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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.
Everybody knows about Route 66, but few people know about the "Yellowstone Trail," the first transcontinental automobile highway through the upper tier of states running from Washington through Wisconsin and ending in Massachusetts. Hudson was part of the early trail, and a Duluth man was in town last week to call attention to the Yellowstone Trail.
Mother's Day is a time to highlight mother-daughter relationships, but for Shelli and Linda Erck the relationship goes further - they are business partners! Shelli owns the Hudson Flower Shop in downtown Hudson and mother Linda is a devoted employee at the business. "I make her come to work every day, but I don't always pay her," joked Shelli. "In reality, she has been a great influence on the business and has played a big role in the success of our business." The flower shop is a thriving business, but Shelli admits there were some tough times in the early years.
A fire early Thursday morning completely destroyed a house at 1105 St. Croix St. in Hudson, about a block east of Burton Field. All that remained Thursday morning was a pile of charred rubble. The structure was owned by local contractor Tim Bain who operates a business called "Solid T" which specializes in residential and commercial roofing, siding and remodeling. Also burned in the blaze was a truck used by Bain in his business and a Bobcat. The older style house was being remodeled by Bain and all the sheet rock had been removed. Once the blaze began, it spread quickly.
Hudson United Methodist Church Pastor Bruce Stunkard has made many trips to Israel and the Middle East and, unlike many Christians, blames Israel for much of the unrest in the region. Stunkard will present his message at a meeting of the United Methodist Women from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Saturday, May 2. The church is located at 1401 Laurel Ave. The region, of course, has a complicated history and many political forces at work.
On Feb 19 I put together a package about Coons Hill.