FIRE OFFICIALS SAY IT MAY HAVE BEEN A BUILDUP OF METHANE GAS THAT LED TO AN EXPLOSION IN A BUILDING AT THE SIOUX CITY LANDFILL THURSDAY AFTERNOON. THE BLAST SENT TWO MEN EMPLOYED BY GILL HAULING, WHICH RUNS THE LANDFILL, TO THE HOSPITAL WITH INJURIES. THE LANDFILL WAS CLOSED WHILE DAMAGE TO THE BUILDING IS ASSESSED AND THE EXACT CAUSE OF THE EXPLOSION IS DETERMINED.
AUTHORITIES AT THE SCENE SAID THE INJURIES TO THE VICTIMS DID NOT APPEAR TO BE LIFE THREATENING.
ICE FORMING ON POWER LINES FROM FREEZING RAIN LATE THURSDAY AFTERNOON LED TO A MAJOR POWER OUTAGE IN SOUTH SIOUX CITY. CITY OFFICIALS SAY NEARLY 3000 CUSTOMERS WERE AFFECTED INCLUDING MUCH OF THE BUSINESS AREA OF SOUTH SIOUX. NEBRASKA PUBLIC POWER DISTRICT CREWS MADE REPAIRS POWER WAS RESTORED TO RESIDENTS AND BUSINESSES AROUND 6PM.
Crews have removed the wreckage of a plane crash in Sioux Falls that killed the two people on board. Police said Thursday that a company contracted by federal investigators has finished recovery efforts and that the area around the crash site has been reopened.
The crash on Tuesday killed Vaughn and JoAnn Meyer, a Sioux Falls couple known for their philanthropy. Both were 68 years old. The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the crash, which happened in a residential neighborhood. No one on the ground was hurt. Wentworth Aircraft Inc. of Crystal, Minnesota, began clearing the wreckage Wednesday night. Police say the company is contracted by the NTSB.
The plane parts will be taken to Minneapolis for investigation.
Former U.S. Representative and Senator John Culver, a Democrat who represented Iowa in Congress during the Vietnam War era, has died at age 86. Culver’s death was confirmed by longtime friend Jim Larew, who said Culver died late Wednesday at his home near Washington after a long illness. Culver was a Cedar Rapids lawyer and former aide to Sen. Ted Kennedy when he was elected to the House in 1964. After a decade in the House, he was elected to an open Senate seat in 1974. He served one term before losing to Sen. Chuck Grassley in the 1980 election. Culver is the father of former Iowa Governor Chet Culver, who served from 2007 to 2011. After leaving public service, Culver practiced law and was involved with the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard.
Four snowmobile riders from South Dakota are doing well after being rescued in southern Wyoming. The men had to snowshoe part of the way out Wednesday because rescuers weren’t able to get their snowmobiles all the way to them because of the rugged terrain.
The Albany County Sheriff’s Department says rescuers, including some from Colorado, were able to bring in snow shoes for them to use to get to the waiting snowmobiles.
They made it back to the trailhead by nightfall. The men were reported missing Sunday.
An Air Force helicopter spotted them on Christmas in Carbon County but wasn’t able to land because of the terrain. The sheriff’s department says the men weren’t injured and survived by rationing food, building a fire, melting snow for water and building a shelter.
The Iowa Department of Natural Resources reports the unseasonably warm weather has caused ice conditions to deteriorate across much of the state. Lakes with the best ice are north of Highway 3. D-N-R Fisheries Bureau Chief, Joe Larscheid says you should use caution and test the ice thickness frequently if heading out and trust your instincts — if it doesn’t look right — don’t go out on the ice. He recommends you go with someone else and take some basic safety equipment.
He also recommends some kind of inflatable cushion that you sit on when you’re fishing on a bucket, and he says wearing a flotation coat or any kind of personal flotation device is always good. Larscheid says when the ice is thick and good for fishing it becomes the equalizer for those who don’t have a boat to use on the water to get to the best fishing holes.
Larscheid says ice fishing is a pretty inexpensive thing to do.
The state fishing license works for ice fishing on regular fishing and the limits are the same. Fishing licenses expire January 10th and you should check your license before heading out to be sure it isn’t expiring.