Doug Stohlberg has been part of the Hudson Star-Observer since 1973 and has been editor since 1987. He worked at the New Richmond News from 1971 to 1973. He holds a bachelors degree in journalism from the University of Minnesota.
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By now you know the ‘Big Game,’ also known as the Super Bowl, is this Sunday. I can call it the Super Bowl because I’m writing it for news coverage (something the NFL loves). But heaven forbid if a business calls the Super Bowl -- well, the “Super Bowl.”
The Hudson Hot Air Affair has taken in unexpected turn in recent years -- it is “ballooning” into an event to gain awareness for both cancer and dementia. This year as many as five balloons have connections drawing attention to individuals and the broader awareness of people who suffer from these diseases.
Local attorney Sam Cari was the winner of the annual Marie Blakeman Award, presented at the Hudson Area Chamber of Commerce & Tourism Bureau Annual Meeting and Awards Banquet Thursday night (Jan. 21) at Kilkarney Hills Golf Club. In addition, several local people and businesses were recognized at the event.
New information on the life of Duff Gordon was presented to the Star-Observer after last week’s story noting that after almost 75 years after the 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor, the remains of five U.S. sailors who perished when their battleship was sunk there have been identified.
Hudson attorney Sam Cari was the winner of the Marie Blakeman Award presented Thursday, Jan. 21, at the Hudson Area Chamber of Commerce & Tourism Bureau’s annual banquet. Cari was unable to attend the banquet, but was informed of the award during a brief ceremony last Friday at the St. Croix County Government Center. Barb (Blakeman) Richardson, right, presented the award. The award was established for Marie Blakeman (1917-1999), who along with her husband, Harry Blakeman (1912-1976), founded Nor-Lake Inc. in 1947 and owned the business for much of their lives.
By now you’ve mostly likely heard about the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association’s effort to make high school athletic events more “politically correct.” The WIAA is now trying to distance itself from a memo sent to schools in December in which they tried to identify all the “offending chants” coming from fans at high school sporting events. Among the chants are: “Air ball.” “You, You, You.” “You can’t do that.” “fund-a-mentals.” “We can’t hear you.” “Warm up the bus.” “Sieve, sieve, sieve.” “Over-Rated.”
An Art at the Fair Event is scheduled
The North Hudson Village Board meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 5, was mostly a listening session about possible bike paths that could be incorporated in the village. Speaking before the village board were members of the St. Croix Bike & Pedestrian Trails Coalition, including board members Tim Witzmann and Mark Gherty. Also speaking was St. Croix County Planning and Land Information Administrator Brett Budrow and River Valley Trails member Jim Webber.
Vivian Lucille Egbert Johnston, 90, died Dec. 12. Her late husband James -- went by Tom -- (1922-2004) and late son Mark (1953-2010) get most of the credit for the success of Marine Associates -- Vivian’s daughter Dena Johnston, however, says it was Vivian who probably worked the hardest in the early days and held the company together. Dena, a 1976 Hudson High School graduate who now lives near Atlanta, said the company was co-founded by her parents in 1966.
Almost 75 years after the 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor, the remains of five U.S. sailors who perished when their battleship was sunk there have been identified. According to Pentagon source cited by both the Washington Post and Stars and Stripes, one of the sailors has been identified as Chief Petty Officer Duff Gordon, 52, of Hudson. The five men, who were exhumed last year from their graves in Hawaii and examined in special military laboratories, were among 429 sailors and Marines killed when the USS Oklahoma was torpedoed and capsized. They had been buried as “unknowns.”