Trained with the best by Harvard and the U.S. Army, he went on to a highly distinguished, 55-year medical career that took him to the bedsides of Elizabeth Taylor and Elvis Presley, and to hospitals from the Twin Cities to the Middle East. He’s also tempted death many times. “I was in Teheran just before the hostage takeover,” 84-year-old orthopedic surgeon Dr. David Florence notes during an interview at his Hudson home.
Laurie Sandquist is a longtime 4-H supporter, but as she watched her shy daughter Heidi clam up at big-club meetings, she thought a smaller group might draw her out. “They expect the kids to participate and basically run the meetings, but Heidi and some of the other kids were more shy and reserved –- it was a big club, maybe 70 members,” Sandquist explains. “So some of the other parents and I thought maybe if there were a smaller club, the shy kids would feel more comfortable. I was a little shy too growing up, and so were some of the other parents, so we all understood.
As the US budget maelstrom plays out in Congress, hospitals in Hudson and River Falls remain cautiously optimistic – with the emphasis on “cautiously” – that services related to their federal “critical access” designations will survive intact. A key issue for Hudson Hospital CEO/President Marian Furlong and River Falls Area Hospital President David Miller is a current federal requirement that no two critical-access facilities may be closer than 10 miles apart. That’s a tight threshold for the two hospitals, which both have critical-access design
Tanya Borg worked at a veterinarian’s office for 20 years, and day after day, it was the same thing: an endless parade of stray cats and kittens to be injected with sedatives and killed. One day seven years ago, it finally broke Borg’s heart for good, and she had to quit.
A new county advocacy group has a vision for the future, and it involves a LOT of bikes. Lots of runners and walkers too. “I think we’re kind of like Madison was 20 years ago when it comes to bike and pedestrian trails,” said Mark Vanasse, a co-founder of the St. Croix Bike and Pedestrian Trails Coalition. “Actually, we’d more like to compare ourselves to what the Twin Cities have been doing for the last 20 years.