Today's News

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Motel A Mess, But Owners Vow To Rebuild

    As Paul Hill drove away from the motel he and his wife Leeann own just north of the Highway 34 / Interstate 29 interchange on the evening of March 16, he wasn’t concerned about rising Missouri River flood water.

    “We’ll be back in a few days, we won’t get wet,” Paul recalled thinking.

  • 'Rebuild or Abandon' - Flooded Businesses In Southwest Iowa Have A Decision To Make

    Business owners in Mills and Fremont counties directly impacted by the catastrophic Missouri River flooding will have a decision to make in the coming weeks and months.
    Do they rebuild or move on?

    “We know we have to make a decision if we’re going to rebuild or abandon,” Feed Energy Chairman Robert Riley said Saturday while touring flood damage in western Mills County with Iowa’s Third District U.S. Rep. Cindy Axne.

  • Pacific Junction Mayor Didn't Think He'd Ever See His Hometown Get Flooded By The Missouri River

    He’s seen his hometown saturated with water on many occasions, but Mayor Andy Young never thought he’d see the day Pacific Junction would succumb to flood water from the Missouri River.