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    The United States Air Force Heartland of America Band will be spreading holiday cheer in Glenwood again next month.

    Through the sponsorship of The Opinion-Tribune newspaper and Glenwood Community School District, the band from Offutt Air Force Base is returning to Glenwood for a fourth straight year to present its 2016 “Sounds of the Season” holiday concert in the Glenwood Community High School auditorium on Saturday, Dec. 10, at 2 p.m.

  • How The Squirrels Might Steal Christmas

    You’re a mean one, Mr. Squirrel.

    There’s a strong possibility there will be no Christmas lights dangling from the trees and shrubs on Glenwood’s Town Square this holiday season unless private donations can be secured to replace several strings of lights eaten and damaged  by hungry squirrels.

  • Mills County Election Results

    PRESIDENT - Donald Trump (R) 5050, Hillary Clinton (D) 2080, Gary Johnson (L) 303.

    US SENATE - Chuck Grassley (R) 5267, Patty Judge (D) 1734.

    US HOUSE DISTRICT 3 - David Young (R) 5031, Jim Mowrer (D) 1747, Bryan Holder (L) 356.

    STATE SENATE DISTRICT 12 - Mark Costello (R) 5138, Don Brantz (L) 1615.

    STATE HOUSE OF REP. DISTRICT 23 - David Sieck (R) 5129, Craig Florian (D) 2224.

    COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS (Elect 2) - Lonnie Mayberry (R) 5151, Carol Vinton (R) 4861.

  • Early voting continues at county auditor’s office

    Early voting for Tuesday’s general election is continuing to take place in the Mills  County Courthouse. Voters can cast their early ballots at the Mills County Auditor’s Office  Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Monday from 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. The office will also be open for voting on Saturday from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. 

  • Contentious presidential election strikes cord with first-time voters

    In six days, millions of Americans will head to voting booths.
    While many national pundits have predicted voter turnout could be lower than 2012, some organizations are predicting a near record number of first time voters will cast ballots for President of the United States Nov. 8.

    The Pew Research Center says more than 10 million people will vote for president for the first time this year. While not all of those rookies are recently-turned 18 year olds, many are.

  • Quicker commute on the horizon

    There’s some good news on the horizon for Mills County motorists who travel over the U.S. Highway 34 Missouri River Bridge on a regular basis - the days of waiting for a green light at the U.S. Highway 34/U.S. Highway 75 intersection will soon be over.

    Construction of an overpass interchange is moving at a swift pace and the Nebraska Department of Roads is anticipating the opening of Highway 34 entrance and exit ramps to happen by year’s end.

  • Owner of former Park Place building asks city for tax break

    The owner of the building that once housed the Park Place skilled nursing care and rehabilitation center has requested an 18-month tax deferment from the city of Glenwood so he can secure a loan to fund a $1.25 million renovation of the property at 114 Green Street.

    Aaron Rodenburg told members of the Glenwood City Council last week he would like to turn the building into a privately-operated assisted living facility that could house between 60-90 residents.

  • City of Glenwood chicken ordinance passes on 3-2 vote

        Bring on the chickens.
        After months of sometimes heated debate, the Glenwood City Council has passed the final reading of an ordinance that will allow city residents to raise chickens in their back yards. The final vote on the ordinance passed by a 3-2 margin at the council’s regular meeting Tuesday, Oct. 11. Council members Craig Florian, Jessie Lundvall and Jeremy Rodman voted “yes” on the measure, with Susan Hirschman and  Dan McComb opposed.

  • City considers funding for hotel market study

    The Glenwood City Council has been asked to consider funding a comprehensive hotel market study for a possible “upper midscale hotel” to be located within the city limits.

    Mills County Economic Development Director Rick Allely presented a seven-page written proposal to council members at their regular meeting Sept. 27 on behalf of Wisconsin-based Hospitality Marketer’s International, Inc. (HMI), a firm that has been contacted about conducting a market study in Glenwood for a potential hotel developer.

  • Vintage Harvest

    In 12 years of growing grapes, Doug Grave has never seen a more bountiful crop than what’s been harvested from his family’s Bodega Victoriana vineyard over the past two months.

    “This year, we’re having a bumper crop – probably the best crop we’ve ever had,” Grave said during a recent interview.  “We’re having a bumper crop with every variety, except for one of the 12 that we grow.”