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Signs warning drivers about the quiet zone in Ottumwa went up before federal officials formally approved it. The zone does not prohibit trains from sounding their horns in emergencies, but means they are no longer required to sound them at downtown crossings.

Managing Editor

Matt Milner currently serves as the Courier's Managing Editor. Milner is a trained weather spotter and is usually outside if there are storms. He joined the Courier in 2002.