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(AP) At 13 pounds, 13 ounces, Asher Stewardson was even bigger than his brother at birth. Asher was delivered without the aid of surgery on Thursday at Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines. Fifteen months ago, his brother, Judah, arrived weighing 12 pounds and an ounce at birth. Mercy officials say only a tenth of 1 percent of all newborns weigh more than 11 pounds at birth. The boys' mother, Kendall, Stewardson, endured six hours of labor without an epidural injection. She says she and her husband, Joshua, wanted to avoid cesarean delivery because that wouldn't have been good for her or Asher.
AP-Out of the Florida hunt, Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum plans two Midwestern stops Monday, including one in Minnesota. The former Pennsylvania senator is due to hold an afternoon appearance at St. Charles Community College in Cottleville, Mo., followed by an evening event in southwestern Minnesota. His event at a Pizza Ranch in Luverne, Minn., would make him the first 2012 presidential candidate to campaign in the state this year. Minnesota holds its precinct caucuses next week, but the results of a preference poll are nonbinding. Texas Rep. Ron Paul is airing TV ads in the state. Santorum and Paul have all but conceded Florida, where Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich are competing hard for a win Tuesday. Santorum has been off the campaign trail tending to family matters.
Representative Steve Doyle will be hosting a community meeting at the Holmen High School Commons tonight from6 – 7:30 pm on the proposed CapX2020 electric transmission project. The public is invited to learn more about the project and to ask questions.
On Sunday, the public saw the completion of the new Emergency, Radiology and Registration Departments at Mayo Clinic Health System in Sparta. A $1.9 million project that brought in $1.6 million from staff, community and business donations. Dr. Tim Johnson is the CEO of Fransiscan Healthcare and talked about having a new digital mammography area in the e.r.
Two other new areas include digital x-ray and radiology scanner which gives off less radiation. In all...the two phase project cost around $9 million.