Community News

  • Operation Gratitude starts “Battalion Buddies”

    Since its inception in 2003, Operation Gratitude volunteers have given more than 620,000 packages to American troops stationed overseas. The packages are filled with items such as snacks, entertainment items and letters of appreciation.

    Now, in cooperation with Family Readiness Officers and battalion leaders nationwide, Operation Gratitude is also recognizing the children of military personnel.

  • Grooms graduates from Clarkson College

    Ashleigh Grooms of Red Oak Graduated from Clarkson College on April 30  with a degree in Health Information Management.

    Grooms is the daughter of Dwight and Paula Grooms of Red Oak.

  • May designated National Foster Care Month

    May is National Foster Care Month, a time to raise awarness about the needs of over 423,000 American children who are in foster care.

    “Iowa is fortunate to have many wonderful resource families who step forward to provide a stable and supportive home for youth in fostr care,” said Kelli Malone, project manager for Iowa KidsNet. “However, Iowa has an ongoing need for more families and community members to help ensure every child has a connection to a caring, supportive adult.”

  • Baccalaureate returns to Red Oak High School

    The Montgomery County Ministerial Fellowship is honoring the Red Oak High School graduating class of 2011 with a Baccalaureate Service on May 15, from 2-3 p.m. at the Red Oak High School Auditorium.

    The event will include a “Challenge to the Graduates” by Angie Spangenberg, a “Reflection from the Graduates” by Kelsey Myers, a message by one of the nine churches and a community wide “Praise Band” directed by Tim Marsden.

    The service will be followed by refreshments.

  • Essex seeks nominations for Grand Marshal

    The Essex Community Club is seeking nominations for the 2011 Labor Day Grand Marshal.

    The theme for this year is “Small Town... Big Dreams.”

    The Grand Marshal will be featured in the Labor Day parade and will host the Community Picnic Sunday.

    Nominations may be submitted by May 31, to Dana Wenstrand at P.O. Box 334, Essex, Iowa 51638 or dana@essexiowa.com. Please include three to five sentences about your nominees qualifications.

  • Red Oak Middle School Band hosts Richard Simpson Band Festival

    The Red Oak Middle School Band hosted its 26th Annual Richard Simpson Middle School Band Festival on April 30, at the Red Oak High School Auditorium.

    Merle Larsen of Oakland, Lee Nelson of Harlan, and Dan Schoening of Glenwood served as adjudicators for the festival this year, each assigning 18 school bands a rating. The three ratings were then tabulated for the band’s overall score.

    The possible ratings each band could receive were I+, I, I-, II+, II and II-.

  • SSHC hosts Svenska Skolan

    The Stanton Swedish Heritage Center will present “Svenska Skolan” (Swedish School) this summer June 6-10, from 9 a.m. - noon each day.

    There will be language lessons, songs, folk dancing, games, culture and daily refreshments.

    Cost is $10 per student. For more information or to register, call 712-829-2840.

  • MCMH Auxiliary 50th Anniversary Breakfast

    Montgomery County Memorial Hospital Auxiliary is hosting a breakfast at the Red Coach Inn on Tuesday, May 10, to celebrate their 50th anniversary.

    Highlights of the event will include the presentation of the yearly financial gift to the hospital, service awards, election of officers, and a video covering the activities of the auxiliary over the past 50 years,

    Members, former members and anyone who is interested in the auxiliary are welcome to attend. Reservations must be made by May 8, at the Lemon Tree or by calling 623-7185.

  • Area students honored

    Monroe C. Peterson of Stanton has graduated from Indian Hills Community College in Ottumwa, Iowa.


    John Mainquist of Red Oak has received Northwestern College honor scholarships and additional funding to Northwestern College in Orange City, Iowa.


    The following awards were given at the 12th Annual Spring Awards Banquet at Southwestern Community College in Creston:

  • ROCIA hosts President’s Club dinner


    The Red Oak Chamber and Industry Association hosted a President’s Club Dinner on Thursday, April 28.

    “This is the first one,” said Jodie Smith, Association Specialist, “We wanted to show our appreciation to those members who have invested at a higher level.”