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Vulcanus Rex is from Hudson

Vulcanus Rex Dave Johnson, leader of teh Vulcan Krew for 2010, watches the Hudson Hot Air Affair fireworks display with 2010 Klondike Kate Suzanne Leisman, center, and 2005 Klondike Kate Paula Berends.

Dave Johnson of Hudson is Vulcanus Rex, leader of the Vulcan Krew, for the 2010 St. Paul Winter Carnival.

As Vulcanus Rex, he is leader of the Vulcan Krew, which overthrew King Boreas and his court at the end of this year's St. Paul Winter Carnival.

Hudson Hot Air Affair crews joined Aamodt's Balloon Rides and RE/MAX Balloons to provide the flames for the overthrow, signaling the approach of warm weather.

Vulcanus Rex, the Vulcans, numerous Klondike Kates and other winter carnival characters participated in the Hot Air Affair torchlight parade Friday night, Feb. 5, through downtown Hudson.

For a complete story on Dave Johnson's selection as Vulcanus Rex, see the Feb. 11 print edition of the Hudson Star-Observer.