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Rich Paulsen - What’s Up

Get your mind and body ready for the time change

This Sunday morning, Daylight Saving Time begins. So you get to lose an hour of sleep due to the fact you get to move your clock ahead one hour Saturday night before you go to bed, or else you may miss church! I’m not so sure that just leaving the clock alone all year would make that much difference in my life.


This Saturday is the second annual The Learning Center fundraiser. The trivia contest pits many of our local friends and neighbors against each other for bragging rights for the next year. I think I’ve met quite a few people who know a lot about something!

Coming back

Next week will be the return of the Hy-Vee inserts back into the newspaper and shopper, just in time for Easter and St Patrick’s Day shopping.

St. Pats

We are fortunate to have St Patrick’s Day on a Saturday this year. I’m sure there will be plenty of people out on Saturday night celebrating the annual Irish holiday. All the green drinks will be out in full force that evening.


Easter is kind of early this year. Easter Sunday is on April 1, otherwise known as April Fools Day. It’s kind of like having two holidays on one day!

The unusual thing about Easter weekend is that we will have a second full moon on Saturday night for the month of March. It will not happen again until 2072! So take this one in ... some of us won’t be around to see the next one! That’s 54 years from now if you are counting!


I see Kim Reynolds announced last night she is going to run for Governor. She has a couple of people running against her in the primary, but unless something big happens, it is always pretty tough to beat an incumbent. The Democratic side of the ticket may be more interesting with eight folks who have thrown their name into the hat. My guess is that Fred Hubbell and Nate Boulton will be the top contenders for that side of the ticket.

Osceola is in the Second District, where Dave Loebsack is the incumbent representative. He may be taking on Osceola native Ginny Caligiuri in the general election this fall. June 5 is the primary election.

Fireman’s Dance

Saturday night is the annual Creston Volunteer Firefighters Dance at the Eagles Lodge here in Creston. So if you feel like dancing, show up around 8 p.m. for all the fun.


I’ve noticed several of the “snowbirds” have drifted back into town lately. It should be spring, but it just doesn’t really feel like it yet. The calendar says we are only 12 days away from the official start of spring. But with the weather as of late, I don’t think I’m going to see anybody in the fields planting very soon. Welcome back all of you who have been “braving” those cool 50-80 degree temps down south for the last couple of months!

East Coast

I guess we can’t feel too bad about the weather. Those poor folks on the East Coast are getting round two this weekend of another nor’easter.

There are still a lot of folks that don’t have power restored from last weekend’s event.


We may get a blizzard next week. Not the kind with lots of snow but one that comes in a cup with ice cream and some wonderful candy in it!

You can tell spring is coming back when Dairy Queen opens its doors for the summer.

Thought for the week: “Time is more valuable than money. You can get more money, but you can not get more time.” – Jim Rohn

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