Today's News

  • Red Oak board talks staffing cuts

    Nick Johansen

    The Red Oak Express

    More than 50 citizens attended the Monday, Jan. 14, Red Oak Board of Education meeting about staffing and budget reductions.

    Red Oak Superintendent Tom Messinger explained cuts were necessary in order to prevent the district from spending beyond its authorized spending limit, which is authorized by the Iowa Department of Education.

  • Red Oak Shopko to remain open

    The Shopkos in Red Oak and Glenwood have been spared closure following the announcment Wednesday, Jan. 16, the organization filed voluntary petitions for a court-supervised financial restructuring under Chapter 11 of the United States Bankrupcy Code.

    The Shopko in Clarinda, however, was not as fortunate and is slated for closure April 15

  • School construction making strides

    Work is progressing well on the two building renovations currently underway in the Red Oak School District.

    Red Oak superintendent Tom Messinger said that at the Inman Primary School site there have been great strides made in the project.

    “The sprinkler system has been nearly finished. They are completing the work of getting the system completely sealed up and charged. Once that is done, they will be working through the fire marshal to get it inspected and approved,” Messinger said.

  • Staley sentenced to 78 months

    In October 2017, the Red Oak Police Department and the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation became aware of firearms violations involving Kevin Devin Duane Staley Red Oak.

    On May 30, agents from the Division of Criminal Investigation obtained a federal arrest warrant for Staley. He was charged with the following: count 1; possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime: count 2; possession of a firearm by a prohibited person.

    On Sept. 5, 2018, Staley entered a guilty plea to count two of the federal indictment.

  • Shopko files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy

    Shopko’s Clarinda location is among those that will be closed this year following the announcement that the company was filing for bankruptcy. As of now, the Shopko locations in Red Oak and Glenwood are not slated for closure.

    Shopko’s corporate headquarters announced on Wednesday that it, along with its subsidiaries, has filed voluntary petitions for a court-supervised financial restructuring under Chapter 11 of the United States Bankruptcy Code.

  • We’re going on a bear hunt

    Red Oak Public Library’s Children’s Librarian, Wanda Olson, shows “We’re Going On A Bear Hunt” during storytime Jan. 11. Several books were also read. Storytimes are held at 10:15 a.m. Fridays. The Jan. 18 storytime will be about hugs and the Jan. 25 story time on snow. Tess Nelson/The Red Oak Express

  • Women's March date change

    The planned Women's March in Red Oak, scheduled for Jan. 19 at 10 a.m., has been rescheduled. Event organizers say the change in date is due to the projected bitter cold temperatures. 


  • Tower negotiations continue

    Nick Johansen

    The Red Oak Express

    The Montgomery County Emergency Management Commission is continuing negotiations for a lease agreement with Hawkeye Communications/KCSI for a rental fee on KCSI’s tower.

    Discussions on the rental fee began at the EMA Commission meeting Dec. 20. At that meeting, EMA coordinator Brian Hamman outlined the details of the rental agreement. A contract was drafted in 2016, for a payment of $500 a month for the year of 2016, for housing one of the county’s emergency communication towers.

  • Cases of influenza expected to rise

    Tess Nelson

    The Red Oak Express

    The number of reported Influenza A (H1N1) cases is increasing in Southwest Iowa, including Montgomery County, but it has yet to hit the area hard. Montgomery County Public Health Director Sue Drake said the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has Iowa listed as “regional” influenza activity for the week ending Jan. 4.

    “It’s pretty low still. It used to be after Christmas break it would hit hard, especially in the schools, so I’m thinking we will start seeing it more now,” Drake said.

  • Nelson joins Express as general manager/editor

    The new year is bringing new management to the Red Oak Express offices.

    On Dec. 31, Tess Nelson of rural Bethesda joined the Red Oak Express offices as the new general manager/editor.

    “The New Year is meant for positive changes so it’s only fitting I kick off 2019 with a new company, Landmark Community Newspapers, which includes the Red Oak Express and the Glenwood Opinion Tribune, in my new position,” Nelson said.