Today's News

  • Roeder takes flight

    Red Oak Elementary student Carson Roeder competes in the running long jump during the elementary track and field day Friday, May 31.

  • Iowa farmers continue to battle wet field conditions

    Iowa farmers continue to battle wet field conditions as another week of heavy rainfall limited farmers to only 1.3 days suitable for fieldwork statewide during the week ending June 2, 2019, according to the USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service. The lower third of Iowa had 0.5 day suitable for fieldwork or less for the second week in a row.
    Topsoil moisture levels rated 0 percent very short, 0 percent short, 50 percent adequate and 50 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture levels rated 0 percent very short, 0 percent short, 49 percent adequate and 51 percent surplus.

  • A homecoming of a different kind

    As children growing up in southern Sweden, Jonny Gustafsson and Jan Lönngren heard stories about their grandfather’s life in Montgomery County, Iowa. As the boys grew, they decided one day they would go to the Red Oak area to see first-hand where their grandfather, Lenord Constantine Gustafsson, farmed.

    Thirty years later, the first cousins visited the Red Oak and Stanton areas last week, with Jan’s two sons, Thorleit Lönngren and PerMartin Lönngren.

  • Byers, Bechtold to interview candidates


    The Montgomery County Board of Supervisors is ready for the next step in the search for a replacement for county engineer Brad Skinner.

    At the regular meeting of the Montgomery County Board of Supervisors May 21, the supervisors met with interim engineer Charles Bechtel and assistant to the engineer Barry Byers. Bechtold said he would review the list of interview questions and suggested Byers be present at the interviews.

  • Building code changes coming

    Nick Johansen

    The Red Oak Express

    The City of Red Oak has agreed to contract services with the Southwest Iowa Planning Council for regulating property maintenance and new construction building codes within the city limits.

    At the regular meeting of the Red Oak City Council on May 20, the council met with SWIPCO executive director John McCurdy to discuss details of the contract, which covers one-third of the rental properties and new construction inspections. McCurdy said the fees are mostly the same, except for one change.

  • Stormy spring

    Heavy rains following a wet winter have led to issues on many secondary roads in Montgomery County. Closures include A Avenue between 260th and 270th and Q Avenue between 110th and 120th. (Photo by Brian Hamman) 

  • I-29 closed from St. Joe to Glenwood exit

    Interstate 29 is now closed in both southwest Iowa and northwest Missouri due to flooding.

    Officials with the Missouri Department of Transportation say I-29 is now closed from north of St. Joseph to the Iowa border. The Missouri closure came just hours after officials had reopened the roadway. I-29 in Iowa is now closed from the Missouri border to the Highway 34 exit near Pacific Junction, according to the Iowa DOT.

    Additionally, the Iowa DOT has closed I-29 between Exit 61 at Crescent and the I-680 interchange south of Missouri Valley.

  • Iowa smoke free homes registry adds user-friendly features

    The Iowa Smoke Free Homes Registry now includes more features to help renters find the smoke-free property that best meets their needs. The registry’s smoke-free rental properties map now also shows transit stops, parks, grocery stores and farmers markets.

  • Juvenile faces sexual abuse charges

    A Red Oak Juvenile is in custody on sexual abuse charges. 

    According to a release from the Red Oak Police Department, at around 2:30 p.m. on May 28, Red Oak Police Department officers arrested a 12-year-old male juvenile on a charge of second-degree sexual abuse. 

    The juvenile was transported to the Montgomery County Law Enforcement Center where he was processed, then later transported to the Southwest Iowa Juvenile Detention Facility in Council Bluffs.  

  • Fawning season is here, deer are on the move

    The calls have been coming in to field offices and conservation officers for the past few weeks and will only increase as the calendar flips to June - the peak fawning season is right around the corner.

    Callers report finding an “abandoned” fawn in an unusual place, like a flowerbed or small patch of cover. Rest assured this is normal deer behavior.