Today's News

  • Forget Me Not


  • Sen. Ernst keynoting Memorial Day here

    Red Oak’s Annual Memorial Day ceremony is scheduled for Monday, May 29.

    The event begins with a concert by the Red Oak High School Band at 10:45 a.m. at the Evergreen Cemetery. Following the concert, at 11 a.m., will be the posting of colors and the national anthem.

  • Feathery Friends

    Community members, as well as Red Oak and Stanton students, took part in a trumpeter swan release at Viking Lake State Park on Thursday, May 11.

    Students from classes in Red Oak and Stanton selected names for the swans, with one pair of names drawn. The winning pair of names selected were “Blossom and Phoenix.”

  • Rain fails to dampen first Maher Day of Service

    Despite some rainy weather, the first George Maher Day of Service was successful.

    Threats of rain led to the event being delayed from its initially scheduled day of May 3 to May 10. While the move didn’t result in an entirely dry day for the student volunteers, Superintendent Tom Messinger said they were still able to complete a solid number of scheduled projects.

  • Teacher Honored

    Red Oak High School instructor Bob Peterson was named the Charles E. Lakin Outstanding Teacher of the Year award recipient during a ceremony Monday afternoon at the high school. Peterson also received a check for $10,000 as part of the award. More information will be available in our May 23 issue.

  • Graduation Sunday at RO

    Local school districts are holding graduation ceremonies this weekend.

    Red Oak High School’s graduation ceremony is scheduled for 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 21. It will take place in the high school gym. Red Oak has 88 student candidates for graduation and three students will receive certificates of attendance.

    The Stanton School District will hold its graduation ceremony at 7 p.m. on Saturday, May 20, at the school gymnasium.


    The city of Red Oak paid tribute to a longtime community leader this past weekend. 

    On Saturday afternoon, the ball field near Chautauqua Park was dedicated as the Steve Roberts Memorial Field, in honor of longtime Red Oak Police Chief Steve Roberts. 

  • Little is new AP/AD

    The Red Oak School Board made its selection for a new assistant principal/activities director. 

    Keith Little was chosen as the replacement for Barry Bower, who will resign at the end of the school year.

    The board’s decision came at a special meeting Monday, May 1.

  • ISU team donates $5K to Appalachia program

    Editor’s note: The following story features Red Oak native Dan Carlson, who graduated from Iowa State University Saturday with a degree in construction engineering. He is the son of Brian and Mary Carlson of Red Oak, who graduated from Villisca; and the grandson of Ron and Evon Carlson, also Red Oak residents and Villisa graduates; and Carl Stephens of Villisca. Last week, Dan Carlson started his job with Downing, a company in Indianola, where he interned and worked for two summers and a semester.


    Kate Tindall

  • Britten resigns as chamber director

    Angie Britten wasn’t looking for a job, but one she couldn’t refuse came looking for her. As such, the Red Oak Chamber & Industry Association is in the market for a new executive director.

    “I’m going to be a marketing and client care specialist for Miller Financial Group, at their home office here in Red Oak and for their newly-added Maryville office,” Britten said.