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Lana Sjoberg, a local artist, known largely for her fleece hat creations, recently displayed some of her most ambitious wearable art called Lanimals in the lobby of the Associated Bank. A favorite amongst the Hot Air Affair crowd, Sjoberg, has for many years had a booth at the HAA craft show. Her elaborate hats have been found on many a pilot and are each year found on the heads of organizers and officials of the event. They are warm and fun and now with each new design the potential is there that you may be wearing a piece of art work on your head.
For Deb Sagisser, who moved to Hudson in 2003, giving clients a means to enhance their health is what reflexology is all about. As a nationally certified reflexologist, Sagisser studied the healing art at the St. Croix Center for the Healing Arts in Hudson. The practice dates back as far as the ancient Egyptians. Today, the modern version of reflexology is practiced throughout the world. The concept is based on the fact that there are 7,000 nerve endings on the soles of our feet.
As a child, Terry (TJ) Mechelke fell in love with the notion of seeing Mt. Everest after reading an account Sir Edmund Hillary's 1953 summit of the mountain. It was this desire that led Mechelke along with his wife Pat and daughter Sara on a trek in the Himalayan Mountains in November. The couple started preparing in 2009 when they hiked the Inca Trail on a REI travel adventure. Over the course of last summer they kept in condition by bicycling at least 15 or 16 miles every day. On Nov. 3 they departed for Nepal.
Enthusiasm is not an strong enough word to describe Kim Powers' attitude toward reading. Powers, who has taught at Hudson High School for 11 of her 14 years in the profession, had to respond when she heard students bragging about graduating from high school without reading a book. The New Richmond native, who graduated from UW-River Falls after attending UW-La Crosse, went on to complete her master's degree in teaching and learning at St.
It is no secret now that Caleb Hawley, a 2003 Hudson High School grad, was one of the contestants selected to move on to Hollywood, during this season's premiere of "American Idol," which aired on Jan. 19. Hawley's performance of "Hallelujah, I Love Her So," a Ray Charles hit, got judge Steven Tyler clapping and singing along. Judges Randy Jackson and Jennifer Lopez agreed with Tyler that Hawley, 25, deserved to advance to the Hollywood round of competition. "He was really busy the next day," said Debbie O'Keefe his mother-in-law.
The Great Book of Life, which was launched last summer by former Hudson resident Joel Larson, has added a new feature. People can now document their pet's life in a chapter that will be linked to the owners. "It was launched in December and it is still very new," said Larson. "We are excited that people will have the opportunity to write about themselves and their pets as well." After conducting several focus panels it was determined that people had an interest in documenting their pets' lives as well.
Caleb Hawley, a 2003 Hudson High School graduate, has been spotted on at least one of the television commercials for the upcoming season of "American Idol" which premiers Jan. 19. Entire websites are dedicated to the speculation as to who the finalists will be. "I can't say much but I did try out during the New Jersey auditions," said Hawley, during a brief telephone interview from his New York residence Monday night. Beyond that, and the fact that he appears briefly about eight seconds into one of the commercials, is about all the young singer and songwriter would say.
The seed for this column was planted months ago. Then, as now, I hesitate to take on such a weighty topic. Where do morals come from? It wasn't the tragic incident itself, when the young Rutgers University student committed suicide after fellow students streamed live video of him onto the Internet that planted the seed.
Monday morning a check of $3,000 was given collectively to Hudson schools parent groups. It is the first of perhaps many donations that may be coming to Hudson in support of youth activities by GoKidsDay.com. The website is the brain child of entrepreneur Bill Veeneman, who has lived in the Twin Cities area nearly thirty years, most recently in Hudson. Veeneman, who majored in economics and went on to earn a master's in that field, has a keen sense of how to make things easier in the age of technology.
Ken and Kathy Konrad were not looking for spouses when they both started to attend a general support group at Guardian of Angels Church in Oakdale. "It was for whatever you were going through in your lives," said Kathy. Both she and Ken had been divorced. "Other members had a lot harder issues to deal with." "I knew the pastor really well and he said you know we have this support group," said Ken. "After a while he asked if I had met anyone and I told him there was a cute woman sitting across the room during the meetings.