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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.
Within the past five or six weeks I have taken two trips and they couldn't have been more different. Earlier in June my wife and I went with my son Darrin and his wife to the Grand Tetons and Yellowstone. Just a week ago, we went to Las Vegas with my brother- and sister-in-law, Tom and Sandy Wells of New Richmond. I had never been to Yellowstone, or the Grand Tetons. I'm reminded of the words of John Louks of North Hudson. Back in the day when we were scout leaders he told me Yellowstone was his favorite place in the entire country! We one reason or another, we never made it.
Hudson native Fred Nagel will be turning 90 this fall, but he's just now getting around to retiring from his longtime business in Hudson, Nagel Appraisal Services. The firm will continue onward under the leadership of Nagel's daughter LuAnne Larson. "I always enjoyed going out and exploring houses and property in the area," Nagel said. "In many ways it's a very routine business. I've worked mostly with banks and some individuals; we've always steered toward residential and vacant land.
In a relatively short meeting, the North Hudson Village Board approved a number of resolutions and actions at its monthly meeting, Tuesday, July 3. Among the items were: Approved the expanded area on which alcohol could be served at Kozy Korner. The expanded area was approved for Saturday and Sunday, July 21 and 22, in conjunction with a fourth anniversary celebration at the business (July 21) and a benefit for the Strumke family (July 22).
A minor fire at 3:24 a.m. Thursday caused smoke damage in an apartment building at 627 13th St. So. In Hudson. The call involved the Hudson Fire Department and St. Croix EMS with assistance from the Lower St. Croix Valley Fire Department, the town of St. Joseph Fire Department and the River Falls EMS. Most of the fire fighters efforts were involved in ventilating the structure. Fire fighter Miranda Kustrich said the fire began on a chair in the basement of the building, but was out or nearly out, when fire fighters arrived. No injuries were reported.
Everyone is happy that the recall election is over. I'm with the crowd, but there are a couple of statistical items that might be of interest to a few regarding the local recall election numbers. As was reported last week, Gov. Scott Walker won St. Croix County pretty handily (20,884-13,172). In fact, he won all 41 precincts in St. Croix County except one -- the city of Hudson District 5 which includes wards 9-10. Challenger Tom Barrett won that single county precinct by a wide margin, 523-451. If you are wondering, that district covers all of "old" Hudson.
The Hudson Fire Department was called to a house fire in North Hudson at about 12:45 am. Tuesday morning. Little damage was done, but the portion of the duplex at 518 8th St. No. was filled with smoke. Hudson Fire Chief Jim Frye said the fire started near a clothes dryer in the basement. A resident was awakened and called 911. Frye said the fire was extinguished quickly, but the department was on the scene for just under two hours clearing smoke out of the structure. He said the department cleared the scene at about 2:30 a.m. Lower St.
The North Hudson Village Board spent much of its May 31 meeting (moved up because of the June 5 election) talking about an opportunity to refinance some existing debt, but did not take action on the matter. A decision could come in July. Brian Reilly of Ehlers & Associates of Roseville, Minn., said the village could combine existing debt service involving bonds and the state trust fund totaling just over $2 million and save in the neighborhood of $127,000 over the next nine years. The savings would come from mostly lower interest rates.
Westbound I-94 east of Hudson was closed for six hours on Thursday, June 7, in the wake of a five-vehicle crash involving two semi tractor-trailers. Just one person, Mary A.
Tony Zappa knows a lot about North Hudson. Zappa, who will be 86 next month, has lived in North Hudson his entire life. In fact, he was born in his parents' home in the village in 1926. As the village celebrates its centennial Sunday, who better than Zappa to recall some of the early days in the village? Tony is the son of the late Maria and Antonio Zappa. "My dad took three trips from Italy to America before he could afford to get the whole family here," Tony said.