• Southwest Iowa fishing report

    Don Williams Lake
    Black Crappie - Good: Crappies can be found in high numbers in Don Williams this spring. Their sizes are not large yet, but with selection a decent bag can be caught. Most fish are not tight to shore spawning yet. Slowly troll or drift 1/8 ounce jigs with small white or chartreuse twister tails out from shore in 15-20 feet of water. Crappies are suspended from 5 to 10 feet down. As the water temperature climbs into the mid to upper 60s, crappie will be more catchable near the shore using minnows under a bobber.
     Beaver Lake

  • Tennis season starts in Red Oak

    The summer youth tennis program at the YMCA has started their registration, as another summer of tennis is ready to begin.
    There are three different programs led by local tennis instructor Rudy Kinard, who has been giving lessons for the past 18 years, with lessons taking place in the morning.
    Tiny tots will take kids entering preschool or kindergarten in the fall. The program will meet Friday morning from 9 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
    The program costs $10 for members of the YMCA, and $20 for non-members.

  • Youth baseball gets started in Red Oak

    The Montgomery County YMCA will be giving some of Red Oak’s youngest residents the chance to learn valuable baseball and softball skills.
    Co-ed T-ball will take place for pre-schoolers at the Red Oak Sports Complex for five weeks this summer, beginning May 28 and ending June 25 from 9 a.m. to 9:45 a.m.
    Registration has started and runs until May 25.
    If you have a family membership the program is free, otherwise, it costs $15 for a youth member and $30 for a potential member.

  • Coach pitch registration begins

    Little else says summer like baseball, and the Montgomery County YMCA is offering multiple ways for kids to improve their skills.
    The Kindergarten co-ed program will start June 6, from 4 p.m.to 5 p.m. and will be every Monday and Wednesday until June 29.
    The program is free with a family membership, $20 with a youth membership and $40 if someone is a potential member.
    Registration has already started and will continue until May 25.
    There will be a volunteer meeting at the YMCA Thursday May 26 at 6 p.m., volunteers will be asked to help coach.

  • Fishing report: Good week for fishing at Viking Lake

     Here is the fishing report for Southwest Iowa lakes and rivers for the next week from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.

    Banner Lake (south)
    Rainbow Trout - Excellent: The next trout stocking and family fishing event was April 9. Trout can be caught casting small in-line spinners, small tube or twister jigs or live bait such as wax worms or live minnows under a bobber. 

    Des Moines River (Stratford to Saylorville Lake)

  • Tips to stay safe when outdoors during a storm

    It’s one thing to be caught half a block from the house in a blizzard or thunderstorm. But what do you do if a storm comes up suddenly when you are camping, hiking or boating?
    1. Stay on Top of the Weather.

  • YMCA to host volleyball camp

     The Montgomery County Family YMCA, in cooperation with the City of Red Oak Park & Tree Board, will be offering its annual Girls Summer Volleyball camp that will consist of a skills portion and mini tournament play. 

    This camp has been designed for elementary-aged students with a focus on development of fundamentals. 

  • Glynn inducted into Iowa Senior Games Hall of Fame

     Nothing was going to stop Kay Glynn from attending this year’s Iowa Senior Games.

    Certainly not surgery.

    Glynn wasn’t about to let previous surgeries keep her out of competing at the games. In 2013, Glynn had her hip resurfaced. Glynn dealt with osteoarthritis in her hip at the time and got the surgery done late in the summer to alleviate the pain. Last year, Glynn tore her ACL. She still competed, but required another surgery afterward.

  • YMCA baseball clinic set for this weekend

     The Montgomery County Family YMCA, in cooperation with the City of Red Oak Park & Tree Board, will be offering its annual YMCA 3rd – 8th Grade Boys Baseball Camps this upcoming weekend of March 28 and 29. 

  • USTA continues to recognize YMCA’s work

    The United States Tennis Association, the Missouri Valley Tennis Association (states of Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Greater St. Louis & Greater Kansas City area) and the Iowa Tennis Association recently released and recognized  the dedicated work of the Red Oak community to promote the game of tennis, through volunteerism, leadership, development, and promotion for the sport for youth to adults of all ages and playing abilities with the United States Tennis Association (USTA).