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  • Glenwood Store Not On Latest List Of Shopko Closings

    Shopko announced last week that it has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy and will be closing an additional 38 stores over the coming months in several upper midwestern and western states.

    The Shopko Hometown store in Glenwood was not on the closure list, but Shopko management and public relations officials have declined to discuss the future of the store at 902 S. Locust St.

    Last week’s announcement came five weeks after Shopko disclosed it was closing nearly 40 stores and selling several of its pharmacy operations to Hy-Vee, Kroger and CVS.

  • Mills, Fremont Counties Begin Attorney-sharing Agreement

    Naeda Elliott will serve as the county attorney for both Mills and Fremont County in 2019 and possibly through 2022 under terms of a 28-E agreement signed last February by elected officials from both counties.

    The unique arrangement was broached last winter by Fremont County as a way for the neighboring counties to provide “county attorney services to their respective counties in a more economical manner through sharing the services of a single, multicounty county attorney office,” according to language of the 28-E.

  • Journey Road Ministries

    Mary Dyer and Sheryl Butler are well acquainted with being outsiders.

    As women who attended male-dominated seminary schools, as a gay couple, as congregants at churches that didn’t always share their progressive views, they’ve become accustomed to blazing their own trail.
    So when they conceived their plan for a faith-based group that would offer a new approach to discussions on spirituality and community, they had a good idea the concept wouldn’t be for everyone.

  • Glenwood's New Fire Chief Stressing 'Pride, Ownership'

    From the day he joined the Glenwood Volunteer Fire Department 24 years ago, Matt Gray has had the ambition to work his way up the ladder to the position of chief. That ambition became a reality last week when he was sworn in by mayor Ron Kohn to replace outgoing chief Butch Fidler, who is retiring on Dec. 31.

  • Nearly 74 Years Later, Family of WWII Hero Accepts His Medal

    The family of Metalsmith First Class Roy “Maro” Craig was recently presented a prestigious military medal he had earned nearly 74 years earlier while serving in the U.S. Navy during World War II.

    Craig was awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal for his heroic actions on Jan. 3, 1945, while stationed aboard the USS Robert F. Keller, a destroyer escort vessel that was damaged in a collision during a two-day attack on Japanese shipping and aircraft in the Ryukyu Islands and Formosa.

  • City Considers Increasing Monthly Payback From Departing Police Officers

    When a new police officer is hired, it isn’t uncommon for the city of Glenwood to incur between $15,000 - $20,000 in costs for training at the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy, mileage, food and lodging, and wages while the new hire is attending the academy and studying for classes on city time and the cost of paying a replacement or temporary officer while the new hire is in training.

  • Fire Chief Butch Fidler To Retire

    Glenwood Fire Chief Robert “Butch” Fidler is retiring at the end of the month. Fidler, a 37-year veteran of the fire department, submitted his resignation in writing to city administrator Angie Winquist. The letter was presented to the Glenwood City Council at its regular meeting on Dec. 4.

  • Christmas Spirit, Trees Abound At Sawtooth Farm

    For Norm and Gretchen Riemersma and their daughter Rachel, growing and selling fresh Christmas trees is more about tradition, spreading holiday cheer and catching up with old friends than it is about the bottom line of their family business.

  • USAF Heartland Of America Band Holiday Concert Dec. 9

    The United States Air Force Heartland of America Band will be spreading holiday cheer in Glenwood next month when the ensemble returns to perform its annual “Sounds of the Season” concert.

    Through the sponsorship of The Opinion-Tribune newspaper and Glenwood Community School District, the band from Offutt Air Force Base is returning to Glenwood for a sixth straight year to present its concert in the Glenwood Community High School performing arts auditorium on Sunday, Dec. 9, at 2 p.m.

  • Glen Haven Village Construction Commences

    Construction of the Glen Haven Village skilled nursing complex is officially under way.
    City and county elected officials joined representatives of Pinnacle Construction, architect Pete Franks and the Glen Haven management team last Wednesday for a wall-breaking ceremony on the campus of the Glenwood Resource Center.