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Accepting recognition is not something that comes easy for Deb Copeland. The passionate Pepper Fest volunteer is this year's Grand Marshal. "The first time I worked during the event, was when Sue Fox said she needed help serving beer," said Copeland, "I ended up serving beer the whole weekend." That was in 1977. "All of us children would show up and help dad set up, he was village president and in charge of physical facilities for Pepper Fest," said Copeland. Her father, Wally Gregerson is a long time North Hudson resident and volunteer.
Aug. 31 marks an anniversary for Rick Reams and his family. On that day 25 years ago he and his wife Anne bought Jim's Meats. Reams' family moved to Hudson in 1972, when his father chose a transfer to St. Paul over the options of moving to Washington, D.C., or Saudi Arabia. "We arrived here from Ohio via California," said Rick, whose father worked for the telephone company. While still in high school Reams started to work for Jim Schmitz who owned Jim's Meats, which was in the present location. It was also a Tom Thumb Superette.
Thursday, may have been a day that will mark a turnaround in the war on Eurasian milfoil at Perch Lake, in Homestead Parklands, St. Croix County's park located in town of St. Joseph. The aquatic invasive species was first notice in the lake ten years ago. It has steadily grown and now rims most of the lake. For years divers have been removing it by the roots but each year it became evident that was a temporary solution.
Amy Bast knows marketing and knows it well. Her successful career in the field now extends to her own business akb Marketing LLC which she founded earlier this year. Bast attended UW-La Crosse, The College of St. Scholastica and University of St. Thomas completing a master's degree in management and marketing. Locally she worked in marketing at Citizens State Bank in Hudson from 2006 to 2009 before moving on to positions in the Twin Cities. "I love the St. Croix Valley," said Bast, who grew up in Baldwin. "Hudson seems like a perfect fit.
With less than 100 days before the most important national election in the history of our republic, it is hard to narrow down where to begin or continue. Those who know me have probably heard me say one of the three following statements, the "National Press Corp has not really done its job since 1988," and "you cannot legislate morality" and "I am never bored." To the first point, since 1988, for the most part, beginning with the savings and loan crisis, the national media has failed the public in many ways, the most egregious by far was the complete lack of vetting in 2008 of presiden
Uline's 640,000-square-foot building in Hudson's St. Croix Business Park is taking shape. The company employs 2,500 who work in nine distribution centers around North America, including one in Seattle and another in Monterrey, Mexico. Uline has more than 22,000 products and has diversified from its base of boxes, tape and stretch wrap into products such as janitorial supplies and material handling products. The first phase of the Hudson facility is expected to be complete by the summer of 2013.
While Sarah Louise (Norvold) Richards hasn't lived in Hudson since she was nine, she still thinks of it as home. "I have lots of extended family on my dad's side in the area," said Sarah in a recent telephone interview. "I grew up singing in church choirs, performing in school musicals and graduated from UW-EauClaire with a degree in music education," said Sarah. After teaching elementary music for two years in Connecticut, she knew she wanted to move to Nashville and pursue a music career. In 2007 she made the move, giving up her teaching to start writing music and playing the guitar.
Two decades flew by for Dr. Julie Lesher, who bought John Turner's Hudson dental practice in 1992. This year she is celebrating 20 years in Hudson and is the president of the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry Alumni Association. Lesher grew up in St. James, Minn., the daughter of a dentist. "I started to work for dad as a dental assistant while I was in high school," said Lesher, who later attended Mankato State because there was a dental assistant program. "I discovered I loved college and worked part-time for a dentist in Mankato while in school.
A Hudson resident has released his latest volume in the popular and highly acclaimed "Hikes with Tykes" book series: "Hikes with Tykes: Games and Activities." Culled from the experiences of "Hikes with Tykes" author Rob Bignell and fellow outdoor-minded parents, "Hikes with Tykes: Games and Activities" is the most comprehensive collection of diversions available, with something for every age group and childhood interest.
It was a discovery. There is heavy competition from a domestic invasive species in our area streams. Two local entrepreneurs are hoping to help solve the problem. Both avid outdoorsmen, Joshua Alters and Mason Golden, have started M&J Crayfish. Alters, a family friend of Mason's parents, has watched the young man grow up and gain a love of nature and the outdoors. "He is my business partner," said Alters, who hopes the business will grow and perhaps provide Mason with a start on college money along with an outdoor job during summer breaks.