Red Oak Living January 2022

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January 2022

Living Red Oak

The Heart of Southwest Iowa


is a biannual publication coordinated by the Red Oak Chamber & Industry Association highlighting insights about our community for those interested in visiting or relocating to the Heart of Southwest Iowa.

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The Montgomery County Courthouse was built in 1890 of red limestone and of Richardson Romanesque design.

Table of Contents Welcome to Red Oak Page 4

Child Care Page 17

Animal Services Page 22

Agriculture Page 30

Our History & Heritage Pages 4-5

Housing Page 17

Realtors & Property Management Page 22

Residential Services Page 32

Activities & Events Pages 6-8-10

Education Page 18

Local Eats Pages 12

Lodging Page 18

Places to Shop Pages 14

Healthcare Services Page 20

Places of Worship Page 16

Finance & Insurance Page 22

Senior Care Page 24 City/County Services Page 26 Business Development Page 27

Transportation Page 32 ROCIA Investors Pages 35-36 Red Oak Map Page 37

Major Industry Page 28

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On behalf of our Board of Directors, the Red Oak Ambassadors and more than 240 investors, the Red Oak Chamber and Industry Association office team is excited to present the 2022 Red Oak Living Magazine. The Red Oak Chamber and Industry Association works very hard to bring our investors continued value for their membership. We are also extremely dedicated to helping our community thrive and making Red Oak a place our citizens are proud to call home. We are pleased to showcase Red Oak and tell its beloved story in this magazine. We hope you enjoy learning about our community and its small-town American qualities that are more desirable than ever. You will find Red Oak to be an active, family orientated, safe, peaceful, friendly and welcoming community with big-city offerings. As the county seat of Montgomery County, Red Oak is proud of its rich history and culture. Red Oak boasts magnificent turn-of-the-century architecture, 28 parks offering recreational activities, top quality educational opportunities, and a progressive business environment with growing industry. Red Oak has a strong tradition of embracing and fulfilling community projects, celebrating our history, and caring for our neighbors. Take a stroll or drive underneath the canopy of our mature tree-lined streets, especially during the fall, as you enjoy the Historic Tour of Red Oak and Heritage Hill. Spend a day visiting the quaint shops in our historic downtown, grab a bite to eat from various eateries, and then catch a live performance at the Wilson Performing Arts Center. Enjoy a day of golfing at the Red Oak Country Club or even disc golfing at one of our

public parks. We invite you and your family to visit Red Oak during one of our community festivals throughout the summer or holidays. Experience why Red Oak is the heart of Southwest Iowa. To find out more about Red Oak or more services and homebased businesses, please visit or contact the Red Oak Chamber at 712.623.4821. You can also stop by for Red Oak memorabilia and check out our new online store launching soon! Thank you for this opportunity to share Red Oak with you. Sincerely, The Red Oak Chamber and Industry Association Staff

Red Oak Chamber and Industry Association’s Events and Marketing Coordinator, Kesandra Pullen (left), and Director of Membership and Finance, Elaine Carlson (right).

Our History & Heritage

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Among the early residents of Montgomery County were Native Americans, dating back to over 10,000 years ago. The earliest white settlers arrived in the early 1850s, settling near a small stream they named Red Oak Creek for the Red Oak trees that grew along its banks. Montgomery County was formed in 1851 and named for Revolutionary War hero Richard Montgomery. Even though the settlement of Red Oak was officially made the Montgomery County seat in 1865, it grew slowly at first, numbering only about 50 houses in 1868. However, the quiet nature of the community changed in 1869, when the Chicago, Burlington & Pacific Railroad line came through town. In the same year, the town of Red Oak Junction was officially organized (the

“Junction” was dropped in 1901). The arrival of the railroad triggered rapid growth and an influx of wealth to Red Oak over the next decade. The town became the trading center for the entire region, and new industries sprang up quickly, including a meat packing plant, a brewery, a cannery, flour mills, and a brick and tile works. At the height of the town’s prosperity, around the turn of the century, several fine community buildings, including the Montgomery County Courthouse, were constructed. Newly wealthy merchants, as well as railroad officials, built many splendid homes on Red Oak’s east side. These homes stand today as a tangible reminder of Red Oak’s storied past; several of the structures are on the National Historic Register.



Military Heritage

Red Oak has a proud military history and heritage. Red Oak natives have fought for their country in every engagement since the Civil War. Red Oak’s Company M suffered 160 casualties among its 250 members; 52 men were killed in action. The town has a particularly strong and moving connection with World War II history: Red Oak lost more of its sons, per capita, in the conflict than any other community in the United States. Residents would gather daily at Red Oak’s Johnson Hotel to await and exchange news about the war. Indeed, one particularly tragic day — March 6, 1943 — more than 100 telegrams arrived bearing news of Red Oak soldiers missing in action. Red Oak gained the recognition and gratitude of the nation, which was expressed in 1944 with the U.S. Navy’s christening of Red Oak Victory, a cargo and ammunition ship, which played an important role in the Pacific theater. Happily, despite her hazardous tour of duty, Red Oak Victory did not suffer a single casualty. Today, Red Oak Victory is one of the few remaining Victory ships. She is maintained under the care of the Richmond Museum of History in Richmond, California. Remembrance and reverence for the sacrifices of her sons and daughters is an integral part of the Red Oak community. Each Memorial Day, more than 1,500 flags, donated by the families of war veterans, fly in Red Oak’s Evergreen Cemetery, and the town’s Court of Honor sponsors special ceremonies each Memorial Day and Veterans Day. In the town square, memorials have been erected for veterans of World War I, World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War. A fountain in the square is a tribute to the men lost during World War I.

history and because at least one copy of each calendar the company printed has been preserved, Murphy calendars have become coveted and valuable collectors’ items. In late 2019, plans began to develop to renovate the former calendar company into office spaces, boutiques and apartments. Restored BN Depot and WW II Museum

The Restored BN Depot and WW II Museum works to celebrate Red Oak’s railroad heritage by preserving the Burlington Northern (BN, now BNSF) historic depot, which was foundational to Red Oak’s growth and prominence in Southwest Iowa, maintaining documents and artifacts related to Red Oak’s and Southwest Iowa’s railroad history and offering first-hand interaction with railroad history for visitors. The Depot honors veterans and Montgomery County’s long and deep commitment to serving our county by telling the story of Montgomery County’s unique sacrifice by soldiers, families and residents during the Second World War and preserving documents and artifacts related to this story. It also works to provide an affordable, historic and versatile event venue for the community and Southwest Iowa. Montgomery County Freedom Rock

The Freedom Rock is on now display at the Fountain Square Park in Red Oak. This is number 95 for artist Ray “Bubba” Sorensen, who began his quest to paint a Freedom Rock in all of Iowa’s 99 counties, which he has now completed. Sorensens designs his murals on specific stories relative to each county. The mural features the Red Oak Victory Ship and the World War II Villisca Red Bull Unit, to pay homage to those soldiers, and ends on a rural theme.

