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We have reported before that Caleb Hawley, a 2003 Hudson High School graduate and "American Idol" contestant, spends a lot of time on the road, performing over 250 days a year. He crisscrosses the country in his small station wagon which is loaded to the top. It is a rigorous schedule that involves sleeping in the car, finding a diner for giants, where every pastry is huge and knowing when and where Ben and Jerry's is offering a day of free ice cream. His most recent visit to Hudson on April 15 was part of one of his road trips, which covered thousands of miles in the week.
The headlines are full of the detrimental effects of stress. It is one of the reasons Lisa Marie Vanderwyst changed professions. She wants to make a real difference in the quality of people's lives. The Hudson resident, who was born and raised in Marshfield, is thoughtful and mindful as she describes her journey. Vanderwyst moved to Hudson six years ago to teach German at Hudson High School. After two attempts to enter the Peace Corps she found a new calling. "I had been practicing yoga for four years before I decided to become a certified instructor," said Vanderwyst.
Winter is waning and the river is flooding just in time for Steven Fall to come to the rescue. The Hudson resident, a native of New Richmond, brings a lot of experience to his new job as the owner of AdvantaClean. Fall was the facilities manager at Andersen Windows for the Bayport operation and the upper Midwest. "I came to a fork in the road (of life)," said Fall. "I did not want to look back and say I did not try this, owning my own business." He opened his AdvantaClean business in February 2011 and he specializes in indoor air environment for both residential and commercial properties.
Students in Young Adult Literature classes at Hudson High School can see themselves in some of Patrick Jones' novels, in part because the idea for one of his six Young Adult Literature novels sprung to mind after he observed something in the school's parking lot.
Fifty years since the JR Ranch was at the top of this area's entertainment world, Mike and Sue Kinney are thrilled to be the latest entrepreneurs making the long-time location a successful eatery, sports bar, grill and gathering spot for people throughout St. Croix County. Conveniently located just off I-94 at exit four, it draws a crowd nearly every weekend. The Kinneys bought the business in December of 2009, changed the name and have been making steady changes and improvements ever since.
Twilights Seduction has something for every woman in every size. Nicole Roettger, owner of the adult intimate apparel store, loves fashion, all aspects of it whether it be clothing, shoes, jewelry, lingerie or dresses. "I want to cater to every woman," said Roettger. "Beauty is in your head, regardless of size." The Chicago-born Roettger moved to the Twin Cities metro area over 20 years ago when her family relocated from southern Illinois. She was in middle school at the time and now lives in Burkhardt.
Monday nearly everyone attending the ground-breaking ceremony for the significant expansion of Hudson Ford had a smile on their face and it wasn't just because the sun was shining. The expansion marks not only a turnaround in the market but confidence that it will continue. The project includes 5,700 square feet of new construction and extensive remodeling. A new quick lane for oil changes and other routine maintenance will be added.
It started out as a fever, intermittent but high. It was August of 2010 and up to that point Kate Bonhage was a bright and enthusiastic child looking forward to third grade. Little did her family know that she would miss most of the 2010-2011 school year. Last week, Kate returned to North Hudson Elementary School for the first full week of classes since her diagnosis with acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Her hair is growing back in and she is fond of hair bands of every style and color but particularly likes green.
Time has flown by, three and a half decade's worth but Kathy O'Connell can hardly believe it herself. It was March 8, 1976, when as a young woman, less than a year out of Hudson High School, she applied to work at the Convalescent Care Unit at the Hudson Hospital. "I was willing to do anything," said O'Connell. And over the years she done just that. Born and raised in Hudson, the 1975 graduate of Hudson High never left town. Instead she found a niche she has never stopped enjoying. "They hired me in 1976 and there began the story," said O'Connell.
Armor Healthcare, which is owned and operated by Hudson resident Bob Simmons, did not hesitate to donate $15,000 worth of health-related supplies to the relief effort in Japan. Simmons, who has worked in the healthcare supply field over 20 years, founded Armor Healthcare in 2007, here in Hudson. His at home office is the financial center for the company that also has offices in Chicago and San Diego as well as a distribution center in Louisville. "We sent them gloves, sanitizers, anti-microbial cleaners, gowns and masks," said Simmons.