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Terry Fitzgerald, a senior economist and assistant vice president at the Federal Reserve Bank in Minneapolis, said the recession is serious but not nearly as bad as reported in the popular media. He made his comments Tuesday morning at the "Good Morning Hudson" meeting of the Hudson Area Chamber of Commerce & Tourism Bureau. "We have to put things in perspective," Fitzgerald said. "Some compare this recession to the Great Depression. It's not even close." Fitzgerald said there have been 11 recessions since World War II.
St. Patrick Church in Hudson has a new pastor as Father Dan Dahlberg takes the helm, replacing Father John Parr, who was transferred back to La Crosse. The church also has a new associate pastor, Father William Brenna. Dahlberg, who turned 67 last Saturday, began his duties July 1 and is looking forward to his time in Hudson. "I'll have an opportunity to build on what Father (John) Parr brought to St. Patrick," Dahlberg said.
Dave Dahl, chief meteorologist at KSTP in the Twin Cities, told Hudson Rotarians that man is not the culprit when it comes to global warming, or climate change, issues. Dahl spoke to the Hudson Thursday Noon Rotary Club on July 9 and said what was called "global warming" is now tabbed "climate change" because temperatures on the planet have decreased in the past couple years. "Over 30,000 scientists are now saying that humans are not causing changes in global conditions," Dahl said.
In the end, the most success in fighting fires comes in early detection. When a tragedy like a house fire is reported on the Star-Observer Web site ( www.hudsonstarobserver.com ) the article comments generally express sympathy for the victims and maybe add a few facts and interesting tidbits. The comments took a different twist, however, after the fire at the Todd and Julie Davies residence, 756 Highlander Court, in the town of Hudson. The fire virtually destroyed the home, built in 2005. The fire was reported at 10:42 p.m.
Hudson Middle School teacher Chris Deleon was one of two Hudson teachers (the other was River Crest Elementary teacher Elizabeth May who will be featured next week) selected to participate in the Honeywell Educators at Space Academy Program. In fact, Deleon was one of only 24 teachers in the world to be selected to the advanced program. This is Deleon's third year to attend the camp. The first year he was awarded a grant from the Education Foundation of Hudson.
Hudsonite Jon Haugo is chairing an event that is expected to draw 500 people of Norwegian decent to the campus of UW-River Falls Thursday through Sunday, June 25-28. The annual heritage celebration, Sju-Lag Stevne, is sponsored by Norwegian Stevner Inc., an umbrella organization for seven areas (lag) of Norway: Telemark, Toten, Numedal, Sigdal, Hadeland, Land and Ringerike Drammen District. The seven groups rotate in hosting the annual stevne. This year's host is Telelaget, representing Telemark ( www.telelaget.com ).
I got a virus last week - but two aspirins and a night's rest wouldn't solve this "illness." No, this illness didn't infect my body - it infected my computer! I'm somebody who is always pretty careful about what gets clicked on a computer - I don't want to invite a virus into the system. I figured I was not a likely candidate to get a computer virus since I work with computers much of the day, every day - my guard is always up.
Two St. Patrick School teachers are retiring at the end of the school year. Fourth-grade teacher Marg Wopat and second-grade teacher Teresa Cari are officially ending their careers when students leave for summer break Thursday. Wopat has taught 30 years at St. Pat's, while Cari was at the school from 1975 to 1978 and, after a stint to raise her family, returned and has taught the past 12 years. Wopat Wopat has been a teacher for the past 40 years, including 30 at St. Pat's.
Four Hudson teachers were presented Star Excellence Awards from the Education Foundation of Hudson during the 2009 Senior Recognition Awards Night at Hudson High School Wednesday, May 20. The four winners were Matthew Friedl, Pat Stevens, Tara Tuchel and Veronica Guzman. Friedl is a high school history and government teacher; Stevens teaches history at the Middle School; Tuchel works with autistic students at Willow River Elementary; and Guuzman teaches fifth grade at River Crest Elementary.
When I was growing up, Memorial Day was always a special day in our household. My dad was a veteran of World War II, having served in Europe. We also had fun on Memorial Day - as a kid, it was an especially glorious day because it generally marked the end of the school year. But Dad always reminded us why the holiday existed.