This is one of those paper bag over my head moments. In this business, we, the journalists, depending on what media we are in, generally do the best we can to cover what amounts to, in community journalism, our neighbors, whether we personally know them or not.
When I was growing up, Memorial Day was always a special day in our household. My dad was a veteran of World War II, having served in Europe. We also had fun on Memorial Day – as a kid, it was an especially glorious day because it generally marked the end of the school year.
I’ve been pleasantly surprised by Mayor Dean Knudson’s commitment to environmental responsibility. The mayor is an avowed conservative, and the most vocal conservatives, paradoxically, haven’t shown much interest in conserving nature.
As someone self-diagnosed as suffering from SAD, or seasonal affect disorder, I find the arrival of spring and longer daylight hours like being delivered from a truly dark period. All the Vitamin D and time spent sitting in front of a light box could not minimize the darkness this year.
On Feb 19 I put together a package about Coons Hill. It included a few historic pictures and some historical information, but, as I told our readers, we do not have much history about the hill. I’ve had a couple of calls, however, in the past few weeks with more information regarding Coon’s Hill.
There are always things going on in the world that amaze me. Often it has to do with unbelievable technology. It amazes me that people can watch me, my home and my movement from some satellite in outer space. But, then I’m also amazed by how under-advanced we are in some areas. The latest example is the success of the Somali pirates.
I guess I am kind of a throwback in time, lucky to be born when I was. I grew up wild and free. Kinda like a wild boy, alone and on my own. I had six siblings all too old to have any real use for a little kid. So I took Duke, my dog, and we took off heading out for the wilds and remote places where a kid could explore, wander and enjoy all the beauty nature provided.
Right when I think there just isn’t anything more to say … well, there is. I recently got back from a wonderful vacation in Naples, Fla., courtesy of my beloved sister Mary and brother-in-law Dave. Naples is a wonderful place with lots of regular people who just happen to live next door to millionaires.
Recently, I had the opportunity to attend the annual American Legion birthday party for my home post, Ingalls-Keoppen Post 102. Now I know I am not a veteran and technically have never belonged, but I grew up in that post. I attended everything from the fund-raising carnivals the post sponsored for most of my childhood years to the Memorial Day parades that I still try to get home for.
Citizens of Hudson, if you care about the future of your city, you’ll want to pay attention to what the Plan Commission is up to. For the past few months, the commission has been working on an update to the city’s comprehensive plan.
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