Red Oak Living January 2020

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January 2020

RED OAK LIVING In the Heart of Southwest Iowa

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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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Table of Contents Welcome to Red Oak Page 4

Child Care Page 18

Business Development Page 24

Our History & Heritage Pages 5-6

Housing Page 18

Local Industry Page 26

Activities & Events Pages 7-10

Healthcare Services Page 20

Agriculture Page 31

Local Eats Pages 11-12

Banking Page 21

Residential Services Page 32

Places to Shop Pages 13-14

Lodging Page 21

Transportation Page 33

Places of Worship Page 15

Senior Care Page 22

ROCIA Investors Pages 36-37

Education Page 16

City/County Services Page 23

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n behalf of our Board of Directors, the Red Oak Ambassadors and more than 200 investors, the Red Oak Chamber and Industry Association office team is excited to present the 2020 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 very dedicated to helping our community thrive and making this a place our citizens are proud to call “home.” We are pleased to showcase Red Oak and tell its story in this magazine. We hope you enjoy learning about our community and its small-town Americana qualities that are more desirable than ever; 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; our magnificent turn-of-the-century architecture; top quality educational opportunities; numerous parks and outdoor recreation activities; and its progressive business environment. Red Oak has a strong tradition

of growing industry, embracing and fulfilling community projects, celebrating history, and caring for our neighbors. Take a stroll or drive underneath the canopy of our mature treelined streets, especially during the fall, as you enjoy the Historic Tour of Red Oak and Heritage Hill. Spend a day visiting the boutique shops in our historic downtown, grab a bite to eat from various eateries, and then catch a live production at the Wilson Performing Arts Center. Take your family golfing at the Red Oak Country Club or even disc golfing at one of our public parks. Come visit Red Oak during one of our community festivals throughout the summer months. Experience why Red Oak is the heartbeat of Southwest Iowa. To find out more about Red Oak, please visit or contact the Red Oak Chamber at 712.623.4821. Thank you for this opportunity to be of service to you. Sincerely, The Red Oak Chamber and Industry Association Staff

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Our History & Heritage 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.

Evergreen Cemetery on Memorial Day


mong 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

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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. Fitness family from Red Oak Judi Sheppard Missett, founder of the wildly popular Jazzercise(R) method of aerobic dance exercise, is a native of Red Oak. Today, Missett, and her daughter, Shanna Missett Nelson, head the successful corporation Jazzercise(R) Inc. The international franchise has more than 7,800 instructors teaching 32,000 classes each week in 32 countries.


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

A postcard of the Thos. D. Murphy Co. in the early 1900s; the birthplace of the modern art calendar.

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ou’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 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 is on display, including but not limited to, The Thomas D. Murphy Company, military history, Masonic Lodge 162 and exhibit, an early 1900’s 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.

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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 self-guided tours, and is a great venue to host parties. Hours of operation are 10 a.m. to noon, Monday through Friday.

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. 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 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. 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-oriented movie entertainment. Showtimes are every Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 7 p.m. with a Sunday matinee at 2 p.m. Admission to the show is only $2 per person, which provides a fun, family-affordable entertainment option. The FiveOne8: 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. They offer a wide variety of craft beer and wine at its events.


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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 former 1,500 square foot 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. 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. Their goal is to instill a passion for dance in every one of their students.

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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 legs, waste bunkers, blind shots to the greens, uphill, 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 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-in-the-dark bowling with black lighting, music and fog. Red Oak Lanes is proud to be a family entertainment center for all ages.


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Montgomery County Family YMCA: 101 E. Cherry St., Red Oak 712.623.2161 • Fun and fitness are found year-around 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, fourcourt 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.

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 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

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 dollar renovation to modernize the facility. New features such as a zero depth entry, new slides, beach toys, and a

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 re-

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strooms. 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 information about all the parks, please visit 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, 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. The Red Oak Farmers Market: • Hosted in beautiful historic Fountain Square Park from mid-May to mid-Octo-


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ber 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. 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 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 Sun-


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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 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. 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 prefect 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 rest rooms 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.

