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A 25-year-old Minnesota man was killed in an early-morning crash Sunday that began when a car went out of control on Coulee Road and ended when it came to rest in the eastbound lane of I-94. A Hudson woman remains in critical condition. Dead is Jerome James Woodridge of Minneapolis and critically injured is Leah Moore, 25, of Hudson. She was transported by St. Croix EMS to Hudson Hospital and later transferred to Regions Hospital in St. Paul. The one-car accident happened at 2:21 a.m. Sunday.
What's billed as the nation's biggest and most prestigious professional walleye fishing tournament is coming to Hudson this fall, and a long list of other activities is coming together for the Spirit of the St. Croix Days celebration. The main event is the In-Fisherman Professional Walleye Trail, sponsored locally by the Hudson Area Chamber of Commerce & Tourism Bureau and the city of Hudson. Often referred to as the "Super Bowl" of walleye fishing, the four-day event will descend on Hudson Oct. 15-18 and could attract 10,000 to 15,000 people.
We spent the weekend in Milwaukee and had a great time visiting friends, going to the Brewers game Saturday night, etc. We drove back Sunday afternoon/evening. So how did I get stuck in Minnesota before the day was over? By now you've no doubt read or heard about the eastbound I-94 bridge being closed Sunday night after a car/semi accident at about 9:30 p.m. When we went to Milwaukee we made it a family affair. It was my wife and I and my two sons and their wives. Rather than take two cars to Milwaukee, I asked my brother-in-law if we could use his van.
Nobody cared much for it in 1943, nobody wanted it when the post office moved in 1996, and a famous mural now is owned by The Museum of Wisconsin Art in West Bend. The historical mural, measuring 12 feet wide and 6 feet high, was painted in the early 1940s, hung in the old post office at 225 Locust St. until the facility moved to the hill in 1996. When the U.S. Government sold the building in 1999, it commissioned Art Conservator Anton Rajer, Madison, to touch up and move the large painting.
George Young, a 1936 graduate of Hudson High School, revisited his hometown last week and stopped at the Star-Observer office to reminisce about old times with HHS classmate and former Star-Observer Publisher Willis H. Miller. "This is my first time back to Hudson since 1988," Young said. He now lives in Elmhurst, Ill. Young, who will be 90 next month, was actually in town to attend a Young family reunion Saturday at Prospect Park. His son, Ken Young, said George was to be the honored guest at the reunion.
My wife and I made a trip to Boston during the first week of July, and we were impressed with all the history of the area. We actually flew to Boston with my son Darrin and his wife, Jen. The whole thing started when Jen bought Darrin tickets for the Twins-Red Sox game at Fenway Park on July 7. Darrin's 30th birthday was July 2 and she thought a trip to Boston would make for a great 30th birthday surprise.
The Hudson Health Foundation hosts the 27th annual Al Hein Memorial Golf Tournament at Hudson Golf Club Monday, Aug. 18. The tournament raises funds to support Hudson Hospital services and community health related programs. "The money raised in this tournament allows our local hospital to continue providing exceptional health care to our community," said Craig Gibson, tournament co-chair and foundation board member. Gibson, along with tournament co-chair and fellow Board Member Rich O'Connor, hope to raise $50,000 in this year's tournament.
The Phipps Center for the Arts is celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2008 and it is a true success story in community theater. The center actually has a history that goes back to 1968 with the formation of the St. Croix Valley Arts Guild. Hudson has always had a large number of people interested in the theater and performing arts. The Valley Arts Guild was the culmination of those attempting to bring arts to the forefront of the community.
The Phipps Center for the Arts is celebrating its 25th season this year, and the highlight of the observance will be special concerts and a parade in Lakefront Park on July 19. "Celebrating the Creative Spirit" is the theme of the anniversary, and what Phipps Executive Director John H. Potter is really looking for is an event filled with community participation. The parade, for instance, will be like none seen in Hudson. The Phipps has commissioned nationally renowned artist Christopher Lutter-Gardella to assist participants in building giant puppets for the parade.
Hudson attorney Roy Sjoberg has always been involved in volunteering for the betterment of mankind, but his service work will jump to a new level next week when he is sworn in as Rotary District 5960 district governor. The ceremony takes place Wednesday, June 25, during an evening of festivities at the Hudson Golf Club. "I'm truly honored to have this opportunity," Sjoberg said.