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The snow and slush of last week was annoying to a lot of people but for Brandon Diener it was a welcome sight. Diener, 23, Roberts, returned Jan. 31 from a tour of duty in Iraq with the 34th Infantry Red Bull Division of the Army National Guard where the temperatures topped out at 130 degrees and sand was everywhere. He was stationed at Basra in South Iraq.
Area officials attended a training session at the St. Croix County Government Center last week that focused on methods of interviewing children who have been harmed. A group representing law enforcement officers, district attorney's office personal and health and human services workers attended the session directed by Ann Ahlquist, a former social worker and expert in the field. A common misconception is that children aren't good witness, said Ahlquist.
The Freedom gas station and convenience store in North Hudson will undergo a makeover and expansion this year following action by the village board last Tuesday. The board heard plans for a 2,197-square-foot expansion to the building and repaving and landscaping to the business by representatives of Erickson Oil Products, parent company of the Freedom Oil station at 702 Sixth St. N. in a request for a conditional use permit. Peter Hilger, representing Rylaur Architects showed drawings of the proposed project.
A proposal by the U.S. Coast Guard to remove the buoys it maintains on the St. Croix River may not be in place by the coming navigational season. Earlier this month the Coast Guard said since the stretch of the St. Croix between Prescott and Stillwater is not used for commercial traffic and is not dredged by the Army Corps of Engineers, it would remove the buoys. "The proposal is to look at how to be more fiscally responsible with the taxpayer's money," said Chief Warrant Officer Justin Coder at the USCG headquarters in St. Louis.
The president of the hunting club involved in the North Hudson urban archery deer season calls the pilot program a success. Lon Feia, president of River Valley Deer Management (RVDM) that conducted the hunt this season under a contract with the village, said his group bagged 23 deer during the season that ran from Sept. 12 through Jan.
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.