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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When Jeanene Peulen wrote a letter to her granddaughter upon her graduation from high school this year it became an historical document of sorts.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.
Not everybody sees the potential for furniture on a walk in the woods, but it's different for Brad Hanson. His excursion into the forest is a mission to gather raw materials for a sideline business that satisfies his creative urges. Hanson, 30, an environmental landscaper by trade and a furniture builder by artistic necessity, operates Rustic Wood Designs out of his town of St. Joseph residence where he creates tables, chairs, loveseats and more out of locally harvested woods.