http://www.opinion-tribune.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en Mills County Ready To Unveil New Conservation Building http://www.opinion-tribune.com/content/mills-county-ready-unveil-new-conservation-building <img src="http://www.opinion-tribune.com/sites/www.opinion-tribune.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/conservation_group2.jpg" alt="From left: Mills County Conservation director Jerad Getter, naturalist Dessa Montgomery and conservation specialist Zach Kohlhoff outside the county’s new conservation and nature education center in Pony Creek Park." title="From left: Mills County Conservation director Jerad Getter, naturalist Dessa Montgomery and conservation specialist Zach Kohlhoff outside the county’s new conservation and nature education center in Pony Creek Park." align="left" hspace="6" width="167" height="85" /><p> Jerad Getter admits he and his staff at the Mills County Conservation Office are not only proud, but &ldquo;pretty darn excited&rdquo; about their new conservation and nature education building on the grounds of Pony Creek Park.</p> <p> &ldquo;We&rsquo;re thrilled to be in here and we&rsquo;re excited about getting the public out here,&rdquo; Getter said.</p> Judge Reverses Decision On Controversial Dirt Dig Site http://www.opinion-tribune.com/content/judge-reverses-decision-controversial-dirt-dig-site <img src="http://www.opinion-tribune.com/sites/www.opinion-tribune.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/site-.jpg" alt="A judge has reversed the decision of the Mills County Planning and Zoning Board regarding a controversial dirt dig site west of Mineola." title="A judge has reversed the decision of the Mills County Planning and Zoning Board regarding a controversial dirt dig site west of Mineola." align="left" hspace="6" width="148" height="85" /><p> It may have taken 412 days, but a group of Mineola-area residents angry over a controversial dirt excavation site have won their battle in court.</p> <p> On June 8, Judge Gregory Hulse reversed a March 24, 2015 decision by the Mills County Zoning Board of Adjustment that had granted a special use permit to Cory Leick for the extraction of more than 1 million cubic feet of dirt from a 40 acre site west of Mineola near Barrus Road and 237th Street. The dirt was hauled out for use by Leick&rsquo;s contracting company in various construction projects.</p> Love's Announces Plan For Glenwood 'Travel Stop' http://www.opinion-tribune.com/content/loves-announces-plan-glenwood-travel-stop <img src="http://www.opinion-tribune.com/sites/www.opinion-tribune.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/625-sidney-nebraska-exterior-cropped_0.jpg" alt="Oklahoma-based Love’s has announced its plans to build a travel stop, similar to this facility in Sidney, Neb., west of the Interstate 29-Highway 34 interchange in Mills County. " title="Oklahoma-based Love’s has announced its plans to build a travel stop, similar to this facility in Sidney, Neb., west of the Interstate 29-Highway 34 interchange in Mills County. " align="left" hspace="6" width="190" height="85" /><p> Love&rsquo;s is coming to Mills County. The Oklahoma-based Love&rsquo;s Travel Stop and Country Store is in final negotiations to purchase a parcel of land along Highway 34 and 188th Street to build a truck and travel stop.</p> Branstad, Reynolds Hear Glen Haven Village Plan http://www.opinion-tribune.com/content/branstad-reynolds-hear-glen-haven-village-plan <img src="http://www.opinion-tribune.com/sites/www.opinion-tribune.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/branstad3.jpg" alt="Larry Raabe of the Glen Haven Board of Directors explains the Glen Haven Village proposal to Gov. Terry Branstad." title="Larry Raabe of the Glen Haven Board of Directors explains the Glen Haven Village proposal to Gov. Terry Branstad." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds got a first-hand look at one of the cottages on the Glenwood Resource Center that will be part of the Glen Haven Village skilled nursing facility during a one-hour whirlwind tour of the GRC campus Tuesday, May 31.</p> <p> Branstad and Reynolds also toured the On With Life brain injury treatment center and made a brief stop at Hospice With Heart, also located in a cottage on the GRC campus.</p> Controversial Horse Trainer Won't Face Neglect Charges http://www.opinion-tribune.com/content/controversial-horse-trainer-wont-face-neglect-charges <p> Rural Glenwood horse trainer Logan Allen, who created a social media firestorm last month when he posted photos on his Facebook page of some controversial training methods, will not be charged with animal neglect.<br /> <br /> Allen, 29, a former first prize winner at the Iowa Horse Fair Colt Starting Challenge, posted three photos on his Facebook page showing a horse with its legs bound, laying on its side, while a hose sprays water on the horse&rsquo;s face and body.<br /> <br /> City Council Sets RAGBRAI Vendor Fees http://www.opinion-tribune.com/content/city-council-sets-ragbrai-vendor-fees <img src="http://www.opinion-tribune.com/sites/www.opinion-tribune.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/rider_dan_josephites-.jpg" alt="Bicyclist Dan Josephites enjoys a slice of watermelon during a RAGBRAI visit to Mills County." title="Bicyclist Dan Josephites enjoys a slice of watermelon during a RAGBRAI visit to Mills County." align="left" hspace="6" width="85" height="85" /><p> The Glenwood City Council approved an ordinance regarding permits and fees for activities associated with RAGBRAI.</p> <p> The action came during the council&rsquo;s regular meeting Tuesday, April 26. Other RAGBRAI topics were addressed as well.</p> <p> <strong>Permits, Fees<br /> </strong></p> <p> All of the fees and permit regulations are outlined in the ordinance, which is published as a legal notice in today&rsquo;s edition of The Opinion-Tribune.</p> Aquatic Center Admission Rates Disclosed http://www.opinion-tribune.com/content/aquatic-center-admission-rates-disclosed <img src="http://www.opinion-tribune.com/sites/www.opinion-tribune.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/swimming_pool.jpg" alt="Construction work at the building site for the Glenwood Aquatic Center." title="Construction work at the building site for the Glenwood Aquatic Center." align="left" hspace="6" width="138" height="85" /><p> The city of Glenwood is receiving two grants totaling $15,000 to assist with the start-up of the Glenwood Aquatic Center and city council members heard last Tuesday night how that money will be spent.</p> <p> They also heard about pricing for the coming season, which is expected to begin about July 1 and last for half a normal season.</p> <p> Mary Gunderson of the Glenwood Aquatic Center Committee made a presentation regarding the grants. One was for $10,000 from Ash Grove and the other was for $5,000 from Casey&rsquo;s, which is paying $1,000 per year.</p> Ground Broken On Community Center http://www.opinion-tribune.com/content/ground-broken-community-center <img src="http://www.opinion-tribune.com/sites/www.opinion-tribune.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/ground_break_3.jpg" alt="Woody Wright and Chad McCollester speak at the ground breaking program." title="Woody Wright and Chad McCollester speak at the ground breaking program." align="left" hspace="6" width="148" height="85" /><p> MALVERN &ndash; Five years in the making, members of the Mills County Fair Association and more than 60 supporters and dignitaries helped break ground Thursday afternoon on the Charles E. and Florence M. Lakin Community Center.<br /> The $2.75 million facility will be built on the north end of the Mills County Fairgrounds.</p>