Local News

  • Glenwood Man Arrested On Murder Warrant

    A 25-year-old Glenwood man has been arrested on a first-degree murder warrant in connection with a January homicide in Council Bluffs. 

    Ryan McDonald was arrested Friday morning on the 300 block of North Hazel Street by officers from the Glenwood Police Department. He's being held without bond at the Mills County Jail.

  • Repairs, Improvements To Levee System Vital To Future Of AgriVision's Pacific Junction Store

    Like many owners of businesses damaged and displaced by Missouri River flooding in March,  the management team at AgriVision Equipment Group is taking a wait and see approach before making  a decision on reopening its Pacific Junction store along the 190th Street business corridor in western Mills County.

  • Signs Removed, Love's Has 'No Immediate Plans To Reopen"

    The Love’s Travel Center in western Mills County won’t be reopening anytime soon and the long-term future of the business appears to be uncertain.

    “There are no immediate plans to reopen the Pacific Junction, Iowa, location that has been closed due to the widespread flooding that affected the area this spring,” Chad Previch, external communications manager for Oklahoma-based Love’s stated in an e-mail to The Opinion-Tribune on Monday.

  • Flood Debris Removal Begins In Pacific Junction

    The removal of debris piled up outside flooded homes in Pacific Junction and rural areas of western Mills County has begun.

    Crews from the Iowa Department of Transportation (IDOT) began assisting with debris removal last week from yards and rights of way.

  • Encouraging News For I-29, Highway 34 Repairs

    Two major highways in western Mills County damaged by Missouri River flooding could be reopened to traffic by the end of May.

    Interstate 29 (between U.S. Highway 34 and the Missouri border) and Highway 34 (between the I-29 interchange and Missouri River bridge) are targeted to open to “limited mobility” by the end of the month. Both highways received extensive damage during spring flooding and have been closed to traffic for nearly two months.

  • P.J. Recovery At Forefront Of Flood Meeting

    Temporary FEMA housing trailers, levee repairs, the possibility of “buy-outs” for homeowners and the future of Pacific Junction were among the topics discussed at a long-term recovery town hall meeting April 24 for flood-impacted citizens. The meeting at the Glenwood Resource Center attracted an audience of about 200 people.

  • NY Senator Gillibrand Sees Flood Impact First-hand

    U.S. Senator and Democratic presidential candidate Kirsten Gillibrand of New York toured flood-impacted areas of Mills County last Wednesday following her participation in a senate field hearing in Glenwood on the Army Corps of Engineers’ management of the Missouri River.

  • Pacific Junction Clean-up, Recovery Begin

    After being forced to stay of out of their flooded community for more than a month, Pacific Junction residents were finally allowed to return to their homes last week to assess damage and begin an overwhelming clean-up process.

    “It was bad,” Terry Parham, Sr., said as he gave an account of the re-entry into his family’s home on the west side of Pacific Junction. “It’s what I thought it’d be. There was water everywhere. There’s no way to describe how bad it is because you know it’s going to be bad.”

  • The Kindness Of Strangers

    They have names like Eight Days of Hope and Convoy of Hope. They’re non-profits, staffed by volunteers, mobilized from all over the United States, from Tupelo, Miss. and Buffalo, N.Y. to Springfield, Mo. They go where the disaster is.
    They bring with them a common mission: help those affected by disaster get through, get by and get cleaned up.

  • Vice President Pledges Support During Flood Tour

    The vice president of the United States was in Mills County Friday, viewing levee breaches and flooded farm fields and offering encouragement to victims of the historic Missouri River flooding that’s caused nearly $2 billion damage in western Iowa.

    During a brief appearance at the Lincoln family’s Ridgeview Farms southwest of Pacific Junction, Mike Pence promised support and relief to victims of a flood that’s now regarded as the worst in Mills County history.