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Brittany Jones teaches a lesson on weather to her preschool class at KIds Place
In Iowa, 23% of all residents live in a childcare desert – a census tract with more than 50 children under age 5 that contain either no childcare providers or so few that there are more than three times as many children as licensed childcare slots. In rural areas, that figure jumps to 35%....

The front side of East Mills School in Malvern.
It’s said a school is a building that has four walls and tomorrow inside. In the case of East Mills and its extensive, $22 million remodel and addition, the hope is to have decades inside the new K-12 school in Malvern. “We gave a tour to staff recently and they were excited,” said East Mills...

Bob Wolbach (right) with his three children - Anna, Sam and Josh.
Bob Wolbach’s priorities for his popular Glenwood coffee and ice cream shop have always been about more than just the bottom line. Harvest Moon Coffee and Specialty is about community. It’s about family. “That’s the most important thing,” Wolbach said during a recent interview. “Some people get...

Ernie Gencarelli, the former chief of the Pacific Junction Fire Department, was charged with three felonies last week.
The former fire chief for the Pacific Junction Volunteer Fire Department was arrested last Wednesday on multiple charges related to theft of more than $40,000 in donated funds to the now closed department. Ernie Gencarelli, 67, was arrested by Mills County Sheriff’s Deputies following a months long...
The field is set for this fall’s general election in Mills County.            More than 1,600 voters cast ballots in Tuesday’ night primary elections in to decide who will represent each party on the Nov. 5 ballot. There were just two contested races for Republicans in Mills County for county...

Construction work on Redbud Avenue and Locust Street (below) is projected to be completed around July 1.
Getting around Glenwood for the next six weeks is going to be a little challenging for motorists. Two major road projects – one on Redbud Avenue heading in and out of town near Glenwood Community High School and one on North Locust Street – will force motorists to take alternate routes and detours...

The Glenwood Aquatic Center is scheduled to open Monday, May 27.
The Glenwood Aquatic Center is scheduled to open on Memorial Day, Monday, May 27. Glenwood City Administrator Amber Farnan said she’s optimistic  the facility will be open for a full season of swimming in 2024. Water-loss issues kept the aquatic center from opening in 2022 and delayed the start of...

A 2016 ordinance allowing chickens within the city limits of Glenwood was repealed by the city council in 2021.
It apprears, the great Glenwood chicken debate is heating up again. Three years after the city council repealed a controversial 2016 ordinance that allowed chickens to be raised within the city limits, the issue resurfaced on the council’s May 14 agenda. Resident Jackie Magnussen came before the...

Jack Smithers of Glenwood plays a round of disc golf at Glenwood Lake Park on May 11.
Glenwood’s new disc golf course is getting rave reviews before it even opens. More than 50 disc golf players took part in Saturday’s Ron Kohn Memorial Disc Golf Course Open House and Fundraiser, put on by the Glenwood Area Disc Golf Club. The event included an opportunity to play a round of disc...
Absentee voting begins Wednesday, May 15, for Iowa’s June 4 primary elections. In Mills County, Republicans will have two contested races to vote on for county courthouse positions. Three candidates are on the Republican ballot for two seats on the Mills County Board of Supervisors – incumbents...

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