(Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/b1/a2/marshawn-lynch-5919-ftr_1xrrtmq549ndp1cif8ictb0fou.png?t=-1647705102&w=500&quality=80 March 17, 2018 — NFL Media reports Lynch will remain a member of the Raiders in 2018 as their feature back.April 24, 2019 — ESPN reports Lynch “is not planning to play football again.” Not officially retired this time, Lynch becomes free agent.Dec. 23, 2019 — With the Seahawks ravaged by injures at running back, they sign Lynch to a contract to play the last game of the 2019 regular-season and playoffs. Marshawn Lynch retirement timelineJan. 17, 2016 — Lynch plays the last game of his first stint with the Seahawks, a loss to the Panthers in the divisional round of the playoffs.Feb. 7, 2016 — Lynch announces his retirement from the NFL simply by posting a picture on Twitter.March 9, 2016 — Lynch is still on the Seahawks’ roster, rather than their reserve-retired list, when the new NFL year arrives.May 5, 2016 — The Seahawks make Lynch’s retirement official by placing him on their reserve-retired list.June 6, 2016 — Lynch confirms he is done in the NFL while giving a rare interview to 60 minutes.March 17, 2017 — The Raiders, in need of running back help, are “strongly considering” bringing Lynch out of retirement and onto their roster.March 21, 2017 — Lynch retweets a post in which a Twitter user notices a musical playlist put together by the running back has a track called “Oakland Raiders,” fueling speculation that Lynch is willing to sign with the team.April 5, 2017 — NFL Media reports Lynch told the Raiders he plans to come out of retirement.April 13, 2017 — NFL Media reports the Seahawks, who still hold the rights to Lynch, are expected to work out a deal to trade the running back to Oakland upon his reinstatement.April 14, 2017 — Lynch and the Raiders reportedly agree to terms on a deal that would put him in the NFL and with the Raiders so long as a deal with the Seahawks can be completed. Both sides still have to “cross these t’s and dot those i’s.”April 26, 2017 — Lynch’s representatives and the Raiders agree to terms on a two-year contract, and the Seahawks nail down a trade that sends him to Oakland. The Raiders announce they will also get Seattle’s sixth-round draft choice in 2018 while sending their fifth-round pick in 2018 to the Seahawks. With Travis Homer left as the only healthy running back on Seattle’s roster, the team had little choice but to give Lynch a call. “Beast Mode” gladly answered.The day after the Seahawks’ loss to the Cardinals, Lynch was flown to Seattle for a meeting with team officials. “We’re going to give him a really good chance to come back and play for us,” coach Pete Carroll said that morning on 710 ESPN Seattle.NFL PLAYOFFS:Complete schedule and results for postseasonAfter he arrived in Seattle, Lynch was put through a workout and a physical, passing both tests. That night, ESPN reported Lynch signed a deal for this year only.”He’s just been through so much, and we know him as well as I think you could know a guy, and what he brings and what he offers and all,” Carroll said after Lynch was signed, via ESPN. “He brings a lot to the table. He’s as physical of a player as I’ve ever been around, as great of a competitor as I’ve ever been around. So when you get to add somebody like that to your team, it only helps and enhances kind of the mentality that we already cherish.”On the same day they signed Lynch, the Seahawks brought back another familiar running back in Robert Turbin for additional depth. Homer, Lynch and Turbin are the only running backs on Seattle’s roster going into their divisional playoff game against the Packers.True to form, Lynch was a man of few words when asked last week why he came out of retirement to help the Seahawks.”Happy holidays,” he said. “Merry New Year. Y’all have a great day. It’s a great feeling to be back. Thank you.”A message from @MoneyLynch. 