Birthplace of the Art Calendar

In 1888, during the construction of the Montgomery County Courthouse, Red Oak residents Edmond Osborne and Thomas D. Murphy purchased a woodcut of the new structure, little realizing that they were helping to not only immortalize the courthouse, but also to create a new art form. To cover the costs of purchasing and printing the woodcut, the two entrepreneurs decided to add a calendar pad and sell advertising around the picture to local merchants. The project was so successful that they went on to start a business to create picture calendars, the Thos D. Murphy Co., which operated for more than 100 years. Thus, Red Oak is known as the birthplace of the decorative art calendar industry. Though no longer in business, Murphy Calendar Company is still a part of Red Oak. The company building is part of the Heritage Hill Tour. Also, because of the company’s Montgomery County Freedom Rock

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Activities & Events You’re not limited to how you spend your time in the Heart of Southwest Iowa. Fill your mind with rich history at museums or by spending time walking along and admiring the beautiful architecture of our Historic Tour of Heritage Hill. Red Oak has great parks and recreation facilities scattered throughout the community for those looking to hike, bicycle, disc golf, bowl, swim, skateboard, and more. Entertainment opportunities stretch from a movie with the family in downtown, to live theatre at the arts center, and even local live music in various venues throughout town. Red Oak is a growing destination for those looking to step away from the hustle of city life without sacrificing the available amenities in their area. For more information about the community, please visit redoakiowa. com. Anderson Conservation Area, Wolfe Nature Center, and Andersen Wildlife Area: 2059 190th St., Red Oak 712.623.4753

A 229-acre area of rolling hills, trails, prairie and marshland, the Anderson Conservation Area has been set aside for the preservation and reintroduction of native Iowa wildlife and vegetation. No hunting is allowed, but a pond with a dock is available for public fishing and kayaking. Wolfe Nature Center, located within Anderson Conservation, offers seasonal displays and classroom/meeting areas, as well as educational programs, that

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can be conducted both on-site and in schools. Guided hikes are available for both school students and adults. Andersen Wildlife Area, located just across the road from Anderson Conservation, is a public hunting area of 196 acres with approximately 1 mile of walking trails. Bella Notte Pampered Artist Retreat: 504 E. Reed St., Red Oak 402.547.7334 •

Located in the former First Baptist Church at 5th & Reed, Bella Notte Pampered Artist Retreat is now open for a handful of scheduled events and private art parties. The 1,500 square foot former sanctuary is now an artist studio set up with such things as paper crafting tools, paint and mixed media supplies. With plenty of space to be creative, when you sign up for an event you can be assured to be full of inspiration. In the future, Bella Notte will have overnight rooms to accommodate around 20 guests to enjoy a weekend retreat scrapbooking or quilting. Burlington Northern Depot / WWII Museum: 305 S. 2nd St., Red Oak 712.623.6340 •

Dedicated on December 20, 2003, on the 100th anniversary of the first dedication, the restored Burlington Northern Depot now houses a WWII Memorial Museum, guided and selfguided tours, and is a great venue to host parties. Hours of operation are 10 a.m. to noon, Monday through Friday.

Historic Fountain Square Park:

Located in the heart of Red Oak’s historic downtown business district, historic Fountain Square Park is the home of various memorials for Montgomery County veterans of World War I, World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War. The fountain itself is a tribute to the men lost during World War I, built by the families who suffered losses. The newest memorial added to the collection is Montgomery County’s Freedom Rock. Historic Fountain Square Park is also the site of several festivals and special events that which utilize the Richard Simpson Memorial Stage, such as Junction Days (last full weekend of June), National Night Out (first Tuesday of August), Classy Chassis Car Show (third Saturday of August), and more. Historic Tour of Red Oak and Heritage Hill:

Red Oak’s Heritage Hill Tour is an ideal way to experience the town’s architectural heritage. Beginning at the courthouse, visitors can walk or drive a route that winds past structures in a variety of styles – including Victorian, Queen Anne, Georgian, Italianate, English Tudor and Prairie – all constructed between 1870 and 1916. Tour brochures are available at the Red Oak Chamber and Industry Association office, 307 East Reed Street, or online at


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Montgomery County Family YMCA: 101 E. Cherry St., Red Oak 712.623.2161 •

Fun and fitness are found yeararound at the Montgomery County Family YMCA, which offers facilities and programs for all ages and fitness levels. Comprehensive facilities and programs include: health and fitness center; full-court gymnasium, suspended walking track, dedicated fitness room, zero-depth swimming pool, four-court indoor tennis center with viewing area, racquetball/squash/Wally ball court, Youth Enrichment Center & Lending Library, and a whole lot more. The YMCA is fully ADA-accessible and has an elevator for second floor access. Montgomery County History Center: 2700 N. 4th St., Red Oak 712.623.2289 •

The Montgomery County History Center is a local history museum, an educational/research facility, and an amazing gift shop. Both permanent and revolving exhibits relating to Montgomery County, area and state history are on display, including but not limited to, The Thomas D. Murphy Company, military history, Masonic Lodge 162 and exhibit, an early 1900s kitchen, the history of the Wilson Concrete Company, and the history of farming and tractors. The Montgomery County History Center also maintains the 1853 Stipe Log House, the 1866 Cozad Cabin, the 1870s Pittsburg country school and the 1884 Nims barn and corn crib. Montgomery County Shooting Sports Club: 1874 J Ave., Red Oak

Located just west of Anderson Conservation Area, the Montgomery County Shooting Sports Club is an

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outdoor facility with a 14x30 covered 100 yard rifle range with four bench rest positions, one prone position, and one standing position; a 14x30 covered handgun range with six stations including dividers and tables; a four position standing target archery range; and, coming soon, two trap fields with voice activated throwers. Open on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sundays from 1 to 5 p.m. Open to the public; memberships are available. Red Oak Aquatic Center: 108 Legion Park St., Red Oak 712.623.6521

The Red Oak Aquatic Center is located within Legion Park, next door to the Montgomery County Family YMCA. In 2019, the Aquatic Center undertook a $2.5 million renovation to modernize the facility. New features such as a zero depth entry, new slides, beach toys, and a rock climbing wall have been added to the pool. Red Oak is proud to have the largest aquatic center in Southwest Iowa. Red Oak Country Club: 2038 200th St., Red Oak 712.623.4281 •

A challenging par 72, 18-hole championship golf course that is one of the most challenging and picturesque in Western Iowa. The course is 6,176 yards from championship tees, and the design includes water hazards, sand traps, dog

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legs, waste bunkers, blind shots to the greens, uphill and downhill lies, and many established trees. The club also features a driving range, putting green, a swimming pool, lounge, and a full-service restaurant. Red Oak Grand Theatre: 410 E. Coolbaugh St., Red Oak 712.623.3169 •

The non-profit, volunteer-run Red Oak Grand Theatre is here to serve the citizens of the greater Montgomery County area by providing affordable, family movie entertainment. Come see us and enjoy the beautiful remodeled theatre which now includes a second screen. Show times are every Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 7:00 p.m. with a Sunday matinee at 2:00 p.m. Admission to the show is only $2.00 per person which provides fun, family-affordable entertainment. Red Oak Lanes: 1663 200th St., Red Oak 712.623.9877

Red Oak Lanes has been serving Red Oak and the surrounding communities for 40+ years. Red Oak Lanes offers 12 lanes, a game room with pool tables, a pro shop, and a bar and grill. Activities available at Red Oak Lanes include: open bowling seven days a week; adult men, women, couple, and youth leagues; glow-


