Today's News

  • Arredondo gives Murphy building new lease on life

    “It was once a great building, and we are going to make it great again,” commented Daniel Arredondo, about the Thos. D. Murphy Co. building on 110 S. 2nd St., in Red Oak.

    Arredondo, who owns Designed Just Right investments and is a realtor with AR-Realty in West Des Moines, purchased the expansive four-story structure in a tax sale in 2017.

    “I saw pictures of the building and thought, ‘Wow.’ The first time I came to the building, I couldn’t get in but I walked around and found it to be amazing,” Arrendondo said.

  • Special storytelling show Sept. 22

    The Red Oak First United Methodist Church is hosting a special performer for a one-day show later this month.

    At 2 p.m. on Sept. 22, Susie Boer, of Bow, Wash., will bring her special show, “Faith Heroines Alive,” for residents of Montgomery County. Boer, who is a former schoolteacher, said she was inspired by a higher calling to create the show.

  • Coyote Johnson Car Auction – Parking Locations & Temporary Parking Restrictions



    Due to the large number of guests and visitors planned to attend this weekend’s Coyote Johnson Car Auction at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds, additional parking locations and shuttle services have been made available to accommodate as many visitors as possible. Please use one of the identified parking lot locations as there will be limited to no parking available in the Montgomery County Fairgrounds. 

    Parking Locations – Saturday 9-14-19 Only 

  • A warm welcome

    Kase Bruning had a great start to his school day Friday, Sept. 6, as he was welcomed to school by Tiger Nation football coaches and players at Inman Elementary in Red Oak. Kase is the son of Kevin and Jessie Bruning. (Jessie Bruning photo) 

  • Shortage of bus drivers plagues Red Oak schools

    A shortage of bus drivers in southwest Iowa is causing concerns for local superintendents at the start of this school year. Red Oak Superintendent Tom Messinger said it’s an issue plaguing several local schools, including theirs.

  • Muscle car auction this weekend

    Car collectors, enthusiasts, and buyers looking for a weekend restoration project are all expected to be in Red Oak this weekend to take part in a massive muscle car auction.

    Bill “Coyote” Johnson will auction off over 80 classic and muscle cars, as well as parts, at an auction at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds. A preview and early registration is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sept. 13. Gates open again at 7 a.m. on auction day, Sept. 14, for registration and a preview, and the auction will run from 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.

  • Wemhoff appointed to fill position on Red Oak council

    Nick Johansen

    The Red Oak Express

    The Red Oak City Council has once again returned to five members.

    There have been some recent changes to the council make-up. Council member Tony Wernicke resigned to move out of the state, and Terry Koppa was appointed to fill his seat. More recently, council member T.J. Clark, who replaced former council member Larry Barnett, also announced his resignation.

  • New organ, eye, and tissue donor registry released


  • A ‘corny’ family tradition

    Deeply rooted in agriculture, the Alan Spencer family of Stanton has somewhat of a ‘corny’ family tradition. For the last several years, the Spencers have won the Snappy Popcorn Creations competition at the Iowa State Fair.

    Entries are judged on appearance, taste and creativity.

    This year Andrea, the matriarch of the family, won first place overall, as well as first place in the Sweet Treats category, which consists of popcorn balls, kettle corn, or caramel corn.

  • Early childhood center renovation plans approved

    The Red Oak School Board is moving forward with renovations to the Washington Intermediate building, soon to be rebranded as the Early Childhood Development Center.

    At the regular school board meeting Aug. 26, the board met with architect Daric O’Neal with Alley Poyner Macchietto Architects, who brought bid documents for the board to review and approve.

    “We have put this into five different phases of construction. Phases two through five are bid alternates. The only thing we are suggesting awarding on bid day is phase one,” O’Neal said.