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China Gate Express 1011 N. Broadway 712.623.3899

McDonald’s 1501 N. Broadway 712.623.2098

Burger King 1410 N. Broadway 712.623.5042

Cubby’s (Chester’s Chicken/ Godfather’s Pizza) 2405 N. Broadway 712.623.4444

Pizza Hut 1000 Senate Ave. 712.623.4966

Casa De Oro 900 Senate Ave. 712.623.6383 Casey’s General Store 1310 N. Broadway 712.623.6010 (carry-out only) Casey’s General Store 201 S. Broadway 712.623.9804 (carry-out only) Chen’s Kitchen 301 E. Reed St. 712.623.4536

Firehouse Restaurant 310 E. Washington Ave. 712.357.1388 Hy-Vee Hickory House 1605 N. Broadway 712.623.4992 KFC/Taco Bell 400 Senate Ave. 712.623.5554 La Cascada 416 E. Reed St. 712.623.3250

The Bridge Coffeehouse 601 N. 3rd St. 712.623.9322 The Pizza Ranch 1511 N. Broadway 712.623.2332 Rainbow Café 105 W. Market St. 712.623.4003 Red Coach Inn Restaurant 1200 Senate Ave. 712.623.4864



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Red Oak Country Club 2038 200th St. 712.623.4281

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

Zaltes Ice Cream 401 E. Reed St. 712.623.8249

Red Oak Eagles 200 Washington Ave. 712.623.3125

Subway 1300 N. Broadway 712.623.3311

The Feedlot Restaurant 805 N. Broadway 712.623. 6951

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

Diamonds & Dirt 308 E. Coolbaugh St. 712.621.4377

Goldsmith Gallery 802 N. Broadway 712.623.4407

Belt’s Auto Center 300 E. Washington St. 712.623.2538

Dickel Duit Outdoor Power 2227 State Highway 48 South 712.623.9343

Hallmark Gold Crown Store 317 E. Reed St. 712.623.2290

CarQuest – Johnson Auto Parts 303 N. Broadway 712.623.4964

Dollar General 207 E. Oak St. 712.623.4316

Hawkeye Ford 2027 U.S. Highway 34 E 712.623.5147

Chat Mobility 909 Senate Ave. 712.623.4066

Dovel Refrigeration & Air Conditioning 160 N. Broadway 712.623.9614

Hy-Vee and Hy-Vee Wine & Spirits 1605 N. Broadway 712.623.4992

CR Graphics 1901 N. Broadway 712.623.3600

Family Dollar 1603 N. Broadway 712.623.6046

Designs by Denise 620 N. 4th St. 877.533.5667

Fareway Meat & Grocery 811 N. Broadway 712.623.2651


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Pudgy Pumpkin Patch Gift Shop 512 N. 4th St. 712.623.8111

Mark Jackson’s Red Oak Hardware Hank 315 E. Reed St. 712.623.2290

Red Oak Chrysler, Inc 1907 N. Broadway 712.623.9310

Molly Faye’s 911 Broadway 712.623.2428

Red Oak Do It Center 502 N. Broadway 712.623.5428

Montgomery County History Center Gift Shop 2700 N. 4th St. 712.623.2289

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Red Oak Fabrication 306 N. 3rd St. 712.623.4911

NAPA Auto Parts 200 E. Reed St. 712.623.2545

United Farmers Cooperative 203 W. Oak St. 712.623.2575

O’Reilly’s Auto Parts 1610 N. Broadway 712.623.4590 Orscheln Farm & Home Supply 2400 N. 4th St. 712.623.9577

Westlake Ace Hardware 1601 N. Broadway 712.623.3662 White Sparrow 510 N. 4th St. 712.357.1418

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

The Bridge FBC 601 N. 3rd St. Worship 11 a.m. 712.623.9322

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

Hope for Life Church 300 East Oak St. Worship 10 a.m. & 7 p.m. 712.623.6072

Church of the Nazarene 401 E. Prospect St. Worship 10:30 a.m.

First Congregational Church 608 Reed St. Worship Noon 712.623.2794

Nishna Church of Christ 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

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

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.