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in-the-dark bowling with black lighting, music and fog. Red Oak Lanes is proud to be a family entertainment center for all ages. Red Oak Public Library: 400 N. 2nd St., Red Oak 712.623.6516 •

The Red Oak Public Library was built in 1909, and is the last of its design to be constructed. This Carnegie library is featured on the National Register of Historic Places and on Red Oak’s Heritage Hill Tour. Inside this treasure you will find books, DVDs, computer stations, audio materials, programming throughout the year, and so much more. The newly remodeled building provides everything from quiet learning areas to large group meeting spaces. Red Oak Public Parks:

Red Oak has public parks and green spaces scattered all throughout the community. To list just a few, there is everything ranging from the Red Oak Sports Complex, which is surrounded by a 9-hole disc golf course; inside contains four baseball fields (two of which are lighted and have digital scoreboards) and public restrooms. On the other side of town you have the Red Oak Dog Park, which offers a separate fenced-in area for large dogs and small dogs, both offering dog drinking fountains and doggie stations; Indian Gully, 20+ acres of beautiful hiking grounds; and Kelly Park, a split 9-acre park with a soccer field, 9-hole disc golf course, a playground, and a shelter space. Back towards the center of town you have Chautauqua Park, which includes one of the largest open-aired Chautauquas still left standing in the county, Steve Roberts Memorial Baseball Field, playground equipment, and the iconic Red Oak water tower. For more

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information about all the parks, please visit Red Oak Trails:

The Red Oak Trails consists of both dedicated recreational trails and bicycle routes throughout town. The dedicated trail can be found on the north side of town along Highway 34. This trail runs alongside the Red Oak Jr./Sr. High School and up and around and even through Evergreen Cemetery. There are currently two trail heads; one of them located in Legion Park, with the other newly established trail head at the corner of Highway 34 and Eastern Avenue. Friends of the Red Oak Trails is a non-profit organization that is actively promoting trail usage and advocating for trail expansion around the community. For more information, please visit Studio 147: 312 E. Coolbaugh St., Red Oak 712-249-5691 •

Creating confidence through dance, Studio 147 provides students with a high quality and enthusiastic educational environment while striving to teach proper dance techniques and creative choreography. Its goal is to instill a passion for dance in every one of its students. The Five One 8: 518 N. 4th St., Red Oak 712.623.4097 •

The Five One 8 is a new venue in Red Oak offering art, music, private parties, and various classes. It offers a wide variety of craft beer and wine at its events. The Red Oak Farmers Market:

Hosted in beautiful historic Fountain Square Park from mid-May to midOctober on Thursday (4 – 6 p.m.) and Saturday (9 a.m. – noon). The ROFM is an Iowa certified farmers market that provides a marketplace for area produce growers, bakers, and crafters. The farmers market has also become a platform that synergizes with other activities in the park like music, art, and yoga. Other markets occur during June, July, and August along with a Thanksgiving and Christmas market at the Montgomery County Memorial Hospital. Viking Lake State Park: 2780 Viking Lake Rd., Stanton 712-829-2235

Viking Lake is a state park spanning over 1,000 acres and consisting of a 137 acre lake perfect for boating and fishing parties; six miles of hiking trails with informational kiosks about the important shrubs, plants, and trees within the local ecosystem; campground sites for all levels of camping including modern restrooms and showers; and much more. Viking Lake is a short 15-minute drive east of Red Oak. Montgomery County also has several county parks available, with different amenities in each. Wilson Performing Arts Center: 300 Commerce Drive, Red Oak 712.623.3135 •

The 23,000 square foot state-of-the-art facility, opened in 2009, provides a 268 seat auditorium, featuring professional touring entertainment, community theatre, numerous arts education classes, and an art gallery in the lobby featuring local visual artists. The facility is completely handicapped accessible and is available to rent for special events.

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Local Eats BP/Lincoln Farm and Home 1715 N. Broadway 712.623.8822

DAC Creamery 805 N. Broadway 712.249.2257

Red Oak Country Club 2038 200th St. 712.623.4281

Silo Outdoor Bar 310 E. Washington Ave. 712.357.1388

Buck Snort 322 E. Coolbaugh St. 712.357.1701

Firehouse Restaurant 310 E. Washington Ave. 712.357.1388

Red Oak Eagles 200 Washington Ave. 712.623.3125

Stadium 34 1200 Senate Ave. 712.623.4864

Burger King 1410 N. Broadway 712.623.5042

Hy-Vee Market Grill 1605 N. Broadway 712.623.4992

Red Oak Elk’s Lodge 519 N. 1st St. 712.623.9380

Straight Away Cafe 401 E. Reed St. 712.623.8249

Casa De Oro 900 Senate Ave. 712.623.6383

KFC/Taco Bell 400 Senate Ave. 712.623.5554

Red Oak Nutrition 1200 Senate Ave. 712.623.1023

Subway 1300 N. Broadway 712.623.3311

Casey’s General Store 1310 N. Broadway 712.623.6010 (carry-out only)

La Cascada 404 E. Coolbaugh St. 712.623.3250

Ryan’s Falk’s Ice Cream Soda Fountain 401 E. Reed St. 712.623.0505

United Farmers Cooperative (C-Store) 203 200th St. 712.623.5453

Casey’s General Store 201 N. Broadway 712.623.9804 (carry-out only)

McDonald’s 1501 N. Broadway 712.623.2098

Scooters 1509 N. Broadway

Williams Recreation 310 E. Coolbaugh St. 712.623.5593

Chen’s Kitchen 301 E. Reed St. 712.623.4536

Pizza Hut 1000 Senate Ave. 712.623.4966

China Gate Express 1011 N. Broadway 712.623.3899

Pizza Ranch 1511 N. Broadway 712.623.2332


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Places to Shop AgriVision Equipment Group 2405 N. 4th St. 712.623.4858

Dovel Refrigeration & Air Conditioning 1600 N. Broadway 712.623.9614

Allstar Shirts and More 412 E. Reed St. 712.623.0016

Family Dollar / Dollar Tree 1205 N. Broadway

Belt’s Auto Center 300 E. Washington Ave. 712.623.2538 Carpet Store & So Much More - Designs by Denise 620 N. 4th St. 877.533.5667 CarQuest – Johnson Auto Parts 303 N. Broadway 712.623.4964 Cellular Advantage 1515 N. Broadway Ste. A 712.621.4040 Chat Mobility 909 Senate Ave. 712.623.4066 Corn Dawgs Boarding 1911 E Summit St. 712.357.1084 CR Graphics 101 N. Broadway 712.623.3600 Diamonds & Dirt 308 E. Coolbaugh St. 712.621.4377 Dickel Duit Outdoor Power 2227 State Highway 48 712.623.9343 Dollar General 2010 Commerce Dr. 712.623.4316

