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Rich Paulsen - What’s Up

Valentine’s Day is upon us

Next Tuesday is Valentine’s Day. The annual day of appreciation, love and respect will most likely be celebrated this weekend by many around the country. I know locally there are many fun activities and dinners going on this weekend. Flowers, chocolate and jewelry are always the main gifts for the event. Of course, there is always the “mushy card” to accompany the gift!


I read the amount of orange juice being drank today is almost half of what it was 12 years ago. The industry is also fighting a disease that is killing many of the orange trees in Florida. Many citrus farmers are starting to switch over to other crops like olives and hops. It looks like the bottled water craze is hurting a lot of the “old time” drinks.


I talked to Don Sonntag the other day, and he has sold seven condos out at the new site off of Cottonwood Road. He is planning on having 12 built this year. There is lots of activity in that area with the new bridge on Adams Street scheduled to re-open sometime next spring or summer.


The snow yesterday was a good reminder that winter is still going on. We have got kind of spoiled with little snow and some days in the 50s to give us a glimpse of spring. It looks like we may a couple more of those days this weekend. I read where the long-range forecast has us experiencing winter-like conditions a ways into spring. The “guess” is we will have a severe-storm spring this year. You just never know what Mother Nature is going to do.

Tax time

We are right in the middle of tax season. You do have until April 18 this year to get your taxes in due to several holidays that push the date back from the traditional April 15. It seems like a lot of people are running behind on doing their taxes this year. Even the IRS is running behind in sending out refunds.


Again this year, most of the state of Iowa will not be able to see the State Wrestling Tournament on television. Thanks to the Iowa High School Athletic Association selling out the event to a Chicago TV company. It is probably one of worst deals you could make for the sport. The deal gives the company pretty much complete control of the tournament, including who and where the media is admitted. I think its a bad deal for the premiere Iowa sport.


The Creston News Advertiser won several awards at the Iowa Press Association meeting this past week, including several Associated Press awards. We are fortunate to have such a good staff. We can’t do this without all the support from our advertisers and subscribers. Thank you for your continued support of our products.


The undefeated SWCC men’s basketball team has three home games left. They are on the Feb. 15, Feb. 18 and Feb. 25. The playoffs lie behind those games. They are fun to watch, so go catch a game or two.


The annual Creston: Arts auction and fundraiser is Saturday, Feb. 18. The event will be at The Lobby. There are always some fun and interesting items to bid on.

Thought for the week: “What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

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