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As we approach Christmas I tend to think about some of the events in my life when I was growing up in Hudson and Christmas -- it was a magical time of the year. We would spend every Christmas Eve with my mother's relatives in Hudson and pretty much every Christmas Day with my dad's relatives, mostly in Minneapolis. We always exchanged gifts on Christmas Eve. But never did on Christmas Day. My dad's family always got together, but never exchanged gifts. I never thought much about it -- it's the way it was. The night for gifts was always Christmas Eve.
Football can be strange game and nothing proved that more than the Wisconsin Badgers 70-31 victory over Nebraska Saturday night in the Big Ten Conference championship game. Oddly enough, I gave up on the Badgers. I figured they had no chance to defeat Nebraska.
North Hudson resident Deb McNally is a teacher who has taken her effort well beyond the classroom and is now building libraries in Ghana. She is the inspiration for, founder of, and now executive director of Hand in Hand for Literacy. The organization, with an office in St. Paul, has already built one library in Ghana and is currently fundraising for a second facility in the country. "It all started about five years ago when I signed up as a volunteer (through an organization called Global Volunteers)," McNally said. "I intended to go to Ghana for three weeks.
North Hudson Village President George Klein announced last week that he will not seek re-election as village president in the April 2013 election. The announcement came at the Nov. 8 monthly board meeting. "By notifying you now, I am giving you, my neighbors and fellow North Hudson residents, more time to decide to either run for the office or convince someone who you believe will make a good CEO for our little village," Klein said. "I use the term CEO because this position is about as far from 'politics' as you can get." For more information see the Nov. 15 edition of the Star-Observer.
City of Hudson District 1 Alderman Randy Morrissette II was recently appointed as a citizen member to the State of Wisconsin Judicial Conduct Advisory Committee. Appointed by the State Supreme Court, the committee was created to render formal advisory opinions and give informal advice to judges and judicial officers governed by the Code of Judicial Conduct. Morrissette, 41, is one of nine committee members and the only citizen member. "I received a call a couple of weeks ago from Shirley Abrahamson (Chief Justice of the Wisconsin Supreme Court)," Morrissette said.
FreeStyle Yogurt is coming to downtown Hudson. The new business is scheduled to open Friday, Oct. 26 at 529 Second St. The business is unique in the fact that customers dish up their own bowl of frozen yogurt, selecting from 14 flavors, and choose from 50 different toppings.
Seventh District Congressman Sean Duffy (R-Weston) was campaigning in Hudson Saturday, Sunday and Monday, stopping at several businesses, visiting a Chamber of Commerce meeting, attending the St. Croix Music and Art Fest and St. Patrick Church's Fall Festival. Duffy is new to the Hudson area because of redistricting after the 2010 census. Hudson was formerly in the third district, represented by Ron Kind (D-La Crosse). Duffy, a Republican, will face Pat Kreitlow, a Democrat from Eau Claire, in the Nov. 6 election.
Last weekend included a variety of activities -- both locally and near Spooner. On Saturday, I received a birthday present -- a ride on a train based in Spooner. There are dinner trains in various areas, but I did not know about this train in Spooner. The business is known as the Wisconsin Great Northern Railroad and it operates several trains, including the one we rode -- Tony's Riverside Family Pizza Train. The train left the station at noon and returned at about 2:15 p.m. Guests were served pizza as the train went along Hwy.
A fire damaged a duplex at 327 Division St. in Hudson Saturday afternoon. Firefighters were called to the scene shortly after 4 p.m. The occupants of the structure were not home. The fire was discovered by Ryan and Sandy Wagner who were walking their dogs in front of the structure. "I noticed smoke and we walked toward the back of the building and saw flames coming out of a porch area." Ryan Wagner said. The fire did damage to the first floor of the structure. The Hudson fire Department was assisted by the Lower St. Croix Valley Fire Department and the St. Joseph Fire Department.
A Hudson resident has released his latest volume in the popular and highly acclaimed "Hikes with Tykes" book series: "Hikes with Tykes: Games and Activities." Culled from the experiences of "Hikes with Tykes" author Rob Bignell and fellow outdoor-minded parents, "Hikes with Tykes: Games and Activities" is the most comprehensive collection of diversions available, with something for every age group and childhood interest.