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Local News

  • Adventure race coming to Glenwood area June 11

    Orienteering, running, mountain biking, canoeing.
    No, that’s not a list of summer camp activities, it’s the list of events for an adventure race Mills County will host in and around Glenwood this June.

    Adventure Race Glewood will have contestants earning points by reaching check marks on the unmarked course. The multi-disciplinary team sport consists of teams of one or two participating in timed running, bicycling, canoeing and navigating events through 25 checkpoints throughout the county, starting and finishing at Glenwood Lake Park.

  • City hires interim finance director to help set 2016-2017 budget

    Avoca city manager Clint Fichter has been hired as an interim financial manager for the city of Glenwood.

    Fichter, who also owns a financial consulting service and law firm, will oversee the city’s finances and budget process while a search is conducted to replace Brian Kissel, who was terminated last month as city administrator and financial director.

    Kissel’s termination came just as the city was preparing its budget for the 2016-2017 fiscal year, which begins July 1.

  • Impact of last year’s bird flu outbreak still being felt

    Scientists from the Food and Drug Administration and the U.S. Dairy Association call it H5N2.

    Others call it Avian Influenza or the bird flu.
    Poultry farmers in Iowa in the last year have called it an epidemic – in their flocks and their ledger columns.

    The virus swept through the Midwest last spring, killing more than 40 million chickens mostly in Iowa, the nation’s No. 1 egg producer, at a cost of more than $200 million in losses, according to the Iowa Poultry Association. Poultry shortages caused egg and chicken prices to skyrocket.

  • Mills, Fremont County towns on Day 1 route for RAGBRAI riders

    For the first time in the 44-year history of RAGBRAI (Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa), the city of Malvern will serve as a pass-through town.

  • Safety concern has city looking at extending Glenbrook ‘No Parking’ area

    arking” area on the north end of Glenbrook Drive was expected to be addressed Tuesday night, Feb. 23, by the Glenwood City Council.

  • Randy Romens named chamber’s Citizen of the Year

    Randy Romens, the coordinator of Glenwood’s Brews, Blues & BBQ celebration, is this year’s recipient of the Glenwood Area Chamber of Commerce’s Citizen of the Year award. He will be among several individuals, organizations and businesses honored at the chamber’s annual Betterment and Beautification Dinner and Awards program March 3 at the Bella Terre reception hall.

  • Vehicle purchases, parking lot work on district agenda

    The Glenwood Community School District Board of Directors unanimously approved more than $275,000 in spending over the next fiscal year for purchases of three new vehicles, including two new school buses, repairs to parking lots and routine maintenance to buildings in the district.

  • Former P.J. city clerk gets probation for tampering with records charge

    Former Pacific Junction city clerk Kari Leann Williams of Glenwood has pleaded guilty to tampering with records, an aggravated misdemeanor.

    The Mills County Attorney’s Office said the charges stemmed from an incident that occurred while Williams was employed as city clerk. The incident was brought to light during an audit of the city’s finances and records conducted by the Iowa State Auditor’s Office.

  • 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.