The Federal Aviaion Administration has approved the construction of a new 140 foot tall water tower in Le Mars.
The FAA previously was concerned that the water tower could pose a risk and interfere with air traffic patterns for the Le Mars airport.
But in a letter to city officials, the FAA confirmed the city may proceed on construction at the proposed site on the southwest corner of town.
Project Engineer Mike Washburn of Fort Dodge based McClure Engineering, says the ruling will allow the tower to be constructed as it was designed:
Washburn says the FAA ruling means pilots will now need to approach Le Mars from the west.
He says other Iowa communities have similar provisions due to obstacles:
The Le Mars City Council approved contracts for both the water tower and a booster station.
Washburn says construction could start in the spring.
Volunteers from the Siouxland Chapter of the American Red Cross are on their way with an emergency response vehicle to tornado devastated Illinois.
Kara Kelly, spokeswoman for the Iowa region, says two person crews departed from Sioux City and Ft. Dodge.
A total of 15 Iowa Red Cross volunteers from 10 cities are helping in the aftermath of the disaster.
Kelly says those wishing to contribute to disaster relief may help in three different ways:
25 Red Cross shelters have been established for storm victims in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Ohio.
The Union County Sheriff's Department has been awarded over $18-thousand dollars for a drug dog and related costs to be used in drug investigations.
South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley says the money was awarded out of the state's drug control fund.
Jackley says the fund allows law enforcement to combat controlled substance abuse by funding local programs with monies seized from drug arrests.
A Sioux City man has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder in the killing of a man whose body was found in South Dakota.
20 year old Martin Castellanos entered a written plea Monday in Woodbury County District Court.
Castellanos is accused of fatally shooting 20-year-old Adrian Rojas-Hernandez in October in Sioux City.
Hernandez's partially burned body was found later in a ditch alongside a gravel road in South Dakota.
A trial date for Castellanos has not been set.
Another man, 22-year-old Ricardo Vital, of Sioux City, has pleaded not guilty to a misdemeanor charge of accessory after the fact.
Investigators say he drove a car used to move Hernandez's body, and helped clean up evidence.
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