State Senator Jim Carlin Announces He Will Run For U-S Senate Seat
(Sioux City) — State Senator Jim Carlin of Sioux City has made a major announcement. Through a posting on social media, the Republican says he is throwing his name as a candidate for the United States Senate. The seat is currently being held by Chuck Grassley. Grassley, who has been the U-S Senator representing Iowa for more than 36 years, is up for election in 2022.
However, Grassley has not said as of yet if he will seek a seventh term.
KLEM radio hopes to be able to contact State Senator Carlin for some comments relating to his announcement later this morning.
KLEM Radio Launches “Expo In A Bag” Saturday Morning
(Le Mars) — It’s coming!!! Expo in a Bag!!!! Instead of our regular Le Mars Home Expo, KLEM has assembled close to 40 “Exhibitors” in a Hy-Vee re-usable tote bag. It’s filled with information, goodies (like hand sanitizer and chip clips,) plus the Lucky Number contest!!! It’s your chance to win great prizes
and certificates. Best of all, it’s FREE and no purchase is necessary. Get your “Expo in a Bag” today, this Saturday, February 13th, at Le Mars Hy-Vee from 10:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Dave Ruden will be broadcasting live from the Le Mars Hy Vee explaining the details of the KLEM “Expo in a Bag.” Join KLEM
staff as we distribute the free bags to people at the Le Mars Hy Vee. Be sure to stop at the Le Mars Hy Vee this morning between 10:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. and pick up your free Expo in a Bag.
Many different prizes will be awarded including our top prize of a
Blackstone tabletop griddle from Hardware Hank in Le Mars is just one of the prizes you could win in the KLEM Lucky Number Contest. It’s all part of our “Expo in a Bag” promotion. This Saturday from 10:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. is your first chance to get your free Hy-Vee re-usable tote bag. It’s filled with
useful information and goodies from close to 40 “exhibitors”. Don’t forget about the Lucky number Contest. Each bag will have a number, and you won’t want to lose that number because it could be the lucky number to win many different prizes. We’ll be at Le Mars Hy-Vee handing out these bags!!! Best
of all, it’s absolutely FREE and no purchase is necessary.
Beware Of Frost Bite During These Extreme Cold Temperatures
(Le Mars) — We could see some dangerous cold temperatures this week, and health officials reminds us to limit our time exposed to the outdoors.
Frostbite can occur within minutes when dealing with sub-zero temperatures along with sub-zero wind chill index. The advice is to make certain all parts of your body is covered before going outdoors. In a previous interview from last year, Lorrie Mortensen of Floyd Valley Healthcare says frost bite can
happen fairly quickly.
Mortensen says the first symptoms of frost bite can be a cold, prickly feeling.
The Director of Nursing recommends wearing mittens as opposed to gloves.
She says both the young and the elderly are more susceptible to the frigid cold temperatures, and they are likely to get frost bite before others.
Mortensen’s advice during this period of cold temperatures is to “bundle up and keep moving” and make certain you wear several layers of clothing.
Gov. Reynolds Signs Proclamation Easing Propane Transport Rules
DES MOINES– Gov. Kim Reynolds on Friday signed a proclamation that will ease transport rules for propane in Iowa. This proclamation will temporarily suspend regulatory provisions of Iowa code §321.449 pertaining to hours of service for crews and drivers delivering propane. High demand, along with hazardous weather conditions in the Midwest, have created challenges to timely access of propane products in the state.
The proclamation is effective at 12:01 a.m. on February 13, 2021, and expires on March 15, 2021, at 11:59 p.m.
Five Counties Miss Goal On Vaccine Distribution
(Des Moines, IA) — State officials will reduce next week’s share of Covid vaccine doses for a handful of Iowa counties that have lagged behind in getting the shots administered. Department of Public Health director Kelly Garcia says five counties did not meet the goal for counties to get at least 80 percent of weekly doses out the door. Garcia says they are going to give
them a little bit of a break to catch up — and says this is not a measure not to be punitive to those five counties. Garcia spoke Friday morning during a telephone town hall with A-A-R-P members. She did not name the five counties which lagged in the vaccine distribution.
Hamburg Levee To Be Raised
(Hamburg, IA) — The city of Hamburg has signed an agreement with the U-S Army Corps of Engineers to raise a Missouri River levee near the city by eight feet. Floodwaters surged over this levee in 2019 into Hamburg and the
levee itself was damaged. The Corps had ordered Hamburg in 2011 to remove dirt that had been added on top of this levee, but Hamburg Mayor Cathy Crain says that extra dirt wouldn’t have been enough protection from the massive 2019 flood. Hamburg will spend nearly eight million dollars to raise the
levee — and Corps officials say they’ll start accepting bids in a few weeks and construction on the project should begin this spring. The levee near Hamburg is the first one in the country to get the go-ahead for a higher elevation after a change in federal law.
Flood Risk At Or Above Normal
(Undated) — An analysis by the National Weather Service shows the risk for flooding this spring on the Mississippi River at or above normal, while the risk for the Missouri River is near or below normal. The report says even with a snowy winter in Iowa, lower levels of soil moisture have reduced the risk of floods. A warm January followed by a dense snowpack kept the ground
insulated and frost depths shallow, which should allow for greater soil absorption and less runoff in the spring.
Forecasters warn the flooding risk will vary locally and will depend on the rate of snowmelt and spring rains.
Scammers Use Valentine’s Day To Get Your Money
(Undated) — Scammers may use Valentine’s Day as a way to scam those looking for love into turning over key financial information. Better Business Bureau spokeswoman, Bao Vang, says scammers are ready to dupe users into believing they’ve found true love, but it may actually be a true crime. Vang
says if your online love is sounding like love at first text, take it easy.
Many scammers will ask for information about you that could be used to steal your identity, or will ask for money before you even met them, or maybe your credit card info so they can book a flight to see you. All of these should be red flags that someone’s after more than your heart. She says you should never send money or personally-identifying information to someone you’ve
never met in person. Also, never give someone your credit card information to book a ticket to visit you.