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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.
"American Idol" candidate Reed Grimm was a hit with the judges in his first live performance Tuesday night on Fox. Typical of Grimm's personality he volunteered to be the first to perform. A native of Ellsworth, he sang a jazzy rendition of "Moves Like Jagger" by Maroon Five. "I'm glad it was you who was bold enough to start off this Season one one," said judge Randy Jackson. Thirteen semi-final male performers sang Tuesday night and the women get their turn Wednesday night.
Voting is critical for American Idol contestants to stay in the running now that taped shows have ended and live broadcasts begin Tuesday. The top 12 males, one of which is local musician and singer Reed Grimm, perform tonight at 7 p.m. People may vote, via phone or texting, for only two hours after the conclusion of the show in this time zone. Those votes determine which six contestants will be in the top 12 finalists. Wednesday night the process will be repeated for the top 12 females.
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.