EIGHT HUNTERS AND A DOG WERE RESCUED BY HELICOPTER YESTERDAY IN THE RAPIDLY FREEZING MISSOURI RIVER, JUST EAST OF SANTEE.
A NEBRASKA STATE PATROL HELICOPTER PULLED THE HUNTERS FROM THE TWO 18-FOOT FLAT-BOTTOM BOATS.
LEIGH WINTERBOER AND BRAD RASMUSSEN, BOTH OF SPENCER, BILL LANG OF CALIFORNIA, ERIC SCRANTON AND MITCH SCRANTON, BOTH OF NORFOLK, ALONG WITH COLBY KERBER OF BROKEN BOW, MATTHEW CRONK OF ARIZONA AND BEN MICEK OF OMAHA WERE ALL SAVED.
THE MEN SAID THERE WAS NO ICE ON THE RIVER WHEN THEY PUT THEIR BOATS IN YESTERDAY MORNING.
NORTHEAST NEBRASKA GAME AND PARKS LAW ENFORCEMENT SUPERVISOR TOM ZIMMER SAYS IN THESE CONDITIONS, THE RIVER CAN ICE UP QUICKLY.
HE SAYS HUNTERS MUST BE AWARE OF THEIR SURROUNDINGS, ESPECIALLY THIS TIME OF YEAR.
Republican State Representative Chuck Soderberg of Le Mars has announced his intention to seek a sixth term in the Iowa house.
Soderberg says it is an honor to serve the people of Iowa's 5th state house district, and he looks forward to focusing on maintaining fiscal accountability of the state government, reducing the tax and regulatory burdens placed on Iowans.
Soderberg says he wants to expand economic opportunities for northwest Iowa, and to enhance our high quality education system.
Soderberg currently serves as chairman of the State House Appropriations Committee.
He is employed as the Vice President of Planning and Legislative Services for Northwest Iowa Power Cooperative.