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Rich Paulsen - What’s Up

Back-to-school time

It’s that time of year where all the schools open their doors for another year of adventure. It seems like the last school year just ended a day or two ago, and here we are starting over again.

I don’t even have kids to send off to school anymore, but I always look forward to school starting with all the activity it brings. The forecast looks like the start of the school year will have some mild temperatures instead of those hot temps we usually get. It looks like it will be in the 60’s for the football games Friday night, which will make for a nice fall night.


Boy, the eclipse sure brought out a lot of people to see Mother Nature’s light show. It was a real positive event that I think we all needed right about now. I hate to watch the evening news anymore with all the negativism that is put out. It was to great to see people cheering for the sun and moon! We get to see another one in seven years if we’re still around!

Labor Day

Labor Day is fast approaching. It’s the last big summer holiday weekend. The gas prices are staying low, so I would guess there will be a lot of people on the roads.

It is the opening weekend for college football. I used to live in Wyoming and they open up at the University of Iowa. I think it should be a good game with Wyoming sporting one of the top quarterbacks in the country, although Iowa will have the home field advantage. I’m sure I’ll get to see several of my buddies on their way to the game. Iowa State opens up with Northern Iowa, which always draws a lot of interest.

Tax time

Coming to a mail box near you – your property tax statement! It should be any day now and you will be getting the good news as to what you owe on your property. The good news is you can pay it in two payments at the end of September and March. Pretty good odds you will be paying more this year than last unless you own a lot of farm ground.

Saturday night

The annual Creston/O-M Panther football fundraiser is Saturday night. Tickets are only $10 and get you a great meal and a chance to bid on many fun items.


It was super to see more than a drop or two of rain this week. It’s been a long time coming. I see parts of Union County got up to 7.5 inches of rain. I don’t know if it will help out the crops a whole lot, but at least it should give them a little relief. It would be good if we could get a little more rain before the snow sets in for the year.


I made it up to the Iowa State Fair. I see they set the all-time attendance record this year. The weather and the new rides probably helped to draw people out to the event. I don’t know how many more new foods they can come up with. I tried a bacon corn dog, but I think the regular corn dog is still the best. Plus, I washed it down with one of those cool lemonades. Less than a year till the next one!

Thought for the week: “No one has ever become poor by giving.” – Anne Frank

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