The O’Brien County Sheriff’s Office has notified KIWA Radio that a company known as “Progress Rail Services” is going to be burning railroad freight cars out at the Ritter Elevator. Ritter is located four miles northeast of Sheldon on old Highway 60, or Northwest Boulevard. The company advises that the burning may create a lot of smoke for the next three weeks.
There were two derailments early this year near Ritter. One was in late January and the other in late February.