🎙#MerryNewYear#WPMOYChallenge Wagner pic.twitter.com/JgQ8lxync9— Seattle Seahawks (@Seahawks) December 25, 2019Lynch, who recorded his 10th career postseason rushing touchdown in the Seahawks’ win over the Eagles in the wild-card round, now has a chance at a playoff milestone. With at least two rushing touchdowns against Green Bay, Lynch would tie Pro Football Hall of Famers Terrell Davis (12) and John Riggins (12) for the fourth most career postseason rushing touchdowns in NFL history.Before he was re-signed in December, Lynch had not played for Seattle since the divisional round of the playoffs after the 2015 season, when the Seahawks lost to the eventual NFC-champion Panthers. Drafted by Buffalo in the first round of the 2007 NFL Draft, Lynch was traded to Seattle during the 2010 season.In six seasons with the Seahawks, he racked up 6,347 rushing yards, 57 rushing touchdowns, four Pro Bowl selections and one epic postseason carry against the Saints.Following that 2015 season, Lynch famously retired while Super Bowl 50 was being played by posting on Twitter a photo of his cleats hanging from a wire. After sitting out the 2016 season, he returned to play for his hometown Raiders for two seasons, playing in 21 games and compiling 1,267 rushing yards and 10 rushing touchdowns in the process.Though technically not retired, he reportedly was done with football once his contract with the Raiders expired in March. That changed a few weeks ago.Marshawn Lynch’s contract with SeahawksLynch’s new contract with Seattle is for this year only, which in terms of the regular season was just one game. According to NFL.com, he was paid $60,588 for that game, which amounts to the league minimum.However, Lynch was signed with the Seahawks having already clinched a playoff berth, meaning he and all other Seattle players will earn extra money in the postseason. The longer the Seahawks last in the playoffs, the more their players will earn.CBS Sports’ John Breech has provided a breakdown of the money Lynch could earn in the playoffs:”For this year’s playoffs, Lynch could end pocketing an extra $242,000 if the Seahawks end up winning the Super Bowl, but that could only happen if the Seahawks end up as the NFC’s No. 3 seed. In this scenario, Lynch — and all Seahawks players — would collect $31,000 for the Seahawks game in the wild card round, $31,000 for the divisional round game and $56,000 for playing in the NFC title game. Lynch would also get a separate check for $124,000 if the Seahawks were to win the Super Bowl. If you add that to his $60,588 for Week 17, that means Lynch could make a total of $302,588 on the field for roughly one month of work.” A few weeks ago, the idea of Marshawn Lynch coming out of retirement to play for the Seahawks might have been met with laughter. The 33-year-old running back seemed happy serving tequila shots at Raiders tailgates in Oakland, and Seattle was rumbling toward the playoffs with the NFL’s third best rushing offense.Any of that laughter ended when the Seahawks lost both starting running back Chris Carson (broken hip) and backup C.J. Prosise (broken arm) for the rest of the season in the same game, their Week 16 loss to the Cardinals. It came a couple weeks after Rashaad Penny also was placed on season-ending injured reserve with a torn ACL.
That’s all folks pic.twitter.com/R0pGTUPwt3— Jusuf Nurkić (@bosnianbeast27) February 8, 2020Lillard’s backcourt mate, CJ McCollum, offered this perspective:Mood 👀 pic.twitter.com/iQ6yJa942g— CJ McCollum (@CJMcCollum) February 8, 2020Other NBA people were incredulous over the officials’ failure:how you miss that call?🤷🏼♂️— Luka Doncic (@luka7doncic) February 8, 2020That’s ass— JR Smith (@TheRealJRSmith) February 8, 2020That was supposed to be a damn and 1 for Dame!!!! The refs blew that shit. That’s weak AF.