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Today's News

  • Petition asks court to look at dirt dig permit

    A group of Mineola-area residents have filed a petition in Mills County District Court they hope will overturn a controversial decision to approve a second dirt extraction special use permit in their neighborhood.

  • Sun Setting On Park Place, Pacific Place

    Nearly 100 residents with physical or intellectual disabilities are living in new facilities and about 250 workers have been forced to find new employment as the result of Thursday’s planned closure of Park Place (Glenwood) and Pacific Place (Pacific Junction) skilled-care and rehabilitation centers.

    Massachusetts-based Five Star Quality Care, owner and operator of the two facilities, announced the closures last December, citing financial issues.

  • Open For Business

    TABOR - When the only grocery store in Tabor closed in 2014,   police chief Mike Wake and more than two dozen community leaders stepped up to bring back the business they believe is vital to the survival of the close-knit town in Fremont County.

    “We could see if it wasn’t going to reopen, it could hurt Tabor a lot,” Wake said. “We just thought if we could get enough money, we’d get it opened and that’s what we’ve done. That’s why the investors did it and why we did it.”

  • Fallen Tree Crushes House

    A Glenwood house was crushed Saturday afternoon by a fallen oak tree.

    The large tree snapped above its trunk during a thunderstorm shortly after 1 p.m. The severed section of the hollowed-out tree fell in a southeasterly direction before landing on the front portion of a house at 501 N. Vine St.

    A neighbor said she notified authorities of the incident after hearing a loud noise and then seeing the crushed house under the tree when she looked down the street.

  • Council Removes Assessments From Roads Projects

    It’s now official – there will be no special assessments to help fund the $1.4 million Vine Street – Railroad Ave. reconstruction projects.

  • State Auditor Identifies Improper Disbursements In P.J.

    An investigation by the Iowa State Auditor’s Office identified nearly $32,000 in improper disbursements to Pacific Junction city employees over a five-year-period from July 1, 2008 - June 30, 2013.

    The investigation also identified $74,000 in liability to the Internal Revenue Service for unpaid payroll taxes, penalties and interest, according to a report from Iowa State Auditor Mary Mosiman.

  • Congressman Young Makes Coffee Stop In Glenwood

    Iowa’s Third District U.S. Rep. David Young, a Republican from Van Meter, spent an hour in Glenwood Saturday morning sharing his views and knowledge on issues of national and local interest with about two dozen Mills County residents.

    The first-year congressman addressed questions and concerns on a variety of topics, including immigration, education, Iran and President Barack Obama.

  • School Budget Set Despite Uncertainty Over State Aid

    The Glenwood Board of Education approved its 2015-16 school district budget Monday, April 13, despite not having a firm commitment from the Iowa Legislature on how much supplemental aid the state will be allotting.

  • The New Guy In Town

    DES MOINES - To say it’s been a whirlwind two months for David Sieck, the newest member of the Iowa State Legislature, would be an understatement.

    On Feb. 10, the Glenwood Republican easily defeated Democrat Steve Adams of Red Oak in a special election for the District 23 seat in the Iowa House of Representatives. A week later, the longtime farmer and former president of the Iowa Corn Growers Association was administered his oath of office at the state capitol.

    He’s been on the go ever since.

  • Vision Iowa Grant A Boost For Community Building

    Fundraising efforts for the $2.55 million community center building proposed for the Mills County Fairgrounds in Malvern got a major boost last week when the Vision Iowa board announced its intentions to award a $480,000 Community Attraction and Tourism (CAT) grant to the project.

    Pledges totaling $2.27 million have now been received for the project, leaving the Mills County Fairgrounds Building Committee $280,000 away from securing full funding for the project. The Vision Iowa grant comes with the stipulation that remaining funds be raised within 120 days.