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Fareway Meat & Grocery 811 N. Broadway 712.623.2651 Fastenal 1513 1/2 N. Broadway 712.623.5084 Five One 8 518 N. 4th St. 712.623.4097 Goldsmith Gallery 802 N. Broadway 712.623.4407 Hawkeye Ford 2027 U.S. Highway 34 East 712.623.5147 Hometown Florist 510 E. Coolbaugh St. 712.621.8388 Hy-Vee Food Stores, Inc. 1605 N. Broadway 712.623.4992 Jeremy’s This N’ That 601 N. 3rd St. 712.309.5066 J Mercantile 503 N. 3rd St. 712.310.6519 Lemon Tree Gift Shop at MCMH 2301 Eastern Ave. 712.623.7159 Mark Jackson’s Red Oak Hardware Hank & Hallmark Gold Crown Store 315 E. Reed St. 712.623.2290

Montgomery County History Center Gift Shop 2700 N. 4th St. 712.623.2289 NAPA Auto Parts 200 E. Reed St. 712.623.2545 O’Reilly’s Auto Parts 1610 N. Broadway 712.623.4590 Orscheln Farm & Home Supply 2400 N. 4th St. 712.623.9577 Pudgy Pumpkin Patch Gift Shop 512 N. 4th St. 712.623.8111 Red Oak Chrysler, Inc 1907 N. Broadway 712.623.9310 Red Oak Do It Center 502 N. Broadway 712.623.5428 Red Oak Fabrication 306 N. 3rd St. 712.623.4911 United Farmers Cooperative 203 W. Oak St. 712.623.2575 Westlake Ace Hardware 1601 N. Broadway 712.623.3662 White Sparrow 510 N. 4th St. 712.357.1418 Valley Antiques 1901 N. Broadway 480.202.9771

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Places of Worship Assembly of God Church 1005 Senate Ave. Worship 10:30 a.m. 712.623.2174

First Christian Church 1909 E. Summit St. Worship 10:30 a.m. 712.623.2897

Grace Baptist Church 1510 Sixth St. Worship 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. 712.623.9615

Bethlehem Lutheran Church 1101 Summit St. Worship 11 a.m. & 5 p.m. 712.623.3394

First Congregational United Church of Christ 608 Reed St. Worship Noon 712.623.2794

Red Oak Presbyterian Church 511 E Coolbaugh St. Worship 10:30 a.m. 712.623.4751

Church of the Nazarene 401 E. Prospect St Worship 10:30 a.m. Crossroads Church (Southern Baptist) 303 E. Oak St. 9:20 a.m. & 6 p.m. 712.357.1060 Faith Community Church 2701 N. 8th St. Worship 9 a.m. & 10:45 a.m. 712.623.3472

River of Life Church 1880 State Hwy 48 Worship 10:30 a.m. 712.623.5363

First Covenant Church 211 Hammond St. Worship 9:30 a.m. 712.623.2195 First United Methodist Church 600 Hammond St. Worship 8 a.m. & 10:30 a.m. 712.623.2101

St. Mary’s Catholic Church 1510 Highland Ave. Worship 10:30 a.m. Spanish mass at 1 p.m. Saturday worship odd weeks at 5 p.m. The Bridge FBC 601 N. 3rd St. Worship 11 a.m. 712.623.9322

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Facebook: First Congregational UCC, Red Oak Sunday Worship: 12:00 noon (8:30 in summer) An open and affirming congregation of the United Church of Christ. No matter who you are or where you are on life’s journey, you are welcome here.

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Nelson-Boylan-LeRette Funeral Chapel 410 Sixth Street, Red Oak, Iowa 712-623-2525 • 800-653-4881

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onoring the one who has died,

by serving those who live.

Sellergren – Lindell – DeMarce Funeral Home 712.623.2796 509 N. 6th Street, Red Oak, IA 51566

Child Care Red Oak Child Development Center: 400 W. 2nd St. Red Oak

The Red Oak Child Development Center (ROCDC) located in Red Oak, is a child development center facility committed to providing quality childcare for children 6 weeks to 12 years old. ROCDC offers full- and part-time care for infants and toddlers, 3-year-old preschool, before/after school services as well as summer programs for school-aged children. ROCDC has a strong emphasis on education through playbased learning and evidence-based curriculum that includes developmentally appropriate social/behavioral/emotional/ cognitive skills support, proper nutrition, and rest. The child development center offers extended hours with the goal of accommodating local employees, commuters, and families faced with daily childcare needs. ROCDC accepts state childcare assistance and staffs its center according to state requirements for room ratios based on its enrollment. These services are provided in a safe and nurturing environment. ROCDC is the accepted partner of the Red Oak Community School District and leases part of the Red Oak Early Childhood Center (formerly Washington School) in Red Oak.

Red Oak Child Development Center Sunshine ’N Rainbows: 1201 Highland Ave., Red Oak • 712-623-2285

This is a community-owned non-profit childcare / preschool center, serving the area since 1979. The center is the definition of personalized, family-oriented, professional care, serving children 6 weeks to 12 years of age, with operating hours of 5:45 a.m. – 6 p.m. They believe that a high-quality early childhood program provides a safe and nurturing environment that promotes the physical, social, emotional, and cognitive well-being of young children while responding to the needs of families in our community. They believe that now, and into the future, developmentally appropriate programs should be available to all children and their families regardless of handicap, age, race, or creed. The center’s philosophy is to create partnerships with families based on their needs, and provide them with the support and information they deserve. It accomplishes this through individual visits when the children are being dropped off or picked up, through parent-oriented programs and parties with the children, and also through its Parent Advisory Council and fundraising activities.


Exciting times are ahead for Red Oak housing in 2022! So many things are happening that will greatly affect how Red Oak housing will look for a generation to come. First, Prairie Fire Development is completing a 24-unit apartment renovation inside the old Red Oak Middle School which is just one block away from our beautiful downtown One of the turn-of-the-centry homes Fountain Square Park with in Red Oak plenty of retail around the town square, our dual screen movie theater and easy walking distance for ice-cream/coffee shops, restaurants and other amenities. Second story housing opportunities around the town square will also be available in late 2022 or early 2023. Second, the Woodland Hills subdivision has a variety of lots available for new home construction and our Acorn Development group is building our first speculative house even as we speak with two more planned for 2022. Woodland Hills also has several duplexes available for sale now. The City of Red Oak has been busy clearing dilapidated and vacant houses for Woodland Hills subdivision in-fill home site development with infrastructure immediately available, which is a plus. The city is also in the process of developing a new home construction incentive package for any new home that will also be ready for roll-out in 2022. The Red Oak Community School district is also looking for new housing or development opportunities at two of its neighborhood elementary school locations when the $3.5 million dollar bond issue passed making the current building sites unnecessary. Finally, Red Oak has often been called “The Williamsburg of the Midwest” due to the sheer number of turn-of the-century homes featuring multiple architectural styles. Two of its most stunning Victorian homes are currently undergoing “extensive” renovation and should also be available for sale in 2022. Come take a look at Red Oak, we think you will like what you see!

