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Rich Paulsen - What’s Up

Party in the Park this weekend

The annual fundraiser for Creston Parks and Recreation is Saturday.

It looks like the weather gods are going to cooperate with the highs only in the 70s. So it should be a nice evening to come out and take in some music in McKinley Park. Tickets are $15 today and Friday and go up to $20 day of the show. Make a trip to the park, the money goes to a great cause – upgrading the park.


Even with the stands selling fireworks, I haven’t heard much noise around town. Of course, you cannot legally shoot them in the town of Creston. I’m sure a number of folks will be skipping the trip to Missouri this year and get their fireworks right here in Iowa. Hopefully by next year we will be able to shoot fireworks in town.

Fourth of July

The celebrations will be going full swing over the Fourth of July holiday in both Creston and Osceola. Both towns put on a great fireworks show and celebration.

There will be some new events in the park and couple of old events that will no longer be going on. We will miss the tractor and power show that has been going on for the last 20-some years. But, we will welcome in a bags tournament, 3-on-3 basketball, pizza eating contest and music with the fireworks. You can get a full rundown of events at the Creston Chamber online or look for the events in next week’s CNA.


I had the chance to have dinner with our Governor Kim Reynolds and Lt. Governor Adam Gregg. The two were very fun to talk with. They both are easy to talk with and covered a wide range of topics from what’s going on in the state to their families.

They were both excited to meet and have dinner with President Donald Trump and various members of his cabinet this week. I think both will have their hands full with the ag economy struggling to stay afloat due to low crop prices. Those low prices are going to continue to create havoc on the state’s budget.

The Governor has two upcoming trips to China and Israel to help “peddle” Iowa products abroad. Plus, I know Gov. Reynolds was looking forward to having a sit-down talk with new Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue on the same subject of selling Iowa products overseas. She also informed me the first boxes of Iowa beef left the state this week to China.


I notice the meat prices going up and staying up. Whether it’s chicken, beef or pork, all of these meats have seen some pretty good increases over the last year. Steaks have taken a big increase over the last year.

The problem is “choice” beef is in short supply. Iowa is now sending beef to China which makes the supply tighter here in Iowa. Chicken is also at a longtime high. The problem there is we are low on chickens due to the lower procreation rate of the new birds.

We need 9 billion birds a year to keep up our supply and the lower hatch rate has lowered the number of chickens going to market. Pork has also taken a big increase since the Memorial Day weekend and has stayed there. So your Fourth of July BBQ will be a little bit more expensive this year.


Gas prices have come down. The price of a barrel of crude is looking like it will go under $40 sometime soon. Gas is $2.03 per gallon this week and may have a chance to be under $2 by the Fourth of July. Wouldn’t that be nice?

Thought for the week: “Patriotism is like charity – it begins at home.” – Henry James

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