Warm winter leads to fatal ice fishing accident


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With Iowa’s warm winter weather, it is especially important to keep in mind the ice safety tips discussed in our most recent On the Radio segment.

Two Iowans drowned on Monday while ice fishing in a pond near Patterson. Just days before the accident, ponds in the area had suitable ice for fishing, but the warm weather quickly lowered the thickness of the ice.

According to the Des Moines Register article on the incident, ice fishing is “nearly impossible in central and southern Iowa” right now.

On the Radio: Safety tips for winter ice activities


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Listen to this week’s radio segment here or read the transcript below. This week’s segment suggests a number of safety tips for winter ice activities.

Iowa’s frozen rivers and lakes can provide an excellent setting for a number of recreational activities – but do you know how to avoid falling through the ice?

This is the Iowa Environmental Focus.

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