One of the historic homes in Red Oak

January 2022


Education Education

The Red Oak Community School District takes great pride in its staff, facilities, and many offerings to meet the needs of the students. The Red Oak Schools serve more than 1,000 students in three different buildings: the Red Oak Early Childhood Center for preschool, Inman Elementary School for grades K-6, and the Red Oak Junior / Senior High School for grades 7-12. There are 86 certified teachers and more than 137 total staff members responsible for providing a comprehensive program to its students. The district consists of students from the Red Oak area and six surrounding districts. The staff consists of teachers who have experience ranging from one year to more than 40 years in the Red Oak Community School District. Its teachers have more than 70 hours of collaboration and professional development each

year to focus on continuous growth. There is a wellestablished Teacher Leadership Team in each building to support teachers in their practices. The facilities of the Red Oak Community School District are among the finest in the state thanks to an amazing level of support from the community. In the past 20 years, the Red Oak Community School District buildings have seen more than $39 million in improvements funded with sales tax and Physical Plant and Equipment Levy dollars and an overwhelming number of district residents voting in favor of general obligation bonds for funding. The highlights of the facilities projects include: two new elementary wings with a FEMA approved storm shelter, new playground, early childhood center partnership with a daycare, remodeled Junior/Senior High School

Red Oak Junior /Senior High School

with new cafeteria and students commons area, new gymnasium, activities building, remodeled fine arts area, Career and Technical Education area with culinary arts training center, expanded Ag programming, and new furniture and technology to focus on student engagement and learning. The facilities have become a great source of pride for students, staff, and community. The programs of the Red Oak Community School District range from the basic required courses, to comprehensive special-needs

programs, to career-focused programs articulated for college credits, to a wide variety of college preparatory offerings. The focus of the district is to provide its students with offerings which prepare them for what comes next: work, military, community college, vocational training, or fouryear degree programs. The Red Oak Community School District believes all students will succeed.

Southwestern Community College Southwestern Community College’s Red Oak Center offers college credit courses, adult and continuing education, HSED (formerly GED) classes, and customized training for local

businesses and industries. In addition to on-site classes, distance learning opportunities are available using the Iowa Communications Network (ICN), and online classes

through the Iowa Community College Online Consortium. The Red Oak Center has nine classrooms, including two ICN rooms and a 15 station computer lab.

Lodging Red Coach Inn & Suites: 1200 Senate Ave. & Hwy 34, Red Oak 1.800.544.6002 •

Rodeway Inn: 800 Senate Ave., Red Oak 712.623.6919

The Red Coach Inn is a beautiful 53 room hotel adjacent to one of Red Oak’s finest dining facilities, the Stadium 34 restaurant. Whether you are visiting Red Oak for business or pleasure, you will always get a first-class stay at the Red Coach Inn & Suites. Visit them and you will get the big city taste with the hometown feel.

A budget friendly motel offering air conditioning in the rooms. It is easy to stay connected during your stay, as free Wi-Fi is offered to guests. The motel features a 24-hour front desk. Plus, guests can enjoy a pool and free breakfast, which have made this a popular choice among travelers visiting Red Oak.

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Red Oak Community School District Red Oak Community School District Administrative Center 604 S. Broadway, Ste A | 712.623.6600 Red Oak Junior/Senior High School 2011 N 8th St. | 712.623.6610 Red Oak Inman Elementary School 900 Inman Dr. | 712.623.6635 Red Oak Early Childhood Development Center 400 W 2nd St. S | 712.623.6630

l e D k uit c i DOutdoor Power 1 mile South of Red Oak on Hwy. 48 712-623-9343 January 2022


Healthcare Services Countryside Medical Clinic 1959 200th St. 712.629.0040

Body Basics Chiropractic 704 N. 4th St. 712.254.2639

Healthy Homes Family Services, Inc. 306 E. Coolbaugh St. 712.307.6014

Methodist Physicians Clinic 1400 Senate Ave. Suite 105 712.623.7250

Confer Chiropractic 404 N. 5th St. 712.623.3526

Midwest Mental Health 1977 G Ave. 712.623.6349

Montgomery County Memorial Hospital 2301 Eastern Ave. 712.623.7000

Performance Massage 704 N. 4th St. 712.370.3038

Nishna Productions, Inc. 207 S. 3rd St. 712.623.4362

Montgomery County Public Health 1109 Highland Ave. 712.623.4893

Red Oak Chiropractic 1505 N. Broadway 712.623.3363

Waubonsie Mental Health Center 1000 N. Broadway 712.542.2388

Red Oak Internal Medicine 1400 Senate Ave. 712.623.7280

Wheat Chiropractic Center 401 Park Ave. 712.623.3838

Zion Recovery Services 403 E. Coolbaugh St. 712.623.4801



Pharmacy and Medical Supply

ASI Audiology & Hearing Instruments 1010 Broadway Suite A 712.623.4802

Dental Care, PC 415 E. Coolbaugh St. 712.623.3383

Hearing Healthcare Center 411 E. Reed St. 712.623.2565

Red Oak Dental Center 1700 E. Summit St. 712.623.5404


Southwest Orthodontic Associates 415 E. Coolbaugh St. 712.623.5857

Angelic Touch 1505 N. Broadway 712.623.3363

Back and Body Chiropractic 704 N. 4th St. 712.314.0937

Mental Health Service Family Connections, Inc. 304 S. Locust St., Glenwood 712.527.2823

Apria Healthcare 111 E. Washington Ave. 712.623.5466

Hy-Vee Food Stores, Inc. 1605 N. Broadway 712.623.4992 Medicap Pharmacy 600 Senate Ave. 712.623.1900 Red Oak Pharmacy 1400 Senate Ave. 712.623.7245


Southwest Foot & Ankle Center 502 E. Reed St. 712.623.5178


Family Vision Center 514 N. 4th St. 712.623.9433

Montgomery County Memorial Hospital

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Michael J. Portz & Janet Wade 1409 N. 2nd St. 712.623.5551

Care for the whole family, close to home

209 E. Coolbaugh St., Red Oak, Iowa (712) 623-2554

Michael J. Portz, O.D., F.A.A.O. Janet Wade, O.D.


Doctors of Optometry

Southwest Iowa for over 40 years 1409 N. Second Street Professional Vision Care for the Entire Family

Red Oak, IA 51566


Red Oak 1400 Senate Ave. (712) 623-7250

Dr. Kimberly Truka, and staff provide state-of-the-art general dentistry for all ages. We offer a friendly and relaxing atmosphere while treating our patients in a professional manner.

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©2021 Methodist Physicians Clinic, an affiliate of Methodist Health System

January 2022


Animal Services

Corn Dawgs Boarding 1911 E. Summit St. 712.357.1084

Oak Valley Animal Health 1703 200th St. 712.623.5511

Finance & Insurance Bank Iowa 1805 N. Broadway 712.623.6960

Carrick & Associates, LLP 2016 Commerce Dr. 712.623.5471 Davis-Taylor Insurance 204 East Reed St. 712.623.4813 Edward Jones 500 North 4th St. 712.623.5447 Farm Bureau Financial Services – Richard Fisher Agency 502 E. Coolbaugh St., Ste. A 712.621.8931 Farm Bureau Financial Services & Montgomery County Farm Bureau 950 Senate Ave., Ste. A 712.623.5546

Farm Credit Services of America 700 Senate Ave. 712.623.5181 Great Western Bank 2100 Commerce Dr. 712.623.9809 H&R Block 509 N. 3rd St. 712.623.9379

