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Rich Paulsen - What’s Up

School is off and running again

Almost all of the local schools have opened their doors for the school year to begin this week. SWCC is also back in session. Many of the students were moving into the dorms last weekend. The first football games will be on tap this Friday night. Creston/O-M takes on Chariton on its new football field. The new field looks really nice and should be a good addition, especially when it rains or we get some late season snow.

Just a word to all the drivers to be careful out there. Lots of kids will be moving around and getting familiar with their routes this week, so slow down and watch out for the kids.

State Fair

After a slow attendance start to the State Fair, the fair had a great last day and set the new all-time attendance record. Over 1.1 million people made it to the fair this year. The grandstand shows had mixed reactions with Papa Roach having less than 3,000 people and Thomas Rhett with more than 15,000. I would bet the cooler weather the last weekend helped to set the record. Almost 115,000 people showed up the last day. Next year the fair runs from Aug. 8 to Aug. 18.


The nice rains this week were a good thing for all of our yards and farms. Plus the cooler temps for a few days is also a blessing. There is still plenty of hot weather to come. The advanced September forecast calls for temps in the upper 80s and low 90s. Don’t get your snow shovels out yet!

Tax time

I know just about everyone has received their property tax statement over the past couple of weeks. I was shocked to see how much my taxes went up this year. I live in a small condo and mine when up $638 or almost 24 percent. The local hospital did a good job with only a two-tenths of a percent increase. But almost everyone else was up in asking 3-5 percent except the City of Creston that is up over 12 percent. Eight of the 12 percent is going to the $5 million road project. The rest is going for operations and IPERS. I heard many others talking about big increases this year also. Some are down, but I’ve heard more from the ones that are up of course. We’ll have some more stories on taxes in the future.

Something’s lower

Mortgages dropped a little this past week. They are down to 4.53 percent. The number of homes being bought has dropped the last couple of months due to the prices of new homes. Plus, there are fewer people moving due to the unemployment rate being so low. The first of the millennials turn 37 this year and many of them have unpaid student loans that are holding them back from buying. It looks like the FED is going to up the interest rate in September, which may make it even tougher on folks to get into a home. Stay tuned.


I see they are having floods all over the country. Even in Arizona! The Talking Stick casino in Scottsdale got flooded out about a week ago. It is still not back open. They were having a big poker tournament with folks from all over the world that had to be canceled when the waters started going through the casino floor. Of course, it looks like the flood waters in the eastern part of the country are also going wild. All this while California burns up. Mother Nature is throwing us an interesting year.

Thought for the week: “A quotation at the right moment is like bread to the famished.” – The Talmud

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