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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.
In 2011, Preco Inc. purchased the 20,000-square-foot former Eagle Packaging facility in St. Croix Business Park. The firm chose Hudson after visiting over 20 sites just in the Twin Cities market and more than 30 regionally.
The crowd clapped vigorously for a long time. It wasn't a large crowd, 170 perhaps. The venue was not a typical performing arts center, gymnasium or school auditorium. It was a long, cylindrical climate-controlled tube with, at times, spectacular views. We the "audience" were not in a position to exit the venue quickly but enthusiastically lauded the "performers." We were the passengers on a flight from Atlanta to Pensacola.
The Hudson High School graduating class of 1932 has been doing a lot of traveling within Hudson. The formal portrait of the class once graced the wall of Hudson High School. When Applebee's first arrived in Hudson, store personnel approached the school for photos and artifacts to include in the décor. The HHS principal at the time "loaned" the restaurant a huge framed collection of individual portraits of each class member.
Life changed last week for a number of students who were traveling in two cars. One car was driven by a drunk driver heading to prom with his date and another couple. The other contained four girls driving to prom to see the grand march. In a moment, life changed for all eight of them. Two of them died, six of them received various injuries and one was arrested and later found guilty of two deaths. Of course it was a mock crash, but everything about it was real - with the Hudson Fire Department, Hudson Police Department, St.
Over 250 couples participated in the prom's grand march at Hudson High School Saturday night, April 21. The event, which is open to the public, started at 8:30 p.m. The coronation of the junior prom court followed immediately after. The King is Tucker Millett and the Queen is Meghan Eisenmann. Also crowned were Second Prince Joe Kelly, First Prince Karl Wertheimer,First Princess Emily Meyer and Second Princess Zoe Vnak.