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Local News

  • Engineer killed in train crash was Glenwood graduate

        The names of the two crew members who were killed in an April 17 train crash east of Emerson have been released by the Federal Railroad Administration.
        The two crew members have been identified as Patricia Hyatt, 48, and Tom Anderson, 48, both of Creston. Hyatt and Anderson were both on the eastbound coal train that rear-ended a Burlington Northern Sante Fe maintenance train at approximately 7 a.m. Sunday, April 17.
        Hyatt served as a conductor while Anderson was the train’s engineer.

  • Highway 34 bridge project aiming for Fall 2013 finish

        The Iowa Department of Transportation has released an updated timeline for the U.S. Highway 34 – Missouri River Bridge project that will link western Mills County with Sarpy County in eastern Nebraska.
        The timeline calls for the $138 million project to be completed as early as the fall of 2013.

  • Train Crash Claims 2 Lives

        A fiery train collision Sunday morning in Montgomery County, between Emerson and Red Oak, claimed the lives of two Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) railroad employees. As of press time Tuesday, the victims’ names had not been released.

  • Truck Driver Recovering From Injuries

    A 35-year-old Glenwood man is continuing his recovery from injuries sustained in a one-vehicle rollover accident Wednesday, April 13, near the southbound rest area on Interstate 29 in western Mills County.

  • A Sweet Touch For Easter

    Barb Tucker knows her way around the kitchen – she cooks, she bakes and decorates cakes, and in the springtime, her friends and family can count on her to make old-fashioned sugar Easter Eggs.
        “I guess it’s kind of a lost art. You don’t hear of a lot of people doing it,” Tucker said last week from her home in Glenwood. “I took a class years ago from Paula Disterhaupt here in Glenwood and I’ve enjoyed doing them ever since.”

  • On The Track Of History

        TABOR – When it comes to history, the Todd House in Tabor might be one of the best kept secrets in southwest Iowa.

         Built 158 years ago by Congregational minister John Todd, the two-story structure once served as a major hub on the Underground Railroad. Today, it stands as a lasting tribute to the abolitionists and John Brown loyalists who opposed slavery and supported the Kansas Free State movement of the 1850s.

  • County In Poor Health

        How healthy is Mills County?
        Not very, according to the County Health Rankings compiled by the University of Wisconsin’s Population Health Institute.

  • New Animal Control Officer Hired

    Tina Updegrove’s first day as the Loess Hills Humane Society’s animal control officer was March 13.

        But that was not the Red Oak native’s first day as an animal control officer. Updegrove brings with her a wealth of experience after 16 years in the field. For 13 years, Updegrove served as an animal control officer and animal cruelty investigator at the Nebraska Humane Society. For the two years prior to joining Loess Hills, she was working with the Animal Rescue League in Des Moines.

  • Plea Deal In Malvern Sex Case

        Stephen Beattie  pleaded guilty Monday in Mills County District Court to reduced charges for his involvement in a sex case involving a teenage boy.
        The 56-year-old Malvern man pleaded guilty to three misdemeanors - serious assault, lascivious acts with a minor and indecent exposure. Under the plea agreement reached with the Mills County Attorney’s Office, Beattie will be required to complete a sex-offender treatment program in Council Bluffs, register as a sex offender for the next 10 years and serve three years of probation.

  • Malvern Man Guilty Of Sexual Assault

        A Mills County jury rendered a guilty verdict Friday against a Malvern man accused of sexually assaulting two young girls.
        Kenneth Edward Carver, 36, was arrested in March 2010 and charged with second-degree sexual abuse (a Class B felony) and two counts of lascivious acts with a child (Class C felony).