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Fund-raisers to benefit YAH

Youth Action Hudson will hold two fund-raisers this week to benefit youth programs. On Thursday, May 14 at Dick's Bar and Grill there will be a burger night meal for $7.50 per person. There will also be a pancake breakfast at Applebee's on Saturday, May 16 from 8-10 a.m. for $6 per person. Proceeds will help fund "ReWear, A Green Closet for Teens," bullying and teasing workshops throughout the Hudson School District, and a variety of volunteer service projects throughout the community. For more information about YAH, go to or call (715) 386-9803.

Drop off waste Saturday

A Clean Sweep hazardous waste collection is the scheduled from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, May 16, at the county highway shop, 666 E. Hwy. 12, Hudson. County residents only (must have identification) can drop off most household hazardous waste free of charge. Acceptable items include corrosive materials, non-empty aerosol cans and button batteries. In addition, fluorescent lamps 4' and under, 40 cents each; 5' and over, 60 cents; HID lamps, $2.20 each; car and truck oil filters, 50 cents; and tractor oil filters, $1 each. Unacceptable items are latex paint, waste oil, auto batteries, electronics, explosives, medical or infectious wastes, radioactive materials and pressurized containers. For more information, call (715) 386-4675.

Doll clothes sale Saturday for DI

A sale of doll clothes is scheduled from 8 a.m.-noon Saturday, May 16, at Hudson Prairie Elementary School, 1400 Carmichael Road. Handmade outfits for 18-inch dolls will be for sale - all proceeds will be donated to the Hudson Destination Imagination program. For more information, call Jodi Holm at (715) 381-9976.

Adoray has public memorial service Sunday

The community is invited to attend the annual Adoray Hospice Memorial Program at 4 p.m. Sunday, May 17, at St. Paul Episcopal Church, 503 County UU. The non-denominational event honors deceased loved ones. Loved ones who have died on Adoray Hospice in the past year will be remembered during the program. Adoray Home Health and Hospice is a not-for-profit program of St. Croix Valley Shared Services Inc., owned by the four hospitals in St. Croix County: Baldwin Area Medical Center, Hudson Hospital and Clinics, River Falls Area Hospital and Westfields Hospital, New Richmond.

Rotary honors HHS students

Three Hudson High School seniors were named Students of the Month by Hudson's two Rotary Clubs, the Daybreak Club and the Thursday Noon Club. Mark Gavin was selected by the Noon Club, and Alicia Bower and William Gaumitz were selected by the Daybreak Club. Each student gave a brief message and received a certificate and pin from each club.

Mark Gavin has been active in school with Peer Helpers and Student Leadership. He plans to attend UW-Madison and study engineering. He is the son of Jan and Dan Gavin.

Alicia Bower has been active in school with volleyball and track. Outside of school she's been involved with her church and at the therapeutic riding center. She plans to attend UW-River Falls and study physical therapy. She is the daughter of Mary and Mike Bower.

William Gaumitz has been active in school with National Honor Society, tennis, and Math League. Outside of school he has been active with Boy Scouts and working at RJ's Meats. He plans to attend UW-Eau Claire and later UW-Maidson to study engineering. He is the son of Patricia and James Gaumitz.

The Daybreak Rotary Club meets each Wednesday morning at the Hudson Golf Club. The Thursday Noon Club meets each Thursday noon at the Hudson Golf Club. For more information on the Daybreak Club, call Trudy Popenhagen, (715) 386-4780. For information on the Thursday Noon Club, call Dan Martens, (715) 386-0424.

UW-RF honors Hudsonite at Saturday commencement

Chemistry Associate Professor Daniel Marchand of Hudson will receive the 2009 University of Wisconsin-River Falls Distinguished Teacher Award at the commencement ceremony May 16. Graduating seniors and recent graduates nominate the teacher who receives the award, the highest one presented to UW-RF faculty. "Whether you are a first-year student at UW-River Falls, an industry partner in the St. Croix Valley or a chemistry educator anywhere in the country, there is a good chance that Dr. Marchand's tireless efforts as an educator and a researcher have had increased your chances for success," said Interim Chancellor Connie Foster. Marchand has been a member of the chemistry department since 2001. He has a bachelor's degree from St. John's University and a Ph.D. in medicinal chemistry from the University of Minnesota. He also completed post-doctoral studies at Oregon State University.

Gardeners meet; Octagon sale June 6

Ann Pierce of the Minnesota DNR will speak at the May meeting of the St. Croix Valley Master Gardeners at 7:15 p.m. Thursday, May 28, at the River Falls Public Library, 140 Union St. The meeting begins at 6:45. Pierce will discuss what happens when an invasive plant species enters Wisconsin's fields and forests, the effect it has, tips on how to identify and get rid of such plants. At the meeting, the gardeners will also award grants to local groups and provide updates on the their plant sale scheduled Saturday, June 6, at the Octagon House in Hudson and activities at the community garden in New Richmond.

Play poker for charity

A poker run - car, bike or hike - is scheduled Saturday, June 6, with map pickup at 11 a.m. at the Valley House, four miles north of Hudson on Hwy. 35. Cost is $20 per person and includes poker hand entry fee and pig roast, along with a dance from 8 p.m.-midnight. Men's and women's prizes will be awarded for best poker hand. Proceeds go to the St. Joseph Fire Department and Grace Place.

KRLT invites public to play

The Kinnickinnic River Land Trust will hold its annual Member Meeting and Family Field Day from 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, May 30, at the Kelly Creek Preserve, located off County J in the town of Kinnickinnic. The public is invited to the Family Field Day portion, from 9:30 a.m. until noon. Members and guests will explore the preserve's Kelly spring and restored prairie in two back-to-back field trips of 45 minutes each. Wisconsin DNR representatives Harvey Halvorsen and Marty Engel will discuss the restored prairie, groundwater and fish activity. After the field trips will be a lunch (free-will donations accepted). For more information, visit and click on Events.

Battle of Bands set

The St. Croix County Fair Board is hosting a Battle of the Bands during the fair Friday, July 24, from 7 to 11 p.m. The fair board is looking for bands interested in competing. Cash prizes include $500 for first place, $300 for second and $100 for third. To be eligible a band must be amateur and non-represented. To enter, bands must send their name, what type of band, a contact person and phone number to: Contracts and information will be sent via e-mail. The entrance fee is $20 per band. All information and entry fees must be in by June 19. For more information, contact Nancy Burman at (715) 549-6712 or go to and click on 2009 Fairbook, then Battle of the Bands.