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Tony Koshenina is gearing up for a whirlwind flight to Washington D.C. and back at the end of May. He will be traveling on a Freedom Honor Flight to visit the World War II Memorial with a group of fellow veterans. Koshenina, 88, served in the Army on a hospital ship in the Philippines in World War II although he had been trained as a military policeman. "I went through two weeks of MP school, had a furlough then was sent to Manila," Koshenina said during a conversation in his Roberts residence.
You have a broken down lawn or garden tractor that has seen much better days. Or maybe one has been quietly relegated to that mystery area behind the garage where its doubtful status will be considered at a later date. Have no fear, Robert Sparbel is here. Sparbel, a town of Hudson resident and professional lawn mower racer with a number of trophies to his credit, will pick up broken, discarded and junked riding lawn mower type vehicles at no charge. "I build race lawn mowers, most of the mowers I build into racers were in some way, shape or form donated by someone that either just go a ne
Art is in the eye the beholder, it is said, and for documentary photographer Carl Corey there's plenty of folk art in taverns throughout the state. "The tavern is unique to the state," Corey, 55, said during a recent conversation at his studio just outside Burkhardt. "Pennsylvania is similar." Corey, who came to the Hudson area via Chicago and a pass through Los Angeles, worked on the project last winter.
Dennis Hillstead has announced his intentions to bow out of the next election for St. Croix County Sheriff after 12 years in the position. In the meantime, the county has been asked by the outgoing sheriff to steadily increase the salary for the position in each of the next four years to make the job attractive to qualified candidates. The current salary for 2010 set for the county's top lawman is $80,225. "I would recommend a two percent increase in each of the (next) four years be approved," Hillstead said in a letter to the finance committee members dated March 3.
The North Hudson Board of Trustees accepted the preliminary village engineer's report on street and storm sewer improvements on 10th St. N and gave the OK to send out bid requests Tuesday following a public hearing. Engineer Kevin Oium said the 3,139-foot project would include along 10th St. N. from Michaelson St. N. to Sommers St. N and then east along Sommers Street 250 feet at an estimated cost of $149,750.
There will be a new face on the North Hudson Village Board of Trustees after the April 6 election even with three candidates running unopposed. Stan Wekkin has thrown his hat into the ring for the 2010-2012 term. He will run with incumbents Jim Thomas and Daryl Standafer for the three positions on the seven-person board up for election April 6. Incumbent Sandra Whalen chose not to seek re-election this year. Whalen was elected in 2006 as a write-in candidate and then filed for re-election in the 2008 spring campaign.
Two positions on the town of St. Joseph Board of Supervisors are contested on the April 6 ballot. Incumbent Dan Gavin is opposed by Kevin Adkins for supervisor No. 1 and Brian Gullickson is running against incumbent Brett Bader for the supervisor No. 3 slot. Dan Gavin, 55, is a 20-year resident of St. Joseph and has served on the town board for eight years. He is a 1972 graduate of Cretin High School and a 1977 graduate of the College of St. Thomas in St. Paul. Gavin is a network engineer for Enventis, Inc. of Plymouth, Minn.
Sandra Whalen has declined to seek another term on the North Hudson Board of Trustees in the April 6 election, but she hasn't counted out a bid to return to the panel sometime in the future. In the meantime candidates Jim Thomas, Daryl Standafer and Stan Wekkin are running unopposed for the open seats on the seven-member board. "Basically, my reason for not running again is that the demands on my time since returning to work in the Minnesota Legislature, make it really hard to give the board, its committees and other related issues the attention they deserve," Whalen said in a recent e-mail
One look at the diminutive Angela Heffron and the last thing that comes to your mind is diesel mechanic. But that's exactly what the 5-foot, 100-pound, North Hudson native has been doing for the last year on active duty with the U.S. Army Reserve in Iraq. And her size has actually been an advantage in some situations. "I could get up under the engine of a CBT (two and one-half ton truck) stand up and get to the engine oil plug," she said.
Recording deeds with St. Croix County has become a lot faster and easier since the days of fountain pens and huge ledger books. Beth Pabst, St. Croix County Register of Deeds, announced last week that her office has been accepting deeds and many other documents electronically. "When I first started working at the Register of Deeds office in 1992, it would take one to two weeks for the documents to be recorded and returned to the submitter," she said.