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Paulsen: Memorial Day is a little early this year

Published: Thursday, May 22, 2014 11:23 a.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, May 23, 2014 11:04 a.m. CDT

It seems like Memorial Day is sneaking up on us a little early this year. I’m not sure it even feels like summer yet! I went fishing last weekend and I had to have my fleece on or I would have been freezing next to the lake.

The one good thing is the crappie were biting pretty well. If the weather person is close to their guess this weekend, it should be around 80 degrees — which should be pretty nice for the first big holiday of the summer. There are a number of high school graduations going on this weekend in the area.

The state track meet is in full gear this weekend. Monday is the start of the summer sports with baseball and softball leading off the season.

Barnstormers

In today’s paper is a promotion to go to an Iowa Barnstormers arena football game on June 14. Several sponsors have made it possible to get a ticket for $10. The $10 ticket gets you a Barnstormers T-shirt, ticket to the game and pre-game tailgate with food and beverage.

So, here is your chance to have an inexpensive night out watching a fast-moving football game. There will also be a chance to win your way into the game on June 2 at the first farmers’ market in Creston. But don’t wait, there is only a limited amount of tickets. Check out the ad for more details.

Gas

I was around the area this past weekend and gas was about $3.31 a gallon just about everywhere I went. It was even $3.31 in Nebraska where they have a higher gas tax. Even Cubbies in Red Oak had $3.31 gas. It was still $3.45 as of Tuesday here in Creston.

The past few weeks we have been pretty close to the price in the surrounding area and now we are back to being 10 to 20 cents a gallon higher. I hear of a number of people filling up before they get back to town to save a little money.

June 3

The primary election is coming up in less than two weeks. The Republicans seem to have the most folks to vote for this time out. The Democrats seem to have most of their candidates running uncontested. Joni Ernst — who used to represent Union County at the state level — is now looking to move up to the U.S. Senate.

Polls show her ahead at this point. Tom Shipley is the local candidate looking to fill the state seat for our district. I had a chance to hear him speak and he seems to be a good guy and would represent us well. Go vote on June 3.

Living

Our second edition of our Creston Living magazine will come out next week. The first edition was real popular and this one has lots of good local stories. It is a good kick off to your summer reading. The glossy magazine is one worth reading cover to cover. It’s a fun read.

Farmers’ Market

The Creston Farmers’ Market opens up June 2 at McKinley Park. You can tell the summer is progressing when the farmers’ market reappears. My wife has already put a dent in the local rhubarb population! It makes good pie you know.

Concert

Tickets for the annual Party in the Park are now available for sale at the Creston News Advertiser. The concert is June 21 and features three great tribute bands. If you like the Eagles, Heart and Journey you are in luck. It will be a wonderful night of music that you can sing along to. Tickets are $15 which is “dirt cheap” for a full night of music.

Thought for the week: “I’d rather be dead than singing ‘Satisfaction’ when I’m forty-five.” Mick Jagger

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