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Today's News

  • Purple Heart Flight Honoring Veterans, Gold Star Families

    If you’re looking for a special way to say “thank you” to the men and woman of our armed forces this Memorial Day weekend, I suggest you come out to Omaha’s Old Market area Friday evening around 8:30 - 8:45.

    That’s where a very special “Welcome Home Parade” is going to be taking place for participants in Friday’s Nebraska-Iowa Purple Heart Flight.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Progress Being Made On Athletic Complex Construction

    A long winter and spring rains have slowed work on the Glenwood Athletic Complex, but the $6 million project remains on schedule, according to Glenwood Superintendent Devin Embray.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Brewers Broadcaster

    Lane Grindle has fond memories of his first experiences behind a microphone - serving as the public address announcer for peewee football games in Malvern, Iowa. It was a pretty prestigious gig for a junior high kid that had aspirations of becoming a sports broadcaster.

  • 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.”

  • 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.

  • 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.