Miller Financial Group, Inc. 505 N. 3rd St. 712.623.5726

United Group Insurance 204 S. Broadway 712.623.5555

New York Life – Ed Young 1979 180th St. 402.657.9032

US Bank 323 E. Reed St. 712.623.4828

State Farm Insurance 297 E. Coolbaugh St. 712.623.5639

Vial Insurance 300 E Coolbaugh St. 712.357.5570

Hays Accounting 301 N. 3rd St. 712.623.9678 Heartland Insurance Services 1609 N. Broadway 712.623.8900 Houghton State Bank 116 E. Coolbaugh St. 712.623.4823 Houghton State Bank

Realtors & Rental Property Management Billings Apartments PO Box 76 712.623.4133

United Group Real Estate 204 S. Broadway 712.623.5555

Rubey Realty and Rentals 1000 N. Broadway Suite 1 712.623.2724

Woodland Park Apts. – Zoul Properties 1803 E. Summit St. #2 515.206.6547

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January 2022


Senior Care Acorn Acres 1805 N. 8th St. 712.623.4558

Red Oak Senior Center 2700 N. 4th St. 712.623.3497

Arlington Place of Red Oak 800 E. Ratliff Road 712.623.1999

Regency Retirement Residence 1300 Senate Ave. 712.623.5259

Good Samaritan Society 201 Alix Ave. 712.623.3170

Arlington Place

Red Oak Rehab and Care Center 1600 Summit St. 712.623.5156

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Historic home in beautiful Red Oak

Red Coach Inn & Suites

Red Oak City Hall

Red Oak Aquatic Center

January 2022


City/County Services City of Red Oak

Mayor, Shawnna Silvius City Administrator, Brad Wright City Hall 601 N. 6th St. 712.623.6510 Evergreen Cemetery/Park Supt. 712.623.6512

Montgomery County Law Enforcement Center

Red Oak Airport 712.623.6523 Red Oak Fire Department 712.623.6504 Red Oak Police Department 712.623.6500 Red Oak Public Library 712.623.6516

Montgomery County

Montgomery County Courthouse 105 E. Coolbaugh St. Assessor 712.623.4171 Auditor 712.623.5127 Board of Supervisors 712.623.5127

Red Oak Public Library

Conservation 712.623.4753 Driver’s License 712.623.3292 General Assistance 712.623.3848 Montgomery County Economic Development Corporation 712.357.1122 Public Health 712.623.4893 Recorder 712.623.4363 Sheriff 712.623.5107 Treasurer 712.623.3292 Veteran Affairs 712.623.3180 United States Post Office

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Business Development While Red Oak is primarily known as a farming region, agriculture is not the sole industry by any means. Manufacturing, retail, health and education all hold top places in industrial rankings for the region, which boasts active economic development organizations that work every day to bring new residents, industry and businesses to the Heart of Southwest Iowa, an area poised for growth. Economic Incentives: Iowa has several economic incentives available for businesses beginning, expanding or relocating to the state. Additionally, Iowa is a right to work state. At the local level, the City of Red Oak has established several Tax Increment Financing (TIF) districts for economic development. These districts encompass approximately one half of the city. County and city tax exemptions may be available for businesses locating or expanding in the TIF districts. Montgomery County is also eligible for the establishment of enterprise zones, which would bring tax credits and other benefits to businesses locating here. Another major benefit to businesses starting up, expanding, or relocating to Red Oak and Montgomery County is the team of economic development players that works daily to further business interests in the region such as the Red Oak Chamber and Industry Association, the City of Red Oak, and the Montgomery County Development Corporation. Undeveloped commercial land is available near the City of Red Oak, as are some commercial and industrial buildings. Both on a retail and manufacturing level, Red Oak is experiencing major growth with United Farmers Cooperative making a multi-million-dollar upgrade to their facilities and services while other major manufactures are exploring possible 2022 expansions. On the retail side Dollar Tree, Family Dollar and Scooter’s coffee are all under construction even as we speak.

This means jobs, jobs and more jobs available for employment opportunities. Like many small communities, Red Oak is reinvesting in its downtown, which has started a new renaissance. The City of Red Oak has a very active Downtown Urban Revitalization program focused on the downtown district, which includes various incentives for businesses choosing to locate in the heart of our community. Local investors have purchased and refurbished several of these downtown buildings and are ready to welcome new retail and service businesses. Home Base Iowa: Red Oak was one of the State of Iowa’s first Home Base Communities. Home Base Iowa is a one-of-a-kind program connecting veterans and transitioning service members to over 2,000 businesses, 24 college and university partners, and 87 Home Base Iowa communities statewide. Workforce and Talent Development: Most rural areas struggle for talent, especially as workforce retirement among Baby Boomers is accelerating. Multiple initiatives are underway in Red Oak that support worker training, retraining, career exploration, career pathway development, mentoring, job shadowing, internships and apprenticeships. Red Oak Community Schools, Southwestern Community College, MCDC, Iowa Workforce Development, IowaWORKS, Iowa’s Jobs for America’s Graduates (iJAG), the Office of Apprenticeship, and others are all working collaboratively to create career pathways for students and incumbent workers that facilitate, guide, and provide upscaling, retraining, and preparation for our future workforce. Key sectors are being focused on to prepare students to support current, industry and businesses such as agriculture, advanced manufacturing, healthcare, finance, technology, building trades, culinary, and more.

Ribbon Cutting at DAC Creamery

January 2022


Major Industry


Montgomery County Memorial Hospital

Manufactures quality liquid starter and foliar fertilizers.

State-of-the-art medical campus.

AgriVision Equipment Group

Na-Churs / Alpine Solutions (Wilbur-Ellis)

Services, repairs and sells John Deere parts and equipment.

A specialty liquid chemical manufacturer serving the precision agriculture, transportation, energy, and diversified industrial sectors in North America.

American Hydraulics

Repairs and refurbishes railcar parts. AT&T (formerly DirectTV)

Call center for AT&T service and sales. Bunge (formerly Minsa)

Purchases corn to produce corn masa flour for the tortilla and snack food industry. BNSF Railway (Burlington Northern Santa Fe)

Cargo services location in Red Oak. Clarios (formerly Johnson Controls)

Manufactures the positive “Power Frame” lead grid used in leadacid automotive batteries. Fres-co System

Manufactures printed laminated barrier flexible packaging material. H&H Trailers

Manufactures trailers with unmatched strength, durability, and exceptional value. MidAmerican Energy

The local gas and electric utility provider.

Downtown Fountain Square Park

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Parker Hannifin Corporation

Manufactures low, medium and high pressure hoses and belts. Red Oak Community School District

Provides excellent educational experiences for the area youth. Red Oak Fabrication

Offers custom metal fabrication and powder coating services, as well as welding repair, custom drafting services, and CNC highdefinition plasma cutting services. Red Oak Fabrication is also the largest retailer in Southwest Iowa of Carhartt clothing. Red Oak Greenhouses Inc.

A wholesale grower of potted plants, specifically poinsettias, garden mums, weekly bloomers, spring bedding, Valentine and Easter bulbs, and Easter Lilies. United Farmers Cooperative

Offers retail agricultural products, hardware, lumber, precision ag services, feed, grain, fuels, lubricants, and merchandise. UPS (United Parcel Service)

Offers ground, air and international package services.


