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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.
The St. Croix County Finance Committee Thursday faced the daunting task of finding $2.5 million to pay its portion of the nearly $7 million strip-search settlement. The county announced the settlement at a Dec. 4 news conference. The agreement settled a class-action suit involving about 2,000 people who were strip searched as part of standard procedures between Aug. 6, 1996, and Feb. 27, 2001. With an agreement in place, the county must now come up with $2.5 million.
The Hudson Common Council, after a debate about parking regulations, voted to waive the current parking rules and give the owner of Pudge's Bar, 302 Second St., permission to move forward on designing a proposed addition to the business. In approving the change Monday night, the council overruled the recommendation of the Plan Commission. City Planner Denny Darnold said current zoning requires one parking stall for every two seats in a business.
Hudson's County Market store, owned by local businessman Dick Schmitz, has been sold to Jerry's Enterprises based in Edina, Minn. The actual change of owners will take place Jan. 24. Jerry's is one of the largest retailers in the Super Valu chain. Among its holdings are 11 Cub Food stores in the Twin Cities area, including the Woodbury Cub store. The number will increase to 13 by the end of the year. The two new holdings include a Cub Food currently under construction at the Sun Ray Shopping Center on the east side of St. Paul.