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Random acts of kindness are often too few and far apart but one in particular has garnered the thanks of the recipients. Julie Armagost, Baldwin, who works in the St. Croix County Sheriff's office, was compelled to mention the gesture by an anonymous person directed at her soldier son. "Sunday night (Jan. 24) I picked my son Josh up in Inver Grove Heights, Minn. He was coming back from Iraq as a member of the 34th Infantry Division," she said. Julie said the welcoming party stopped at Applebee's in Hudson on the way home to Baldwin to watch the Vikings game and to visit.
You can't really think about the Super Bowl without including the Green Bay Packers in the mix. The Packers were at the foundation of what has become the biggest sporting event in America and arguable pushed football ahead of baseball as "America's Sport." The Packers upheld the honor of the National Football League in SB I by whipping the Kansas City Chiefs of the new American Football League 35-10 on Jan. 15, 1967. They did it again on Jan.
There's something rotten in the Village of North Hudson and it has become an irritation and inconvenience to citizens. The natural gas substation located on the northeast corner of the T intersection made by Galahad Road N. and Sommers St.
Adam Deal wanted to be in the Army almost as long as he can remember. Now, back from his first overseas deployment to Iraq, the interest hasn't waned. "I always wanted to be in the military since I was seven or eight-years-old," he said during a recent conversation in his comfortable Hudson home. The Army was always his first choice. He arrived earlier this month from a tour of active duty with the Army National Guard in Iraq where the E-4 Specialist had a unique job.
A once in a decade event is about to happen in a couple of months. The U.S. census will start its mission to count everybody in the country on April 1 and the process has been simplified. "The procedure has changes so now everybody will be mailed the short form that asks a lot less detailed information," said Ellen Denzer, senior planner in the St. Croix County Planning and Zoning Dept.
Wild cats in North Hudson have received a reprieve from death row, so to speak. The Board of Trustees approved a change in the Village's contract with the Animal Humane Society of St. Paul at its Jan. 5 meeting.
Treston Arndt hopes 2010 will be a much better year than the last one. The Hudson woman, who turned 40 on Christmas Eve, was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma in 1983 at age 14 and went through 18 months of chemotherapy and many hours of radiation. The treatments may have cured the cancer but could be the cause of many other health problems she developed later in life. "I have never been alright," she said last week during a conversation in home. But there was a time in the earlier part of this decade that things were a lot better.
When Julius Selle was a kid he didn't have any toys, so he made his own. The 77-year-old Hudsonite combined the self-taught art of toy making with a love for the Green Bay Packers he has nurtured since the 1940s and produced a number of Packer related items, not the least of which is a train displayed over an archway in his house that includes 34 cars and is 15 feet long when stretched out end to end. The entire train is hand carved down to minute details including a car hauling a wedge of cheese and another piled with miniature logs. "I started making toys when I was about two years old,"
If you haven't been inside Willow River State Park in a year or so, it has a new look. About half-way through a $2-plus-million expansion project, the park reveals some dramatic changes on the road in, especially the new main office building. Almost adjacent to the office is a new 50-unit campsite on the high ground. "We are right on schedule," said park manager Darrel Richer, who was just settling into his new office last week now that filing cabinets had arrived and packing boxes could be discarded. Immediately noticeable is the expanse of light in the new office.
Editor's note: When Jeanene Peulen wrote a letter to her granddaughter upon her graduation from high school this year it became an historical document of sorts. She recalled her own high school days as the former Jeanene Allen who graduated from Macon (Miss.) High School in 1946. Her memories include a time of sorrow and sacrifice during World War II and ultimate relief when the global conflict ended. Jeanene now lives in Hudson with her husband of 58 years, Dick Peulen, a World War II U.S. Army veteran and native of the St.