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He’s got clearance – Now it’s just a matter of waiting until Christmas

By Staff | Dec 22, 2007

ESTHERVILLE –It will be smooth sky sailing as Santa Claus has received special clearance to enter air space and land boundaries in Estherville, Emmet County and the rest of the nation.

“He has full permission to land in Estherville,” said Estherville Police Department Sgt. Paul Budach. “And there’s no time limit. He can take as long as necessary while stopping in our city to make sure he gets his job done.”

Emmet County Chief Deputy Mike Martens has authorized Old St. Nick’s visit to children who live in the county. “We have good children residing here and are happy that Santa is coming.”

It is the hope of both departments that Santa Claus’ list includes every child’s home within the city/county limits.

Both rural and city residents are reminded to expect the sound of Kris Kringle’s sleigh bells as his sleigh full of toys bounces from roof to roof. It the ears are strained, the sound of pawing hooves may be heard also as Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donder and Blitzen patiently wait for their jovial boss to finish the annual task countless times on Monday night.

With the recent weather experienced in Iowa, it is a sure bet Rudolph will take the lead with his bright, luminous nose through thick fog if necessary.

Terry Reekers told the Daily News, “According to my sources, the Federal Emergency Management and the Department of Homeland Security have granted Santa permission for one night to fly in previously restricted air space over the United States.”

He continued, “This is good news for those in the White House who have been hoping to get a present this year. Santa said this special privilege will speed up his delivery of millions of presents to all the boys and girls in the United States. Kris Kringle will receive a special escort while flying in the area of the White House, for security reasons.”

Santa has also been the green light from the U.S. Department of Transportation to engage in air travel to various points throughout the United States the night of Monday, Dec. 24, and into Tuesday, Dec. 25.

An order granting a flight certificate and signed by U.S. Transportation Secretary Rodney E. Slater said Santa was “exceptionally fit, as well as joyfully willing and uniquely able to engage in the interstate air transportation for which he has requested a certificate.”

Before authorizing the document, the secretary performed a safety inspection of the official Santa sleigh and declared it fit for travel.

At last report, the jolly old elf will be using his GPS/Video Cell phone again this year to coordinate his deliveries with the North Pole Workshop.

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