Local News

  • Montgomery, Mills declared disasters

    President Donald Trump granted Iowa Governor Kim Reynold’s request for an expedited Presidential Major Disaster Declaration for 56 counties severely impacted by flooding, including Montgomery, Mills, Page and Fremont counties. Reynolds’ request was approved Saturday, March 23.

  • Supervisors nix increased road weights

    Nick Johansen

    The Red Oak Express

    The Montgomery County Board of Supervisors has voted to get ahead of proposed legislation that would increase weight restrictions to 130,000 pounds on county roads and bridges.

    At the supervisors meeting March 19, the board met with county engineer Brad Skinner, who outlined a resolution regarding the weight restriction increase.

  • NWS test tornado drill Wednesday

    The National Weather Service will be conducting its annual test tornado drill Wednesday, March 27.

    The National Weather Service will use the actual TOR EAS code as if it was a real tornado warning. The FCC has granted Nebraska and Iowa a waiver to use the live TOR codes. The backup days are Thursday, March 28 or Friday, March 29, if we have severe weather in the area. 

    Here is the timeline for the Wednesday, March 27 drill:

  • Sensational Stanton singers

    Members of Stanton High School’s show choir perform at the spring concert Tuesday, March 19. 

  • More than 40 inches of snow in February in northern Iowa

    More than 40 inches of snow fell in parts of northern Iowa in February, while temperatures fell as low as 20 degrees below zero, according to the latest Water Summary Update.

    Streamflow was returning to normal levels until the recent March rain and snowmelt. Soil moisture is high, and frost remains in the ground across the state.

  • Stem at the Y

    Josie Sampson, 8, and Kenzie Wilcoxin, 7, work on a coloring project at the start of the STEM after-school program Tuesday, March 5 at the YMCA, sponsored by Montgomery County Extension.

  • $6 million bond referendum vote April 2


    Patrons of the Villisca Community School District will go to the polls April 2 to vote on a bond referendum to allow Villisca Community Schools to issue General Obligation bonds, in an amount not to exceed $6,005,000, to provide funds to repair, improve, and equip the Enarson Elementary and Villisca Middle School buildings, including HVAC, fire alarm systems, roof improvements, and plumbing.

  • Relentless winter taxes city, county budgets


    The Montgomery County Secondary Roads Department and the City of Red Oak remain vigilant in efforts to keep roads clean in the wake of over a dozen significant snow and ice events in the city and county.

    County engineer Brad Skinner said his department is beginning to feel the crunch when it comes to the cost of clearing county roads of snow multiple times in recent months.

  • Feedback wanted: VA Town Hall March 19

    VA Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System senior leadership will hold a Veterans’ Town Hall at 6:30 p.m., March 19, at The Shenandoah Elks Club, on Highway 59 in Shenandoah.

    The town hall is to gain open and honest feedback from Veterans, their family members and other beneficiaries.

    Senior leadership and other subject-matter experts from the local VA health system will be present to improve communication with and hear directly from veterans and their families.

  • MCMH awarded 5-Star quality care rating

    The prestigious 5-Star overall rating award, the highest possible score for quality care by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), has been received by the Montgomery County Memorial Hospital in Red Oak. Only 337 hospitals out of 4,579 in the United States received this rating.

    Holly Crowell, MCMH quality improvement manager, said that Medicare uses 100 different quality and patient experience measures to calculate star ratings.