http://www.opinion-tribune.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en The New Guy In Town http://www.opinion-tribune.com/content/new-guy-town <img src="http://www.opinion-tribune.com/sites/www.opinion-tribune.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/outside2.jpg" alt="David Sieck of Glenwood was elected to the Iowa House of Representatives during a special election in February. He represents Mills, Fremont and a portion of Montgomery County." title="David Sieck of Glenwood was elected to the Iowa House of Representatives during a special election in February. He represents Mills, Fremont and a portion of Montgomery County." align="left" hspace="6" width="149" height="85" /><p> DES MOINES - To say it&rsquo;s been a whirlwind two months for David Sieck, the newest member of the Iowa State Legislature, would be an understatement.</p> <p> On Feb. 10, the Glenwood Republican easily defeated Democrat Steve Adams of Red Oak in a special election for the District 23 seat in the Iowa House of Representatives. A week later, the longtime farmer and former president of the Iowa Corn Growers Association was administered his oath of office at the state capitol.</p> <p> He&rsquo;s been on the go ever since.</p> Vision Iowa Grant A Boost For Community Building http://www.opinion-tribune.com/content/vision-iowa-grant-boost-community-building <img src="http://www.opinion-tribune.com/sites/www.opinion-tribune.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/lakin_sign_at_fairgrounds.jpg" alt="The proposed Charles E. Lakin Community Center would be constructed on the Mills County Fairgrounds in Malvern." title="The proposed Charles E. Lakin Community Center would be constructed on the Mills County Fairgrounds in Malvern." align="left" hspace="6" width="114" height="85" /><p> Fundraising efforts for the $2.55 million community center building proposed for the Mills County Fairgrounds in Malvern got a major boost last week when the Vision Iowa board announced its intentions to award a $480,000 Community Attraction and Tourism (CAT) grant to the project.</p> <p> Pledges totaling $2.27 million have now been received for the project, leaving the Mills County Fairgrounds Building Committee $280,000 away from securing full funding for the project. The Vision Iowa grant comes with the stipulation that remaining funds be raised within 120 days.</p> City, YMCA Ink Aquatic Center Operations Agreement http://www.opinion-tribune.com/content/city-ymca-ink-aquatic-center-operations-agreement <img src="http://www.opinion-tribune.com/sites/www.opinion-tribune.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/ymca.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="85" height="85" /><p> Meeting in special session Monday night, the Glenwood City Council gave its unanimous approval to an agreement that will have the YMCA of Greater Omaha manage the city&rsquo;s outdoor aquatic center.</p> City Officials Vow To Address Audit Findings http://www.opinion-tribune.com/content/city-officials-vow-address-audit-findings <p> City of Glenwood officials say shortcomings identified in an audit report for the city&rsquo;s 2013-2014 fiscal year are being taken seriously and will be addressed.</p> <p> The audit report findings were the focus of discussion at a March 24 meeting of the city council&rsquo;s budget and finance committee. The meeting was facilitated by city attorney Matt Woods.</p> Sparks Blamed For Shed Fire http://www.opinion-tribune.com/content/sparks-blamed-shed-fire <img src="http://www.opinion-tribune.com/sites/www.opinion-tribune.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/fire_0.jpg" alt="Firefighters battle Monday afternoon&#039;s blaze in a shed owned by William Rowe." title="Firefighters battle Monday afternoon&#039;s blaze in a shed owned by William Rowe." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> Sparks from a steel grinder are being blamed for a fire that destroyed a machine shed and kept area firefighters busy for more than two hours Monday afternoon.<br /> <br /> Firefighters were summoned to 55007 237th Street north of Glenwood at about 1 p.m. to find the steel building already engulfed in flames.</p> <p> William Rowe, owner of the property, was working with a steel grinder in the shed when he left for a few minutes only to return to find the building on fire, according to Glenwood Fire Chief Butch Fidler.</p> Vine St. Railroad Ave. Assessments - On or Off? http://www.opinion-tribune.com/content/vine-st-railroad-ave-assessments-or <img src="http://www.opinion-tribune.com/sites/www.opinion-tribune.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/vine_street.jpg" alt="Vine Street - view is looking south." title="Vine Street - view is looking south." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> The city of Glenwood is moving forward with the much-debated $1.4 million Vine Street &ndash; Railroad Ave. reconstruction projects, but as of Monday, city administrator Brian Kissel and Glenwood&rsquo;s five city council members had differing views as to whether the project should and would be funded in part by special assessments to property owners along the two roads.</p> Financial Concerns Fuel Heated Words At City Hall http://www.opinion-tribune.com/content/financial-concerns-fuel-heated-words-city-hall <img src="http://www.opinion-tribune.com/sites/www.opinion-tribune.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/city_hall.jpg" alt="A standing-room crowd jammed into City Hall Tuesday, March 10, for public hearings on the city budget and an increase in the city tax levy." title="A standing-room crowd jammed into City Hall Tuesday, March 10, for public hearings on the city budget and an increase in the city tax levy." align="left" hspace="6" width="142" height="85" /><p> A capacity crowd filled the Glenwood City Council Chambers Tuesday, March 10, as citizens sounded off about the findings of an audit report that revealed a deficit of nearly $300,000 in the city&rsquo;s general fund balance for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2014, and shortcomings in the city&rsquo;s day-to-day financial practices.</p> The Boys of '52 http://www.opinion-tribune.com/content/boys-52 <img src="http://www.opinion-tribune.com/sites/www.opinion-tribune.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/starting_5-page-001.jpg" alt="The starting five for the 1952 Glenwood boys basketball Team. Clockwise from top: Stan Davis, Phil Edwards, Ron Vrba, Garth Collier and Duane Bruestle." title="The starting five for the 1952 Glenwood boys basketball Team. Clockwise from top: Stan Davis, Phil Edwards, Ron Vrba, Garth Collier and Duane Bruestle." align="left" hspace="6" width="66" height="85" /><p> Harry Truman was in the White House, TV was still in its infancy and the Glenwood boys basketball team was in the Iowa State Basketball Tournament for the first time.</p> <p> The year was 1952.</p> <p> Tuesday, the Rams make a historic return trip to state - taking on Williamsburg in the Class 3A quarterfinals at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines.</p> <p> It&#39;s been so long since the Glenwood boys last played at state (63 years), the school can&rsquo;t locate a trophy or a plaque from that season.</p>