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If you are looking for that special Christmas gift for the man who has everything or is hard to buy for, maybe your source has a Hudson connection. John Adams-Graf edits Military Vehicles Magazine and Military Trader out of his Crooked Creek Publishing Co.
While we honored those who have served our country on Veterans Day last Friday, I was reminded of two World War II veterans we lost not long before. Mary Hoel, who served in the U.S. Navy WAVES and Dick Peulen, who was in the Army Air Corps and served all over the South Pacific Theater and in Japan after the war ended. Mary died Oct. 11 at age 89. Dick died Nov.
Greg Timmerman has given notice he is resigning as Corporation Counsel after 26 years of service to St. Croix County. Timmerman, 60, is the first and only corporation counsel the county has had. He took over the job on Jan. 1, 1990, when the position was created. "It's my time to go," he said during a recent conversation in his office. His last day will be Nov. 18. "I'm not sure I want to be a lawyer anymore. It's time to find something else to do," Timmerman said. He started work with the county as an ADA in May 1985 for district attorney, now Judge Eric Lundell.
Dave Fodroczi is retiring . . . sort of. The 60-year-old director of the St. Croix County Planning and Zoning Department is moving on to another entity after more than 21 years. But he isn't going that far away. Fodroczi said he will take a week off then move into his new position as executive director of the Kinnickinnic River Land Trust in River Falls. "Retirement is a word I've struggled with," he said. "I'm excited to take on a new opportunity. This isn't farewell, I'm not changing teams, just a new uniform with a new number," he told the St.
The 2012 St. Croix County budget was approved by a resounding majority Tuesday morning during a long presentation and discussion period that included a few verbal assaults on the county's nursing home. The board of supervisors voted 14-2 to adopt the budget including a $29 million levy. County administrator Pat Thompson gave an exhaustive review of the budget that came out with a bottom line that included a 6.79 percent reduction from 2011 total. Thompson's powerpoint charts showed a steady decline in the total budget since 2008.
North Hudson sailor who paid the ultimate price during World War II will be honored during Veterans Day ceremonies at the St. Croix County Government Center Friday, Nov. 11. Eugene Richie died on Oct. 24, 1944, in the South Pacific while serving aboard the USS Birmingham (CL-62), a light cruiser. Members of his family will be presented with the medals and ribbons he earned including the Purple Heart. Shellea Altman of Hudson, a former U.S. Navy Officer, is Richie's grand-niece.
Orland "Dutch" Spielman traveled the South Pacific and was up close and personal with some pretty heavy naval action during World War II. Last month he got a chance to visit the memorials to World War II and other conflicts in Washington, D.C., on a Freedom Flight. The 87-year-old former Coast Guard Carpenters Mate 1st Class on LST-18 was pretty impressed with the one-day visit to the nation's capital Oct. 8.
The St. Croix County Board of Supervisors approved an amended resolution Tuesday that restricts carrying of concealed weapons into all county-owned buildings. Supervisor Sharon Norton-Bauman proposed an amendment to the original resolution that only applied to the Health and Human Services Campus in New Richmond to include all the county-owned buildings.
Halloween, or the eve of All Saints' Day or All Hallows Eve, depending on which century you reference, is fast approaching. Legend has it the traditional holiday at the end of October has its roots in pre-Christian Celtic Ireland, but some draw a connection back to Roman times. The celebration was originally at the end of the harvest season. The first day of winter was Nov. 1 in Celtic times, which would make more sense in this latitude than around Dec.
Chalk up another World War II vet who took a Freedom Honor Flight to the nation's Capitol and enjoyed the experience. Jack Yoder, 84, Navy Seabee veteran of World War II, made the flight to Washington, D.C., on May 14 with his daughter and oldest child, Kaylene Nerby, of Altoona, who arranged the experience. "She called me up and said, 'What are you doing? Do you want to make a trip to La Crosse?'" said Yoder. The Honor Flight takes veterans, free of charge, on a one-day whirlwind visit to the monuments and memorials in Washington, D.C.