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  • City Selects Engineer For Aquatic Center

    The city of Glenwood has selected JEO Consultants of Omaha as its engineering firm for a $4.75 million outdoor aquatic center to be built adjacent to a new gymnasium being constructed at Glenwood Community High School.

    The city council selected JEO at its regular meeting Tuesday, Sept. 23, at the recommendation of the Glenwood Aquatic Center Committee, which reviewed requests for proposals (RFPs) from eight firms interested in serving as the engineer on the project.

  • Crash Victim Was Riding Stolen Motorcycle

    A motorcyclist being pursued by the Iowa State Patrol was arrested and transported to an Omaha hospital after crashing the stolen bike in Mills County shortly before 4 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 23.

    Chad Larsen, 36, of Council Bluffs crashed in the ditch of the eastbound lane of U.S. Highway 34, approximately one-half mile east of Highway 275 (Tabor turnoff). He attempted to flee on foot but was apprehended and arrested after climbing over a barbed-wire fence and falling down repeatedly while trying to get away through a nearby farm field.

  • Law Enforcement Center Dedication Set For Sept. 30

    A public dedication ceremony for the new Mills County Jail / Law Enforcement Center, located at 600 Industrial Ave. in Glenwood, has been scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 30.

    An open house is planned from 5:30-7 p.m. with a formal dedication and opening of a time capsule from the county’s existing jail (built in 1915) scheduled for 6 p.m.

    The Mills County Sheriff’s Office is expected to make the move to its new facility in mid-October.

  • New Highway, Bridge Will Mean More Responsibilities For First Responders

    Mills County’s interim 911 Communications Center director Larry Hurst said the extension of Highway 34 west of Interstate 29 later this fall will put additional pressure and responsibilities on emergency responders, from Pacific Junction and Glenwood.

    “More pavement means there’s going to be more area to cover and increases in response times,” Hurst said. “There’s going to be a lot bigger demand for fire and rescue services once that area develops.”

  • Early October Opening For Interchange

    PACIFIC JUNCTION - The opening of the redesigned Interstate 29/Highway 34 interchange in western Mills County is three weeks away, an Iowa Department of Transportation (IDOT) engineer told The Opinion-Tribune Friday.

  • Enterovirus A Concern For Public Health Officials

    The Iowa Department of Public Health and Mills County Public Health Office both issued warnings Monday about an outbreak of an enterovirus in Ohio, Illinois and Kansas that’s also causing illness in Iowa.

  • Highway 34 Bridge Creating Buzz On Both Sides Of River

    The highly-anticipated opening of the U.S. Highway 34 – Missouri River Bridge is now just weeks away.

    Jensen Construction project engineer Landon Streit said Friday a formal dedication ceremony is tentatively set for  Wednesday, Oct. 22, just days before the bridge is expected to be opened to motorists.

    The $140-million, 3,280-foot bridge will extend U.S. Highway 34 from Interstate 29 and link western Mills County to U. S. Highway 75 and the Kennedy Freeway in eastern Sarpy County, Neb., near LaPlatte.

  • Ground Broken On Auxiliary Gym

    The Glenwood Community School District held a ceremonial groundbreaking Friday at the future site of the high school’s auxiliary gymnasium and locker room addition.
        

    HSR Associates, Inc. designed the $3.8 million project and Omaha-based contractors Meco-Henne will handle construction. Construction will be completed by the opening of the 2015-2016 school year.
        

  • Red Oak Hospital Sues Mills County

    By Greg Orear, General Manager

    RED OAK – In a unique case which may have statewide ramifications, Montgomery County Memorial Hospital has filed a lawsuit against Mills County regarding prisoner medical care.

    Tom Stamets, attorney for the Red Oak hospital, said the case appears headed for district court as the Mills County Board of Supervisors refuses to pay the $17,246.25 medical bills accumulated by prisoners they transferred to Montgomery County Center.

  • Charges Filed Against Former Library Director

    The former director of the Malvern Public Library has been arrested and charged with ongoing criminal conduct and first-degree theft.

    Stacey Buick, 41, is accused of misappropriating more than $20,000 from the library from July 2006 – October 2013.

    Charges were filed in Mills County after an investigation by the Iowa State Auditor’s Office identified improper expenditures and unsupported documents during Buick’s tenure as library director.