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Rich Paulsen - What’s Up

Get ready for a little summer heat this weekend

Today is Heat Awareness Day, which may be just in time for some hot weather moving in this weekend.

It looks like we may be in for a few days of 90 degrees or more. The advisory tells you to do the usual things like drink plenty of water, take frequent breaks and wear light clothing. We’ve been pretty fortunate and have had plenty of rain so far this year. Most of the lakes and ponds are full going into the summer season. It looks like this could be a summer where we see some of those 100-degree days. But you just never know!

Gas

The new Agriland FS Inc. gas station on Highway 34 in town has made some difference on the gas prices already.

The first day they went into business, the price of the other stations in town went down 2 cents to meet their price. About a week later, the Casey’s stations moved the price up 12 cents a gallon only to bring it back down the next day since the new station on the Highway didn’t move theirs up. Plus, on my ventures around the area this week, it has to be one of the few times I’ve seen Creston lower than Stuart and Red Oak pricing in a long time.

Sometimes change and competition is good. I see the new station is selling gas for 10 cents below listed price this Saturday for their grand opening. Then it will be 7 cents off for the rest of the month.

Fireworks

I’m glad to see the state of Iowa is now allowing fireworks. It’s kind of disappointing you can’t shoot them off in a lot of cities. Hopefully by next year that will change.

It’s kind of hypocritical that the cities will get the sales tax money from the sales but want you to go shoot them somewhere else. A lot of clubs and organizations make a fair amount of money selling the items. I’m sure the folks in Missouri will miss out on some good revenue from all the Iowans that formerly made the trip to get some fireworks.

Army

I read a story this week that the Army is offering about $380 million in bonuses for people who sign up for the Army. They can also get a bonus for signing on for four more years. The new president is looking at beefing up the defense and in this tight employment environment, it is tough to find people. Currently more than 70 percent of men can not qualify for the Army due to many different circumstances.

6 million

That is how many jobs are currently open across the United States this month. It used to be that a lot of kids had summer jobs. But, there are fewer and fewer kids taking summer jobs.

I don’t know how the country will continue to grow unless we can find a few million good workers. A lot of the unemployed don’t have the skills to get work. We need more training across the board if we hope to make any headway in getting some people back to work.

Music

I had a chance to take in the Tom Petty and Joe Walsh concert in Des Moines Monday night.

Both of the “fossil rockers” have been around for a long time. But the crowd of 15,000 seemed to know the words to just about every song they sang. I don’t know if I’ve ever been to a concert where people were singing the whole way through!

Which brings us to the Party in the Park coming up on Saturday, June 24, in McKinley Park. Tickets are on sale here at the newspaper office. There will be three wonderful tribute bands playing everything from Journey to Bad Company.

Thought for the week: “Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves.” – Carl Jung

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