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PM News 12.27.19



A winter storm may impact a portion of the Siouxland area as we move into the upcoming weekend. The National Weather Service says because of high levels of uncertainty people should check the forecast often if traveling.

Sioux City could see up to 6 inches of snow Sunday night. Vermillion, South Dakota up to 8 inches, Yankton, South Dakota up to a foot, and O’Neill, Nebraska up to 18 inches.

State officials have referred to Iowa prosecutors the names of nine people suspected of voting twice in the November election last year.

The Iowa secretary of state's office said in a news release today the nine are suspected of voting in Iowa after casting ballots in other states.

Most of the cases happened in central Iowa with one in Sioux County.

There were 27 suspected instances of people voting first in Iowa and then other states during the same election.

The information was discovered through Iowa’s partnership with several states in the Electronic Registration Information Center.

The states share data to improve the accuracy of voter rolls and enhance voter confidence. 

And, the Holiday Bowl is underway tonight in San Diego.    

The number 16 Iowa Hawkeyes take on number 22 USC Trojans.

Iowa placed third in the Big Ten West Division and are 9 and 3.  The Trojans are 8 and 4.  Iowa is a two-point favorite.

Tomorrow, Iowa State takes on number 14 Notre Dame in the Camping World Bowl.

Iowa State has won 23 games over the past three seasons,  one away from matching its best three-year stretch.

Kickoff of tomorrow at 11 a.m. in Orlando Florida.

PM NEWS #2 12.27.19

People are eating a lot of beef, both in the U.S. and around the world. That could be good news for the cattle sector in 2020.

There’s a cycle to beef production. Iowa State University livestock economist Lee Schulz says at the current point in that cycle, the number of cattle should be leveling-off.

Traditionally, that would mean lower prices. But as he looks ahead to predictions for 2020, Schulz sees better prices than the ones today.

“That’s certainly setting up that we could continue to hold inventories or not see very large declines or liquidations of the cattle herd because of those supported prices in the horizon.”

Schulz says export sales grew by double-digits in recent years, and a bit more modestly in 2019. The new trade deal with Japan and the likely implementation of a new North American agreement could keep beef exports strong in 2020.

After suffering big losses from this year’s Missouri River flooding, Iowa farmers are preparing for next year.

Some say they’re worried about more flooding in 2020, but are sticking to their livelihood.

Flooding in southwest Iowa destroyed almost 2 million bushels of corn and half a million bushels of soybeans.

Some farmer in the area made money this year through providing equipment and labor to crews fixing levee breaches.

And, food banks across Siouxland are benefiting from an annual holiday tradition.   

Credit Security National Bank

The “Spread the Joy” peanut butter and jelly drive from Security National Bank raised more than 4,300 pounds.

The donations will go to food banks in Sioux City, Akron, Mapleton, Lawton and Moville.

Because of the New Year’s holiday garbage, yard waste and recycling will be delayed by one day in Sioux City.  Wednesday’s scheduled route will be picked up Thursday.  Thursday on Friday and Friday on Saturday.

Plus, Christmas trees will be picked up on the curbside in Sioux City for the first two weeks of January.  Just remove all the decorations first and cut into four foot lengths.  You don’t need a special waste sticker during that time.

Also, trees maybe be dropped off at the lower parking lot of the Dorothy Pecaut Nature center through Monday, January 13th.  The trees will be chipped and used on trails in the park.  Wreaths will not be accepted.

Sheila Brummer returns to her radio roots as a Reporter/Special Projects Producer for Siouxland Public Media KWIT-KOJI.