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    Dozens of families were forced from their homes, farmsteads were flooded and roads throughout Mills County and southwest Iowa were closed late last week and over the weekend as flood waters from the Missouri River ravaged western Mills and Fremont Counties. The historic late winter flood is being compared to the famous Easter flood of 1952.

    Mills County Emergency Management Director Larry Hurst said the impact area is considerably larger than the summer flood of 2011 - stretching from the stateline to the Loess Hills in many areas.

  • YMCA Kicks Off Strong Communities Campaign

    The YMCA of Greater Omaha, the governing body for the Mills County YMCA in Glenwood, has kicked off its 2019 Strong Communities Campaign.

    Strong Communities donations provide scholarships for YMCA programs and services to Mills County residents in financial need, fulfilling the Y’s mission to “build healthy mind, body and spirit for all.” In 2018 the YMCA of Greater Omaha provided more than $1.7 million in scholarship and financial assistance to the communities it serves.

  • Glenwood Firefighters Complete Ice Rescue Training

    Ten more members of the Glenwood Volunteer Fire Department have completed the necessary training to become Ice Certified Technicians.

    After completing six hours of classroom instruction, the firefighters spent a recent Sunday afternoon getting hands-on training on the ice and in the cold water at Glenwood Lake Park.

    The instruction was taught by GVFD Second Assistant Chief James Clark, a certified instructor with Dive Rescue International.

  • Salt -N- Sand

    Glenwood Public Works and Mills County Secondary Roads crews are feeling the wrath of winter, even more so than the rest of us.

    Crews from both departments have worked relentlessly to keep area roads open during a winter that has produced an onslaught of snowfall and daily high temperatures 20 degrees below normal.

    “Our guys have been out a lot this winter,” Glenwood Public Works Director Perry Cook said. “Everyone down there is well over their allotted time of comp pay. They’ll be on overtime from now on.”

  • Winter Not Going Away Anytime Soon

    A weekend blizzard that dumped another half-foot of snow on Mills County and southwest Iowa turned area roadways into skating rinks and forced more school closings throughout the region on Monday.

    What started out as freezing drizzle Friday night and Saturday morning turned into a full-fledged blizzard late Saturday afternoon with blowing snow and frigid temperatures. Those conditions continued into Sunday.

  • Glenwood Store On Shopko Closure List

    The Glenwood Shopko Hometown store has been added to a growing list of retail stores Wisconsin-based Shopko is closing.

    The Glenwood store, located at 902 S. Locust St., will close on May 12, according to a statement released last week.

    The Glenwood location is among several Shopko-brand stores scheduled for closure in the coming months, including stores in the nearby communities of Missouri Valley, Clarinda, Plattsmouth, Neb., and Bellevue, Neb.

  • Delaney Makes Presidential Pitch In Glenwood

    The air outside might have been bitterly cold but the discussion topics inside were hot button at a meet-and-greet with 2020 presidential hopeful John Delaney last Wednesday.

    Inequality, rural development, congressional gridlock, infrastructure, immigration and taxes were just a few of those issues Delaney took questions on in the 46-minute discussion at Adriano’s Brick Oven in Glenwood.

  • Purple Heart Honor Flight Planned

    Western Iowa Veterans from Operation Desert Storm, Iraq and Afghanistan who have been awarded a Purple Heart or Bronze Star With Valor are encouraged to submit their online application to be a member of the Purple Heart Veterans Flight to Washington, D.C., on May 24.

  • Snowy, Cold Blast of Winter

    Freezing rain, ice, sleet, snow, high winds, frigid temperatures.
    Mills County has experienced it all over the past two weeks.

    Five days of on-and-off precipitation culminated with a major winter storm last Tuesday and Wednesday that generated more than 6 inches of snow across Mills County. Even higher snowfall amounts were reported in Montgomery and Page counties to the east.

  • New Superintendent Settling In At Fremont-Mills

    TABOR - As principal in the Riverside School District, David Gute could always rely on his boss for questions.
    Now, Gute is the boss.

    Gute was tapped as superintendent for both the Fremont-Mills and Stanton Community School Districts last spring. Six months into the job and the Modale native is busily settling into his first tenure as a superintendent  - meeting a lot of new faces, remembering a lot of new names and finding his way around two buildings.