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Kiwanis hosts tour of region

The Kiwanis Club of Greater Hudson, along with tour guide Buck Malick, took a group of area residents on a seven-hour journey to explore the history of the St. Croix Valley on April 30.

The tour covered 60-plus miles and included stops at historic sites such as Arcola Mills in Stillwater, Martell's Landing is Somerset, a presentation on the St. Croix River by the National Park Service in St. Croix Falls and a lunch stop at Paradise Landing on the shores of Balsam Lake.

In addition, the time between stops was filled by Buck Malick providing a wealth of information on geology, Native Americans, fur trade, logging, paddlewheels, pioneer settlement, along with a smattering of botany, biology and water quality. He spoke of how the St. Croix Valley played a vital part in major American historical events, such as the Civil War, and gave insights as to how the area fit into and helped to form the fabric of the country's economic development through the various industries created by local pioneers.

The tour was the first in a series planned by Hudson Kiwanis focusing on various aspects of the region. The next outing, scheduled for late summer or early fall, is currently being organized and will be announced soon.

The Kiwanis Club of Greater Hudson meets at 6 p.m. on the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month. Additional information is available via email at o