Health Officials Warn Of Frost Bite During Cold Days
(Le Mars) — With temperatures dropping to the single digits and below during the last couple of days, combined with the winds, weather officials issued wind chill advisories for Iowa. But, health officials want people to know that exposure to these types of conditions can also mean frost bite. Lorrie Mortensen is the Director of Nursing for Floyd Valley Healthcare in Le Mars.
She says frost bite symptoms can occur fairly quickly.
Mortensen says the first symptoms of frost bite can be a cold, prickly feeling.
The Director of Nursing recommends wearing mittens as opposed to gloves.
She says both the young and the elderly are more susceptible to the frigid cold temperatures, and they are likely to get frost bite before others.
Mortensen’s advice during these cold days is to “keep moving and bundle up.”
Mortensen says when you bundle up for the outdoors, make certain you wear several layers of clothing.
The Floyd Valley Nursing Director says wet clothing will bring on frost bite faster than wearing dry clothing.
Museum To Be Open New Year’s Day
(Le Mars) — This year for the first time, the Plymouth County Historical Museum in Le Mars will be open on New Year’s Day, Monday, January 1, to feature “The Museum Manger” display of nativities. Hours will be from 2 to 5 p.m.
The nativities are located on fourth floor in the historic Study Hall and in the adjacent Room 413. They are all accessible by both the elevator and stairs. The nativities also will be open on New Year’s Eve day from 1 to 5 p.m.
All five floors of the Museum will be open. No admission is charged at the Museum, but a free will donation is always welcome for the continuing operation of the Museum, housed in the former “Old Central” High School.
Located at 335 First Ave. SW in Le Mars, the Museum serves all parts of the county with its exhibits and programs. Although it receives donations from Plymouth County, the county’s communities, and grants, it is supported primarily
Bossman To Run For Iowa House Seat
(Sioux City) — Woodbury County republicans have selected an aide to Senator Chuck Grassley as their candidate for the State House District 6 seat. Jacob Bossman of Sioux City was unanimously selected during a special caucus convention held
Wednesday evening. Bossman will face Democrat, Rita DeJong in a special election scheduled for January 16th. The winner of the special election will fill the remaining one-year term from Jim Carlin, who was recently elected to the State Senate. Bossman, age 37, is seeking his second run for the Iowa House
seat. Bossman lost to Carlin a year ago.
Two More Children Die As Result Of Davenport Fire
DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) – Authorities say two more children have died as a result of the Dec. 21 fire at a Davenport mobile home park.
Davenport interim fire marshal Jim Morris said in a news release
Wednesday that 9-month-old Isabella Smead and 4-year-old Skylar Smead “succumbed to injuries sustained in the fire” at the Five Seasons park. They had been taken to an Iowa City hospital for treatment.
Authorities already had reported the fire deaths of the children’s
mother, 23-year-old Kelsey Clain, and two other children, Jayden Smead, who was 5, and 2-year-old Carson Smead.
Officials say there were no working smoke detectors in the home. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.
Planned Parenthood To Close Bettendorf Facility
BETTENDORF, Iowa (AP) – A Planned Parenthood clinic in eastern Iowa that is providing abortions will close soon.
Planned Parenthood of the Heartland said Wednesday its clinic in
Bettendorf will close Friday, several months after the local affiliate announced plans to do so.
Planned Parenthood said in May that four of its 12 clinics in Iowa,
including the Bettendorf location, would close soon. The announcement was made shortly after the Republican-controlled Iowa Legislature removed state funding for organizations that provide abortions. At the time, no federal or state dollars were being spent on abortions in Iowa.
The other three facilities closed during the summer, and the Bettendorf clinic stopped most family planning services around the same time. The facility has been proving telemedicine abortion, which involves the use of medicine to
end a pregnancy.
Man Found Guilty Of Killing In Parking Lot
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) – A jury has found a 25-year-old defendant guilty of killing one man and wounding another in a Cedar Rapids parking lot.
Cedar Rapids television station KCRG reports that Quarzone Martin was convicted of second-degree murder, willful injury and going armed with intent.
The verdicts were read Wednesday in a Linn County District Courtroom.
Prosecutors say he fatally shot 26-year-old Andrew Meeks and wounded 30 -year-old Johnny Moore Jr. on July 2 in the parking lot of a Cedar Rapids Walmart store.
90 Year Old Man Dies After Falling Into Well
GILMAN, Iowa (AP) – Authorities say a 90-year-old man died in central Iowa after falling into a water well on Christmas Day.
The Marshalltown Times-Republican reports that first responders were sent to a property in rural Gilman around 9:10 a.m. Monday. Gilman Fire & Rescue says the man was pulled out around 20 minutes later from about 6 feet (2 meters)
underground. Paramedics pronounced him dead at the scene.
Authorities identified the man as Maurice Tufte. It’s unclear what led to his falling into the well.