http://www.opinion-tribune.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en City, School District Ink 99-year Agreement http://www.opinion-tribune.com/content/city-school-district-ink-99-year-agreement <img src="http://www.opinion-tribune.com/sites/www.opinion-tribune.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/glenwood_pool_3d_rendering_5.jpg" alt="Rendering of the city of Glenwood&#039;s proposed aquatic center." title="Rendering of the city of Glenwood&#039;s proposed aquatic center." align="left" hspace="6" width="136" height="85" /><p> The city of Glenwood and Glenwood Community School District have come to terms on a long-range real estate lease and shared-use agreement for the Charles E. Lakin Aquatic Center proposed on property adjacent to Glenwood Community High School.</p> <p> The school district will receive $1 a year from the city over a 99-year period, according to the agreement approved by the Glenwood City Council at its regular meeting Tuesday, Dec. 9.</p> Auxiliary Gym Construction Slowed By Weather http://www.opinion-tribune.com/content/auxiliary-gym-construction-slowed-weather <img src="http://www.opinion-tribune.com/sites/www.opinion-tribune.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/construction_good-.jpg" alt="Construction site for the Glenwood Community School District&#039;s Auxiliary Gymnasium." title="Construction site for the Glenwood Community School District&#039;s Auxiliary Gymnasium." align="left" hspace="6" width="157" height="85" /><p> Supplemental Amount (MSA) for dropout prevention in the amount of $390,948.</p> <p> The funds, which are used for at-risk students and drop-out prevention programs, are approved Despite being 30 days behind schedule, construction of the Glenwood Community High School auxiliary gym is still projected to be completed in time for the start of the 2015-16 school year.</p> School Board Secretary Retires http://www.opinion-tribune.com/content/school-board-secretary-retires <img src="http://www.opinion-tribune.com/sites/www.opinion-tribune.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/romens_presents_basket.jpg" alt="Glenwood School Board president Theresa Romens (left) presents a gift basket to retiring school board secretary Shirley Lundgren." title="Glenwood School Board president Theresa Romens (left) presents a gift basket to retiring school board secretary Shirley Lundgren." align="left" hspace="6" width="97" height="85" /><p> Shirley Lundgren has spent more than 30 years dealing in education finances, including the last eight in Glenwood, as a school board secretary.</p> <p> During that time she attended hundreds of board meetings, jotting down notes and clarifying school financial protocols. But at last Monday&rsquo;s Glenwood Community School District Board of Directors meeting, Lundgren did something she&rsquo;s never done.</p> <p> She sat in the audience and watched.</p> Democrats, Republicans Nominate State Senate Candidates http://www.opinion-tribune.com/content/democrats-republicans-nominate-state-senate-candidates <p> It took four ballots, but southwest Iowa Republicans finally came away with a candidate for the 12th District State Senate seat special election on Dec. 30.</p> <p> State Rep. Mark Costello of Imogene emerged as the Republican nominee from a field of seven candidates during a special convention Thursday night in Clarinda. Costello received 58 percent of the vote in the fourth round of voting, easily outdistancing runner-up Seth Watkins of Clarinda (23 percent) and former Montgomery County Supervisor Margaret Stoldorf of Red Oak (19 percent).</p> Don Brantz Seeking 12th District Senate Seat http://www.opinion-tribune.com/content/don-brantz-seeking-12th-district-senate-seat <img src="http://www.opinion-tribune.com/sites/www.opinion-tribune.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/brantz_don.jpg" alt="Don Brantz" title="Don Brantz" align="left" hspace="6" width="78" height="85" /><p> Rural Glenwood resident Don Brantz, a political activist and former member of the Mills County Board of Supervisors, has announced his candidacy for the District 12 seat in the Iowa State Senate vacated last month by Republican Joni Ernst, who was elected to the U.S. Senate in the Nov. 4 general election.</p> <p> Brantz was nominated to run for the state senate seat on Thursday by the Iowa Libertarian Party, according to a press release sent Monday.</p> Anytime Fitness Re-invents Itself http://www.opinion-tribune.com/content/anytime-fitness-re-invents-itself <img src="http://www.opinion-tribune.com/sites/www.opinion-tribune.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/anytime_fitness_2.jpg" alt="Members of the Anytime Fitness club in Glenwood exercise in the new, improved and expanded facility, located at 1207 S. Locust St." title="Members of the Anytime Fitness club in Glenwood exercise in the new, improved and expanded facility, located at 1207 S. Locust St." align="left" hspace="6" width="140" height="85" /><p> The Anytime Fitness club in Glenwood has undergone a major renovation over the last few months and will showcase its new look with a grand re-opening celebration on Thursday, Dec. 11.</p> Ex-Agriland FS Manager Pleads Guilty To Theft Charge http://www.opinion-tribune.com/content/ex-agriland-fs-manager-pleads-guilty-theft-charge <img src="http://www.opinion-tribune.com/sites/www.opinion-tribune.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/jeff_anderson.jpg" alt="Jeffery D. Anderson" title="Jeffery D. Anderson" align="left" hspace="6" width="64" height="85" /><p> A 42-year-old Malvern man was sentenced to serve 10 years in prison&nbsp; after pleading guilty to first-degree theft Monday in Mills County District Court.</p> <p> Mills County Attorney Tricia McSorley said Jeffery Dennis Anderson stole just under $75,000 in goods, services and money&nbsp; from his former employer, Agriland FS through what she described as a&nbsp; &ldquo;farming scheme&rdquo; and &ldquo;trucking scheme.&rdquo; The stolen cash was taken from a bank account.</p> Ernst's Move To U.S. Senate Sets Up Special Election http://www.opinion-tribune.com/content/ernsts-move-us-senate-sets-special-election <img src="http://www.opinion-tribune.com/sites/www.opinion-tribune.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/joni_ernst-.jpg" alt="Joni Ernst" title="Joni Ernst" align="left" hspace="6" width="85" height="85" /><p> U.S. Senator-elect Joni Ernst has formally resigned from the District 12 seat in the Iowa State Senate, forcing Gov. Terry Branstad to call for a special election on Tuesday, Dec. 30, to select her replacement.</p> <p> Ernst, a Republican from Red Oak, defeated Democrat Bruce Braley in the Nov. 4 general election to claim the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by retiring Democrat Tom Harkin. Ernst delivered her letter of resignation, effective immediately, to Branstad on Friday.</p>