• Fitzgerald, financial institutions celebrate Money Smart Week

    State Treasurer Michael L. Fitzgerald’s office is joining financial institutions across the state and nation in celebrating Money Smart Week. This year, Money Smart Week is Saturday, March 30 – Saturday, April 6 and is designed to help consumers better manage their personal finances and public awareness.

  • McDonalds hold all-day statewide fundraiser to benefit flood victims

    Local McDonald’s owner-operators from across Nebraska and western Iowa are coming together to rally behind #NebraskaStrong and #IowaStrong flood relief efforts in honor of #NebraskaStrongDay on Friday, March 22.

    McDonald’s restaurants in Nebraska and western Iowa participating in this fundraiser on Friday will be donating 10 percent of the day’s sales to local American Red Cross chapters and other organizations in need – including schools and local charities – to further support communities devastated by the flood.

  • Shining Stars talent show added to Bill Riley Talent Search contest

    The Bill Riley Talent Search and it's presenting sponsor, Hy-Vee, are proud to announce a new program, the Shining Stars Show. The new program will allow people with special needs (up to age 30) to compete.

  • NPI Linen and Textiles Services ribbon cutting April 10

    On Wednesday, April 10, at 9:30 a.m., Nishna Productions, Inc. Linen and Textiles Services will host a grand opening and ribbon cutting event at their newly remodeled commercial laundry facility located at 210 S Broadway St. in Red Oak.

    The original laundry facility was opened in 2013, with the building being built in 2012. It operated with two washing machines, 35-lb and 50-lb capacity, and filled contracts for local businesses, washing uniforms, sheets, table linens and towels.

  • BBB warning: Moving scams abound

    BBB has encountered several moving companies that are causing headaches for consumers and the BBB. Last August the US Attorney’s Office in Cincinnati announced indictments against several moving companies and individuals based in locations throughout the country.  

  • Montgomery County Recreational Trails develop group formed to seek support

    Early this year, a group of trail enthusiasts formed a non-profit called Montgomery County Recreational Trails, Inc. (MCRT), led by Montgomery County resident, Steve Turman. For a year and a half volunteers met regularly to determine how to develop recreational trails in Montgomery County and connect them with existing and proposed trails in the county’s towns, as well as trails existing and planned in adjacent counties.

  • Red Oak Shopko to close in June

    Officials with Shopko announced it is closing its remaining 120 department stores, including the Red Oak location.
    These closures will affect an additional 5,000 employees. Red Oak’s store is slated for closure June 16.
    As of now, four Shopko optical locations will remain open until further evaluation: Mequon, Oshkosh, Waukesha and Omaha.
    The Ashwaubenon-based retailer filed for bankruptcy Jan. 16. It started closing stores in December of 2018.

  • Spring arts and craft show at the MAC

    Make plans now to attend the annual Spring Arts and Crafts Show that will be held Saturday
    and Sunday, March 16-17 at the Mid-America Center in Council Bluffs, Iowa.
         The show is billed as one of Iowa's largest shows, with over 150 exhibitors presenting and
    selling thousands of unique, handmade products.
         Among the various products being sold at the show are oak and pine furniture, paintings and
    prints, ceramics, wall hangings, blankets, jewelry, pet products, etched and stained

  • Grand Theatre buys building; to add screen

     RED OAK — In 2009, the Grand Theatre showed what was thought to be its final film after a more than 60-year run. As the credits finished rolling, the stray popcorn was swept up, coming attraction signs were taken down and the doors were locked, possibly forever. 

    But the City of Red Oak wasn’t about to lose their theatre without a fight, and in 2010, the Downtown LLC purchased the building to be run as a non-profit, which has thrived on $2 ticket prices and a strong support of volunteers. 

  • Association hires director

     The Red Oak Chamber and Industry Association chose a longtime local resident and active community member as the organization’s newest Executive Director. 

    Paul Griffen will start working Monday, Nov. 18 in the position vacated by Darrell Steven Carlyle.

    After graduating from Iowa State University with a degree in industrial engineering, Griffen came to Red Oak in 1982, working as an engineer for Eveready Battery Company.