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Local News

  • Small-town grocers find their niche in southwest Iowa

    It may seem difficult or maybe even impossible for small town grocers to stay in business with chain stores constantly expanding, but in southwest Iowa, some locally-owned and managed stores are staying competitive with the large supermarkets.

    Tom Mulholland of Mulholland Grocery in Malvern, Mike Wake of Tabor Grocery in Tabor and Dan Newman of Newman’s Thriftway in Glenwood are the three small-town grocers that have managed to not only stay in business, but to stand out in a time when big grocery stores seem to be taking over much of the market.

  • In its seventh year, Glenwood’s Giving Garden keeps on giving

    It’s the garden that keeps on giving.

    Started in 2011, Glenwood’s Giving Garden is on pace to once again provide more than 6,000 pounds of fresh produce to Mills County food pantries, senior citizens and fixed-income residents.

    The three-quarter acre garden, located east of Glenwood behind the McCormick Station gift boutique, is managed and maintained by a team of volunteers that do everything  from planting and harvesting to weeding and sorting.

  • Pastor says sign board post ‘not a controversial stance’

    A Glenwood pastor said he’s surprised by the amount of publicity and social media conversation a message he posted on a church sign board has generated.

    First Christian Church of Glenwood Pastor Evan Welcher posted the message, “White Supremacy Is Sin. Say It,” on Aug. 12, in response to the racially-motivated protests and violent altercations that had taken place earlier that weekend in Charlottesville, Va.

  • IWCC students, Glenwood firefighters team up for training

    Emergency Medical Services (EMS) students from Iowa Western Community College joined personnel from Glenwood Fire and Rescue for a unique day of training Thursday outside the Glenwood Fire Station.

    The 10 students, who were completing their last week  of a year-long training program, got first-hand experience  on the use of the “Jaws of Life” extrication equipment and trauma assessment.

    Equipment belonging to Glenwood Fire and Rescue and vehicles donated by local salvage and towing providers were used in the training.

  • Glenwood student wins national Woodmen speech contest

    A Glenwood student has won the Modern Woodmen of America National Speech Contest.

    Madeline Becker, who completed 8th grade last May at the Glenwood Middle School, was recognized during an award presentation ceremony Aug. 9 in the media center at Glenwood Community High School. Friends, relatives and school district officials attended the ceremony.

  • Total Eclipse Of The Heartland

    It’s being billed as one of the most-significant astronomical events in our nation’s history.

    On Monday, Aug. 21, the moon will make a rare pass directly between Earth and the sun, giving the United States its first total solar eclipse since 1979 and the first coast-to-coast eclipse in 99 years.

    Moving in a diagonal and southeasterly direction at a speed of over 1,800 mph, the eclipse will begin near Lincoln Beach, Ore., at 9:05 a.m. (PDT), with totality beginning there at 10:16 a.m. (PDT). 

  • Market On The Move?

    “Why can’t Glenwood do something like Malvern?”

    That’s a question Jeni Kirsch hears often from customers, fellow business owners and Glenwood residents who believe the city’s Town Square isn’t being utilized enough for public events and social gatherings, like the Wednesday evening farmers market at Glenwood Lake Park. Kirsch and others see the attendance and success Malvern is enjoying with its Main Street farmers market and summer concert series and they wonder why Glenwood can’t do something similar.

  • City looks at bringing back reserve police unit

    The city of Glenwood is taking steps to bring back its reserve police force.

    Glenwood Police Chief Eric Johansen said guidelines for the unit are still being established, but he envisions a reserve force of at least 10 volunteer  officers available to support and supplement the department’s regular full-time officers.

    “The reserves would help maximize the number of officers on for any one shift,” Johansen said.

    “They would also assist with crowd control, traffic enforcement and with special events.”

  • City, county asked to assist in securing Glen Haven Village loan

    The Mills County Board of Supervisors and Glenwood City Council have been asked to assist the Glen Haven Home Board of Directors in securing a USDA - Rural Development loan for the construction of the proposed Glen Haven Village skilled-care nursing facility.

  • Members of SW Iowa mission group enriched by their experience in Belize

    In mid June, 32 southwest Iowa residents traveled down to Belize to give a week of their time and effort on a mission trip.

    The mission trip was organized through International Servants, a nonprofit Christian mission group based in Texas. This was the first year that Rich Van Dellen, 79, got a group large enough to go over by themselves—without having to join another group.