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Valentine's Day can make for a fun day

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Today is Valentine's Day, the day most of us try and impress our loved one by either being kind, generous or maybe even both.

A survey I read says the average male will spend $131 on Valentine's Day. It could be on anything from dinner out to flowers.

With Valentine's Day on Thursday, I have a feeling there will be plenty of carry over to the weekend with a lot of Valentine's celebrations taking place then.

Night out

The annual dinner and comedy night out for McKinley Park will be March 2. A smoked prime rib dinner and a number of out-of-town comedians will highlight the evening.

There are only 300 tickets, and the event was a sell out last year, so if you would like a ticket, you can get more information and tickets at the Creston News Advertiser office. Tickets are $25 each for a fun evening.

Everybody needs a little laughter now and then.

Wrestling

The Iowa State High School Wrestling tournament is going on this weekend. There is always a great crowd for the event up in Des Moines.

The one wrestling "downer" for the week was the announcement they are looking to discontinue the event at the Olympics starting in 2020. As usual, it sounds like there is some politics involved in removing the sport. There is still a chance they may reinstate the sport, but the wrestling folks are going to have to get out there and lobby to keep it as an Olympic sport.

Presidents Day

Next Monday a lot of government folks get the day off for Presidents Day. There won't be mail on Monday.

Of course, starting in August you won't get any mail on Saturdays either if the post office gets its way. It will be interesting to see if Congress gets involved and tries to stop the move by the post office.

The only way the post office will ever be able to make money is to close about half of its offices across the country.

Delivery

Speaking of nondelivery, I hear the folks who get the Des Moines Register delivered by carrier in Creston will not be getting it starting next week.

They seem to have had a tough time getting it delivered and are finally giving up the delivery of the paper locally. It's either by mail or buy one somewhere.

New stuff

The Creston News Advertiser received some new equipment this week.

We will now be using computer-to-plate equipment to print our product.

This new process will eliminate the use of film in putting together our newspaper. Plus, we also put into play a new system that will put bar codes on our mail subscriptions.

Both processes will help us keep up to date with the newspaper business of 2013. The new machinery costs about $80,000.

Ag

The end of next week many of our area farmer friends will receive a free copy of our new ag magazine the Creston News Advertiser is publishing.

We will have some extras here at the newspaper, but if you are interested in a copy of the glossy magazine, you can give us your address, and we will be glad to send you one.

The magazine will come out three times a year and feature many stories on area ag producers and issues.

Dry

I sure don't like the looks of all the ponds and lakes around the area. Even with the snow and rain we have had the past few weeks, it doesn't seem like it has even made a dent in raising the water levels. I'm hoping for a bunch more rain this spring so we can get the waterways back to normal.

Thought for the week: America is more wild and absurd than ever. — Edmund Burke, 1769

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