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

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he 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 serves 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 90 certified teachers and more than 125 total staff members responsible for providing a comprehensive program to its students. The district consists of students from the Red Oak area and seven 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 well-established Teacher Leadership Team in each build-

ing 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 dollars in improvements funded with sales tax and Physical Plant and Equipment Levee dollars and an overwhelming number of district residents voting in favor of general obligation bonds for funding. The latest bond campaign for just under $20 million dollars saw 77 percent of the votes in favor on the very first attempt. 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 with new cafeteria and students commons area, new gymnasium, activi-

One of the junior/senior high classrooms.

ties 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 comprehen-

sive 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 four-year degree programs. The Red Oak Community School District believes all students will succeed.

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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 our 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.

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, also through its Parent Advisory Council and fundraising activities.



ed Oak’s spectacular turn-of-the-century homes with carefully manicured lawns have been featured in several Victorian-theme books and are the community’s hallmark. The large number of grand historic homes in present-day Red Oak reflects the wealth of the era from 1880 to 1910. Many of these Victorian homes have been in the tender loving hands of the same families for generations. Others have been returned to their original beauty by young families eager to tap into the spring of Red Oak’s history. Housing costs in Red Oak are significantly lower than housing in the metro area or communities directly adjacent to the metro. This affordability has even attracted and amazed new residents from the west coast. Red Oak has many lots available for those who have always dreamed to build their own home. Incentives for new housing developments include the use of Tax Increment Financing for projects located within certain areas of Red Oak that can be used to significantly reduce the cost of development and/or the extension of utilities and infrastructure. Red

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Housing costs in Red Oak are significantly lower than housing in the metro area or communities directly adjacent to the metro.

Oak city officials have approved the development and adoption of an Urban Revitalization Plan, which will provide tax abatement for new residential developments and renovation of existing housing meeting certain criteria. In 2019, the Red Oak Middle School was purchased by Prairie Fire Development which has begun renovating the historic building into 25 newly developed downtown apartments. One, two, and three-bedroom options will be available for rent by the end of 2020. Red Oak’s Historic Downtown has so much potential, including its upper-story living opportunities. Many individuals and developers have started to renovate these brick beauties. To help with this, the City of Red Oak has established a Downtown Urban Revitalization board which takes in applications from property owners for potential reimbursements on improvements to the structure of buildings within the district.

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Healthcare Services Montgomery County Memorial Hospital 2301 Eastern Ave. 712.623.7000 Methodist Physicians Clinic 1400 Senate Ave. Suite 105 712.623.7250 Montgomery County Public Health 1109 Highland Ave. 712.623.4893 Red Oak Internal Medicine 1400 Senate Ave. 712.623.7280 Southwest Iowa Free Medical Clinic 406 N. 3rd St. 712.623.9322


Audiological Services, Inc. 1010 Broadway Suite A 712.623.4802 Hearing Healthcare Center 2016 A Commerce Drive 712.623.2565


Back and Body Chiropractic 704 N. 4th St. 712.314.0937 Confer Chiropractic 404 N. 5th St. 712.623.3526 Red Oak Chiropractic 1505 N. Broadway 712.623.3363 Wheat Chiropractic Center 401 Park Ave. 712.623.3838

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Healthy Homes Family Services, Inc. 306 E. Coolbaugh St. 712.307.6014 Nishna Productions, Inc. 207 S. 3rd St. 712.623.4362

Pharmacy and Medical Supply Apria Healthcare 111 E. Washington St. 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

Sports Medicine Miller Orthopaedic 2301 Eastern Ave. 712.623.7000


Family Vision Center 514 N. 4th St. 712.623.9433 Michael J. Portz & Janet Wade 1409 N. 2nd Street 712.623.5551


Dental Care, PC 415 E. Coolbaugh St. 712.623.3383 Red Oak Dental Center 1700 E. Summit St. 712.623.5404 Southwest Orthodontic Associates 401 E. Reed St. 712.623.5857


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In 2019, the Montgomery County Memorial Hospital received the prestigious 5-Star rating award for quality care.


