Recreational Vehicle Roll-over Accident Causes Fatality And Multiple Injuries
(Remsen) — Tragedy struck Thanksgiving evening when a recreational vehicle rolled off a highway causing multiple injuries, including a fatality. The accident happened at about 9:33 p.m. on county road L-12 on Quest Avenune just about a half mile north of Remsen. The Remsen Ambulance and Fire Department were dispatched due to the fact it was believed to include serious
injuries. In addition, ambulances from Marcus, Orange City, and Le Mars were also dispatched to the scene. The Plymouth County Sheriff’s Office were assisted by the Le Mars Police Department, Iowa State Patrol, and the Remsen Police Department. Preliminary information indicates that a 1998 Motor Home
was traveling north on county road L-12 when the driver failed to negotiate a curve, causing the vehicle to leave the roadway and rolled several times before coming to rest. Several individuals were taken to Floyd Valley Healthcare in Le Mars, and one was airlifted to MercyOne in Sioux City. A 23-year old male subject was killed in the accident. Names of the injured and the deceased will be released later on Friday, pending notification of
family and friends. Both the Plymouth County Sheriff’s Office and the Le Mars Police Department Traffic Incident team are investigating the roll-over accident, as well as the Iowa State Patrol, and the Plymouth County Medical Examiner.
Total Motors To Feature Drive-In Movie Tonight
(Le Mars) — Le Mars’ Hometown Christmas celebration will begin this evening with the showing of the movie “Elf” featured at Total Motors. The movie will begin at 6:30 p.m. and much like when Total Motors showcases a movie during “Ice Cream Days” a low frequency FM radio signal will be used allowing people
to remain in their cars, and be safe, and able to listen to the movie’s dialog through their car’s radio. Holiday goodies and treats will be offered to those people attending tonight’s movie event.
Iowa Food Banks And Food Pantries Have Been Busy With Increase Demand
(Des Moines) — While many people were able to enjoy a feast yesterday during Thanksgiving day, and are likely to continue today, feeding on the holiday leftovers, thousands of Iowans are not certain as to where their next meal will come from. Michelle Book serves as the president and CEO for Food Bank Iowa, a non-profit organization that provides food to the deserving needy.
Book says people using a local food pantry has increased dramatically since the COVID-19 pandemic began.
Despite the sharp upturn in demand for food provided by local food pantries and food banks, Book says there is some good news.
Book says thanks to the efforts of countless volunteers, commodity organizations, food companies, and a task force being lead by Iowa Lt. Governor, Adam Gregg food is being donated to the state’s many food banks and food pantries.
The Food Bank of Iowa official says no one should go hungry on Thanksgiving. She suggests people to help “feed those that are in need.”
Updated COVID Numbers Show More Deaths
(Des Moines, IA) — The state COVID-19 numbers show 41 more people have died and there have been an additional 33-hundred- 31 confirmed cases. Those numbers were updated at 10 a-m Thursday. Deaths are added to the total after
they have been confirmed to be caused by COVID — and that process means some deaths reported in the latest number may have happened weeks ago. The total deaths reported as of Thursday were 23-hundred-12. More than one million
people have been tested and 124-thousand-522 people who have tested positive have recovered.
Distribution System Set Up For PPE
(Des Moines, IA) — The Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management Department have set up a new distribution system for the personal protective equipment from the state’s stockpile. Response Division leader Jacob
Nicholson says they worked in partnership with the county emergency management coordinators from Butler, Cherokee, Linn, Mahaska, Polk, Pottawattamie, and Union County to establish seven P-P-E hubs or nodes. These hubs will supply counties with P-P-E needed to address supply shortages.
Nursing homes with Covid outbreaks may get a week’s supply of P-P-E. Other nursing homes as well as hospitals and health care providers may request material from the state’s stockpile as well.
Insurance Commissioner Reminds You To Review Policies
(Des Moines, IA) — Iowa Insurance Commissioner Doug Ommen says the massive damage from the August 10th derecho should not impact insurance rates — as insurance companies should be including that risk in their premiums. Ommen
says insurance rates could be impacted by the nationwide increase in property and casualty claims. He says those claims include storms along the gulf coast, fire events in the mountains and in California. Ommen says the crucial thing for everyone is to be sure you have the coverage you need for your
situation. Ommen says you should go over your insurance coverage each time it comes up for renewal and discuss any changes in the policy or changes in your situation that need to be covered.
Nonprofit Extends Services To All Iowa
(Omaha, NE) — An Omaha-based non-profit which helps people with vision loss is opening up its wide range of programs and services to all Iowans who may have a sight impairment. Outlook Enrichment programs manager, Paulette Monthei says as COVID-19 pushed many people to stay home, the agency shifted more of its offerings online. She says they had looked at expanding remote services prior to the pandemic — and it gave them a push to follow through. The organization’s website, www.outlooken.org, was initially designed for people in the Omaha/Council Bluffs area, but now is reaching
people with all degrees of vision loss as far away as North Carolina.
Expert: Don’t Expect Christmas Packages To Arrive On Time
(Ames, IA) — A logistics expert at Iowa State University says you shouldn’t expect your Christmas packages to arrive on time this year.
Professor Scott Grawe even recommends you deliver your packages yourself to be sure. Grawe says on and off stoppages of work have pushed shipping out of balance and disrupted the supply chain. He says he also expects online shopping to have much more traffic this season, increasing the pressure on
the number of packages being handled.
Pandemic Not Slowing Home Sales In Iowa
(Des Moines, IA) — The Iowa Association of Realtors says the coronavirus pandemic hasn’t slowed home sales in the state very much. October sales were up 18-percent over last year. Home sales figures are also up about seven-and-a-half-percent for the whole year. Optimism is strong, fueled by low mortgage rates. Realtors say strong sales should last the rest of this year
and well into 2021.