— Kendrick Perkins (@KendrickPerkins) February 8, 2020This article has been updated. Damian Lillard finished with 42 points Friday night. He should have had at least 44, but a missed goaltending call by the officials in the fourth quarter kept that from happening.Worse for Lillard and his Trail Blazers teammates, the no-call kept them from tying the Jazz in the final seconds of regulation. Utah held on to win 117-114. Lillard attempted a layup around Jazz center Rudy Gobert, who blocked the shot after it came off the backboard. That should have been called goaltending, but the crew didn’t see it, and it couldn’t review the play. (A review can only be triggered when goaltending is called on the floor.)Here’s what happened when Dame went to tie the game vs. the Jazz… pic.twitter.com/bBh83h0H0Y— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) February 8, 2020NBA ALL-STARS: Lillard on Team LeBronLillard was, naturally, furious after the game.Damian Lillard was furious after the no-call toward the end of the Blazers’ loss. pic.twitter.com/KHrr6AZhgd— ESPN (@espn) February 8, 2020″It’s an easy call. Three referees out there and they don’t call it,” he told reporters.”They cost us a game,” a steamed Lillard added. “We’re in a playoff race and they cost us a game, on an easy call.” The loss dropped the Blazers (24-29) to 2 1/2 games behind the Grizzlies for the eighth and final seed in the Western Conference playoffs.”We’re in a playoff race and they cost us a game, on an easy call.”@Dame_Lillard on the missed goaltending call pic.twitter.com/pMdZAa5lEz— NBC Sports Northwest (@NBCSNorthwest) February 8, 2020Portland coach Terry Stotts called the no-call “inexcusable.”Blazers head coach Terry Stotts: “Just a shame that it was decided by an inexcusable missed call… they could have called a goaltending and reviewed it, but they swallowed their whistles.” pic.twitter.com/iYsHUEYvwT— Andy Larsen (@andyblarsen) February 8, 2020Blazers players told reporters that officials told them on the court Gobert’s block “wasn’t even close” to being a goaltend, but crew chief Josh Tiven changed that tune after reviewing video.NBA Referee Josh Tiven comments to a pool reporter after Trail Blazers-Jazz game: pic.twitter.com/Mp3XoB4sts— NBA Official (@NBAOfficial) February 8, 2020Brian Forte and JB DeRosa were the officials working with Tiven.Portland center Jusuf Nurkic summed up the situation this way:
We’re on to the second week of the XFL after a successful opening weekend.TV ratings were solid in the new football league’s first week, averaging 3.12 million viewers among the first four games (two on Fox, one on ABC, one on ESPN). Defenders vs. Dragons averaged 3.3 million, Wildcats vs. Roughnecks averaged 3.29 million, Guardians vs. Vipers averaged 3.385 million and Renegades vs. BattleHawks averaged 2.496 million. Sunday XFL games TV channels, live streamHere’s how to catch every game on Sunday.Renegades at WildcatsKickoff: 2 p.m. ETTV: ABC/TSN2Live stream: WatchESPN and the ESPN AppAs we mentioned above, these two teams are winless, but they were also without their starting quarterbacks. Landry Jones (Renegades) and Josh Johnson (Wildcats) are both likely to return to their respective teams, which should boost both offenses. The Renegades especially struggled without Jones, scoring just nine points. Dallas was considered 9.5-point favorites last week, and didn’t even score that much. For the Wildcats, though, it’ll be more about improving on defense. L.A. fired its defensive coordinator after just one game, so we’ll have to see if that changes anything for Week 2.BattleHawks at RoughnecksKickoff: 5 p.m. ETTV: FS1Live stream: Fox Sports AppThis is the second game of undefeated teams facing each other in Week 2. The BattleHawks won Week 1 with a ground-and-pound strategy on offense. St. Louis had two of the top three rushers in Week 1, including quarterback Jordan Ta’amu who ran for 77 yards. Starting running back Matt Jones had 21 carries for a league-leading 85 rushing yards. The Roughnecks were able to dominate through the air as quarterback P.J. Walker won the league’s Star of the Week, throwing for a league-high 272 yards with four touchdowns. We’ll have to see which approach will win out in the end. We expect somewhat of a decrease