Local News

  • Mills County Flooding Update

    On Friday, Mills County Emergency Management Director Larry Hurst provided an update to The Opinion-Tribune on the latest flood situation during a five-hour tour and assessment of the Missouri River levee systems and lowland flooding in western Mills County. Hurst said roads and agricultural fields are being lost daily as surface waters rise.


  • Humane Society Ceases Operations

    The future of the Loess Hills Humane Society’s animal shelter  in Mills County (21600 221st St.) is in question following a formal announcement last week that the facility has been closed indefinitely, and LHHS has not renewed its animal control contracts with Mills County or the cities of Glenwood and Pacific Junction.

  • More Road Closures

    A levee breach along the Missouri River near Percival Thursday morning coincided with the closing of another portion of Interstate 29 in western Iowa.

        The interstate was closed Thursday at the Bartlett exit (Exit 24) in Fremont County and detour signs encouraged southbound motorists on I-29 to exit at the Glenwood interchange (Exit 35) so they could head east on Highway 34 to connect with Highway 275,  Highway 59 or Highway 71 to continue southbound travel.

  • Evacuations In Mills, Fremont Counties

    Mandatory evacuation orders issued last week forced over  700  residents of western Mills and Fremont Counties to leave their homes.

        More than 600 Fremont County residents living west of Interstate 29 were told to leave their homes Wednesday morning because of concerns about rising floodwater in the Missouri River. On Thursday, Mills County households west of Interstate 29 and south of Gaston Ave. received mandatory evacuation notices. Over 100 Mills County residents were given until Friday at 4 p.m. to leave.

  • Railroad committed to keeping tracks open

        PACIFIC JUNCTION - A large crew of workers from Burlington Northern Sante Fe and an army of private contractors have descended on Pacific Junction in an attempt to ensure the railroad’s east and west mainline near the town stays open during expected flooding from the Missouri River.

  • Homeowners Prepare For Flooding

    The berm-building and sandbagging efforts taking place in recent weeks along railroad tracks and around businesses in western Mills County are well-documented, but dozens of homeowners are also taking precautionary measures to protect their property from the rising water in the Missouri River.

    “We’re down to the basic essentials where we can move out pretty quick,” Dan Robbins said. “We need to keep the rain away and hope the
    levees hold.”

  • More Water On The Way

    OMAHA, Neb. – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced Tuesday night that water releases from Gavins Point Dam in South Dakota will increase to 160,000 cubic feet per second by Thursday as a result of continued wet weather throughout the Missouri River Basin.

    The corps said large, heavy rain system has impacted South Dakota and northern Nebraska in the past 48 hours, with as much as 6-inches falling across part of South Dakota. The heavy rains resulted in high inflows to Oahe, Big Bend and Fort Randall reservoirs. High inflows are also anticipated for Gavins Point.

  • Teen Missionaries Converge On Glenwood

    There's a good reason why it seems like there's more teenagers than usual out and about this week in Glenwood.

        Sunday afternoon, 265 teenagers, representing six states (Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Ohio, Illinois and Indiana), arrived in Glenwood to begin a week of home repair and restoration work for dozens of elderly, disabled and financially-restricted residents of the Glenwood community. The teens are performing the work as participants in the faith-based TeenServe mission program.

  • Fleeing The Flood Waters

    PACIFIC JUNCTION - With fears that rising water from the Missouri River could flood the city of Pacific Junction, many residents of this western Mills County community have started making evacuation plans for themselves and their families.

    Some residents have already packed up their belongings and put them in storage and some have secured temporary living arrangements with relatives and friends in other communities.

  • New LDS church opens north of Glenwood

        The Glenwood ward of the the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS) has opened a new  house of worship in Mills County.