- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 15, 2015

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - A Sioux Falls City Council decision to rename a 4-mile stretch of state Highway 11 “Veterans Parkway” will stand, despite the objections of some history buffs.

Councilman Greg Jamison on Tuesday asked his colleagues to reconsider last week’s decision. Jamison had voted in favor of the change from Powder House Road but said he later concluded the highway has no relevance to military history.

“I feel like I made a mistake,” he said.

History aficionados oppose the renaming because they think it will erode memories of a New Year’s Eve 1936 explosion, when a gang from Sioux City, Iowa, 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.

“I’m still a little bewildered because the story basically is nothing but criminal activity by very unsuccessful criminals,” Councilman Kenny Anderson Jr said. “You never know what we want to hold on to.”

The council on a 6-2 vote refused to reconsider the renaming decision.

“For people that are new to Sioux Falls, they would see that it’s Veteran’s Parkway, and that would demonstrate the high regard we have for veterans here in Sioux Falls,” Councilman Kermit Staggers said.

A frontage road will maintain the Powder House Road name, and a historical marker will be placed in the area, Councilman Rex Rolfing said.

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