Local News

  • Rural Emerson woman faces arson charges

    A rural Emerson woman was arrested April 11 in connection with an arson incident. 

    According to the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office, Jessice Lynn Dickerson, 19, was arrested and charged with first-degree arson. 

    The arrest was made in connection with an incident on this same date in 2018. The sheriff's office received a call of a fire set in the restroom trashcan of the Stanton Viking Center earlier that morning. 

    The Red Oak Fire Department and the Iowa State Fire Marshall's office assisted in the investigation. 


    Scott Allensworth, left, of Allenworth Heating and Cooling of Red Oak, speaks with potential customers at the Buy Local Expo, which took place Saturday, April 6, at Inman Primary School.

  • Hotel/motel funds awarded to local entities

    Nick Johansen

    The Red Oak Express

    The Red Oak City Council is moving forward with the Eastern Ave. access and trailhead parking project.

    At its regular meeting the Red Oak City Council held a public hearing on the proposed plans, specifications, form of contract, and estimated costs for the recreational trail access at Eastern Ave. and the trailhead parking project. No oral or written comments were received.

  • Triple win’ for Red Oak; housing project receives $397,495 in tax credits


    Prairie Fire Development, which has plans to purchase the Red Oak Middle School building and renovate it into housing units, received a $397,495 in tax credits annually for the next 10 years. This announcement was made April 3 by the Iowa Finance Authority Board of Directors.

    Red Oak Superintendent Tom Messinger said he spoke with Prairie Fire Development Director Jared Nook April 4.

  • Red Oak High School Prom Court

    Members of the 2019 Red Oak High School Prom Court are, front row, from left: Emily Peterson, Trinity Peterson, Grace LeRette, Courtni Lindsay, and Anahy Tena. Back row, from left: Sam Opsomer, Mason Perkins, Liam Mahoney, Hunter McMann, and Garrett Rolenc. The Red Oak High School Prom begins with the walk-up at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, April 13 at the White Fair building. 

  • 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.