• Seasonally adjusted nonfarm employment

    Total nonfarm employment trended downward to 1,478,000 in July from 1,480,400 in June representing the sixth consecutive month of job losses for the state. Compared to July 2008, nonfarm employment is currently down 47,100.

  • Haidsiak installed as Iowa's FOE State President

    Kim Haidsiak of Red Oak was recently installed as Iowa State Auxiliary President for the Fraternal Order of Eagles at the June convention in Burlington. Haidsiak’s theme for the 2009-10 year is aimed toward the music of the 1960-1970s and her slogan is “Members Unite, Show Iowa Cares.”

    Haidsiak, along with Aerie State President Greg Martin of Burlington, have chosen the Fraternal Order of Eagles Diabetes Research Center (DRC) as this year’s state charity.

  • Veteran services keep expanding in Montgomery Co. as numbers increase

    Montgomery County is one of the four Iowa counties showing an increase in services for veterans above state and national averages.

    At a recent Board of Supervisors meeting, members were given a brief overview of how Jerry Hansen, Director of Montgomery County Veterans Affairs Commission, and his commission have expanded services and brought in more federal dollars for county veterans.

    Veterans Affairs expenditures within the county in 2008 were $1.68 million.

  • McCaffrey named YMCA board of director president

    The Montgomery County Family YMCA would like to announce that Mark McCaffrey, store manager of the United Farmers Mercantile Hardware and Lumber Yard of Red Oak and a dedicated YMCA member for over five years, has become the Montgomery County Family YMCA Board of Director President this summer. McCaffrey was the current YMCA vice president of the Board of Directors and was slated to take his two year presidency in Jan.

  • Shopping Giveaway winner takes home $1000 in merchandise

    On June 1, Wendy Fisher of Red Oak was chosen as the winner of the Red Oak Do it center $1,000 Shopping Giveaway. Fisher was selected at random from more than 1,000 entries submitted at the store from March 2-May 31.

    Fisher selected a lawn mower and many tools for her husband and stated she had been very lucky lately, since being drawn in other local contests.

    Owner Ron Carlson said Red Oak Do-It Center is delighted to provide one of its customers with the opportunity to make their projects a little more exciting.

  • Farmland leasing meeting set for Aug. 13

    Farmland leasing will be the subject on Aug. 13 at the 9 a.m. meeting in Red Oak’s US Bank meeting room.

    Tim Eggers, ISU Extension Ag Economist will discuss land values, leasing practices and crop share leasing and will use a tool to determne how productive soil is to help determine the fair rental rate.

    The $15 cost includes a farm leasing arrangement booklet, copies of the presentation and refreshments.

    To pre-register, call 623-2592.

  • NAYDO Eagle Award for YMCA

    The Montgomery County Family YMCA received this year’s NAYDO (North American YMCA Development Organization) Eagle Award for YMCA’s in the $2 million budget or less category.

    The Montgomery County Family YMCA was selected by NAYDO/ Eagle Award Committee for the Montgomery County Family YMCA’s demonstration of outstanding achievements in YMCA financial development.

  • High unemployment rate brings Iowa officials to county

    With local factory closures still impacting Red Oak and the state’s second highest unemployment rate rising to nine percent, Montgomery County is ‘on the radar’ and was visited by Iowa Workforce Director Elisabeth Buck and Deputy Director Joe Walsh last Wednesday.

    Buck met with area leaders to discuss the county’s needs and to talk about two areas the state believes will help bolster the local economy.

  • Carlson named new Fareway manager

    Fareway Stores, Inc. announced the arrival of new grocery manager and Red Oak native, Kerry Lynn Carlson, to the Red Oak Fareway store.

    Kerry brings more than 25 years of Fareway experience to Red Oak. During this time, Kerry managed two Fareway stores in Burlington and Greenfield where he displayed exceptional customer service and exemplary leadership in both the store and the community.

  • Travel Place attends conference in Las Vegas

    Jana Adams and Kelly Baker, of Travel Place, Inc. recently returned from Las Vegas where they attended the 18th Annual MAST (Midwest Agents Selling Travel) conference. MAST is a member-owned, travel consortium that is run by the board, of which Jana Adams has recently been elected.