Local News

  • Search for county engineer continues

    The Montgomery County Board of Supervisors is continuing their search for a replacement county engineer.

    Supervisor Mike Olson said one of the candidates had accepted a position at another location, while the second candidate had been unable to schedule an interview due to conflicts. The interviews which had been tentatively scheduled for May 29 were postponed.

    Supervisors Donna Robinson said she felt they needed to focus on advertising for the position again, and seek outside assistance.

  • Airboat heroics

    Heroes don’t always wear capes; sometimes it’s jeans, t-shirt, a ball cap and hip waders. As floodwaters overtook homes, businesses and farming operations in Mills and Fremont County in March, several Red Oak area men swept into action; using their airboats to save livestock, pets and people.

    “When I purchased my airboat, I never thought in a million years, I’d use it like that,” said Delaine Paul of Red Oak.

  • Stormy spring

    Heavy rains following a wet winter have led to issues on many secondary roads in Montgomery County. Closures include A Avenue between 260th and 270th and Q Avenue between 110th and 120th. (Photo by Brian Hamman) 

  • Byers, Bechtold to interview candidates


    The Montgomery County Board of Supervisors is ready for the next step in the search for a replacement for county engineer Brad Skinner.

    At the regular meeting of the Montgomery County Board of Supervisors May 21, the supervisors met with interim engineer Charles Bechtel and assistant to the engineer Barry Byers. Bechtold said he would review the list of interview questions and suggested Byers be present at the interviews.

  • Building code changes coming

    Nick Johansen

    The Red Oak Express

    The City of Red Oak has agreed to contract services with the Southwest Iowa Planning Council for regulating property maintenance and new construction building codes within the city limits.

    At the regular meeting of the Red Oak City Council on May 20, the council met with SWIPCO executive director John McCurdy to discuss details of the contract, which covers one-third of the rental properties and new construction inspections. McCurdy said the fees are mostly the same, except for one change.

  • A homecoming of a different kind

    As children growing up in southern Sweden, Jonny Gustafsson and Jan Lönngren heard stories about their grandfather’s life in Montgomery County, Iowa. As the boys grew, they decided one day they would go to the Red Oak area to see first-hand where their grandfather, Lenord Constantine Gustafsson, farmed.

    Thirty years later, the first cousins visited the Red Oak and Stanton areas last week, with Jan’s two sons, Thorleit Lönngren and PerMartin Lönngren.

  • Juvenile faces sexual abuse charges

    A Red Oak Juvenile is in custody on sexual abuse charges. 

    According to a release from the Red Oak Police Department, at around 2:30 p.m. on May 28, Red Oak Police Department officers arrested a 12-year-old male juvenile on a charge of second-degree sexual abuse. 

    The juvenile was transported to the Montgomery County Law Enforcement Center where he was processed, then later transported to the Southwest Iowa Juvenile Detention Facility in Council Bluffs.  

  • Graduation day

    Red Oak High School held commencement Sunday, May 19, as well as Essex High School and Southwest Valley High School. Stanton’s graduation was Saturday, May 18.

  • Allensworth Heating & Cooling receives Carrier’s President’s Award

    Allensworth Heating & Cooling was recently named a recipient of the prestigious 2019 President’s Award from Carrier. The award provides recognition for outstanding dealers in the heating, ventilating and air-conditioning (HVAC) industry. Dealers were honored at a ceremony held in Huntington Beach, California on March 15.

    One of Carrier’s highest honors for its dealers, the President’s Award, is given to Carrier® Factory Authorized Dealers who achieve excellence in product promotions and deliver superior customer satisfaction.

  • Johnson family loses 2 in WWII


    Evergreen Cemetery in Red Oak is the final resting place of numerous young men who died while serving overseas during World War II. Two such men, brothers who died while serving in the Armed Forces are Private First Class Myron (Mike) Paul Edward Johnson and Private First Class Russell John Victor Johnson.