Red Oak, IA


Baird’s annual Christmas Lights will turn on Dec. 10

What started out as a way to make his children happier during the holidays has snowballed into an event that has made hundreds of people’s holidays brighter for the past five decades. Jack Baird’s Christmas lights in rural Red Oak will be turned on for this year’s opening night...
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Creston Wins Two; Atlantic Splits at Double-Dual at Red Oak

(Red Oak) Creston topped Atlantic and Red Oak in a double-dual wrestling meet at Red Oak on Thursday. The Panthers scored six pins, one tech fall, and two decisions en route to a 45-25 win over Atlantic. Max Chapman (285), Broderick Phelps (126), Trey Chestnut (132), Brandon Briley (138), Chris Aragon (145), and Milo Staver (152). Kaden Street won by tech fall (170), Christian Ahrens (120), and William Bolinger (160) won by decision.

Red Oak Fire Department among agencies utilizing peer support program

(Red Oak) -- Multiple Montgomery County emergency response agencies are taking advantage of a mental health program recently introduced in KMAland designed for first responders. During his department update to the Red Oak City Council earlier this week, Red Oak Fire Chief John Bruce says members from three emergency response...

No evidence found in Fremont County excavation

(Fremont Co) – The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation says over the past three days, state, local, and federal law enforcement assisted with an investigation in Fremont County. Authorities brought in an array of experts representing several disciplines and significant assets to excavate, collect and examine soil samples from a site identified by a reporting party. After exhaustive efforts, no evidence or other items of concern were recovered.

Mills County Sheriff’s Report

(Mills Co) The Mills County Sheriff’s Office reports three arrests. Dalton Alexander Bedsole, 22, of Emerson, was arrested Monday for Domestic Abuse Assault. Bedsole was held on no bond. Shea Christine Downing, 30, of Pacific Junction, was arrested Tuesday on a warrant for three counts of Child Endangerment and...

Southwest Iowa Families holds groundbreaking for Lakin Foundation Child and Family Center

(Clarinda) -- A Clarinda-based non-profit has officially broken ground on its new $3 million facility. At a special groundbreaking ceremony on a chilly Wednesday afternoon, staff, administration, and board members of Southwest Iowa Families, along with Clarinda City officials, broke ground at 117 West Main Street in downtown Clarinda where the non-profit's new 9,000 square-foot Lakin Foundation Child and Family Center will soon sit. Bernie Wagoner is the clinic's director. Wagoner tells KMA News it was a surreal experience to finally see the dirt work for the new building.

Santa Lucia Festival Dec. 10 in Stanton High School gym

For the 71st year, Stanton will begin its holiday season with the traditional Swedish Santa Lucia Festival of Lights to be held on Saturday, December 10th, at 7:00 PM in the Stanton High School gym. The Santa Lucia story begins in Italy when Christians were being persecuted by the Romans...

Pacific Junction woman booked on child endangerment, OWI warrant

(Glenwood) -- A Mills County suspect was arrested on a warrant Tuesday. The Mills County Sheriff's Office says 30-year-old Shea Christine Downing of Pacific Junction was arrested shortly before 10:45 a.m. on a warrant for three counts of child endangerment and operating while intoxicated first offense. Downing was taken to...

Citing prison-rape law, county says video of fired jailer is confidential

An Iowa County that is refusing to make public video of a jailer physically abusing an inmate is relying on a federal law that pertains to prison rape. State records show that Stephanie Cox worked for Pottawattamie County as a full-time detention officer until she was fired in September. On Aug. 8, Cox allegedly was […] The post Citing prison-rape law, county says video of fired jailer is confidential appeared first on Iowa Capital Dispatch.

Cass County Sheriff’s Report

(Cass Co) The Cass County Sheriff’s Office released their arrest report from November 24th through December 5th. Michael Martens, 58, of Lewis, was arrested December 5th on the charge of Assault while Displaying a Dangerous Weapon. Martens was transported to the Cass County Jail where he was booked and held pending his later release on bond.

Gilleland drops double-double in Red Oak's season-opening win

(Shenandoah) -- Red Oak controlled the tempo and got a stellar performance from Hunter Gilleland in their first win of the season on Tuesday. Gilleland and his teammates used a third-quarter run and an aggressive defense to pull away from Shenandoah in a 76-48 win. "We competed and played hard,"...

Youthful Riverside wrestling hoping to scrap, compete at home tournament

(Oakland) -- The Riverside wrestling program has a young lineup this year, but Coach Casey Conover likes the scrappiness of his team early in the season. Pairing their scrappiness with in-season experience should do wonders for the Bulldogs this season. "I like the fight of our young kids," Conover said....

Shenandoah wrestling off to strong start

(Shenandoah) -- Shenandoah wrestling is off to a solid start to the season, as they continue to see growth in their program. Coach Todd McGinnis talked with KMA Sports recently about his team’s 5-1 dual start to the year, which was coupled with a top-five showing at Friend’s Bob Arehart Memorial Tournament.

KMAland Swimming (12/8): Lewis Central beats Millard South

(KMAland) -- Lewis Central edged Millard South in KMAland swimming action on Thursday. Lewis Central won seven of the 11 events. Patrick Chase and Gavin Rothmeyer played a hand in two individual wins. Chase won the 200-yard freestyle (1:55.54) and 100-yard freestyle (51.05). Rothmeyer won the 50-yard freestyle (23.29) and 100-yard butterfly (59.08). Jimmy Koch won the 200-yard medley in 2:15.22.

Be Prepared for the Predicted Upcoming Snowstorm

Forecasters say a snowstorm should arrive by midday today, dumping mostly snow across the area counties. The National Weather Service is predicting between one and four inches of snow by Thursday night for communities from Sheldon and Storm Lake to Mason City and Decorah. In areas where the temperatures hover around freezing, there could be icing. Motorists are warned to be prepared for hazardous roads and to allow extra time for travel.

Green powers Shenandoah past Red Oak

(Shenandoah) -- The Shenandoah girls basketball team notched their fifth consecutive win over Red Oak with a 52-23 win Tuesday night. "Any win is good," Coach Jon Weinrich said. "It's a rivalry game. We're happy to win." The win came behind a stellar night from Lynnae Green, who posted 13...