Clarios is powering progress with a clear vision of the road ahead. We’re forever seeking the better solution for our customers, for the planet we all share, and for the people who use our vehicle energy storage products every day.

2015 Fernwood Avenue • Red Oak, IA 51566 Tel 712.357.3650

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Hose Products Division

2026 Fernwood Ave., Red Oak, IA | 712.623.8100

For Trailer Sales, Please Visit Your Local, Red Oak H&H Dealer


Belt AC - Trailer Center Red Oak, IA | 712.623.2538 January 2022


Agriculture Agriculture is a very important industry in Red Oak and Montgomery County, with 23 percent of its residents employed by an ag or ag-related industry. Agriculture earns billions of dollars annually for Iowa farmers, with 516 farms located throughout Montgomery County. Corn and soybeans dominate farming in this area, with each crop utilizing more than 180,000 acres. Montgomery County farmers also raise cattle, sheep, hogs, goats and chickens. Along the countryside, you will also find small farmers who grow fruits and vegetables for farmers markets in the region. Iowa State Extension

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach connects the needs of Iowans with Iowa State research and resources. They listen, learn, and work with the people of Montgomery County for a #STRONGIOWA from needs assessment through program implementation and evaluation of outcomes. In particular, they provide farmers with crop statistics, pest control, climate data, finances, and more. 4-H

Youth programming is an important part of 4-H work Montgomery County Fair participants in Montgomery County. It strives to provide a variety of growth, and career success through Agricultural Education. More educational experiences throughout the year in order to than 100 students are members of the organization, and they build successful future citizens. 4-H continues to be strong participate in a variety of leadership events, community service in Montgomery County, involving over 133 youth in grades activities, and agricultural events throughout the year. K-12 in year-round community clubs as well as the Clover Kids The chapter has been given the 3-Star National Chapter program. Award rating, the highest possible rating, from the National FFA Youth are given opportunities to reach their full potential by Organization for the past two years. In 2019, members traveled working and learning in partnership with caring adults. throughout Iowa, to Alaska, and to Indianapolis to participate in leadership and personal development events. The chapter is FFA supported by the Red Oak FFA Alumni and Supporters Chapter The Red Oak FFA Chapter is dedicated to developing who assist in raising funds and volunteering to assist FFA 7-12 grade students’ potential for premier leadership, personal members. Montgomery County Ag Society / Fairgrounds

The Montgomery County Fair is something everyone looks forward to the third week in July. The fairgrounds consist of the Gold Auditorium, White 4-H Exhibit Building, Livestock Pavilion, Commercial Building with a concession stand, Horse Arena, Sanctioned Horseshoe Court, the Grandstand Arena, Sheep & Goat Barn, and the Cattle Barn. The buildings are available to rent for various family and community events. The Grandstand Arena offers entertainment during and beyond the county fair by hosting the Figure 8 Race Circuit, bull riding, and demo derbies, to name just a few events. Also available at the fairgrounds are 18 camping spots with access to electric hookup for a nominal fee. Ag appreciation dinner

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Residential Services

Gas & Electric

Telephone Services

Water Service

FMTC 410 Broad Ave., Stanton 712.829.2111

MidAmerican Energy Company 311 Alix Ave. 888.427.5632

City of Red Oak 601 6th St. 712.623.6510

Garbage Collection

Batten Sanitation Service, Inc. 418 E. Reed St. 712.623.3460 Town & County Sanitation PO Box 635, Griswold 800.841.2445

Cable / DISH

FMTC 410 Broad Ave, Stanton 712.829.2111 Johnston Communications 309 E 4th St., Villisca 712.826.4022 Mediacom Communications 310 Commerce Dr. 800.322.0245

CenturyLink 866.642.0444

Mediacom Communications 310 Commerce Dr. 800.322.0245

Cell Phone Providers Chat Mobility 909 Senate Ave. 712.623.4066

Cellular Advantage 1515 N. Broadway Ste. A 712.621.4040

Internet Service Providers CenturyLink 866.642.0444

Farmers Mutual Telephone Company 410 Broad Ave., Stanton 712.829.2111

Johnston Communications 309 E. 4th St., Villisca 712.826.4022 Mediacom Communications 310 Commerce Dr. 800.322.0245


Red Oak Express 2012 Commerce Dr. 712.623.2566 The Weekly Times 617 W. Sheridan Ave. Shenandoah 712.246.3097

Radio Stations

KCSI-FM / KOAK-AM 1991 Ironwood Ave. 712.623.2584 KJAN Radio 101.1 FM / 1220 AM PO Box 389, Atlantic 712.243.3920 KMA Radio 209 N. Elm St., Shenandoah, 712.246.5270



Southwest Iowa Transit Agency 1501 SW 7th St., Atlantic 712.243.2518

Offering a well-rounded transportation network, Red Oak is served by U.S. Highway 34 and State Highway 48, and is just half an hour from Interstate 29. The Red Oak Municipal Airport is one mile west of Red Oak (1674 200th St.) and offers 24-hour jet fuel and AV gas availability, courtesy car service, flight instruction, an overnight lobby, two paved runways, with the primary runway being 5,100 feet long, plus a turf runway, and a corporate hanger. A commercial airport is about an hour northwest of Red Oak at Eppley Airfield in Omaha, Nebraska. Red Oak is on the main line of the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad, and a railroad track spur, owned and maintained by the Red Oak Chamber and Industry An aerial view of the Red Oak Municipal Airport and Association, runs to the Red Oak Industrial Park. Red Oak.

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Realty & Rentals

Real Estate Auctions• Property Management Home • Farm • Commercial


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Gee Building Systems Your local Wick Building dealer

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She Sheds Man Caves Hobby Shops

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The following businesses, organizations and individuals have invested in the future of our community by membership in the Red Oak Chamber and Industry Association. Their investment is an assurance to you that they are a business working to make the Red Oak area a better place to work and live Acorn Acres

*Counsel Office & Document

Hildreth, Nick & Dianne

Ag Lender Consulting, Inc.

CR Graphics

Hip, Clip & Nails


Crossroads Community Church

Hometown Florist

*AgriSmart Information Systems

Cross Travel

*Houghton State Bank

*AgriVision Equipment Group


*Hy-Vee Food Store

*Allensworth Heating & Cooling

DAC Creamery, LLC

Iowa Workforce Development

Alley Poyner Macchietto Architecture PC

*Davis-Taylor Insurance

AllStar Shirts & More

Delta Metals

*ISU Extension & Outreach – Montgomery County

Altrusa Int’l of Red Oak, IA

*Dental Care PC

J Mercantile, LLC

American City Bureau

Diamonds & Dirt

JBI Distributors

Angels Care Home Health

Dickel Duit Outdoor Power

Apple Branches

*Dovel Refrigeration & Appliance

Jeremy’s This N’ That Variety Store & Vendors

*Arlington Place of Red Oak

Drue Powers Photography

*Bank Iowa

Ebert, Harlan & Kathleen

*Batten Sanitation Service Inc.

