http://www.opinion-tribune.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en Glenwood City Administrator Terminated http://www.opinion-tribune.com/content/glenwood-city-administrator-terminated <img src="http://www.opinion-tribune.com/sites/www.opinion-tribune.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/brian_kissel.jpg" alt="Brian Kissel" title="Brian Kissel" align="left" hspace="6" width="120" height="85" /><p> The Glenwood City Council has terminated city administrator / financial director Brian Kissel.<br /> <br /> The action was taken Tuesday night following more than two hours of closed-session discussions. The motion passed by a 4-1 vote with council member Craig Florian casting the lone &quot;no&quot; vote. Kissel declined to comment after the meeting, but said he would be releasing a written statement at a later time.<br /> <br /> Fundraising efforts underway for K9 purchase, training http://www.opinion-tribune.com/content/fundraising-efforts-underway-k9-purchase-training <img src="http://www.opinion-tribune.com/sites/www.opinion-tribune.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/k-9.jpg" alt="Mills County Sheriff’s Deputy Josh England and his K9 partner Monte. The dog recently underwent knee surgery and will be restricted to the duties he performs" title="Mills County Sheriff’s Deputy Josh England and his K9 partner Monte. The dog recently underwent knee surgery and will be restricted to the duties he performs" align="left" hspace="6" width="58" height="85" /><p> Fundraising has begun for the purchase and training of a new dual purpose K9 for the Mills County Sheriff&rsquo;s Office.</p> <p> The office&rsquo;s current K9, Monte, recently underwent surgery to repair a knee injury. The 5-year-old Dutch Shepherd had been serving as a dual purpose dog &ndash; assisting with narcotic identification, criminal apprehension, tracking and handler protection. Monte will now be restricted to only doing narcotic identification in an effort to prolong his life and service to the sheriff&rsquo;s office.</p> Chamber, economic development foundation will no longer share director http://www.opinion-tribune.com/content/chamber-economic-development-foundation-will-no-longer-share-director <img src="http://www.opinion-tribune.com/sites/www.opinion-tribune.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/chamber_logo.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="152" height="85" /><p> The Mills County Economic Development Foundation and the Glenwood Area Chamber of Commerce have announced their plans to formally separate on July 1.<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;</p> <p> Technically, the economic development foundation and chamber have always been separate organizations with each agency having its own governing board.&nbsp; However, beginning July 1, they will no longer share an executive director.<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;</p> County land values on the decline for second straight year http://www.opinion-tribune.com/content/county-land-values-decline-second-straight-year <img src="http://www.opinion-tribune.com/sites/www.opinion-tribune.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/farmland.jpg" alt="Farmland values in Mills County and across the state reached an all-time high in 2013." title="Farmland values in Mills County and across the state reached an all-time high in 2013." align="left" hspace="6" width="161" height="85" /><p> Land prices dropped for a second consecutive year in Mills County, but remain more than four times higher than they were at the start of the 21st century.</p> <p> According to the recently released Iowa State University Iowa Land Value Survey, farmland prices in Mills County dropped from $7,742 per acre in 2014 to $7,645 last year.</p> <p> The decrease mirrors a statewide trend in which land values dropped 3.9 percent to $7,633 per acre in 2015.</p> <p> Both state and Mills County land values hit a historic high in 2013 at $8,955 and $7,260 per acre, respectively.</p> Trump, Clinton Win Mills County Caucus Vote http://www.opinion-tribune.com/content/trump-clinton-win-mills-county-caucus-vote <img src="http://www.opinion-tribune.com/sites/www.opinion-tribune.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/w3david_gray.jpg" alt="David Gray casts his vote during the Glenwood Ward 3 Republican caucus Monday night at Glenwood Community High School." title="David Gray casts his vote during the Glenwood Ward 3 Republican caucus Monday night at Glenwood Community High School." align="left" hspace="6" width="124" height="85" /><p> Texas Sen. Ted Cruz claimed victory in Monday&rsquo;s Iowa Republican Caucuses, but&nbsp; billionaire Donald Trump finished on top in Mills County.</p> <p> Trump tallied 27 percent of the&nbsp; Republican vote in Mills County.&nbsp; Florida Sen. Marco Rubio was the runner-up with 24 percent, followed by Cruz with 22. Dr. Ben Carson garnered 16 percent of the Mills County vote to finish a distant fourth.<br /> In the statewide results, Cruz finished first with 28 percent, followed by Trump with 24 and Rubio with 23. No other Republican candidates reached the double digit mark.</p> State Receptive To 'Glen Haven Village' Proposal At GRC http://www.opinion-tribune.com/content/state-receptive-glen-haven-village-proposal-grc <img src="http://www.opinion-tribune.com/sites/www.opinion-tribune.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/grchouse_134.jpg" alt="House 134 on the Glenwood Resource Center campus is one of seven cottages that would be leased and renovated for the proposed “Glen Haven Village” skilled care facility." title="House 134 on the Glenwood Resource Center campus is one of seven cottages that would be leased and renovated for the proposed “Glen Haven Village” skilled care facility." align="left" hspace="6" width="166" height="85" /><p> The aging Glen Haven Home could be replaced by a new skilled care complex on the campus of the Glenwood Resource Center as early as next year if adequate funding can be secured.</p> <p> The Iowa Department of Human Services is receptive to negotiating a proposal that would allow Glen Haven to lease seven cottages on the GRC campus and allow the living units to be renovated into a state-of-the-art skilled care and rehabilitative services facility.</p> Principal Joan Crowl Nears Finish Line of Education Career http://www.opinion-tribune.com/content/principal-joan-crowl-nears-finish-line-education-career <img src="http://www.opinion-tribune.com/sites/www.opinion-tribune.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/img_1392.jpg" alt="Northeast Elementary principal Joan Crowl works with second grader Olivia Lane." title="Northeast Elementary principal Joan Crowl works with second grader Olivia Lane." align="left" hspace="6" width="72" height="85" /><p> Joan Crowl&rsquo;s first teaching job was in a first grade classroom at Council Bluffs St. Albert Catholic School.<br /> Three decades later, Crowl hasn&rsquo;t strayed far from the classroom or a passion for helping mold young learners in primary education.</p> <p> As the principal at Northeast Elementary, Crown has spearheaded the school&rsquo;s transition in its Early Learning Center and turned the preschool through second grade building into one of the finest in southwest Iowa.<br /> Crowl announced Jan. 11 she would be retiring at the end of the year school year.</p> Dirt Dig Case Going To Trial Feb. 9 http://www.opinion-tribune.com/content/dirt-dig-case-going-trial-feb-9 <img src="http://www.opinion-tribune.com/sites/www.opinion-tribune.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/leick_property.jpg" alt="Dirt is extracted from a site near 237th and Barrus Road." title="Dirt is extracted from a site near 237th and Barrus Road." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> A group of Mineola residents fighting a dirt dig site in their neighborhood will finally have their day in court Feb. 9.<br /> Omaha attorney Terry White, on behalf of nine plaintiffs, filed suit last April against the Mills County Board of Adjustment for its controversial decision to grant a special use permit to Cory Leick to extract dirt from a 40-acre parcel west of Mineola along Barrus Road and 237th Street.</p>