in viewership in Week 2 as some of the initial interest may die down, but with three of the four games being aired on national television, it wouldn’t be a surprise if the numbers remained steady. This week also has a pair of games that should be, on paper, very entertaining.MORE XFL: Rules | Schedule | Uniforms | RostersIn Week 2 we’ll have two matchups between undefeated teams: the Guardians at Defenders and the BattleHawks at the Roughnecks. As a result, we also have two games between winless clubs with the Vipers at Dragons and the Renegades at Wildcats.Speaking of Renegades at Wildcats, that game should feature the XFL debuts of Landry Jones and Josh Johnson, both quarterbacks with NFL experience. They were each injured for their teams starting weeks, and it appeared to hinder their respective offenses.MORE: XFL Week 2 odds, picks, predictionsXFL schedule Week 2: What games are on today?Here’s the full schedule for Week 2 of the XFL season, plus final scores and how to watch every game live.Saturday, Feb. 15GameD.C. Defenders 27, New York Guardians 0Seattle Dragons 17, Tampa Bay Vipers 9Sunday, Feb. 16GameTimeTVDallas Renegades at L.A. Wildcats3 p.m. ETABC/TSN2St. Louis BattleHawks at Houston Roughnecks6 p.m. ETFS1MORE XFL NEWS:Coaches ‘absolutely shocked’ play-calling being revealed on TVWR Kahlil Lewis explains what led to viral vomit moment in first gameWhat does XFL stand for?How much do XFL players get paid?Saturday XFL games TV channels, live streamHere’s how to catch every game on Saturday.Guardians at DefendersKickoff: 2 p.m. ETTV: ABCLive stream: WatchESPN and the ESPN AppThe Guardians and Defenders both had impressive defensive performances in their Week 1 wins. New York had a better overall defensive performance, giving up just three points. The Guardians also compiled eight quarterback hits, five sacks and three turnovers. The Defenders also forced three turnovers, including an interception returned for a touchdown and a blocked punt returned for a touchdown. We’ll see if New York can keep up its stellar defense this week against a strong D.C. offense led by Cardale Jones. Whoever wins this game will take over the No. 1 spot in the East standings.Vipers at DragonsKickoff: 5 p.m. ETTV: FOXLive stream: Fox Sports AppThe Vipers are in the midst of a quarterback controversy, at least their fans hope they are. Starting quarterback Aaron Murray struggled in his debut while backup Quinton Flowers (also listed as a running back on the roster) was able to move the ball. Neither quarterback could lead Tampa Bay to the endzone, though. But the quarterback controversy may solve itself for Week 2 as Murray deals with a foot injury. The Dragons, on the other hand, were able to move the ball on offense, scoring three touchdowns. But Seattle also turned the ball over three times, including a crucial redzone fumble. This should be a fun game between two games seeking their first win of the season.
Dallas played dismally in Week 1, failing to score a touchdown. The Renegades could turn it around if starting quarterback Landry Jones is availble to start in Week 2. They’ll likely have a better chance at victory than the Wildcats, who were without starting quarterback Josh Johnson. However, LA’s problem lies in its abysmal defense. The Wildcats gave up five touchdowns, the most out of any team in Week 1, and immediately fired defensive coordinator Pepper Johnson following the game.Here’s a guide to everything to know about watching the Dallas Renegades vs. Los Angeles Wildcats game, including start time, TV channel and a full XFL schedule for Week 2.MORE: Rules | Schedule | Uniforms | RostersWhat channel is Dallas Renegades vs. LA Wildcats on today?TV channel: ABC (TSN in Canada)Live stream: Watch ESPN, ESPN appSunday’s XFL game between the Dallas Renegades and Los Angeles Wildcats will be broadcast nationally on ABC. XFL games can also be streamed live on Watch ESPN or by downloading the ESPN app.Every game of the XFL season will be available to