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Houghton State Bank 116 E. Coolbaugh St. 712.623.4823

Great Western Bank 2100 Commerce Drive 712.623.9809

US Bank 323 E. Reed St. 712.623.4828

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Heritage Lodge Bed & Breakfast: 1938 G Ave., Red Oak 712-623-4888 • Heritage Lodge a privately-owned bed and breakfast resting on a peaceful 21-acre campus one mile west of Red Oak. The lodge is a beautiful log home, constructed in 2002, and was recently updated in 2019. The campus also houses full-time residents as well as bed and breakfast guests. The surroundings include a patio area equipped with a fire-pit and a relaxing water feature. Red Coach Inn & Restaurant: 1200 Senate Ave. & Hwy 34, Red Oak 1.800.544.6002 • The Red Coach Inn is a beautiful 53 room hotel adjacent to one of Red Oak’s finest dining facilities, the Red Coach Restaurant. Whether you are visiting Red Oak Iowa for business or pleasure, you will always get a first-class stay at the Red Coach Inn & Restaurant. Visit them and you will get the big city taste with the hometown feel. Rodeway Inn: 800 Senate Ave., Red Oak • 712.623.6919 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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Senior Care Acorn Acres 1805 N. 8th St. 712.623.4558

Good Samaritan Society 201 Alix Ave. 712.623.3170

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

Arlington Place of Red Oak 800 E. Ratliff Road 712.623.1999

Red Oak Rehab and Care Center 1600 Summit St. 712.623.5156

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Mayor, Bill Billings, Jr. City Administrator, Brad Wright

Montgomery County Law Enforcement Center

City Hall 601 N. 6th St. 712.623.6510 Red Oak Airport 712.623.6523 Evergreen Cemetery/Park Supt. 712.623.6512 Red Oak Fire Department 712.623.6504 Red Oak Police Department 712.623.6500 Red Oak Public Library 712.623.6516

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Board of Supervisors 712.623.5127 Assessor 712.623.4171 Auditor 712.623.5127 Conservation 712.623.4753 General Assistance 712.623.3848 Public Health 712.623.4893 Recorder 712.623.4363 Sheriff 712.623.5107 Treasurer 712.623.3292 Veteran Affairs 712.623.3180 Driver’s License 712.623.3292

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hile 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 Financ-


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ing (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. Like many small communities, Red Oak is re-investing 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. Fiber Optics/Broadband Connectivity: Montgomery County is on its way to being the first 1-Gig certified Fiber-to-the-Home and Business (FTTH/B) county, not only in the state of Iowa, but in the nation. In December of 2019, USDA awarded Farmers Mutual Telephone Co. a $6.5 million ReConnect Grant/Loan to install fiber optics directly to each and every home and business currently deemed underserved in the rural 712-623 exchange area. 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, re-training, 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, re-training, 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. Each month, a group of HR representatives from area businesses and industries, educators, workforce development specialists, and program-led agencies meet to learn, plan, execute, and evaluate programming to grow our future workforce and talent pool.


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The Red Oak Ambassadors, an energetic group of business leaders, function as the public relations and goodwill arm of the Chamber. Pictured in red jackets, the Ambassadors work hand in hand with the Red Oak Chamber and Industry Association with various community events and activities, such as ribbon cuttings for new businesses.

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Major Industry Agri-Solutions Manufactures quality liquid starter and foliar fertilizers.

AgriVision Equipment Group Services, repairs and sells John Deere parts and equipment. American Hydraulics Repairs and refurbishes railcar parts. AT&T (formerly DirectTV) Call center for AT&T service and sales. Clarios (formerly Johnson Controls) Manufactures the positive “Power Frame” lead grid used in lead-acid automotive batteries. Fres-co System Manufactures printed laminated barrier flexible packaging material. Bunge (formerly Minsa) Purchases corn to produce corn masa flour for the tortilla and snack food industry. Mid-American Energy The local gas and electric utility provider. 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 high definition plasma cutting services. Red Oak Fabrication is also the largest retailer in Southwest Iowa of Carhartt clothing. United Farmers Cooperative Offers retail agricultural products, hardware, lumber, precision ag services, feed, grain, fuels, lubricants, and merchandise. 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. Na-Churs / Alpine Solutions (Wilbur-Ellis) A specialty liquid chemical manufacturer serving the precision agriculture, transportation, energy, and diversified industrial sectors in North America. BNSF Railway (Burlington Northern Santa Fe) Cargo services location in Red Oak. UPS (United Parcel Service) Offers ground, air and international package services. Montgomery County Memorial Hospital State-of-the-art medical campus.

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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.

The 18-hole golf course at the Red Oak Country Club is fun as well as challenging.

