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Don Cahoy celebrated his 80th birthday Friday, but he still has no plans of retiring from cutting hair. The Hudson barber has been serving the community since 1950. "I am somewhat retired," said Cahoy. "I'm only open for business 12 hours a week. In the old days I was open 12 hours a day." Cahoy has cut his business hours over the years at Don's Barber Shop, but still is open 9 a.m. to noon Monday through Thursday each week at his location in the McSorley Building, 529 Second St., in downtown Hudson.
The Hudson Police and Fire Commission announced Wednesday the unanimous appointment of Jim Coan of Whitewater as city of Hudson Chief of Police. Coan is currently serving as police chief for the city of Whitewater, supervising a department of 36 people. He has been at that post since September 1992. Prior to that he served 14 years for the city of Appleton where he achieved the rank of Captain. Coan has a Bachelor's degree from Northern Michigan University and a Masters Degree in Criminal Justice from Michigan State University. He replaces Chief Richard Trende, who retired in May.
My wife and I made a quick and short trip to Las Vegas over Memorial Day weekend. The highlight of the trip, however, was a day trip to Bryce National Park in southern Utah. My brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Tom and Sandy Wells, from New Richmond made the arrangements. Tom found a "hot deal" to Vegas and so it was off to the Nevada city for some relaxation. We actually drove to Bryce National Park on Memorial Day. The day started with a slight problem. I calculated the time to get to Bryce to be something in the neighborhood of three hours.
Geralyn Karl, St. Croix Public Health preparedness planner, said the best plan for potential disasters starts at home. "What we learned from Hurricane Katrina is that the federal government will not be here to help us," Karl said. "We better take care of our own business in our own back yard." Karl made her remarks at the Thursday Noon Rotary Club meeting about disaster preparedness (natural or terrorism) and the possibility of a pandemic involving avian flu. "Preparing for a 'disaster' can be overwhelming," Karl said.
Samuel A. Matuga, 10, is in critical condition at Gillette Children's Hospital after being accidently shot in the eye with a BB gun. The accident happened Tuesday afternoon at the family's home just north of Burkhardt. The boy is the son of Amy and Mark Matuga. He was taken by his mother to Hudson Hospital and immediately transferred to Regions Hospital in St. Paul. Gillette Children's Hospital is located at Regions. Sheriff Dennis Hillstead said the mother was driving the boy to Hudson Hospital after the accident when she flagged down a deputy in the Burkhardt area.
The North Hudson Village Board approved spending $2,875 for phase one of planning a 3,000-square-foot addition to the village hall, 400 7th St. No. The action came at a board meeting Tuesday, June 6. The money will be used to contract Elliot Architects to make schematic designs and drawings for the potential project. Under village rules, no capital project over $150,000 can be completed with voter approval. Trustees are hopeful that a referendum for the addition will be on the November ballot.
It's strange how things sometimes fall into place. I'll often go months without wandering more than 50 miles from home -- then I recently traveled to Spokane and Milwaukee in the course of a week! My oldest son, Donovan, and his wife, Michele, live in Spokane. In fact, Donovan moved there over a year ago and I had never been to Spokane. I decided going there a few days before Mother's Day would be a good plan for my wife, Jackie, and me. We boarded a plane in Minneapolis Wednesday afternoon, May 10, and flew to Spokane.
There are several retirements this spring that deserve some acknowledgement. People sometimes wonder why we highlight stories about people retiring from school or government jobs. The answer is quite simple. These people are paid by you and me. When they retire we deserve to know about their careers. One of those retiring this spring is Hudson Police Chief Richard Trende.
Jon Anderson knew he liked the Hudson area when he graduated from UW-River Falls in the early 1970s, and when he landed his first job here, he stayed for the next 35 years. Anderson will retire as a high school math teacher at the end of this year. Although he grew up in Spring Valley and still lives in that community, he has a soft spot for Hudson. "I lived in Hudson for a year in the late 1950s," Anderson said.
Back in 1985 a group of several Hudson adults saw an interesting concept across the river in Stillwater, Woodbury and some other high schools. Adults in those communities were staging "all-night" parties after high school graduation, and the results were considered to be very successful. A group was organized in Hudson in 1985 and the wheels began turning for Hudson's first all-night graduation party in the spring of 1986. From what I can see from old records and newspaper articles, the co-chairs of the first senior party were Winkie Coyne (Mrs. William Coyne) and Linda Larson (Mrs.