Icy Roads Causing Several Accidents
(Le Mars) — The icy road conditions have been the result of several accidents and vehicles going into the ditch. The Le Mars Fire and Rescue Department and the Le Mars Ambulance and Merrill Fire Department responded to a vehicle accident
early this morning at about 5:45 a.m. on county road C-44 near Key Avenue. The accident resulted in a roll-over with one person trapped in the vehicle.
However, we were told the victim suffered minor injuries. There was also a reported accident involving a vehicle that had rolled over on county road C-44 and Lake Avenue, but authorities do not know when that accident had occurred, as the vehicle was abandoned when sheriff’s deputies saw it.
The Le Mars Fire and Rescue Department also responded to a roll-over accident that happened at about 12:30 this morning. Oyens Fire Department also responded.
That accident happened at county road C-30 or 12th Street and Otter Avenue. The accident resulted in one person with minor injuries.
Iowa D-O-T Says Roads Are Ice and Snow Covered
(Ames) — The Iowa Department of Transportation is reporting all roads in northwest Iowa are snow and ice covered. Snow plows are on the highways distributing sand, salt, and a brine mixture. Authorities are advising to allow extra time for your morning commute and destination, and to drive accordingly to
the winter weather conditions.
Dakota City, Nebraska Woman Charged With Murder After Stabbing Incident
SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) – A Nebraska woman has been accused of a fatal stabbing in Sioux City.
The stabbing occurred early Sunday morning. Police have not released the victim’s name but said he or she died after being taken to a hospital.
The suspect soon was arrested after officers stopped her car because it matched the description of a suspect vehicle.
The woman was taken into custody on a charge of first-degree murder. She’s been identified as 20-year-old Melissa Camargo Flores, of Dakota City, Nebraska.
She’s also been treated for a stab wound.
Online court records don’t list the name of an attorney who could comment for her.
Grain Marketing Specialist Says Trade Wars Have Long Lingering Effects
(Le Mars) — The actions from trade tariffs, resulting in a trade war, often times have long lasting effects. That’s according to Chad Hart, Iowa State University Extension Grain Marketing Specialist. Hart says farm groups have reason to worry about the trade battle between President Trump and China.
The initial reaction to the grain and livestock markets upon the news of the announced tariffs, was a sharp decline. However, Hart says some of those markets have shown signs of recovery. The agriculture economist says there is a possibility the U-S and China may begin negotiations to minimize the impact of
the trade war.
Hart says U-S soybeans to China are an important commodity to the Chinese. He says he is hopeful some of the trade issues may get resolved before the proposed tariff on soybeans and soybean products go into effect.
Hart says several Iowa farm and commodity organizations have had trade missions to China in order to build a relationship. He says it may be difficult for those farm organizations to maintain the trusting relationship needed with the Chinese.
He says it often takes years to build up a trade relationship, but it can be swept away rather quickly.
Legislators Still Have Much Work To Do Before Adjournment
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – As the Iowa Legislature nears an unofficial target for adjournment, lawmakers still are working on key tasks such as approving a budget and providing details on promised tax cuts.
Republicans control both chambers and are working privately to come up with spending targets for this year’s state budget. Legislative leaders on Thursday indicated they are close on dollar figures.
Senate President Charles Schneider, a West Des Moines Republican who also chairs a key budget committee, says GOP leadership isn’t focused on meeting artificial deadlines. Rep. Chris Hall, a Sioux City Democrat, says he’s worried
Democrats and the public will have little say in important decisions.It’s unclear how long lawmakers will remain at the Capitol. Their reimbursement for daily expenses ends April 17, and that’s traditionally the target for adjourning.
Teachers Being Taught First Aid Techniques For Shooting Victims
PLEASANT HILL, Iowa (AP) – With school shootings now a regular occurrence, educators across the country are learning techniques to help victims survive by stemming blood loss.
A Connecticut doctor who treated children killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in 2012 helped launch the effort, dubbed Stop the Bleed. The nonprofit program has spread to all 50 states, with more than 125,000 teachers, counselors and school administrators learning skills such as applying
direct pressure, packing wounds and applying tourniquets.
At a recent training at a Des Moines-area high school, teachers peppered trauma care specialist Brian Feist with questions such as how to help wounded children too small for a tourniquet or with multiple wounds.
Students now regularly have shooter drills. Now, teachers say, the battlefield training provides another way to help victims survive.