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

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

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griculture 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 in Montgomery County. It strives to provide a variety of educational experiences throughout the year in order to build successful future citizens. 4-H continues to be strong in Montgomery County, involving over 133 youth in grades K-12 in year-round community clubs as well as the Clover Kids program. Youth are given opportunities to reach their full potential by working and learning in partnership with caring adults.

FFA The Red Oak FFA Chapter is dedicated to developing 7-12 grade students’ potential for premier leadership, personal growth, and career success through Agricultural Education. More than 100 students are members of the organization, and they participate in a variety of leadership events, community service activities, and agricultural events throughout the year. The chapter has been given the 3-Star National Chapter Award rating, the highest possible rating, from the National FFA Organization for the past two years. In 2019, members traveled throughout Iowa, to Alaska, and to Indianapolis to participate in leadership and personal development events. The chapter is supported by the Red Oak FFA Alumni and Supporters Chapter who assist in raising funds and volunteering to assist FFA 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.  

The Montgomery County Fair is held in Red Oak starting the third Wednesday of July.

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Residential Services Gas & Electric MidAmerican Energy Company 311 Alix Ave. 888.427.5632 Water Service 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, IA 51535 800.841.2445 Recycling Nishna Productions, Inc. 207 S. 3rd St. 712.623.4362 Cable / DISH Johnston Communications 309 E 4th St., Villisca, IA 50864 712.826.4022 Mediacom Communications 310 Commerce Drive 800.322.0245 Telephone Services CenturyLink 866.642.0444 Mediacom Communications 310 Commerce Drive 800.322.0245 Cell Phone Providers Chat Mobility 909 Senate Ave. 712.623.4066

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US Cellular 1601 N. Broadway (Westlake Hardware) 712.623.3662 Internet Service Providers CenturyLink 866.642.0444 Farmers Mutual Telephone Company 410 Broad Ave., Stanton, IA 51573 712.829.2111 Johnston Communications 309 E. 4th St., Villisca, IA 50864 712.826.4022 Mediacom Communications 310 Commerce Drive 800.322.0245 Newspaper Red Oak Express 2012 Commerce Drive 712.623.2566 The Weekly Times 617 W. Sheridan Ave. Shenandoah, IA 51601 712.246.3097 Radio Stations KCSI-FM / KOAK-AM 1991 Ironwood Ave. 712.623.2584 KMA Radio 209 N. Elm St., Shenandoah, IA 51601 712.246.5270 KJAN Radio 101.1 FM / 1220 AM PO Box 389, Atlantic, IA 50022 712.243.3920

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ffering 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, Epply 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 Association, runs to the Red Oak Industrial Park.

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Red Oak Community School District Administrative Center 1901 N 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

The Southwest Iowa Buy Local Expo, hosted by the Red Oak Chamber and Industry Association, is held annually on the first Saturday of April.

The annual Ag Appreciation Dinner, hosted by the ROCIA Rural Commerce Committee, is held on National Ag Day in March.

2019 Leadership Red Oak Graduation. This program runs from February through March.

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February 8

Legislative Briefing

March 5

Leadership Red Oak Kickoff

March 7

Legislative Briefing

March 24

Annual Ag Appreciation Dinner

April 4

Southwest Iowa Buy Local Expo

April 4

Legislative Briefing

May 13

Leadership Red Oak Graduation

May 19

ROCIA Golf Tournament

June 25

June 28th - Junction Days

September 19

Autumn Home Tour/ SW IA Art Tour

October 17

ROCIA Membership/Volunteer Appreciation Dinner

November 9

Holiday Extravaganza

307 E Reed St, Red November 27 Oak, IA 51566 Phone: (712) 623-4821 November 28

Holiday Kickoff Small Business Saturday

Red Oak Chamber and Industry Association Investors Acorn Acres Ag Lender Consulting, Inc. Agri-Solutions AgriSmart Info Systems AgriSmart Information Systems AgriVision Equipment Group, LLC Allensworth Heating & Cooling Inc. Alley Poyner Macchietto Architecture Altrusa International, Inc. of Red Oak American City Bureau (Nick Zimmer, Consultant) American Hydraulics Apple Branches Arlington Place of Red Oak ASI Audiology Bank Iowa Barb Allen Rodan + Fields Independent Consultant Batten Sanitation Service, Inc. Bella Notte Pampered Artist Retreat Belt Auto & Trailer Sales Benda, Mark & Marcia Bethlehem Lutheran Church Billings & Mensen Law Office Billings Apartments Birdie’s Fabulous Frames Boeye Tech & Design BP / Lincoln Farm and Home Bradley, Jeff Brandstetter, Larry and Faye Brockshus Ag Repair Brower Home Improvement Brown, Calvin & Peggy Bruce Supplies & Construction


