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"Beautiful light" is the translation for the name "Bella Luce". In this case the translation is true. From the moment you walk into the Bella Luce Boutique, near the waterfront, you are surrounded by light. From Swarovski crystal enhanced Christine Alexander clothing to jewelry of every kind, light radiates from everywhere. James and Dianne Linden, Houlton, are the new owners of "Hudson's Hidden Treasure on the St. Croix River." The couple purchased the business in February.
A third location for Anchors End Tattoo recently opened in Hudson, joining the original studio in Duluth and one in Central America. Located above the Dragon Pearl Restaurant, the business offers a custom designed lobby, a consultation room, two tattoo rooms each with four booths and a piercing studio. "We are a customer based tattoo shop," said co-owner Aaron Lassi, who recently moved to Hudson from Costa Rica, where he had opened an Anchors End Tattoo studio six years ago. "People have personal reasons for getting a tattoo.
Memorial Day has always been a special and generally solemn occasion in my family. This year was no different as I attended two memorial services at two different cemeteries near my hometown of Walworth. At each a list of the war dead from our tiny community was read from World War l through Vietnam. Thankfully we have not had to read a local casualty from either Iraq or Afghanistan. As the day went by I began to ponder the present state of our nation. When did it happen? When did our college students begin to graduate with the belief that profits were evil?
Sylvia Grubb, a former resident of Hudson and once owner of the Valley Bookseller, is in town Friday night, June 1 for a book signing at Chapter 2 Books in Hudson. Over a decade ago Grubb went searching for a resource to help her and her husband Hollis, understand autism and what grandparents could do. Shortly after their grandson Micah was diagnosed with autism at age 3, Grubb attended a Minnesota Conference on autism. "I asked for a book that would help grandparents," said Grubb. "They did not have the foggiest idea of what I was looking for.
Urban Olive and Vine is many things to both its customers and its owner Kay Timm. It is a restaurant, wine bar, coffee shop, olive and vinegar gourmet shop and a retail store. Having so many wonderful choices adds to the fun of visiting the downtown location but keeping all the differences straight was a challenge for the entire staff including Timm. She started to look for a solution when she knew she needed a new point of sale system. In February she discovered POSLavu, it looked like a system that would solve the major problem of entering retail, food and beverages on the same system.
Its history is strong and steady. First State Bank and Trust was founded in 1914 in Bayport, Minn., by a group of eight community leaders. Today it has 120 shareholders. "It is truly community owned," said Peter Clements, president of the institution. Today, it has four locations: the original bank in Bayport, and branches in Stillwater, Oak Park Heights, Boutwell's Landing and as of last week, Hudson. "We have shareholders from Hudson and one of our directors, Keith Olson is from Hudson," said Clements. Coming from a family of bankers, Clements was born and raised in Bayport.
Dallas, Texas, resident Paul McIntosh fell in love with city of Hudson and with a woman who would become his wife when he was sent to Hudson for a six month job assignment. They met in May, were engaged in July, they moved back to his home state of Texas in August and were married in September. That was in 2009. During the winter of 2010 the couple moved back to the area to be closer to her family and friends. McIntosh, an investment banker by trade and schooling, is taking on a new challenge: the retail world.
Five students at River Crest Elementary School set out to make a difference in the fall of 2011. All of the students were in fifth grade; a couple of them had been involved with Destination Imagination. "The students wanted to do something different," said Betsy May, Gifted and Talented teacher at River Crest. "They wanted it to be a service learning project, something that would benefit the school and the students." May suggested they consider doing something in regard to the Discovery Trail, an almost mile loop that is on the school grounds.
Jennifer Nilssen was careful about choosing just the right location for her business O-I-SEE Youth Strategies, which opened its office in April. "I choose the Healing Waters Health Center because I wanted the whole family to come to a spot where they could all be comfortable," said Nilssen. Nilssen, a native of Edgar, came to this area to study at UW-River Falls. She completed her Master of Science in educational psychology with an emphasis on counseling in 2010. While working towards her master's degree she worked as a reading assistant at River Crest Elementary School in Hudson.
Ron and Dorothy (Richie) Jensen met while attending Hudson High School and married soon after graduation, in 1952. To mark their 60th anniversary, the couple's children surprised the Jensens with a king-size quilt documenting their years together. Daughter Julie Calverley created the quilt from 125 photos she and her siblings assembled. From family vacations to Ron and Dorothy's wedding photo, the quilt is a work of family history and art.