http://www.opinion-tribune.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en Earth Lodge's Future In Jeopardy http://www.opinion-tribune.com/content/earth-lodges-future-jeopardy <img src="http://www.opinion-tribune.com/sites/www.opinion-tribune.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/earth_lodge1_0.jpg" alt="A sign at the entrance to the Glenwood American Earth Lodge warns people with mold allergies to stay out." title="A sign at the entrance to the Glenwood American Earth Lodge warns people with mold allergies to stay out." align="left" hspace="6" width="127" height="85" /><p> The future of the Glenwood American Indian Earth Lodge, located across the street from the main entrance to Glenwood Lake Park, is in doubt.</p> <p> Mold has infiltrated the log-framed, grass and mud-covered structure, forcing Mills County Public Health officials to close the facility off to public access.</p> <p> &ldquo;It&rsquo;s kind of a dead end,&rdquo; Glenwood Indian Earth Lodge Society vice president Joan Hammer said. &ldquo;We can&rsquo;t give people tours any more.&rdquo;</p> Opinion-Tribune Bringing Abraham Lincoln Impersonator, Civil War Encampment To Glenwood Saturday http://www.opinion-tribune.com/content/opinion-tribune-bringing-abraham-lincoln-impersonator-civil-war-encampment-glenwood-saturday <img src="http://www.opinion-tribune.com/sites/www.opinion-tribune.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/1408313649016-desm0818fair17mw.jpg" alt="Abraham Lincoln impersonator Lee Williams will make three presentations Saturday at Keg Creek Days. At 1 p.m., Williams will discuss Lincoln’s youth and at 3 p.m., his role as politician. At 2 p.m., Williams will visit a Union Army encampment, inspect the troops, and deliver the famous Gettysburg address. Following the 3 p.m. presentation, “Photos with Lincoln” will be available at The Opinion-Tribune booth." title="Abraham Lincoln impersonator Lee Williams will make three presentations Saturday at Keg Creek Days. At 1 p.m., Williams will discuss Lincoln’s youth and at 3 p.m., his role as politician. At 2 p.m., Williams will visit a Union Army encampment, inspect the troops, and deliver the famous Gettysburg address. Following the 3 p.m. presentation, “Photos with Lincoln” will be available at The Opinion-Tribune booth." align="left" hspace="6" width="113" height="85" /><p> As Glenwood celebrates its heritage this weekend with the annual Keg Creek Days, The Opinion-Tribune will participate by adding two major components of the era in which the newspaper was founded: Abraham Lincoln and a Union army encampment, complete with a cannon used in the Civil War.<br /> <br /> Lee Williams, a nationally-recognized Lincoln impersonator, will make three presentations Saturday afternoon from the perspective of the nation&rsquo;s 16th president.<br /> <br /> East Mills working with DNR on lagoon issue http://www.opinion-tribune.com/content/east-mills-working-dnr-lagoon-issue <img src="http://www.opinion-tribune.com/sites/www.opinion-tribune.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/em_lagoon.jpg" alt="The waste water lagoon, located just east of the East Mills Elementary School campus, was built in the early 1960s." title="The waste water lagoon, located just east of the East Mills Elementary School campus, was built in the early 1960s." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> East Mills School District officials say a lagoon located on the elementary school campus near Hastings poses no health concerns for students or staff but the district will comply with an Iowa Department of Natural Resources request to more closely monitor water discharge levels.</p> GCSD tabs Meco-Henne for auxiliary gym project http://www.opinion-tribune.com/content/gcsd-tabs-meco-henne-auxiliary-gym-project <img src="http://www.opinion-tribune.com/sites/www.opinion-tribune.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/gym_close.jpg" alt="This architectural rendering, supplied by HSR Associated, Inc., shows the gymnasium and locker room addition on the east side of the high school." title="This architectural rendering, supplied by HSR Associated, Inc., shows the gymnasium and locker room addition on the east side of the high school." align="left" hspace="6" width="113" height="85" /><p> Barring any unforeseen setbacks, Glenwood Community High School will break ground on its new auxiliary gymnasium and locker room in mid-September.</p> <p> On Monday, the Glenwood Community School District Board of Directors unanimously approved a construction bid of $3.22 million by Omaha-based contractors Meco-Henne to build the gymnasium addition on the northeast side of the high school that will house a new locker room and allow for an expanded weight room and wrestling room.</p> Memorial Dedicated To Fallen Four http://www.opinion-tribune.com/content/memorial-dedicated-fallen-four <img src="http://www.opinion-tribune.com/sites/www.opinion-tribune.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/img_5810.jpg" alt="A memorial plaza for all Mills County veterans was dedicated Saturday at the Glenwood Cemetery in honor of motorcyclists Dennis Chaney, Steven Benscoter, Dale Aspedon and Jay Bock who died in August 2010 after being struck by a drunk driver on Interstate 29. " title="A memorial plaza for all Mills County veterans was dedicated Saturday at the Glenwood Cemetery in honor of motorcyclists Dennis Chaney, Steven Benscoter, Dale Aspedon and Jay Bock who died in August 2010 after being struck by a drunk driver on Interstate 29. " align="left" hspace="6" width="57" height="85" /><p> Loved ones and friends of Dennis Chaney, Steven Benscoter, Dale Aspedon and Jay Bock were among about 100 people in attendance at the Glenwood Cemetery Saturday morning for the dedication of a Veterans&rsquo; Memorial Plaza built in honor of the four motorcyclists who died in August 2010 after being struck by a drunk driver while riding together in an Interstate 29 construction zone near Little Sioux.</p> Auditors Say Former Malvern Library Director Used Funds For Personal Use, Altered Receipts http://www.opinion-tribune.com/content/auditors-say-former-malvern-library-director-used-funds-personal-use-altered-receipts <p> Mills County Attorney Eric Hansen said Monday he expects charges to be filed against a former director of the Malvern Public Library accused of altering receipts and using library funds for numerous personal expenses over several years.</p> <p> Results of an investigation released Friday by State Auditor Mary Mosiman found that former Malvern library director Stacey Buick misspent thousands of dollars. Auditors identified nearly $33,000 of improper expenditures and unsupported documents.</p> 'Going once, going twice' http://www.opinion-tribune.com/content/going-once-going-twice <img src="http://www.opinion-tribune.com/sites/www.opinion-tribune.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/07_5.jpg" alt="Auctioneer Earl Thies (upper left) shares a laugh with his audience at a recent auction." title="Auctioneer Earl Thies (upper left) shares a laugh with his audience at a recent auction." align="left" hspace="6" width="145" height="85" /><p> By Daisy Hutzell-Rodman</p> Glenwood Pursuing RAGBRAI For 2015 http://www.opinion-tribune.com/content/glenwood-pursuing-ragbrai-2015 <img src="http://www.opinion-tribune.com/sites/www.opinion-tribune.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/good_close-up.jpg" alt="RAGBRAI riders head east on Gaston Road after departing Glenwood in 2011." title="RAGBRAI riders head east on Gaston Road after departing Glenwood in 2011." align="left" hspace="6" width="181" height="85" /><p>