https://www.opinion-tribune.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en Closing Arguments Heard In Misty Frazier Trial https://www.opinion-tribune.com/content/closing-arguments-heard-misty-frazier-trial <img src="https://www.opinion-tribune.com/sites/www.opinion-tribune.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/misty_frazier_0.jpg" alt="Misty Frazier" title="Misty Frazier" align="left" hspace="6" width="66" height="85" /><p> COUNCIL BLUFFS - The fate of a Glenwood woman charged with second-degree murder in the death of her 8-year-old daughter now rests in the hands of Mills County District Court Judge Susan Larson Christensen.</p> <p> Closing arguments in the bench trial for Misty Frazier, 34, were given Friday morning in a Pottawattamie County courtroom. Arguments were heard in Council Bluffs to accommodate a scheduling conflict for defense attorneys.</p> Just Like Old Times https://www.opinion-tribune.com/content/just-old-times <img src="https://www.opinion-tribune.com/sites/www.opinion-tribune.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/tumblers1.jpg" alt="Gary Giaffoglione (right) coaches alumni tumblers as they do airplanes. At left are Montana Crow and her base Ashly Duncan. Michaela Staiert is shown with her base Emily Portrey." title="Gary Giaffoglione (right) coaches alumni tumblers as they do airplanes. At left are Montana Crow and her base Ashly Duncan. Michaela Staiert is shown with her base Emily Portrey." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> There&rsquo;s a few moans, a few groans and an occasional&nbsp; whisper of &ldquo;I&rsquo;m not sure I can still do that anymore,&rdquo; but for the most part, the &ldquo;alumni&rdquo; from Gary&rsquo;s Tumbling in Glenwood have picked right up where they left off so many years ago.</p> <p> For the past month, about a dozen graduates of Gary Giaffoglione&rsquo;s nearly three-decade old tumbling program have been hitting the mats on Wednesday nights to perform aerials, back tucks, airplanes, somersaults and more. There&rsquo;s a lot of laughter and reminiscing about old times.</p> Muddy Mo On The Rise https://www.opinion-tribune.com/content/muddy-mo-rise <img src="https://www.opinion-tribune.com/sites/www.opinion-tribune.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/mintles2.jpg" alt="Mintle&#039;s Landing campground in western Mills County was under water as a result of Missouri River flooding." title="Mintle&#039;s Landing campground in western Mills County was under water as a result of Missouri River flooding." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> Flooding along the Missouri River last week forced the closure of two popular camping and recreation areas in Mills County.</p> <p> Lincoln&rsquo;s Riverview Acres, just south of the Plattsmouth Toll Bridge, and Mintle&rsquo;s Landing on the west end of Nims Road were evacuated while camper trailers and recreational vehicles parked at the two sites were moved to drier ground.</p> Trial Underway For Mother Charged In Daughter's Death https://www.opinion-tribune.com/content/trial-underway-mother-charged-daughters-death <img src="https://www.opinion-tribune.com/sites/www.opinion-tribune.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/misty_frazier.jpg" alt="Misty Frazier leaves the Mills County Courtroom on June 29." title="Misty Frazier leaves the Mills County Courtroom on June 29." align="left" hspace="6" width="66" height="85" /><p> <strong>By Joel Stevens and Joe Foreman<br /> </strong></p> <p> Closing arguments in the trial of a Glenwood woman who is alleged to have given her daughter a fatal dose of a powerful antidepressant will take place Friday morning in a Pottawattamie County courtroom Friday.</p> Fireworks - Booming Business https://www.opinion-tribune.com/content/fireworks-booming-business <img src="https://www.opinion-tribune.com/sites/www.opinion-tribune.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/fireworks3_0.jpg" alt="From left: Glenwood band members Ian Lorson, Nathan Rohrberg and Abby Lorimor sort bottle rockets at the Glenwood Band Parents fireworks stand Saturday." title="From left: Glenwood band members Ian Lorson, Nathan Rohrberg and Abby Lorimor sort bottle rockets at the Glenwood Band Parents fireworks stand Saturday." align="left" hspace="6" width="103" height="85" /><p> Two Glenwood organizations are hoping to create a big boom at the cash register this week with the sale of fireworks.</p> <p> Campus Life, a Christian-based youth organization, and the Glenwood Band Parents, a booster group for the Glenwood instrumental music program, are both operating fireworks stands as a means of raising funds to support future activities. Fireworks sales became legal in Iowa in 2017 for the first time in nearly 80 years and many youth and non-profit organizations around the state are cashing in.</p> Aquatic Center Reopens; Repairs Being Monitored https://www.opinion-tribune.com/content/aquatic-center-reopens-repairs-being-monitored <img src="https://www.opinion-tribune.com/sites/www.opinion-tribune.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/pool_perry_cook.jpg" alt="Glenwood Public Works Director Perry Cook (center) inspects the west wall of the swimming pool at the Glenwood Aquatic Center with employees from Eriksen Construction." title="Glenwood Public Works Director Perry Cook (center) inspects the west wall of the swimming pool at the Glenwood Aquatic Center with employees from Eriksen Construction." align="left" hspace="6" width="135" height="85" /><p> The Glenwood Aquatic Center reopened Friday after a four-day shutdown for repairs to stop the loss of water.<br /> The two-year-old facility was closed early last week to determine the source of a water leak on the northwest corner of the pool.</p> <p> Glenwood Public Works Director Perry Cook said nearly six gallons of water was being lost every minute as a result of the leak.</p> County Sets Public Hearing For Glen Haven Village Loan Guarantee https://www.opinion-tribune.com/content/county-sets-public-hearing-glen-haven-village-loan-guarantee <p> Proponents of the Glen Haven Village project are hopeful that a public hearing next month will be one of the final hurdles to clear before construction can commence on a new nursing care and rehabilitative center.</p> Return To Little Sioux https://www.opinion-tribune.com/content/return-little-sioux <img src="https://www.opinion-tribune.com/sites/www.opinion-tribune.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/mason_flora_2008.jpg" alt="Mason Flora as a Boy Scout in 2008." title="Mason Flora as a Boy Scout in 2008." align="left" hspace="6" width="76" height="85" /><p> Mason Flora has a tattoo just above his heart.</p> <p> It features the date June 11, 2008, and a tornado, inked like a merit badge one might see on a Boy Scout sash.</p> <p> For Flora, the tattoo marks a day he&rsquo;ll never forget.</p> <p> On June 11, 2008, Flora, then 15 years old, was one of nearly&nbsp; 100 scouts camping out at the Little Sioux Scout Ranch when a fast-moving, rain-wrapped tornado sprung from a thunderstorm and roared through the 1,800-acre campground south of Sioux City.</p>