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For some people the recent release of the movie "Big Miracle" brings back a wealth of memories. For Hudson resident Jason Davis, former area wild life artist Rick Kelley and Rick Skluzacek, the son of Lakeland business man Bill Skluzacek, who flew to Alaska with the deicing units that ultimately saved the whales, it is an event that remains engraved in their minds. Each played a unique role in the true story behind the movie. It was October of 1988.
Coming up is Hollywood week for the American Idol. It is the next time viewers in this area may have the chance to see Reed Grimm perform on national television. The Ellsworth native made it to Hollywood, from his audition in Pittsburg. This is the fifth time he has tried out for the show which is in it's eleventh season. While Grimm was born into a musically talented family, he spent nearly all of his childhood off the road attending schools in Ellsworth.
Dr. Darcy Rindelaub, DDS, MS, was a military "brat," not an uncommon term of endearment used by children who moved around a lot as a result of their parent's military career. She graduated from high school while living in Sicily. She came back to the area closest to her roots, University of North Dakota in Fargo. It was there she completed her undergraduate degree in speech pathology with the intent continue her studies in audiology.
Last week marked the beginning of a collaboration that will enhance your life, even if you don't know it. That is providing you visit the Hudson Public Library. On Jan. 26, a group gathered to install the first of what will be many art exhibitions in the Hudson Public Library. "We have a cultural corridor on the river," said Anastasia Shartin, visual arts director for The Phipps Center for the Arts.
Newcomers to town may not be aware that the William H. Phipps Foundation has been quietly working in the background to make Hudson a better place to live since it began in January of 1946. In the 66 years since, those who have served on its board of directors have been few and quietly chosen for their interest and commitment to the Hudson area. Within the last year two long-time board members have retired from the board.
Last week United Gear and Assembly, located in Hudson, celebrated three years without a lost time accident. If you are not in manufacturing, this might be meaningless, but in the manufacturing world this is big news. Not only is it significant to the company but to the employees as well. Various trade publications and websites have been noting this landmark accomplishment of the Hudson company. It means that the company has gone three years without an incident that would stop or slow production.
Paul Bloodhart's passion for power sports began as a youngster. The Menomonie native started riding snowmobiles in 1989. One of the reasons he, along with his partner Stesha Plahn, founded Cruisermax was to give people access to power sports accessories at a reasonable price. Plahn owns the company and Bloodhart manages it. Cruisermax started as an online business in 2008.
All you have to do is look around to see we have essentially no natural snow, at least not enough to enjoy the usual winter outdoor sports. There is a little corner of our area where you can enjoy a feeling of winter. Located in the town of Hudson, Badlands Sno-Park is in its 42nd year of operation by the Kinney family. "There is enough snow to last until April," said Pat Kinney.
Last fall, over 200 incoming juniors and seniors at Hudson High School applied to become mentors to incoming freshmen. The new program was implemented to ease the freshmen students into the high school campus atmosphere. "Each student was assigned a freshman to mentor," said Lori Rossini, counselor at Hudson High School. "Each freshman received a letter of introduction from their mentor. The mentors also were to call each student and welcome them to the school. At that time they were offered a tour of the school before school started.
On Jan. 5, St. Croix Animal Friends appointed new members to their board of directors bringing the total to 17. The new board is starting the New Year off with an ambitious agenda: to raise enough money to build a long awaited animal shelter in St. Croix County. The organization, founded in 2005 by now president Diana Neubarth, purchased six acres of land located near the southeast corner of the interchange between I-94 and Hwy. 65 just south of Roberts in 2010. This moved it another step closer to a long-time goal.