- Associated Press - Friday, October 2, 2015

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - Sioux Falls residents opposed to changing the name of a 4-mile stretch of state Highway 11 are hoping to bring the matter to a public vote.

The City Council in July voted to change the name from Powder House Road to Veterans Parkway, to honor military veterans. The decision irked history buffs who think it will erode memories of a New Year’s Eve 1936 explosion.

The blast happened when a Sioux City, Iowa, gang lit a Sioux Falls dynamite storage building on fire to get rid of adversaries. The explosion killed a man, shattered windows miles away and led to the arrest of three people.

Jim Carlson and other history enthusiasts calling themselves “People for Veterans Parkway and Powder House Road” are now pushing ballot initiatives that would change the name back to Powder House Road, and rename a different roadway Veterans Parkway, The Argus Leader newspaper reported (http://argusne.ws/1LWINAG ).

“We think the original, whole idea of honoring veterans with a parkway is a good idea,” Carlson said. “We just didn’t think it should be on Powder House Road.”

The group has until Jan. 4 to obtain about 5,200 signatures to force a public vote next April.

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Information from: Argus Leader, http://www.argusleader.com

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