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Trende is parade grand marshal

For the past 34 years, Booster Days has meant extra duty for Dick Trende, the recently retired chief of the Hudson Police Department.

This year he can relax and enjoy the Fourth of July celebration. And he'll occupy a place of honor in the Booster Days parade on Second Street, beginning at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 1.

Last week, Hudson Boosters president Jim Londo named Trende grand marshal of the parade. Members of the youth sports organization earlier unanimously selected him for the recognition.

"Our members felt overwhelmingly that Dick's many years of dedicated service given to the Hudson community made him the best choice to be our grand marshal for this year," said Londo.

Club secretary Joel Eby added that Trende is an outstanding representative of the community.

"It's an honor," Trende said of the recognition. "I respect them (the Boosters) a lot. It's just an honor to be asked to be the grand marshal for their event and for a community event."

The Boosters' focus on providing Hudson's youth with opportunities to play organized baseball, softball and football meshed well with Trende's interest in youth work as a police officer.

"Working with kids accounted for some of the most enjoyable times I've had as a police officer," he told the Star-Observer when it did a story on his career last April.

Trende and his wife, Char, moved to Hudson in 1972, shortly after they both graduated from Southwest State University in Marhall, Minn. He grew up in Silver Bay, Minn., located on the north shore of Lake Superior. Char is from the southwestern Minnesota community of Luverne.

Throughout his law enforcement career, Trende frequently visited Hudson schools and remains a strong supporter of education.

He was the police department's juvenile investigator before being promoted to chief in 1993.

He still counts being named Citizen of the Year by Hudson High School's Class of 1991 as one of his greatest honors.

Trende retired from the police department in early May, but he has no intention of leaving his adopted hometown.

"Hudson's home. We like it," he said. "Our family grew up here and we have a lot of friends in town. It's a beautiful area. I love the river valley -- and still, it's accessible to the metropolitan area. I think we have the best of all worlds here. It's a clean, safe, nice community."

The Trendes have three grown children and two grandchildren.

Bethany, her husband and their 3-year-old daughter reside in Chicago. Andrea, her husband and their baby boy live in Braham, Minn.

Scott, who is home for the summer, is a student at Minnesota State University-Mankato.

Char also has had a career in law enforcement, serving as a paralegal in the Washington County, Minn., Attorney's Office.

The kids may be gone for the most part, but the Trendes still have plenty of company provided by their three dogs, a "labradoodle," a golden retriever and an English border terrier.

Booster Days is the principal fund-raiser for the Boosters club that provides more than 1,100 boys and girls with the opportunity to play organized baseball and softball each summer. The Boosters also sponsor a fall football program for fifth- and sixth-grade boys and girls, and a community Easter egg hunt.

This year's Booster Days celebration in Lakefront Park runs from Friday, June 30, through Sunday, July 2.

The highlights include nightly musical entertainment and Saturday's parade and fireworks display.

The carnival will be in Lakefront Park from Thursday evening, June 29, through Tuesday, July 4.

Randy Hanson

Randy Hanson has reported for the Star-Observer since 1997. He came to Hudson after 11 years with the Inter-County Leader at Frederic, and eight years of teaching social studies. He’s a graduate of UW-Eau Claire.

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