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Today's News

  • Donors come forward to light Town Square tree

    There will be a lighted tree on Glenwood’s Town Square this holiday season after all, thanks to the generosity of some 11th-hour donors.

    Just weeks after the city of Glenwood announced it didn’t have the funds to replace damaged Christmas lights for the large evergreen tree on the southwest corner of Town Square, Glenwood city clerk Angie Winquist said several donors came forward to fund lights for the tree, including Dr. Paul Albertson, the Glenwood Outcasts, Frank Desparrois and Kelly Anderson.

  • GCSD changes truancy policies

    Glenwood Board of Education members are making changes to the school district’s truancy policy they hope will give administrators more flexibility and students an extra layer of accountability.

    The school’s new policy, which had its first reading at last Monday’s school board meeting, only slightly varies from it’s current plan for truancy, or chronic absenteeism. The current policy has the school notifying parents of the five and 10 day absence mark and then proceeding to court ordered mediation at 15 days.

  • Fremont-Mills SD clears final hurdle in $5.6 million addition

    The Fremont-Mills School District has selected three contractors and cleared the final major hurdle on its $5.6 million early childhood development center and auditorium addition.

  • How The Squirrels Might Steal Christmas

    You’re a mean one, Mr. Squirrel.

    There’s a strong possibility there will be no Christmas lights dangling from the trees and shrubs on Glenwood’s Town Square this holiday season unless private donations can be secured to replace several strings of lights eaten and damaged  by hungry squirrels.

  • Early voting continues at county auditor’s office

    Early voting for Tuesday’s general election is continuing to take place in the Mills  County Courthouse. Voters can cast their early ballots at the Mills County Auditor’s Office  Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Monday from 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. The office will also be open for voting on Saturday from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. 

  • Contentious presidential election strikes cord with first-time voters

    In six days, millions of Americans will head to voting booths.
    While many national pundits have predicted voter turnout could be lower than 2012, some organizations are predicting a near record number of first time voters will cast ballots for President of the United States Nov. 8.

    The Pew Research Center says more than 10 million people will vote for president for the first time this year. While not all of those rookies are recently-turned 18 year olds, many are.

  • City considers funding for hotel market study

    The Glenwood City Council has been asked to consider funding a comprehensive hotel market study for a possible “upper midscale hotel” to be located within the city limits.

    Mills County Economic Development Director Rick Allely presented a seven-page written proposal to council members at their regular meeting Sept. 27 on behalf of Wisconsin-based Hospitality Marketer’s International, Inc. (HMI), a firm that has been contacted about conducting a market study in Glenwood for a potential hotel developer.

  • Vintage Harvest

    In 12 years of growing grapes, Doug Grave has never seen a more bountiful crop than what’s been harvested from his family’s Bodega Victoriana vineyard over the past two months.

    “This year, we’re having a bumper crop – probably the best crop we’ve ever had,” Grave said during a recent interview.  “We’re having a bumper crop with every variety, except for one of the 12 that we grow.”

  • Chicken ordinance moving forward despite petition

    A petition signed by more than 200 residents wasn’t enough to stop the Glenwood City Council from passing the second reading of an ordinance that will allow citizens to harbor chickens and have chicken coops within the city limits.

  • Rockin’ To The Hall of Fame

    Mills County native John Scherle was recognized with a Lifetime Achievement Award during the Iowa Rock ‘n Roll Music Association’s Hall of Fame induction last month in Arnolds Park. The Labor Day Weekend event, which included music performed by IRRMA Hall of Fame inductees, took place at the Iowa Rock ‘n Roll Museum.

    “It was quite an honor,” Scherle said. “Bill Hillman of Shenandoah is on the board of the IRRMA and he nominated me. I am grateful to him for doing that.”