Thursday News, November 19
Le Mars To Allow ATV's And Snowmobiles To Operate On Streets
(Le Mars) -- Should all-terrain vehicles and snowmobiles be allowed on the streets of Le Mars? That question was debated by the Le Mars city council during their Tuesday meeting. The issue was first brought to the attention of the city council at their last meeting. City staff researched the issue and contacted other cities of similar size of Le Mars to inquire how they handle ATV's and snowmobiles. City code officer Jason Vacera modified the existing ordinance in an effort to make the language simpler. At one point, city leaders were contemplating whether owners of ATV's and snowmobiles should register their recreational vehicles with the city. However, city councilman Rex Knapp said he would be opposed to another registration process, saying the city didn't have the staff, or the resources, to conduct such registrations, and adding the city didn't need the money generated from registration fees. It was noted that all terrain vehicles and snowmobiles currently need to register through the county. The city council decided to allow ATV's and snowmobiles the opportunity to operate on city streets with the exception of Highway 3 and Business Highway 75. Other areas where ATV's and snowmobiles are not allowed would be public parks, sidewalks or parking right of ways, and recreational trails. Vacera says the vehicle must be equipped with both head and tail lights, a muffler, and brakes, along with brake lights.
Explosion At Lytton Injures Three People
LYTTON, Iowa (AP) - Authorities say one of the three men hurt in an explosion at a protein processing plant in Iowa has injuries that are life-threatening.
The Sac County Sheriff's Office says 34-year-old Earl Lee Moore of Milford Center, Ohio was in a large storage tank for repair work when the explosion occurred Tuesday night at the Proliant facility in Lytton. Authorities say he has life-threatening injuries.
A second man, 32-year-old Manuel Ruiz, of Columbus, Ohio suffered injuries that authorities described as severe. Both men, employees of an equipment company in Ohio, were transferred to a hospital in Omaha.
Fifty-two-year-old Dana Boom of Lake View, Iowa was also hurt. The Proliant employee was taken to local hospital for treatment and later released.
Authorities say they're still investigating the cause of the explosion.
Man Arrested For Pomeroy Murder
POMEROY, Iowa (AP) - Authorities have arrested a man in connection with a death in northern Iowa.
The Calhoun County Attorney's Office said Wednesday that 48-year-old Freddy Crisp has been charged with first-degree murder in the death of Dale Currie Potter, of Devil's Lake, North Dakota.
Potter was found dead in Pomeroy on Nov. 10 with a gunshot wound. Additional information about his cause of death has not been released.
Crisp has been taken to the Sac County Jail. No bond has been established at this time. Court records do not list an attorney for Crisp.
Rail Traffic Running Smoothly This Year
(Ankeny) -- The transportation of agricultural commodities from country grain elevators to food processing centers should be easier this year than in past years. Iowa Soy Transportation Coalition executive Director Mike Steenhouck (Steen-hook) says there are three reasons why rail service should be readily available. One reason is because there simply are more engines.
Steenhouck says grain elevator managers are reporting no unexpected delays this year with rail service. He says that was not the case during the first six months of last year, when there were some anxiety and frustration among rail customers for the lack of rail service. Steenhouck says the reason for the frustration was the imbalance of rail supply versus rail demand. In addition to the additional locomotives that rail companies have added on line, Steenhouck says the lower oil prices have slowed down the activity from the Bakken oil fields of North Dakota, allowing for more train engines to be available to transport grain.
The third reason for the smooth transportation of commodities this year is the fact farmers are holding their grain in hopes to see higher prices at a later time. The results means the marketplace is not being flooded, therefore an adequate supply of locomotive engines and rail cars are now available to transport the grain that is being marketed, and not creating short-term rail shortages.
Branstad Joins Lawsuit Against Environmental Protection Agency On W.O.T.U.S.
(Sioux City) -- Governor Terry Branstad has joined a federal lawsuit that challenges new federal rules on the oversight of smaller waterways, tributaries and wetlands.
Thirty-one other states are challenging the so-called "Waters of the U.S." rule in court. The rule is on hold as lawsuits make their way through the court system. Critics say the rule will give federal officials the authority to tell farmers what they can and cannot apply on their fields. Supporters of the rule say it will protect bodies of water from development and pollution.