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Yes, Reed Grimm appears a little quirky on "American Idol," but it is that and his genuine kindness and compassion that makes him the real deal. Grimm is remembered as a terrific kid by practically everyone who knows him -- adults and peers alike. Now the world is has the chance to realize the same thing about him. Viewed by nearly 20 million people the show is carried throughout the world and Grimm's name and videos of his performances have showed up nearly everywhere.
The year went by fast for St. Croix County Sheriff's Deputy Joshua Stenseth who lost his K9 partner Ace in February of 2011. For Stenseth it seems like just yesterday when he had to make the gut-wrenching decision to euthanize Ace. However the arrival of a new bouncing, enthusiastic new partner has made the time go fast. Stenseth wasn't home more than a couple of hours from the emergency clinic after Ace's death when he received a call from Mark Ficcadenti, of the St. Paul Police Department's Canine Training department. "He asked if I wanted a new dog," said Stenseth.
Donna Ernst has a long history in Wisconsin as a native of tiny Cloverland, just a mile from the coast of Lake Superior. The town was founded by her grandfather. Ernst went on to graduate from UW-Superior majoring in art and psychology. "My dream back then was to be an artist," said Ernst, about the heady years after college. "Of course it is hard to make a living being an artist so I pursued a career in human services, which is my career today and will be until I retire." She never stopped creating art in her free time.
In an emotional recap of Grimm's journey from his audition in Pittsburg to his solo performance in Las Vegas, American Idol viewers traveled with him the whole distance Wednesday night. The judges reminded Grimm they are looking for a singer and confidently told him he has what it takes. Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez agreed with fellow judge Randy Jackson about Grimm's considerable talent. Check our websites for updates, new video the February 22 American Idol show and new information on what is next for Grimm, as well as more of the interview with him.
From Trending on Twitter to interviews for television, the last few months have been a flurry of activity for Reed Grimm who grew up in Ellsworth. He is one of the top 42 contestants on the popular show "American Idol." This week those contestants will perform solos and the field will be narrowed to 24. "American Idol" airs at 7 p.m. on Feb. 22 and 23. The shows highlight solo competition and the top 24 contestants will be chosen.
There is a history behind everything and the Hudson House is no different. The owner Stu Schultz has been a part of its history since 1976, when his father Harold bought the hotel which had been open since 1965. Its colorful history goes back further than that to an era a bit earlier when a group of investors bought the land and built the facility in anticipation of pari-mutuel betting becoming legal in Wisconsin. According Stu Schultz, that the law did not go through and the property went back to the bank.
Last week the newest liquor store in Hudson opened its doors. Northland Liquors opened a second Hudson location in the Southside Center, 1920 Crestview Drive (former location of Mr. Movies). The original Hudson store opened in Plaza 94 on the north side of the I-94 in 2004. That location will remain open. Both are owned by SSG Corporation. "We decided to expand when more liquor licenses became available," said Sue Zappa, vice president of operations for SSG.
Thursday night, American Idol moved to Las Vegas where 70 finalists from the Hollywood group and solos competitions performed at the Aria Resort on the Viva Elvis stage. Tonight Reed Grimm was teamed up with Haley Johnson, 22, Beaverton, Ore., Eben Franckewitz, 15, Loveland Ohio, Elise Testone, 28, Charleston, S.C. for the group competitions in Las Vegas. They made it through the first cut after a stellar performance which balanced all of their individual talents.
LouAnne Berg moved her business, J&L Steel and Electrical Services, to Hudson in 2008. Since then she has become a vital force in the community and the state. "What is so funny is that I've been in business for 33 years and I had no idea what a chamber of commerce was," said LouAnne Berg, the new chair of the Hudson Chamber of Commerce & Tourism Bureau. "So when we moved here, it is what everyone talked about.
The Wednesday night edition of American Idol was a big night for area contestant Reed Grimm. Not only did the group he performed with sail through to solo competition, but at the last minute before he was to sing a solo, a cappella, he found out he had to use the back up band. On-air footage of Grimm showed him working with musical directors, calling his mother Colleen Raye for moral support and eventually changing it up again to sing 'Georgia on my Mind,' while playing the drums himself. This is a place he is comfortable with.