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Pharmacist Dick Newberg retires

Longtime pharmacist Dick Newberg, center, retired after 53 years of work. With him are the owners of Micklesen's Drug Store, Clara Lou Anderson, left, and Lyle Anderson, right. Photo by Doug Stohlberg

Longtime Hudson pharmacist Richard Newberg retired from his position at Micklesen's Drug Store, 530 Second St., last week. An open house was held for Newberg on Thursday afternoon, Feb. 2, at the business.

Newberg, 78, retires after 53 years of practicing pharmacy, including the last 37 years at Micklesen's. After graduating from the University of Wisconsin, Newberg interned for a year in Barron and was later employed at Lee Drug Store in Menomonie for 15 years.

He came to Hudson in 1975 when Micklesen's was owned by Bob Ochs. The store was sold to current owners, Lyle and Clara Lou Anderson, in 1983 and Newberg continued working there until his retirement.

Clara Lou Anderson said Newberg is a "wonderful pharmacist" and he will continue to keep his license active and fill in at the store from time to time.

Newberg is a passionate Badger and Wisconsin sports fan and has been a Packer season ticket holder for many, many years.

"When we bought the store in 1983, one of his employment conditions was that he not have to work on the Sundays that the Packers had a home game," Clara Lou Anderson said.

"I still follow the Badgers, Packers, Brewers and other Wisconsin teams," Newberg said.

When asked about retirement activities, Newberg said he will continue to be a big sports fan and get more involved in gardening, other household activities and some traveling.

Newberg and his wife Norma have three adult daughters and six grandchildren -- three boys and three girls. The couple daughter's names are Julie, Gail and Laura.

Micklesen's Drug Store is one of Hudson's oldest businesses, dating back to at least 1866.

"We think it may have started in the 1850s," Lyle Anderson said. Historical information backs Lyle's claim, with many putting the store at that location sometime in the 1850s. The name of the store changed several times, but it has had the "Micklesen" name in the title since 1906 when it became known as the Gatchell and Micklesen Drug Store. The name became just "Micklesen's" in 1933.