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Easter is in full swing this weekend

There are all kinds of Easter egg hunts going on this weekend across central Iowa.

You can get a full rundown of the times and places in today's newspaper.

There'll be lots of candy and wonderful prizes for all the kids who attend the events. The Easter bunny will be available at some of the events, but not all.

The one good thing is that it looks like we won't have to hide the candy in a snow bank! It looks like we might get a little rain in the afternoon, but the morning looks good for hunting candy. A jacket and some gloves should make for better hunting of the prized eggs.

I don't know if you have caught the five-part series on "The Bible" on the History channel the past four weeks, but the fifth and final two-hour conclusion will be shown this Sunday evening. It is kind of an updated and expanded version of the old "Ten Commandments" movie.

Trees

The folks at Alliant and Union County Conservation Board are teaming up to "Releaf" the area.

You can purchase up to two trees at a substantial discount. The program is financed through a grant from Alliant. The trees are only $25 each, and there are several varieties to chose from.

For more information on where to sign up and order your trees you can call 641-347-5100 to get a form.

We lost several trees to last year's tornado, and this is a good way to start releafing the area.

Farming

Last year on this date, I was talking to a farmer who had just gotten done planting a field with corn. Many people had mowed their lawns a couple of times and my wife had a pretty good tan going already. What a difference a year makes!

This year, most farmers are still trying to get their tractors out of the mud from all the recent snow and rain we've had. The recent precipitation sure isn't enough to fill back up a lot of the ponds and lakes that are way down. It could be an interesting farming season if the rain gods don't kick in.

I've seen several predictions that corn and soybean prices may start to sneak back down with some of the foreign countries looking to have good crops this year. It will be interesting to see where prices go from here.

Progress

Hopefully you have had a chance to read all the "Progress" editions we have carried each day in the Creston News Advertiser this week.

The stories and pictures are really interesting on many of our local veterans. It's a nice tribute to the folks who have helped protect our country over the years. The CNA staff did a nice job of getting many of the stories from our local vets. There are a lot of neat stories from World War II all the way up until today. It's kind of interesting that a number of the vets played baseball for the old Creston semi-pro team "back in the day." The pictures of the old airplanes and machinery were of great interest to me.

Thanks to all the businesses and service people who made it a fun edition to do.

Burger

It was nice to see the Elm's Club get nominated for one of the top 10 burger places in Iowa.

Their pork tenderloin is an award winner and now the burger is getting its due.

It will be kind of interesting for the judges to gauge a "pure" hamburger like the one at the Elm's Club versus a burger at Zombie Burger in Des Moines that will have some exotic fu-fu topping on it.

Thought for the week: There is no exercise better for the heart than reaching down and lifting people up. — John Andrew Holmer

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