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Santa (Josh Nelson) and his elf, (Colt Nelson) were big hits at the annual Essex Community Club’s Santa’s Workshop Saturday, Dec. 4. Pictured driving the fire truck is Matt Franks. 
The Red Oak City Council met in special session on Dec. 1.Only one item was on the agenda, an application for a Rural Housing Readiness Assessment grant. Steve Adams, the director of the Montgomery County Development Corporation, was present at the meeting and said the grant has been funded the...
What started out as a way to make his children happier during the holidays has snowballed into an event that makes 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 the first time this year Dec. 11.Jack Baird, the...
For the past five years, Danny Robertson has been bringing the holiday spirit to life for local children and families by impersonating Santa Claus.Robertson said it all started when he was shopping with his wife, Debra, at Bass Pro Shops around Christmas time, when he noticed a little girl watching...
Newly-elected Red Oak Mayor Shawnna Silvius, Ward 2 Councilman Brian Bills, and Councilman At-Large Tim Fridolph were sworn into office during a special ceremony held at Red Oak City Hall on Dec. 6. Roughly 25 people were in attendance to view the ceremony. Pictured: City Clerk Mary Bolton gives...
Photo provided by Brian Hamman, Montgomery County Emergency Management Agency
Firefighters from multiple area departments tackled a blaze in Villisca Thursday.   At around 6:30 a.m. on Dec. 2, the Villisca Fire Department was dispatched to 102 E. 1st St. on a reported residential structure fire.   The first engine on the scene reported heavy fire coming from the upstairs,...
Signage has been placed on the northeast corner of Fountain Square Park near Freedom Rock. One plaque explains the memorials located on the square and the other explains the county’s Freedom Rock. Members of the American Legion Court of Honor and Veterans of Foreign Wars designed the signage, with...
Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, Montgomery and Page counties will host a meeting on Wednesday, Dec. 8, beginning at 6:30 p.m. with doors opening at 6 p.m.  The location is the historic Clarinda Center Depot located at 923 E. Washington St. in Clarinda.   The meeting will last...
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is in the process of issuing $1.8 billion in payments to agricultural producers who enrolled in the Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC) programs for the 2020 crop year.   These payments provide critical support to help mitigate...
The Montgomery County Development Corporation held its regular meeting Nov. 12. Montgomery County Development Corporation director Steve Adams said one of the items on the agenda was discussion of upgrades to the MCDC website. “We are updating the pictures to better reflect events and activities...

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