Today's News

  • FEMA makes additional assistance available to public entities and non-profits in flood-impacted areas

    Gov. Kim Reynolds today received word that additional assistance is now available to public and nonprofit entities in flood-impacted counties.

    A disaster declaration issued by President Trump on March 23, 2019, made 56 counties eligible to apply for emergency work and emergency protective measures assistance under the federal Public Assistance Program. 

  • Reynolds extends existing proclamations of disaster emergency

     Today, Gov. Kim Reynolds extended existing proclamations of disaster emergency for counties impacted by March flooding.

    This proclamation extends the governor’s March 14 activation of Iowa’s disaster response and recovery efforts for an additional 30 days, to May 12, 2019, and allows state resources to be utilized to respond to and recover from the effects of this severe weather across the entire state.

  • DOT sends emergency relief funding in response to Iowa floods

    Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao today announced the immediate availability of $9 million in Emergency Relief “Quick Release” funds from the Federal Highway Administration to the state of Iowa to help repair road damages caused by flooding in Iowa. 

    “This money will help with the emergency repairs and getting roads reopened in Southwest Iowa,” Grassley said. “However, this is just the tip of the iceberg in helping with the total emergency road needs in Iowa.”

  • 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. 

  • Emergency CRP grazing available following flooding

    Emergency CRP Grazing Available


    For several weeks now, the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association has been working to help producers across the state adjust to the inclement and disastrous weather that has plagued our state. Today we applaud USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) State Executive Director Amanda De Jong for her announcement of emergency Conservation Reserve Program grazing.

  • Axne successfully includes Iowa funding into new House Emergency Disaster Bill

  • Mills County Master Gardeners present, "Soil Management"

    On Tuesday April 23 at 6:30pm, Dr. Ajay Nair, an Associate Professor with the Department of Horticulture at ISU. Ajay will talk about nutrient management & fertility for soil, and interpreting soil test results. This information applies to Market Growers/Producers, Acreage Owners and the Backyard Gardener. Come and learn about your soils health and what you can do to improve it. This seminar is held in conjunction with the Mills County Master Gardeners and the Mills County Local Foods Group.

  • Annual spring wildlife survey underway

    Ordinarily, a slow moving vehicle at night in the Iowa countryside spotlighting deer, raccoons or coyotes would send Iowans to their phone, speed-dialing their local conservation officer, but in this case, it may be the officer doing the shining.

    The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) annual spring spotlight survey is underway with Wildlife and Law Enforcement staff conducting nighttime counts of all furbearing animals, and white-tailed deer.  

  • 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. 

  • 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.