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  • Bridge To The Future

    There’s an upside to the unusually dry weather conditions Mills County has experienced in 2012 – significant progress is being made on the U.S. Highway 34 expansion / Missouri River bridge project in western Mills County.

    “Contractors were able to get a lot of work done with the good weather,” Iowa Department of Transportation project engineer Scott Nixon said last week while speaking to members of the Mills County Economic Development Foundation.

  • Preserving Pacific Junction's Past

    PACIFIC JUNCTION - Pacific Junction resident Gary Williams has a lot of pride for his small town. His pride extends to his personal collection, and this collection has recently become part of the new Pacific Junction Historical Museum across the street from the post office.

         “I graduated from high school here, and I’m so interested in the town that I just started getting stuff. Then I started going to the library. It gets real habit-forming,” Williams said.

  • Green Is Out in Glenwood

        The City of Glenwood’s recycling drop-off will close Oct. 1.
        The city council’s 3-0 vote to terminate the city’s contract with Dihne Recycling, which has managed and maintained the troubled recycling drop-off at the city park on Tyson Street for nearly two decades, will permanently shutter the site at the end of this month.

  • Lincoln barn quilt a ‘passion’ project

        South of Glenwood near Pacific Junction sits a big white barn.  The barn has been a staple of Southwest Iowa for more than 100 years. It’s leaning a bit, but the people in the community still know about it.  The barn, and the farm it sits on, belongs to the Lincoln family.

  • High and Dry

        Saturday’s scattered showers didn’t provide much relief to the severe drought conditions plaguing southwest Iowa. Persistently dry weather continues to stress crops and livestock in Mills County and across the Midwest, threatening food and ethanol supplies and fueling fears of higher costs to those commodities.

  • New Jail Could Open in 2014

    Construction of the Mills County Law Enforcement Center is expected to begin in the spring or early summer of 2013 and will take about one year to complete.

    Mills County residents approved the $6.4 million facility in a special election Tuesday, Aug. 7, by a 987-441 (69-31 percent) margin. The Mills County Law Enforcement Center will replace the existing Mills County Jail and Sheriff’s Office, built in 1915. The new facility to be constructed in an industrial area at 500 Railroad Ave. in Glenwood, will house the sheriff's office and a 24-bed jail.

  • Jail Bond Issue Passes

    Mills County residents have passed a $6.4 million bond issue for the construction of a Mills County Law Enforcement Center. In a county-wide vote Tuesday, the bond issue passed by a margin of 987-441 (69-31 percent). More details from the election will be published in the Aug. 15 print and online editions of The Opinion-Tribune.

  • New Library Programs On Horizon

        The Glenwood Public Library's basement renovation may be finished, but the excitement has just started.
        The fall will bring several new programs to the library. Director Angela Campbell found out in mid-July that the Library Foundation has received a $35,000 grant for the creation of a living literacy lab.

  • UPDATE: Subway Restaurant Robbery

    The Glenwood Police Department is continuing its investigation into the Saturday evening robbery of the Subway restaurant in Glenwood.

  • Federal, Local Officers Serve Warrant At Glenwood Residence

    Officers from the Glenwood Police Department and Mills County Sheriff's Office were asked to assist federal officers Tuesday morning in serving a search warrant at a private residence at 57257 225 St.

    A federal officer at the scene declined to discuss details of the search, but said additional information would be available from the U.S. Attorney's Office at a later time.