a national TV audience. ABC, ESPN, Fox, FS1, and FS2 will all carry broadcasts throughout the season. Every Saturday and Sunday will have at least one XFL game, and there will be two Thursday primetime games in April on Fox. Playoff games will be on both Fox and ESPN. The championship will stream on ESPN at the end of the season. Getty Images/ Sporting News Illustration https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/73/72/xfl-week-1-standings_8uztptc71k6n1ocy84bzanncn.jpg?t=1082798736&w=500&quality=80 The second weekend of the XFL is here, and it brings a divisional matchup between two teams looking for a win: the Dallas Renegades and the Los Angeles Wildcats.Both teams are at the bottom of the XFL West standings, following a poor performance culminating in loses from both teams. The Wildcats lost 17-37 to the Houston Roughnecks, while the Renegades didn’t fare much better, losing 15-9 at home to the St. Louis Battlehawks. MORE: XFL coaches ‘absolutely shocked’ at how much of their play-calling was revealed on TVXFL schedule Week 2Saturday, Feb. 15GameTimeTVNew York Guardians at D.C. Defenders2 p.m. ETABCTampa Bay Vipers at Seattle Dragons5 p.m. ETFOXSunday, Feb. 16GameTimeTVDallas Renegades at L.A. Wildcats2 p.m. ETABCSt. Louis BattleHawks at Houston Roughnecks5 p.m. ETFS1 What time is the Renegades vs. Wildcats XFL game on?Date: Sunday, Feb. 16Time: 3 p.m. ETLocation: Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, Calif.The Week 2 XFL game between the Dallas Renegades and Los Angeles Wildcats is scheduled to start at 3 p.m. ET on Saturday, Feb. 15. The Wildcats play their home games at Dignity Health Sports Park, which seats 27,000 people and is also the home stadium for the MLS team LA Galaxy.MORE: How much do XFL players get paid?XFL standings
“If I needed a linebacker, I’d consider a fifth for Anderson,” an NFL source told Standig. “He’s good, not special, but players respect guys like him because they’re tough and play for the team. He’s produced in the NFL, unlike a rookie. He’s young, cheap and can play.”MORE: Favre compares Kaepernick to Pat TillmanMembers of the Redskins Brawl podcast were discussing this report when former tight end Garrett Hudson shared a story. Hudson played with Anderson in 2018 and said the linebacker would hit him often during practice.”Of the people that were on the team when I was there in 2018, I don’t think anybody hits harder than Ryan Anderson. I’ve heard him call himself the billygoat, the bulldog and the ram. And he would frequently yell those things at me after he would spear me in the chest,” Hudson said. The former tight end then went on to tell a story that involved a concerning quote from Anderson.”I remember a conversation in the hot tub after practice and I was like, ‘Dude, why are you going so hard all the time?’ And, this is a quote, this is verbatim, he said, ‘If I can remember my grandkids’ names then I didn’t play the game right.’ So he is a lunatic. He has the mentality to play the inside linebacker position.” Redskins linebacker Ryan Anderson explains why he plays as hard as he does. pic.twitter.com/sCBQpBy0tw— Sporting News (@sportingnews) June 22, 2020Anderson has been with the Redskins since 2017 and had his best season, statistically speaking, in 2019. He finished with four sacks while playing in all 16 games.He is a bit of a controversial player, though, as he delivered a dirty hit to Greg Olsen last season that landed him an ejection.Ryan Anderosn hit on Greg Olsen. Helmet-to-helmet, looked like Olsen was knocked out. Anderson ejected. #Redskins pic.twitter.com/75zfnVOsVJ— Mark Bullock (@MarkBullockNFL) December 1, 2019As for Anderson’s future with the Redskins, Standig reports that the linebacker is “realistically” worth a sixth or seventh-round draft pick if he gets traded. Ryan Anderson plays the game of football hard, maybe too hard.The Redskins linebacker has been in the news recently after The Athletic’s Ben Standig reported other teams were interested in him.
