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  • Judge Joel - Associate Editor Feeds Passion For Cinema As Omaha Film Festival Judge

    Joel Stevens’ love of cinema began at a young age – 4 to be exact.

    “My mom took me to see my first movie in 1977, “The Rescuers,” Stevens recalled. “She has a love for movies and passed that love down to me.”

    For Stevens, associate editor at The Opinion-Tribune, watching movies is more than a pastime – it’s a passion that led to his invitation nearly a decade ago to join the panel of judges for the annual Omaha Film Festival.

  • City Council Serves Setback To Pickleball Project

    Members of the Southwest Iowa Pickleball Committee voiced disappointment and frustration last week after the Glenwood City Council failed to pass a motion calling for the city to contribute $10,000 toward a project that would turn the city’s dilapidated tennis courts on South Vine Street into a six-court pickleball complex.

  • 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.

  • Glenwood Girl Serving As Iowa Kid Captain

    Long road trips to the University of Iowa are nothing new for Livia Jackson.

    For the past six years, the 10-year-old daughter of Jonathan and Holly Jackson of Glenwood has been receiving treatment at the University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital for Cyclic Vomiting Syndrome (CVS), a rare condition characterized by recurring and prolonged episodes of intense nausea and vomiting, occasional abdominal pain and intense headaches.

  • Judge gives Frazier mandatory sentence

    Last month, Misty Frazier was found guilty of child endangerment causing death for giving her 8-year-old daughter Kathleen a fatal dose of a powerful antidepressant in 2016.

    On Thursday, Frazier was sentenced to up to 50 years in prison but with good behavior and an early parole, could be out of prison in just one year.

  • 2018-2019 Male Athlete of the Year

    Mason Vanatta isn’t a football fan.

    This might come as a surprise to southwest Iowa’s eight-man football coaches and fans who watched the quarterback lead Fremont-Mills to the state semifinals last season while amassing 1,170 yards passing and 1,075 rushing and having a hand in 41 touchdowns.

    Not bad for someone who freely admits football isn’t his game.

    “I’ve never really liked football much, to be honest,” Vanatta said. “Basketball was always more fun for me than football.”

  • 2018-2019 Female Athlete of the Year

    Every athlete has different means by which they charge their battery.

    Motivation is as personal as a good pair of broken-in shoes for most any athlete.

    For Janette Schraft, its doubt. She thrives on the question of if she can. She looks to buck the odds every single time she steps on a track or a cross country course.

    The youngest of five siblings, Schraft freely admits she did not come from an athletic family. Her tenacity, her competitive fire, her will to win was born from a desire to challenge that reality.

  • Arrest Made In Glenwood Shooting


  • The Opinion-Tribune's All-Mills County Baseball and Softball Teams

    2019 All-Mills County Baseball and Softball

  • Shen’s Doyle stymies Knights in 12-1 victory

    Blake Doyle tossed a four-hitter on the mound and drove in three runs at the plate for Shenandoah in a 12-1, five-inning victory over Fremont-Mills in non-conference baseball Friday night in Shenandoah.

    Doyle kept the Knights off balance all night. The sophomore struck out six, walked just one and scattered four hits in the complete-game victory. At the plate the sophomore singled to drive in three runs and drew a walk.

    Owen McCunn and Devin Morelock picked up two hits each for Shenandoah.

    East Mills 14,
    Essex 4