Senator Santorum Claims He Can Win
(LeMars) -- Former Pennslyvania Senator, and now Republican Presidential Candidate Rick Santorum was in LeMars yesterday. Santorum, who has visited all of Iowa's 99 counties calls his tour the Faith, Family, and Freedom Tour, Santorum pledged he would spend every day in Iowa between now and the Iowa Caucus, with the exception of Christmas Eve and Christmas. Santorum told the gathering of nearly 30 people he is the only candidate that has the ability to win, and has the record showing he can get things done.
Santorum says he believes in one year from now, the economy will not be the most important topic, but rather our national defense against Iran will take center stage, if Iran obtains nuclear weapons.
Santorum says he is the only candidate that has campaigned in each of the 99 Iowa counties. He spoke on the illegal immigration issue, saying the U-S needs to finish the fence at the border. He says the nation's education system needs to be reformed, and he would like to reform taxes. But the former Pennslyvania Senator spoke passionately mostly about Faith and Family. He recited some statistics showing how single parent homes are more likely to live in poverty, and children from single parent homes are also more likely to be involved in crime. Making reference to a light blue colored wrist braclet, he was wearing, that was the acrinum of "Family" Santorum says "family is the answer" to many of today's societial problems.
(LeMars) -- The LeMars Fire Department responded to an early morning house fire. Officials were called to the house located on the corner of 3rd Avenue and 4th Sreet SE, at about 5:45 a.m. Little is known about the fire, but it appeared the fire was confined to the attic. The victorian-style house had been converted to an apartment complex.
(Sioux City) -- Sioux City Police Detectives have taken into custody Robert McCloud, age 22, of Sioux City for the November 20th shooting of Brian Henderson. On November 20th, officers were called to Mercy Medical Center for a gun shot victim. Based on the information they were able to collect, they determined that the shooting occurred in the 1200 block of 4th Street. The victim had been involved in a disturbance with another individual and was shot. Henderson is still recovering from the wound at Mercy Medical Center. McCloud was taken to the Woodbury County jail and charged with Attempt to Commit Murder.
(LeMars) -- Floyd Valley Hospital Board of Trustees have scheduled a special meeting this morning to review and discuss the audit as presented by Denman and Associates.
(LeMars) -- Tuesday at noon the LeMars City Council will meet and at that time will hear the second reading of the proposed plan to change the city's water meters. Last Thursday, members of the city council and the city water committee, along with administration officials heard from residents voice their concern over the proposal. City Administrator Scott Langel says last week's public forum was benefical for everyone.
One idea that evolved from the public forum was to have residents instead of paying a monthly charge for a second water meter, they would buy the second water meter up front, then turn it over to the city for maintenance and supervision. Langel says the idea had some merit and will be discussed by the city council.
(LeMars) -- The Plymouth County Board of Supervisors is scheduled to meet this morning. The Supervisors will discuss a new Plymouth County Library Coalition contract along with the funding for the project. The Supervisors will also hear a report from Deb Steffen, County Health Director discuss possible vacancies on the County Board of Health, as well as the budget funding for the health services.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A new study says tougher restrictions on Iowa's teenage drivers could have saved the lives of 32 young drivers in 2009.
The study report issued Tuesday includes suggested standards: requiring drivers to be 16 before earning a learner's permit and restricting passengers to no more than one nonfamily passenger
under 21 unless a licensed driver older than 21 is in the vehicle.
Teen driving deaths are falling nationally but have remained flat or grown slightly among 16- to 18-year-old drivers in Iowa.
Iowa has a graduated driver's licensing program, but it's not as strict as programs in some other states.
The study was released by the Allstate Foundation, a nonprofit arm of insurance giant Allstate.