Edward Jones Investments

‘Bee Quilty’ Designs

Express Employment Professionals

*Belt Auto & Trailer Sales

Faith Community Church

Bethlehem Lutheran Church

Falk’s Ice Cream

*Billings & Mensen Law Office

Family Connections

*Billings Apartments

Family Vision Center

Bills, Brian

*Fareway Meat & Grocery

KRC Farms, Roger & Kathy Carlson

Boeye Tech & Design

Farm Bureau Financial Services – Richard Fisher Agency

Legacy Mutual Insurance Loomis Abstract

*Farm Bureau Financial Services & Montgomery County

Mark Jackson’s Hardware Hank

Farm Credit Services of America


*Farmers Mutual Telephone Co. Finch & Lilac Photography

McNeilly Garage Door and Gee Building Systems

Firehouse Restaurant

*Mediacom Communication

First Christian Church

Methodist Physicians’ Clinic-Red Oak

First Congregational UCC Church

MidAmerican Energy Co.

First United Methodist Church

Midwest Data of Iowa

*Fres-co System USA, Inc.

Miller Financial Group

Fridolph, Tim & Dr. Kate

Mills County Fair Assoc.

Friends of the Red Oak Trails

*Mills/Montgomery Co. Cattlemen

Goldsmith Gallery

*Mills/Montgomery Co. Iowa Corn Growers Assoc.

BP Gas/Piccadilly Pizza Bradley, Jeff *Brandstetter, Larry and Faye Brockshus Ag Repair Brower Home Improvement Brown, Calvin & Peggy Bruce Supplies and Construction *Building Crafts, Inc. Bunge *Camblin Mechanical Carol Sothman - Scentsy *Carrick & Associates, LLP Cellular Advantage Central Iowa Ready-Mix, Inc. Chat Mobility Child Resource Center City of Red Oak *Clarios, LLC Classy Chassis Car Club Clinton Allen Monuments Cooper, Randy & Denise Corn Dawgs Boarding Corning Opera

Good Samaritan Society Red Oak *Great Western Bank Griffen Interiors *H & R Block Hawkeye Ford Healthy Homes Family Services Hearing Healthcare Center *Heartland Foam InSEALators Heartland Insurance Services Heritage Hill Pottery

Joe’s Portables, LLC John’s Heating & AC Services Johnston Communications, Inc. Kate’s Decked Out Jewelry *KCSI Radio *Kiwanis Club of Red Oak KJAN Radio KMA Radio

Mary Kay Consultant/Charla Schmid

*Miners Tree Service Momentum Exterior Services Monday Club of Red Oak Monica Blay Usborne Books & More *Mont. Co. Agricultural Society Mont. Co. Court of Honor *Mont. Co. Family YMCA *Mont. Co. History Center *Mont. Co. Memorial Hospital


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Red Oak Community School District Foundation, Inc.

Straight Away Cafe

Mont. Co. Shooting Sports Club *Mont. Co. Soil & Water Conservation

*Red Oak Community Schools

Swanson Law Firm

Mulberry Ridge

*Red Oak Country Club


Na-Churs / Alpine Solutions

*Red Oak Do It Center

The Buck Snort

Nelson Trust

Red Oak Downtown, LLC

The Carpet Store & More

*Nelson-Boylan-LeRette Funeral Chapel, Inc.

Red Oak Elk’s Lodge #1304

The Five One 8, LLC

*Red Oak Express

*The Green Tree Company

New York Life, Ed Young

*Red Oak Fabrication

The LaLa Project

Nishna Church of Christ

Red Oak Farmers Market

*Town & Country Sanitation

*Nishna Productions Inc.

*Tri-Valley Bank

*Norris, James and Jan

Red Oak Fraternal Order of Eagles #2715

O’Neal Electric

Red Oak Glass, Inc. Red Oak Grand Theatre, Inc.

*United Farmers Cooperative

Oak Valley Animal Health Optimist Club of Red Oak

*Red Oak Greenhouse, Inc.

*Orme Outdoor

*Red Oak Pharmacy

Orscheln Farm & Home Supply

Red Oak Rehab & Care Center

Pampered Chef Consult, Ashley Soat


Pampered Chef Consult,. Jill Cooper

Regency Retirement Residence

Parker-Hannifin Corporation

Renander Photos

*Periwinkle Investments, Inc.

Rengstorf Carpentry

Pierson, Jeff & Debbie

Restored BN Depot & WWII Museum

Pizza Ranch

Rieken, Douglas & Brenda

Plumb Supply

*Rogers Plumbing & Heating

Pohren, Allen

Rotary Club of Red Oak

Woodland Park Apartments – Zoul Properties

*Portz, Michael J. & Janet Wade

*Rubey Realty and Auction Co.

Your Real Estate Choice

*Precision Diesel

Ryan’s Falk’s Ice Cream Soda Fountain

Zion Recovery Services, Inc.

Pregnancy Center of SW Iowa

Safety Sport Mirror Company

Presbyterian Church of Red Oak

*Sellergren-Lindell-DeMarce Funeral Home

Mont. Co. Recreational Trails Org.

Project Cuts & Burns Promotional Concepts Pudgy Pumpkin Patch Gift Shop Rainbow Cafe Randy’s Body Shop Red Coach Inn & Suites Red Oak Child Development Center *Red Oak Chrysler Inc.

Southside Rental & Supply Southwest Iowa Art Council *Southwest Iowa Tire & Service


Turner Technology *United Group Insurance *US Bank *Valley Antiques and Gifts *Vial Insurance Walnut Creek Acres Weekly Times Westlake Ace Hardware *White Sparrow Wilson Performing Arts Center Wine Barrel Inspirations

*Members who sponsor ROCIA events and programs. Please remember to support the people who support your community!

St. Mary’s Catholic Church Stadium 34 *Stamets & Wearin PC *State Farm Insurance

Red Oak Living was published by The Red Oak Express through a cooperative effort with the Red Oak Chamber and Industry Association. The Red Oak Express, located in Red Oak, has been in business since 1868. • Tess Nelson, General Manager, Editor • Beth Steeve, Advertising Sales • Trish Deitchler, Graphic/Layout Design • Peggy Boeye, Bookkeeping, Office Manager 2012 Commerce Drive Red Oak, IA 51566 712.623.2566

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Red Oak is a community of around 5,700 people, yet we boast large amenities for Southwest Iowa. One of the finest YMCAs in the Midwest. The outstanding Wilson Performing Arts Center. Expanding educational opportunities. A diverse business community. Parks for children, dogs, golfers, skaters, and more.


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Maps are available at various retailers, restaurants, venues, lodging locations, and the Red Oak Chamber office.

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One of the amazing cars on display during Old Car Days, held annually on the third Saturday of August in downtown Red Oak.

A very successful and popular National Night Out event is held annually on the first Tuesday of August in downtown Red Oak.

A co-ed mud volleyball tournament is held on Sunday afternoon during the Junction Days weekend every last full weekend of June.

Children talking to Santa during the Red Oak’s Warmhearted Holiday Kick Off, downtown Red Oak.

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Holiday Extravaganza

Santa’s reindeer at the Holiday Kickoff

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Medical Clinic 205 N. U Ave. (712) 826-4422


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serving our communities since 1907

MCMH Internal Medicine Clinic

1400 Senate Ave. (712) 623-7280



Medical Clinic, RHC

908 Main St. (712) 624-6010

Montgomery County Memorial Hospital + Clinics | 712.623.7000 40 Red Oak Living

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