mills County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) coordinated this project.  

    “The purpose of the signs is to educate Mills County residents in which watershed they live, SWCD volunteer project coordinator John Klein said. “Signs show where the water in their stream comes from and where it goes.