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Rich Paulsen - What’s Up

Thanksgiving’s only two weeks away

I get the feeling that Thanksgiving will be more of a close family affair this year than anytime in the last century, due to all the mandates and proclamations on the current COVID-19 situation. It looks like a lot of the large family gatherings won’t be as large this year. I’ve read and heard that even turkeys may be at a premium down the stretch. Many retailers were laying in a supply of the birds a couple of months ago, but with more families staying home that means more turkeys will be needed! It’s been a tough year on all of us but there is still plenty to give thanks for. Hopefully the vaccine is on the way to get us back to halfway normal.

Black Friday comes early

Black Friday sales for this year have already started and every store around seems to be offering deals. Christmas sales appeared to start about Halloween this year. I talked to one local banker this week and and he told me that bank deposits are way up for most people due to the lack of having activities to spend their money on. Look at all the vacations, concerts, ball games and other things like restaurant visits that didn’t happen this year. Plus if you need money, the interest rates are the best they have ever been and there are still plenty of jobs to be had. Whether you want to be a food service worker or an engineer, Iowa has the lowest unemployment rate in the country, so it appears there’s no reason not to have a job.

‘Shop Small Saturday’

Nov. 28 will be the 10th annual Shop Small Saturday promotion, which encourages people to take advantage of local small businesses. This year more than any other, they need your support. We need every small business we can get. Don’t just shop only on Nov. 28, but help support them year round. Your local merchants will truly appreciate it.

Christmas shopping

I’ve also seen that many Christmas items are also in short supply. Don’t think twice about picking up the perfect gift you are looking for when you see it, as it has a good chance of not being there if you go back later on. I hear that Santa will be taking “wish lists” at the drive thru this Christmas so that kids can still get their “wants” into old Saint Nick. Kids will have something to look forward to the end of this month.


The high school, college and professional ranks have been getting their seasons in so far, but a number of teams have had a week or two off along the way.

With the crisis worsening across the country, it may be tough to make it through the playoffs. I see the pros are already working on contingent plans ... just in case. I just hope the high school programs around the country can keep things going this winter without too much of a problem.


The hunters in the area seem to be doing well. I’ve seen pictures of several big bucks, lots of ducks and even the pheasant hunters have been doing pretty well. Most of the corn is now out so it should get even better with the snow and cold weather on its way. The cold and snow up north of us have also pushed a lot of ducks and geese down already this year.

Thought for the week:

“The person who says it cannot be done should not interrupt the person who is doing it.” ~ Chinese proverb

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