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Beth Benjamin knew when she hired on as a science teacher at Hudson Middle School she would be teaching from a cart. She joins over a dozen teachers that roll their "classroom" materials from house to house in the Hudson Middle School. Watching them pack up to five carts and themselves into the elevator is like watching a Chinese fire drill except it is much calmer. It is a matter of efficiency so they can get to their next class on time. Benjamin teaches sixth- and seventh-grade science, three sections of each in six different classrooms on two different floors.
Ray Morris' life started in the beautiful Poconos Mountains of Pennsylvania. Little did he know that his 32-year career with the U.S. government would send him on a journey filled with natural wonders as well as intrigue. Morris graduated from college with B.A. degree in secondary education. He then earned a M.A. degree in art history. After a year of teaching, he started working as a National Park Service Ranger at the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia in 1980. In seventeen years with the NPS, Morris steadily rose through the ranks from park ranger to chief park ranger.
It is probably safe to say that Steve and Gayle Lamke love nuts. They own The National Nut Company which they moved to Hudson just a few weeks ago. Steve started in the business in 1974 packaging and selling holiday tins of assorted nuts. Within two years he realized with a lot of work he could go full-time. Since 1976, Lamke has worked 60 to 80 hours a week, something he continues to do although he knows he should slow down.
Nearly 600 people, young and old and everything in between packed the Ellsworth High School Cafetorium, March 8. The tickets were free and limited to six per person. They all wanted to welcome home Reed Grimm. People were waiting in line at 3:15 p.m. on March 6 when the distribution started. Nearly all of them were given out in just over 20 minutes. The next morning when the school office opened only a couple of dozen tickets remained and they were gone in seconds.
"We are pleased to be able to have completed the purchase transaction of the MR Convenience store at Exit 4 in the Town of Hudson.," said Gary Vander Vorst, for Erickson Oil. "The prior owners of the store, Marty Ryan & Richard Sterbenz did a great job of developing the business over the years." Erickson Oil plans to build on that great business base with the Freedom Brand. The store is being re-imaged as a Freedom Valu Center and the fueling island will continue to be branded BP as it has been in the past.
It was a day for joy -- even giddiness. As one who is not abashed about bridges, I attended the Saturday morning event at the Water Street Inn in Stillwater, which brought together a large assortment of civic and political leaders. The air was filled with optimism and something we haven't experienced in a long time, especially in Wisconsin: decency and respect among Democrats and Republicans. Federal legislators from both states set aside differences and worked as a bipartisan team to pass, unanimously in the U.S.
Feb. 28 was a "banner" day at Hudson Middle School. An all school celebration, included brief speeches by Principal Dan Koch, Assistant Principal Jim Dalluhn, Superintendent Mary Bowen-Eggebraaten and State Senator Sheila Harsdorf. Also, on the stage was school board member Pat German. The stars of the event were the 1,300 students who precisely entered the gymnasium in less than 13 minutes and exited the same way. It was not those skills that earned the award. It was much, much more. Hudson Middle School received the Middle School of Excellence Award for 2011-2012.
Downtown Hudson is a little brighter this week because BB Makeup Cosmetic Bar opened March 1. Located in Dania Hall at 511 Second St., owner Brooke Fleetwood has brought in her own line of cosmetics and much more to bring out your inner and outer beauty. The Seymour, Ind., native moved to Hudson with her family. The young entrepreneur has not let any grass grow under her feet. She operates Aesthetic Armour, a skin care business; successful online business, bbmakeuponline and last week she opened the retail store BBMakeup. "We want to pamper our customers," said Fleetwood.
Last week, local "American Idol" contestant Reed Grimm was voted off the show, but not until after some emotional peaks and valleys were experienced by Grimm, himself, as well as friends, family and fans from coast to coast. "I had some ups and downs," said Grimm, during a telephone interview Saturday, not quite 24 hours after stepping off the plane from Los Angeles. "There were lots of emotions (Thursday night) all the while you are trying to stay in the present." Grimm, like millions of viewers, thought for a moment he was in the top ten.
In Thursday's American Idol elimination night, the audiences in Los Angeles and at Junior's Bar and Grill in River Falls were taken on an emotional ride that was filled with highs and lows right to the very end of the two-hour show. Local contestant Reed Grimm was voted off. He did not garner enough votes from the public to make the top 10, but even that was uncertain when he was in a group of three pulled out. None of the three made it through, but Grimm was left hanging and told to sit back down. The entire audience in L.A.