http://www.opinion-tribune.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en Early October Opening For Interchange http://www.opinion-tribune.com/content/early-october-opening-interchange <img src="http://www.opinion-tribune.com/sites/www.opinion-tribune.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/bridge_paving.jpg" alt="Workers do paving work earlier this month on the new Interstate 29/Highway 34 interchange in western Mills County." title="Workers do paving work earlier this month on the new Interstate 29/Highway 34 interchange in western Mills County." align="left" hspace="6" width="150" height="85" /><p> PACIFIC JUNCTION - The opening of the redesigned Interstate 29/Highway 34 interchange in western Mills County is three weeks away, an Iowa Department of Transportation (IDOT) engineer told The Opinion-Tribune Friday.<br /> <br /> PPEL Defeat A Setback For East Mills http://www.opinion-tribune.com/content/ppel-defeat-setback-east-mills <img src="http://www.opinion-tribune.com/sites/www.opinion-tribune.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/em_bus.jpg" alt="East Mills voters have rejected an increase to the school district’s Physical Plant and Equipment Levy." title="East Mills voters have rejected an increase to the school district’s Physical Plant and Equipment Levy." align="left" hspace="6" width="160" height="85" /><p> MALVERN - East Mills School District voters have rejected a levy referendum that would have generated $400,000 in new revenue for the school district.<br /> The district had sought a Physical Plant and Equipment Levy (PPEL) increase of $1.34 per $1,000 of taxable valuation for a 10-year period. The district currently has a 33 cent per $1,000 PPEL in place.</p> <p> On Tuesday, Sept. 9, voters said no to that increase by a 403-to-345 margin. The referendum required a simple majority to pass.</p> Father, Daughter Fulfill A Wedding Day Dream http://www.opinion-tribune.com/content/father-daughter-fulfill-wedding-day-dream <img src="http://www.opinion-tribune.com/sites/www.opinion-tribune.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/gary_and_gina.jpg" alt="Gary Giaffoglione walks his daughter Gina down the aisle on her wedding day." title="Gary Giaffoglione walks his daughter Gina down the aisle on her wedding day." align="left" hspace="6" width="60" height="85" /><p> Something magical happened Saturday evening outside a castle tucked away in the Loess Hills.</p> <p> Gary Giaffoglione walked side-by-side with his little girl down the aisle on her wedding day &ndash; a father&rsquo;s dream that was seemingly shattered in March 2008 when an automobile accident left Gina, his only daughter, fighting for her life and paralyzed from the waist down.</p> <p> On this cool, late summer&rsquo;s evening 6 1/2 years later, in the presence of family and friends, Gary and Gina made their dream a reality.</p> Families May Be Owed Money In School Food Settlement http://www.opinion-tribune.com/content/families-may-be-owed-money-school-food-settlement <p> If you paid for your child&rsquo;s food at a K-12 school in Iowa between Jan. 1, 2000, and Aug. 1, 2014, there&rsquo;s a good chance you&rsquo;re entitled to a financial settlement as part of a class action lawsuit.<br /> <br /> The lawsuit alleges Iowa Educators Corporation (IEC) and the Iowa Association for Educational Purchasing (IAEP) violated state law by awarding food service contracts across Iowa to Martin Brothers Distributing Company, Inc.<br /> <br /> Highway 34 Bridge Creating Buzz On Both Sides Of River http://www.opinion-tribune.com/content/highway-34-bridge-creating-buzz-both-sides-river <img src="http://www.opinion-tribune.com/sites/www.opinion-tribune.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/bellevue_bridge.jpg" alt="The Bellevue Toll Bridge." title="The Bellevue Toll Bridge." align="left" hspace="6" width="127" height="85" /><p> The highly-anticipated opening of the U.S. Highway 34 &ndash; Missouri River Bridge is now just weeks away.</p> <p> Jensen Construction project engineer Landon Streit said Friday a formal dedication ceremony is tentatively set for&nbsp; Wednesday, Oct. 22, just days before the bridge is expected to be opened to motorists.</p> <p> The $140-million, 3,280-foot bridge will extend U.S. Highway 34 from Interstate 29 and link western Mills County to U. S. Highway 75 and the Kennedy Freeway in eastern Sarpy County, Neb., near LaPlatte.</p> Enterovirus A Concern For Public Health Officials http://www.opinion-tribune.com/content/enterovirus-concern-public-health-officials <p> The Iowa Department of Public Health and Mills County Public Health Office both issued warnings Monday about an outbreak of an enterovirus in Ohio, Illinois and Kansas that&rsquo;s also causing illness in Iowa.</p> Charges Filed Against Former Library Director http://www.opinion-tribune.com/content/charges-filed-against-former-library-director <img src="http://www.opinion-tribune.com/sites/www.opinion-tribune.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/buick.jpg" alt="Stacey Buick" title="Stacey Buick" align="left" hspace="6" width="57" height="85" /><p> The former director of the Malvern Public Library has been arrested and charged with ongoing criminal conduct and first-degree theft.</p> <p> Stacey Buick, 41, is accused of misappropriating more than $20,000 from the library from July 2006 &ndash; October 2013.</p> <p> Charges were filed in Mills County after an investigation by the Iowa State Auditor&rsquo;s Office identified improper expenditures and unsupported documents during Buick&rsquo;s tenure as library director.</p> Red Oak Hospital Sues Mills County http://www.opinion-tribune.com/content/red-oak-hospital-sues-mills-county <p> By Greg Orear, General Manager</p> <p> RED OAK &ndash; In a unique case which may have statewide ramifications, Montgomery County Memorial Hospital has filed a lawsuit against Mills County regarding prisoner medical care.</p> <p> Tom Stamets, attorney for the Red Oak hospital, said the case appears headed for district court as the Mills County Board of Supervisors refuses to pay the $17,246.25 medical bills accumulated by prisoners they transferred to Montgomery County Center.</p>