MORE: Why the Padres, A’s and Mets could surprise in a 60-game season Vegas odds Odds Shark released its win totals for the 60-game season, and the Yankees and Dodgers have the highest number at 37.5 each. Those two — which will be heavy World Series favorites even in the new format — are the only teams picked to win more than 35 games. Houston is next at 35, followed by Minnesota at 34.5. Atlanta, Tampa Bay and Washington are at 34. That list provides five of the six division winners from last season — with the Cardinals the other team. St. Louis is at 32.5. By these numbers, any team that gets to 35-38 victories should be good for a playoff berth. That might not be enough to win the division, however. 2019 division winners We totaled the winning percentage for the six division winners from 2019, and that number is .622. If you are targeting that winning percentage over a 60-game season, then the closest record would be 37-23 — a .616 winning percentage. Teams that win 38 games would have a .633 winning percentage. The Astros (.660), Dodgers (.654) and Yankees (.636) were the only teams that did better than that over a 162-game season last year. Of course, a 60-game season is much different. A 60-game sample We looked at the division leaders after 60 games last season. The Dodgers were the best of the bunch at 41-19. Here’s a look at the division leaders’ records after 60 games last season: TeamWLDodgers4119Yankees3822Astros4020Twins4020Brewers3426Braves3327The average record among those teams? Again, we’re looking at 38-22. Room for variation Vegas, the full-season numbers and the 60-game sample all seem to agree. A team that wins 38 games should be able to claim its division in a 60-game season. So, we’ll call 38 the magic number to essentially assure a postseason berth. You can go a few games up or down to allow for variation, and that’s why that 40-20 vision is important in a 60-game season. Wild card teams can probably get in with 34 wins or fewer, but there are no guarantees in a 60-game format. Win totals via Odds Shark Team2019 WINS2020 WINSLos Angeles Dodgers10637.5New York Yankees10337.5Houston Astros10735Minnesota Twins10134.5Atlanta Braves9734Tampa Bay Rays9634Washington Nationals9334Oakland Athletics9733.5St. Louis Cardinals9132.5Chicago Cubs8432Cleveland Indians9332Los Angeles Angels7232New York Mets8632Boston Red Sox8431.5Chicago White Sox7231.5Cincinnati Reds7531.5Philadelphia Phillies8131.5Arizona Diamondbacks8531Milwaukee Brewers8931San Diego Padres7031Texas Rangers7829.5Toronto Blue Jays6728Colorado Rockies7127.5Pittsburgh Pirates6925.5San Francisco Giants7725.5Seattle Mariners6825Kansas City Royals5924.5Miami Marlins5724.5Baltimore Orioles5421.5Detroit Tigers4721.5 MLB’s 60-game season should create some wild playoff races within the six divisions. But what’s the magic number to claim a division title? That will be interesting to find out, but teams should have 40-20 vision heading into the season. That is, 40 wins should be more than enough to win a division, while a wild card berth should fall at least several wins below that.Let’s take a closer look at what should be the goal for major league teams in 2020.
Brooks Koepka said his game was just where he wanted it to be ahead of the PGA Championship.Koepka fell short in his title defense at the WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational, finishing in a four-way tie for second three shots behind champion Justin Thomas. It marked the American’s best result of the year and just his second top-10 finish in 11 events. PGA: Thomas moves into No. 1 spot with St. Jude victoryThat has left Koepka optimistic ahead of the PGA, where he will be aiming for a third straight success starting Thursday in San Francisco.”I feel good. I feel like my game is right there, this is where we wanted to be, peaking for the PGA,” he told Golf Channel. “I feel like my game is right there, everything’s solid, I hit a lot of good putts today, just didn’t go in. I’m pleased with it.” Not. Over. Yet.@BKoepka makes birdie on 17.He’s 1 back with 1 to play. #QuickHits pic.twitter.com/VU6GZ2PVSM— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) August 2, 2020Koepka said he was pleased with his improvement ahead of the first major of the year.”I feel like I’m playing good, so I’m excited to tee it up,” he said.”Everything’s moving in the right direction, so once you know you lose, it doesn’t matter if you lose by one or 10, it doesn’t matter, so, pleased with it, moving in the right direction and looking forward to next week.”