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Building Crafts Bunge (Minsa Corporation) Camblin Mechanical, Inc. Carol Sothman - Independent Scentsy Director Carrick & Associates, LLP Casey’s General Store #1 & #2 Central Iowa Ready-Mix, Inc. (American Concrete) Chat Mobility Child Resource Center (Sunshine ‘N Rainbows) Cindy Rea’s Basement Creations City of Red Oak Clarios LLC Classy Chassis Car Club Clinton L. Allen Monuments, Inc Cooper, Randy & Denise Corning Opera House Counsel Office and Document CR Graphics Cross Travel Crossroads Community Church Cubby’s Davis-Taylor Insurance Dental Care P.C. Diamonds & Dirt Dickel Duit Outdoor Power Inc. Dovel Refrigeration and Appliance Ebert, Harlan & Kathleen Edward Jones Express Employment Professionals Faith Community Church Family Vision Center

Fareway Stores, Inc. Farm Bureau Financial Services & Montgomery County Farm Bureau Farm Credit Services of America Farmers Mutual Telephone Company Finch & Lilac Photography Firehouse Restaurant First Christian Church First Congregational United Church of Christ First Covenant Church First United Methodist Church Flying A Cattle Company Fouts Innovation & Design Fres-co System USA, Inc. Fridolph, Tim & Dr. Kate Friends of the Red Oak Trails Goldsmith Gallery LTD Good Samaritan Society (Red Oak) Goranson Seed and Crop Specialist Great Western Bank Griffen Interiors (Ellen Griffen; ASID, NCIDQ) H&R Block Harlan & Kathleen Ebert Hawkeye Ford, Inc. Healthy Homes Family Services, Inc. Hearing Healthcare Center Heartland Foam InSEALators, LLC Heartland Insurance Services Heritage Hill Pottery Heritage Lodge Bed & Breakfast Hildreth, Nick & Diane



Hips Clips & Nails Houghton State Bank Hy-Vee Food Stores, Inc. Iowa Corn Growers Association (Mills/ Montgomery County) ISU Extension & Outreach (Montgomery County) J Mercantile, LLC JBI Distributors Joe’s Portables Johnson Auto Parts (Car Quest) Johnson Helicopter Service Johnson, Mark & Cindy Johnston Communications Jones, Billy KCSI / KOAK Radio (Hawkeye Communications, Inc.) KFC / Taco Bell Kiwanis Club of Red Oak KJAN Radio (AM 1220 / FM 101.1) KMA Radio KRC Farms Loomis Abstract Co. Mark Jackson’s Red Oak Hardware Hank & Hallmark Gold Crown Store Mary Kay Beauty Consultant (Charla Schmid) McDonald’s McNeilly Garage Door & Gee Building Systems McQuown, Maggie & Turman, Steve Mediacom Communications Methodist Physician’s Clinic (Red Oak) MidAmerican Energy Co. Midwest Data of Iowa Miller Financial Group, Inc. Mills County Fair Association Mills/Montgomery County Cattlemen Miners Tree Service Momentum Landscape Monday Club of Red Oak Montgomery County Montgomery County Agriculture Society Montgomery County Court of Honor Montgomery County Family YMCA Montgomery County History Center Montgomery County Memorial Hospital & Lemon Tree Gift Shop Montgomery County Shooting Sports Club Montgomery Soil & Water Conservation

