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My wife and I flew to Las Vegas for a few days last week, but the highlight of the trip was a drive to the Grand Canyon. We did some hiking on a beautiful summer-like day. Unfortunately, we witnessed the death of a man who had collapsed along the trail. The day started with a long drive. We left Las Vegas early in the morning to make the four-and-a-half-hour drive to the south rim of the Grand Canyon. The first thing of interest was the crossing of Hoover Dam. The dam, of course, is a man-made monument that is over 726 feet high and took five years to build beginning in 1931.
Town of Hudson District 25 County Supervisor Clarence Malick was re-elected chair of the board Tuesday at the County Board's monthly meeting. Malick was one of two supervisors nominated from the floor for the post and won the election among supervisors, 18-12. Also nominated was Stan Krueger of Somerset. Art Jacobson was re-elected as vice chair. He was the only supervisor nominated for the post and earned a unanimous vote. The county also has four elected committees. All incumbents were re-elected to the Finance Committee.
St. Croix County and the Hudson area will continue to see tremendous population growth, according to figures released by the Wisconsin Department of Administration and St. Croix Economic Development Corp. Director Bill Rubin. In fact, St. Croix County is expected to experience the fastest rate of growth in the state of Wisconsin, at 67.9 percent, during the period extending through 2030. In numbers, the county is expected to increase from the 2000 population of 63,155 to 100,806 by the year 2030. The U.S. Census Bureau has tabbed St.
It may have been owned by John Arkell, but the home that burned last Saturday will always be known as the Ward home to long-time Hudsonites. The home marked a time in history when it represented all that was good about business in the upper Midwest and life in Hudson in the 1950s. Built by multimillionaire and ex-con Charlie Ward between 1948 and 1952, the home reflected the rich and colorful lifestyle of the Ward family. Ward was president of Brown & Bigelow in St. Paul.
A few weeks back I made a trip to Florida and spent much of my time at the Twins spring training camp. Anybody that's a baseball fan would be thrilled with the experience. We arrived in Fort Myers and got settled on Saturday, Feb. 21, and the first trip to the Lee County Sports Complex and Hammond Stadium was Monday morning. We were actually in Florida when pitchers and catchers reported; position players were not asked to report until the following Saturday, Feb.
Saturday, Feb. 28, looked like it was going to be a nice day, so 76-year-old Jim Shetka of St. Paul thought it would be a good time to try out his new canoe. Later that morning he found himself in the 32-degree waters of the St. Croix River near the end of the dike road and became the subject of a successful rescue operation. "There's no fool like an old fool," Shetka joked. "There were two main reasons that I survived.
It was March 31 last year when Carol McConaughey of Houlton was coming home from a TOPS meeting and heard the news that haunts every parent - her son Kent had been killed. "I got home about 7:30 p.m. and one of Kent's friends came to the house and told us the news," McConaughey said.
The Raider wrestlers continued their winning ways Saturday in Superior by easily snatching the regional championship and qualifying 10 wrestlers for this weekend's sectional tourney in Chippewa Falls. Hudson had seven first-place finishers in the regional competition. By taking first, Hudson also qualified to wrestle in the team competition. The first round was Tuesday night at Wausau West where Hudson wrestled against Merrill. At Saturday's regional, Hudson scored 224 points to outdistance second-place River Falls with 187.
U.S. Third District Congressman Ron Kind was in Hudson Thursday and expressed concern about a number of issues facing Congress and citizens of Wisconsin's Third District. In this election year, the Democrat blamed Republican President George W. Bush for most of the problems he cited. "One of my big concerns is the president's 'No Child Left Behind' initiative," Kind said. "The law forces local districts to perform mandatory duties with a lack of proper funding.
Hudson-based Nor-Lake Inc, a national and international refrigeration company, was sold in an all-cash transaction to Standex International Corp. based in Salem, N.H. Nor-Lake is one of the nation's largest suppliers of walk-in coolers and freezers to the food service and scientific industries. The announcement was made to Nor-Lake employees the morning of Dec. 17 and announced publicly after the close of the stock market Wednesday afternoon. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Nor-Lake began business in Hudson under the leadership of Harry and Marie Blakeman in 1947.