https://www.redoakexpress.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en Red Oak Shopko to close in June https://www.redoakexpress.com/content/red-oak-shopko-close-june <p> Officials with Shopko announced it is closing its remaining 120 department stores, including the Red Oak location.<br /> These closures will affect an additional 5,000 employees. Red Oak&rsquo;s store is slated for closure June 16.<br /> As of now, four Shopko optical locations will remain open until further evaluation: Mequon, Oshkosh, Waukesha and Omaha.<br /> The Ashwaubenon-based retailer filed for bankruptcy Jan. 16. It started closing stores in December of 2018.<br /> Glenwood, Pacific Junction, Hamburg residents urged to conserve water https://www.redoakexpress.com/content/glenwood-pacific-junction-hamburg-residents-urged-conserve-water <p> SOUTHWEST Iowa &ndash; The major flooding events in southwestern Iowa are impacting some water plants and wells, surrounding them by floodwaters or inundating them.<br /> <br /> 15 additional counties added to state disaster proclamation https://www.redoakexpress.com/content/15-additional-counties-added-state-disaster-proclamation <p> Gov. Kim Reynolds issued a disaster proclamation today in response to flooding and flash flooding beginning March 13 and continuing.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> The governor&#39;s proclamation allows state resources to be utilized to respond to and recover from the effects of this severe weather and activates the Iowa Individual Assistance Grant Program for qualifying residents, along with the Disaster Case Management Program, for these 15 counties: Adair, Bremer, Buena Vista, Cherokee, Clay, Dallas, Dickinson, Emmet, Fayette, Franklin, Fremont, Guthrie, Hardin, Plymouth, and Shelby.<br /> Relentless winter taxes city, county budgets https://www.redoakexpress.com/content/relentless-winter-taxes-city-county-budgets <img src="https://www.redoakexpress.com/sites/www.redoakexpress.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/img_1270.jpg" alt="An Iowa Department of Transportation plow blows snow off Highway 75, just south of the Highway 34 intersection, following another several inches of snow and blowing snow. Southwest Iowa has received roughly 50 inches of snow this winter. (Photo provided by Blain Barton)" title="An Iowa Department of Transportation plow blows snow off Highway 75, just south of the Highway 34 intersection, following another several inches of snow and blowing snow. Southwest Iowa has received roughly 50 inches of snow this winter. (Photo provided by Blain Barton)" align="left" hspace="6" width="105" height="85" /><p> &nbsp;</p> <p> The Montgomery County Secondary Roads Department and the City of Red Oak remain vigilant in efforts to keep roads clean in the wake of over a dozen significant snow and ice events in the city and county.</p> <p> County engineer Brad Skinner said his department is beginning to feel the crunch when it comes to the cost of clearing county roads of snow multiple times in recent months.</p> Gov. Reynolds signs disaster proclamation https://www.redoakexpress.com/content/gov-reynolds-signs-disaster-proclamation <p> Gov. Reynolds issues disaster proclamation<br /> &nbsp;<br /> DES MOINES &ndash; Gov. Kim Reynolds issued a disaster proclamation today for the State of Iowa in response to flooding and severe weather beginning March 13th and continuing. Earlier today, she activated Iowa&#39;s State Emergency Operations Center to coordinate the response to Iowa&#39;s flooding.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> The Iowa Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (HSEMD) along with several state and federal agencies, is monitoring rapidly-evolving conditions at locations throughout the state. Several wastewater discharges due to ice jams, snow melt, rainfall https://www.redoakexpress.com/content/several-wastewater-discharges-due-ice-jams-snow-melt-rainfall <p> Heavy rainfall, fast snow melt, ice jams and flooding starting in northwest Iowa caused several wastewater discharges from city treatment plants.<br /> <br /> While fast stream currents and cold water are the biggest risk for recreation, high waters can also carry dangerous debris and bacteria. &ldquo;For their own safety, we&rsquo;re recommending people stay out of the water until several days after streams return to normal,&rdquo; said Ted Petersen, supervisor of DNR&rsquo;s Des Moines field office.<br /> <br /> Red Oak to run hard surface only route through Friday, March 15 https://www.redoakexpress.com/content/red-oak-run-hard-surface-only-route-through-friday-march-15 <p> <em>From Red Oak Superintendent Tom Messinger:<br /> </em></p> <p> The Red Oak Community School District will be operating buses and school vehicles on hard surfaces only from Wednesday, March 13, 2019 through Friday, March 15, 2019.&nbsp; The condition of the gravel roads has deteriorated with the melting snow, rain, and traffic on the saturated surfaces.&nbsp; This means buses will not be traveling on any gravel (rural) roads.&nbsp;</p> $6 million bond referendum vote April 2 https://www.redoakexpress.com/content/6-million-bond-referendum-vote-april-2 <img src="https://www.redoakexpress.com/sites/www.redoakexpress.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/picture.jpg" alt="Enarson Elementary" title="Enarson Elementary" align="left" hspace="6" width="103" height="85" /><p> &nbsp;</p> <p> Patrons of the Villisca Community School District will go to the polls April 2 to vote on a bond referendum to allow Villisca Community Schools to issue General Obligation bonds, in an amount not to exceed $6,005,000, to provide funds to repair, improve, and equip the Enarson Elementary and Villisca Middle School buildings, including HVAC, fire alarm systems, roof improvements, and plumbing.</p>