District MTE Office Center Mulberry Ridge Nachurs - Alpine Solutions Nelson Trust Nelson-Boylan-LeRette Funeral Chapel, Inc. Nishna Productions, Inc. Norris, James & Jan O’Neal Electric Co. Optimist Club of Red Oak Orme Outdoor Orscheln Farm & Home Supply Palm Studios Hair Salon + Spa Pampered Chef (Jill Cooper) Paper Trail Parker Hannifin Corporation Periwinkle Investments, Inc. Pfaffle, Todd & Jacque Pierson, Jeff & Debbie Pioneer Mutual Insurance Association Pizza Ranch Plumb Supply Company Pohren, Allen Portz, Michael J., O.D., P.C. & Janet Wade, O.D. Precision Diesel, Inc. Pregnancy Center of Southwest Iowa Presbyterian Church of Red Oak Promotional Concepts, Inc. Rainbow Cafe Randy’s Body Shop Red Coach Inn and Restaurant Red Oak Ambassadors Red Oak Child Development Center Red Oak Chrysler Inc. Red Oak Community School District Foundation, Inc. Red Oak Community Schools Red Oak Country Club Red Oak Dental Center Red Oak Do It Center Red Oak Downtown, LLC Red Oak Elk’s Lodge #1304 Red Oak Express Red Oak Fabrication Red Oak Farmers Market Red Oak Fraternal Order of Eagles #2715 Red Oak Glass, Inc. Red Oak Grand Theatre Red Oak Greenhouse

Red Oak Pharmacy ReDesigned / SeneGence - LipSense Regency Retirement Residence Renander Photos Rieken, Douglas & Brenda Rogers Plumbing & Heating Corporation Rolling Thrones Rotary Club of Red Oak Rubey Realty & Rentals Ruby Ribbon (Missy Stickland) Safety Sport Mirror Company, LLC Sellergren-Lindell-DeMarce Funeral Home, Inc Southern Hills Veterinary Clinic Southwest Iowa Arts Council Southwest Iowa Tire and Service, LLC Southwestern Community College (SWCC) St. Mary’s Catholic Church Stamets & Wearin, P.C. State Farm Insurance (Dave Carbaugh) Subway Swanson Law Firm The Barn at Kent Farms The Bridge Coffeehouse The Buck Snort The Carpet Store (And So Much More!) The Five One 8, LLC The Green Tree Company The Pudgy Pumpkin Patch Tim and Dr. Kate Fridolph Town & Country Sanitation, Inc. Tri-Valley Bank United Farmers Coop (C-Store) United Group Insurance, Inc. United Group Real Estate US Bank Usborne Books and More (Monica Blay) Valley Antiques and Gifts Vial Insurance, LLC Vrba, Brenda Walnut Creek Acres Weekly Times - Valley News Today Westlake Ace Hardware White Sparrow | Home Decor + Gifts Wilson Performing Arts Center Y.E.S. Red Oak Mentoring Program Yellowblue LED Your Real Estate Choice Zion Recovery Services, Inc.

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 • Mickaela Saner, Advertising Sales • Trish Deitchler, Graphic 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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Montgomery County Memorial Hospital


CONNECTING: Here and Now

Improving Community Health through

Lifesaving Telestroke at Montgomery County Memorial Hospital

KNOW these sudden signs of stroke: • Numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body • Confusion, trouble speaking or understanding

Lifesaving Telestroke

When a stroke happens, every minute counts. A lifesaving, clot-busting medicine is most effective when given within three

• Trouble seeing in one or both eyeshours of a stroke. Because the sooner a stroke is treated, the less brain damage a person will sustain. • Trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination • Severe headache with no known cause

Montgomery County Memorial Hospital's new Telestroke program puts time on our patients’ side. Those who arrive with stroke symptoms now have the advantage of a quick neurology consultation without leaving MCMH.

at Montgomery County Memorial Hospital

This new partnership allows our emergency medicine physicians to immediately connect and consult with expert Nebraska Medicine Telestroke neurologists through advanced videoconferencing technology. A telemedicine cart with a monitor and remote-controlled camera offers instant two-way video and audio communication between the neurologist, MCMH provider and patient. A neurologist also can view CT images to best assess the patient’s condition in real time to determine if a patient is a stroke treatment candidate.

GO directly to the nearest emergency department or call 911.

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KNOW these sudden signs of stroke: •

Numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body

Confusion, trouble speaking or understanding

Trouble seeing in one or both eyes

Trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination

Severe headache with no known cause

Then, GO directly to the nearest emergency department or call 911.


To learn more, visit MCMH.ORG or call 712-623-7225.


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