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Friday Afternoon News, December 4th


Two Holiday Traditions Are Cancelled Due To Spread Of COVID-19 Virus

(Le Mars) — Two traditional Le Mars Christmas-time holiday celebrations that normally would have occurred this weekend will not happen this year due to the spread of the COVID-19 virus. The Christmas lighted parade, and the Pioneer Village Winter Wonderland held at the Plymouth County Fairgrounds
would normally kick off the holiday season. Both events usually draw thousands of visitors to the “Ice Cream Capital of the World.” Joel Johnson, has in the past, served as the lighted parade’s coordinator. He says next year he hopes the parade will be bigger and better.




Livestock Producers Should See Higher Prices In 2021

(Ames) — Livestock producers can expect to see increased prices for both cattle and hogs for the upcoming year, according to an Iowa State University Extension and Outreach agricultural economist. Lee Schultz says after several quarters of expansion within the hog industry, we have begun to see
signs of the hog numbers retreat, which should lead to slightly higher hog prices.

Lee Schulz (Photo by Christopher Gannon/Iowa State University)

Schultz says despite the pandemic, pork exports continue to remain fairly strong.

Schultz says beef exports have also been good, and look to remain strong heading into 2021. Schultz says what has benefited livestock producers during the COVID-19 pandemic, are meat products were able to retain its value.

The Iowa State University Ag Economist says the problems encountered earlier in the year when meat processing plants were needing to shut down for a while due to large employee absenteeism, as a result of the wide spread outbreak of
coronavirus, seem to be in better shape today.

Schultz says throughout the time of the COVID-19 outbreak, demand for meat products held strong. He says we saw a major shift from consumer demand at restaurants to increase consumer demand at the super market and grocery store. He says we are starting to see a resumption of food service which has also lead to a higher demand for meat products.




Fort Dodge Murder Suspect Plans to Defend Himself in Court

(Fort Dodge, IA) — A Webster County man accused of murdering an 18-year-old woman plans to defend himself in court. Eighteen-year-old Denahrrio Lewil of Fort Dodge has given notice to the court he will be defending himself in upcoming court proceedings. He’s facing first-degree murder and
attempted murder charges after police say he opened fire on a vehicle September 20th and killed Jlynn Beason. Investigators say the bullets were intended for Beason’s brother, as he and Lewil had an altercation prior to the shooting. Lewil has entered not guilty pleas to both charge.




Two Killed in Washington County Crash

(Brighton, IA) — The Iowa State Patrol is investigating a crash in Washington County that left two people dead. State troopers say an S-U-V missed a stop sign on Highway 1 and collided with a van Thursday night. Both vehicles ended up in the ditch. The S-U-V driver – 66-year-old Patricia Remington of Brighton – and 67-year-old passenger Nita Hesseltine of Rubio both died at the scene. The driver of the van and another passenger were
taken to the hospital with unknown injuries.




Nice Weather Forecast For Iowa Shotgun Deer Season Opener

(Ames, IA) — With clear skies and highs in the 40s forecast for much of Iowa, it’s expected to be an extremely busy opening weekend for shotgun deer season. D-N-R biologist Tyler Harms says they expect to see about 120-thousand deer hunters in the field in the next few weekends. He says so far this year, “our harvest is trending right along about where we were at this
time last year.” There are a few key changes in deer hunting regulations, like allowing for antlerless deer hunting in seven north-central Iowa counties. Hours for shotgun deer season are from sunrise and sunset. The first season runs from December 5th to the 9th, with the second season running December 12th to the 20th.