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  • Several ladies, nearly all retired, sat in the non-fiction section of the Glenwood Public library recently for their monthly meeting. Minutes from the last meeting were read, a treasurer’s report was read and a presentation was given.  From the outside, it seemed like the monthly meeting of any social club in any small town across America.  Listening in, however, one notices their treasurer’s report does not include funds coming from a bake sale.

  • Rachel Salerno wants to help people, no matter their age, vitality or nationality.

  • When you hear about a team winning a national
    championship, you assume some type of athletic competition was involved, right?

        Maybe football, basketball or baseball.
        Ever heard of a team winning a national championship for donating blood?
        That’s exactly what a

  • Mills County residents looking for good entertainment don’t need to look far from home. The Mills Masquers community theater group has entertained southwest Iowa residents for 35 years.

      The theater troupe began in 1977, when resident Marge Smith wanted to put on a play for Mills County residents. That play, a melodrama, was called No Opry at the Opera House Tonight.

  • Glenwood Community High School graduate Jeremiah Barns (class of 2000) and his fiancee, Becky Martin, walked into The Fountains Ballroom near Mineola to book a modest wedding in May 2011. They never dreamed that their modest wedding would turn into a $50,000 fairy tale.

        “We were going to try and keep it to $10,000,” Martin said. “Then we found out they were having a contest, and we asked ‘can we get in on that even though we have already booked?”

  •     Glenwood tween Madison Morris, like many 12-year-olds, keeps very busy. She is a nearly straight-A student, plays clarinet in the Glenwood Middle School band, and plays volleyball and basketball for the school.  Morris, however, has one special activity that many of her fellow seventh-grade classmates do not. She has become the Iowa triple-crown champion in ATA Tae kwon do for the second year in a row.

  • Five antique tractors from Mills County have begun a month-long journey to their new home in western Europe.

        The tractors were among 25 sold during an auction last month at the Robert Leick property north of Glenwood. Four of the tractors sold to online bidder Marc Geerkens of Belgium belonged to Leick. The fifth was owned by Elmer Niemoller of Mineola.

  • Glenwood resident Bob Fisher started a holiday hobby that has lasted for 10 years -because of his son’s wedding.

        Fisher’s son, Christian, asked all the men in his wedding party to grow beards for the big day. Bob had never grown a beard , but eventually agreed.
        Bob’s wife, Jan, liked the sight of him with a beard and encouraged him to keep it after the wedding. At that point, she got an idea.

  • Glenwood resident Bob Fisher started a holiday hobby that has lasted for 10 years -because of his son’s wedding.

        Fisher’s son, Christian, asked all the men in his wedding party to grow beards for the big day. Bob had never grown a beard , but eventually agreed.
        Bob’s wife, Jan, liked the sight of him with a beard and encouraged him to keep it after the wedding. At that point, she got an idea.

  • Ask 7-year-old Landen Achenbach what he is excited to do while in Des Moines to attend the Iowa State Fair, and he will happily tell you.

    “Go swimming! And we (Achenbach and his parents) get to stay in a hotel!”

    Swimming, however, is only one part of the weekend. At 9 a.m. on Friday, Achenbach will be one of 70 first-and second-grade students from across the state who will participate in the Iowa State Fair Spelling Bee.

  •     MINEOLA - An 8-foot by 8-foot quilt painted on two sheets of professional sign board is bringing new life and attention to a century-old barn on a rural Mineola farmstead owned by Randy and Lisa Tallman.
        The quilt was painted by Lisa Tallman’s mother, Gloria Plumer Ross.

  • Ask Wilma and Glenn Johnson what’s the key to a long, happy marriage you might get a joke. But listen closely and you’ll get a little wisdom from a couple who just might know the secret to a long marriage.

    “You have to live a long time,” said Wilma, with a giggle. “No, you don’t take fights to bed with you.”

    “If you have an argument or a fight, you kiss before bed,” Glenn agreed. “You don’t carry grudges, that’s the key.”

    “It makes it easy that when he wakes up, he’s always in a good mood,” said Wilma. “He’s a morning person so he sets the good mood for the day.”

  • It’s been a long haul for Glenwood Transit Line.

    Seventy-one years to be exact.

    The freight, transport and storage business has been a staple of the Glenwood community since shortly after the Great Depression, but Clarence Boles, Jr., and his wife, Helen, say the time is right to close up shop.

    “It’s neat after this length of time to say we’re closing with a positive attitude,” Helen said

    during an interview last week. “We’re not being forced to do this. We’re doing this because the time has come.”

  • March 15 was supposed to be a joyful day for Tim and Melissa Lorang.

    Yes, it was a Monday, the first day of a long work week, but it was also the day of Melissa’s 20-week ultrasound - the day the expecting parents were going to learn the gender of their baby.

  • Her routine is rigorous. Physically exhausting. Emotionally draining. Some days, it's outright overwhelming.

    Gina Giaffoglione would have it no other way.

    One year removed from an auto accident that has left her with full paralysis in the lower half of her body, the 22-year-old Wayne State College student is determined as ever to return to a lifestyle of total independence.

  • As far as Renee Coffey is concerned, she will always have eight children.

    Renee and husband Charles lost their daughter Amanda Grace a little over six year ago to complications from anencephaly, a neural tube defect that prevented their daughter’s skull and brain from developing properly.

    Amanda Grace Coffey was delivered by cesarean at Creighton University Medical Center on April 23, 2004. She lived just over 27 hours and died surrounded by her mother, father and seven brothers and sisters.

  • Anencephaly occurs in just three of every 10,000 live births in the United States.

    There is no cure nor medical intervention for the neural tube birth defect.

    Treatment for babies born with the fatal disorder is supportive; parents are instructed to keep the baby warm and protect the baby’s exposed tissue.

    Half of babies born with anencephaly die within 10 days of birth. In very rare cases anencephalic babies live more than a month.