Mike Rounds says the United States has to stop deficit spending. That's one of the points the former South Dakota governor made as he announced he is running for the U.S. Senate in 2014. The Republican will most likely be running against his former colleague and friend, Senator Tim Johnson. The Democrat has not formally announced a re-election bid, but he says he fully intends to put together a winning campaign.
Spencer, Iowa kicks off its Blue Zone Project. Spencer was named one of the state's first four communities for the initiative aimed at making Iowa the healthiest state in the nation. The core belief is that if you give towns healthier amenities and you'll have healthier people. Several potential changes are being considered, including more bike trails and making Grand Avenue more pedestrian-friendly. When it's finished, a committee of community members will pick and enact the suggestions they like.
Siouxlanders are helping out half a world away by raising money here at home. Siouxland Tanzanian Education and Medical Ministry held a live and silent auction Thursday night. Items up for bid included artwork, vacation packages, and even a car. Funds raised by STEMM help pay for medical care and schooling for children in Tanzania. Currently, the group is building an orphanage in the African nation.
Holiday lights display raises money for charity in Norfolk
A high-tech holiday light display is bringing people to Norfolk, Nebraska and raising funds for local non-profit organizations. The Celebration of Lights at Divots DeVent Center is a drive-through winter wonderland of animated displays and nativity scenes. There's a 30-foot tall Santa Claus and a 200-foot tunnel of lights. Admission is $10 per car load and $15 for larger vans.
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