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The oily, greasy, noisy, heavy machinery world of a motorcycle shop isn't the normal feminine hangout, but it's just where Heather Gunderson wants to be. The 18-year-old recent New Richmond High School graduate is the right-hand assistant mechanic for her father, Bill Prudhomme, at Rivertown Motor Sports & Marine in downtown Hudson. "It's something I always wanted to do," said Heather during a break at the bike shop last week. "I grew up with my dad building bikes in the garage. We worked on bike frames on the kitchen table," she said.
After 25 years serving as a bailiff in St. Croix County Circuit Court, Richard "Dick" Kinney is retiring. The 78-year-old Kinney is finishing up his fourth career and figures it's time to throttle back. "I thought about going until I was 80," he said in a recent conversation at his town of Hudson home, "but I'm going to hang it up now." A factor in the decision is recent surgery to remove a lesion in his throat that may render his voice with a permanent hoarseness. By and large, he has enjoyed his stint as one of the courthouse bailiffs.
Mike Yurk is arguably the most prolific writer in the area. The 60-year-old town of Hudson resident has just published his sixth book, "A View From The Lake." Like his previous books, there is an outdoor theme, primarily fishing stories, in the collection of articles that make up the tome.
I was sad to get the belated news of the death of the Mitchell 300. It came by way of the first chapter in Hudson author Mike Yurk's latest book, "A View from the Lake," where he announced a farewell to the Mitchell 300 spinning reel. Yurk writes the Mitchell 300 was first made in France in 1940s, has been discontinued. There are no more to be manufactured. It was an open-faced spinning reel and a whole new concept in fishing equipment. It became widely popular among anglers, and with the number of fishing enthusiasts in Minnesota and Wisconsin that's a substantial number.
The old water tower at the Health and Human Services campus in New Richmond will be no more following action at the St.
The time came when Steve and Heather Snook decided to own their own business and they searched for just the right place. In February 2004, they found the spot outside Ellsworth and began putting their personal touches on the Shady Grove restaurant. They created the menu around fresh and local ingredients.
Trees along the roadside in the area have been sporting what look like giant cobwebs. Those web-looking structures announce an apparent high mark in the cycle of the eastern tent caterpillar. "The eastern tent caterpillar is primarily an aesthetic nuisance," said Andrea Diss-Torrance from the office of Sciences Services at the DNR in Madison via an e-mail exchange last week. "Every year we have a report from someplace in Wisconsin that has an unusual number of tents, but the mini outbreak is typically limited to a small area, often along roads.
James Harer was born and bred in St. Croix County but after four decades in the county highway department he is retiring. He punches the clock for the last time June 3. "I became a lifer," Harer, 58, said during a conversation recently in his office at the St. Croix County Highway Department in Hammond where he finished up his career as patrol superintendent. "I graduated from Baldwin-Woodville High School in 1969, spent a year of vocational school at Eau Claire then started at the highway department in 1970," he said. Harer said he worked for Friday Canning Co.
Advanced technology crept into the St. Croix County Board room at its regular May meeting last Tuesday in the form of electronic voting. When the night was over, it gained overall approval from the new 19-member panel. County Clerk Cindy Campbell and Board Chairman Daryl Standafer introduced the new procedure at the beginning of the meeting and handed out remote clickers to each supervisor. The first test was the roll-call vote that went fairly smoothly with only a few questions. The name of each board member was displayed on a screen behind the dais with their voting options.
One grizzled warrior served with the Wisconsin 8th Infantry during the Civil War and ultimately became an icon for a unit of the modern Army. The famous Wisconsin Civil War veteran was a female. 'Old Abe' was a female bald eagle that joined Company C in 1861. According to legend, an Indian chief captured her near Jim Falls on the Chippewa River, traded her to a farmer who, in turn, sold her to the soldiers. Company C named the eagle after President Lincoln and carried the bird into battle.