Today's News

  • Apartment fire blaze

    Members of Red Oak Fire and Rescue were called to an apartment fire Saturday, April 20, at 6th and Reed Streets. The cause of the blaze, which destroyed the structure, is said to have been started by a carelessly discarded cigarette. The building is owned by Jim and Terri Hoskinson of Red Oak. Red Oak Fire received assistance from Shenandoah, Essex, Eliott, Grant. No injuries were reported. Three of the apartments were being utilized at the time. (Photo by Shellie Welbon) 

  • Fire destroys Red Oak builfing

    A fire took place Saturday at an apartment building at 6th and Reed Street. Further details are pending. Additional photos can be found in the multimedia page. (Shellie Welbon/The Red Oak Express)

  • Iowa launches '20 artists, 20 parks to commemorate state park centennial

     In anticipation of the 100th anniversary of Iowa state parks in 2020, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources; the Iowa Arts Council, a division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs; and Iowa State University are bringing 20 artists to 20 state parks this summer.

  • Iowa unemployment remains at 2.4 percent in March

    Iowa’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate remained at 2.4 percent in March. The state’s jobless rate was 2.7 percent one year ago. The U.S. unemployment rate remained at 3.8 percent in March.

  • Iowa Rural Water Assists with Recovery Efforts in Hamburg

     by Kalli Forshee


    Iowa endured historic flooding along with other Midwestern states last month and conditions worsened for Hamburg, Iowa when the levees broke on March 17. Iowa Rural Water Association Circuit Rider Zeb McFarland headed out to assist in recovery and assessed the damaged areas with Iowa Department of Natural Resources (IDNR).


  • State Awards $2.9 Million in Catalyst Funding to Rejuvenate Downtowns Across Iowa

    Gov. Kim Reynolds and Lt. Gov. Adam Gregg announced today that $2.9 million in Catalyst Grant funding will be awarded to 29 communities across the state. The recipients will be recognized during a special ceremony tonight at the Rural Summit in Grinnell.

  • Most recent online auction invests $87 million into state

    State Treasurer Michael L. Fitzgerald announced the results of his most recent Invest in Iowa online auction. Over $87 million will be deposited in 34 financial institutions across the state as a result of the April 9 auction. The state will receive an average rate of return of 2.51% on these six month certificates of deposit. “We continue to see significant interest in this program,” Fitzgerald said. “Every auction stands as a testament to how well this program supports local communities across the state.”

  • Fishing regulations relaxed at Windmill Lake in Taylor County

    The Iowa Department of Natural Resources has relaxed the fishing regulations at Windmill Lake, near New Market, to allow anglers to more freely harvest fish before the lake is renovated this fall to eliminate common carp.

    Anglers with a valid fishing license may harvest any size or number of largemouth bass, channel catfish, and all other fish species from Windmill Lake. Any number of fishing poles or jug fishing will be allowed, but anglers must stay in sight of these lines at all times, and follow all other fishing regulations and area rules.

  • Food plots for pheasants and quail provide needed shelter

    Each winter, food plots of corn, sorghum, or other grains are used by all kinds of wildlife for survival.

    A well designed food plot can provide additional shelter for pheasants, quail and other wildlife, and withstand heavy snow storms that often flatten grass habitats, like the late February blizzard that left eight foot snow drifts across portions of north Iowa closing Interstate 35 for more than 24 hours.

  • Southwest Iowa will be home to 14 new trumpeter swans on May 9 and 10

    The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will release 14 trumpeter swans at three locations in southwest Iowa as part of the effort to create a self-sustaining population of swans south of Interstate 80. All releases will occur rain or shine.

    Six swans will be released on the north side of Lake Icaria at the east boat ramp on May 9 at 9:30 a.m., in partnership with the Adams County Conservation Board.
    Two swans will be released at Viking Lake near the restaurant/beach area on May 9 at 1 p.m.