CHARLES CITY — With all the debate in Washington D.C. about building walls, students at Charles City High School are celebrating their newly-constructed wall — which has them reaching new heights.Sophomore Addison Olson helped to conceptualize and build the school’s new rock climbing wall, the first in the Floyd County area.“It was pretty cool, knowing that we designed it and helped put the holds on,” Olson says, “and I just got to climb it.”Olson is part of the school’s “Expeditions” class which tackled the project. It includes four routes with different difficulties tailored to the climber’s experience.“The wall straight up is the easiest one and then you have the easier holds to get up,” Olson says. “Ours is slanted and then it goes up and that one’s a little harder so we have the difficult holds on it.”The class began desiging the wall last spring and construction began in September. Instructor Rob Pittman says the wall is a collaboration of the students’ designs.“One of their key features is the middle two areas. This is part of the student design,” Pittman says. “Four or five of them had basically the left 12 feet of it was their design. We went with it. I had a student come up yesterday and say, ‘Hey, that was in my design,’ and I said, ‘Yeah, it was, bud.’”The climbing wall was paid for through grants and several fundraising efforts. Pittman says the wall not only offers a way to stay fit, but could provide work-related experience.“The school has approved me to get certified as an indoor rock climbing wall instructor,” Pittman says, “so once I get that certification, anything that I teach the kids translates into maybe working at a rock climbing wall in college or maybe getting this as part of their career field.”The wall opened Tuesday and is in use, but the class plans to continue building more climbing panels on either side.
MASON CITY — The National Weather Service is warning us that frostbite, hypothermia and even death can occur if precautions aren’t taken if you go outside during this extreme cold weather event.Jodi Willemsen, who is the preparedness service manager at the Cerro Gordo County Department of Public Health, says frostbite occurs when your skin and underlying tissues freeze, and can happen within minutes if your skin is exposed to these extreme conditions. “It’s most common on your fingers, toes, ears, cheeks and chin…those extremities that are furthest from the heart where your circulation isn’t the best. Frostbite is something you may not realize that you have because you experience numbing. Until someone points it out, you might not even be aware that it’s going on, so it’s a good thing to be very aware.”Willemsen says frostbite goes through three different stages. “The beginning part of frostbite, you might experience warm skin, feel some pain and tingling. As time goes on, your skin turns white or pale in color, that’s when someone might see it and clue you in that you have it. The third stage is the very severe part of it where your skin turns bluish-gray. You might experience absolute numbness where you don’t have any feeling. After that final stage, you might experience blistering anywhere from 24-48 hours after you’ve re-warmed yourself.”Willemsen says treating frostbite correctly is important, not using things like a heating pad or other means of extreme heat. “The number one thing is don’t rub your frostbitten areas because that might cause more damage to your tissue, so just treat them very gently. Get yourself out of the cold into a warm area. If you have frostbite on your feet or toes, it’s important that you don’t walk around and cause further damage to those extremities. Don’t break any blisters open. Warm the frostbitten areas in warm water, not hot water, but tepid warm water for about 30 minutes.”Willemsen says hypothermia is another issue that can impact someone that’s outside for long periods of time in the cold. It happens when your body loses heat faster than it can produce it, causing an extremely low body temperature. “When that body temperature drops, your heart and nervous system don’t work normally. It can lead to failure of your heart and respiratory system and even death, so you want to watch that as well. Symptoms of hypothermia would include shivering, slurred speech, slow shallow breathing, a weak pulse, clumsiness, drowsiness, confusion, bright red cold skin. So that’s something to most certainly watch and call your doctor or 9-1-1if you suspect anybody has hypothermia as well.”Cerro Gordo County Emergency Management Director Steve O’Neil says if you know neighbors that are elderly or ill, check on them once in a while by phone to make sure they are ok. He also warns people to be extremely cautious if you are using a supplemental heating unit inside a home.
MASON CITY — The Cerro Gordo County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday will hold a public hearing on an ordinance that would authorize the operation of All-Terrain Vehicles and Off-Road Utility Vehicles in the unincorporated areas of the county.The ordinance establishes several rules in the use of ATVs and UTVs, including that they shall not be used on any hard surface roadway with a 55 mile per hour speed limit, the vehicles must not operate at a speed above 35 miles per hour, and that they do not unduly interfere with or constitute an undue hazard to conventional motor vehicle traffic.The supervisors meet at 10 o’clock in the first floor boardroom of the Cerro Gordo County Courthouse.