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Rich Paulsen - What’s Up

Get your green on this coming week

Next Tuesday is St Patrick’s Day. The one time of the year where you can wear your green in all its glory. Corned beef and cabbage is the lunch of the day and you can look for the pot of gold near the end of the rainbow for your new found treasure. St. Patrick’s day is a chance for all of us to be Irish for a day. So get your green on and take in the day.


Next Thursday is also the first day of Spring. We were pretty lucky this year and were spared all that crazy polar vortex weather we got a year ago.

In fact, we have already had a couple of spring-like days. The grass is even starting to turn a nice shade of green in honor of the season. Not to say we might not get the occasional snow shower between now and May, but it should be short-lived this time of year. I’m sure all my farmer friends are itching at the switch to get out into the fields. I would guess with all the 40-50 mph winds we have been having lately that some of the fields should be getting kind of dried out and ready for tractors.

Spring break

Next week is also spring break for many of the local schools. It always seems like the town gets pretty quiet with many people hitting the road for a little break in the action, although this year might be a little more tame with the Cornonavirus causing some people to change their travel plans. Both Seattle and Italy are probably destinations that are not too hot at this point. I’m guessing most people will not be changing their plans and will continue on with their lives as usual.


The gas price should help people out going on spring break. The little price war between Russia and Saudi Arabia will be a happy note for everyone’s pocket book. If the stations gives us the price discounts for $33 per barrel we should have prices under $2 per gallon for a while. As always the price never comes down as fast as it goes up. The savings will put a lot of money in people pockets if the gas war keeps up for a while.


Nice gesture from Karl and Jan Knock on the donation to the local arts group. It will be nice to see the building across the street get restored and put back into use down the line.


Our annual Progress edition will be on your doorsteps the week of March 23rd. There will be one section of the edition in each day’s paper that week. It will have a multitude of stories about many of our friends and neighbors from around the area. It is always a wonderful section with many stories about people and businesses that you may not be all familiar with. So check out the edition, it is always entertaining.

Lysol lucky

I was lucky enough the other day to find a couple of cans of Lysol on the store shelf. The shelf was bare except for a few cans of the disinfectant.

With all the cornonavirus scare going on it is tough to come by hand sanitizer and some cleaning disinfectants. I didn’t know I would ever be so happy to have a couple of cans of Lysol to fight the “bad germs.” Kind of like hunting without a gun! Just keep washing your hands out there. Lucky for me I bought several hand sanitizers at the after Christmas sales. So I’m set to fight the good fight!

Though for the week

“Before I got married I had six theories about bring up children. Now I have six children and no theories.” -John Wilmot

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