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It was bitter cold and two area dogs were missing. Mazi, a two and one-half year old boxer, ran out of her yard on Jan. 31. Keyanah, a six-year-old Bernese Mountain dog disappeared on Feb. 6. As the hunt for Keyanah heated up, Mazi's time was running out. In a twist of fate people who found Mazi had been alerted to Keyanah's disappearance by a service called FindToto, basically an amber alert for pets.
For movie lover Laurie Henn the closing of Hudson's Mr. Movies is more than just a sign of the times. Henn opened the store nearly 20 years ago for then owner Kevin Vance. The day was May 16, 1991. She remembers it well. Over the next two decades her role changed from manager to co-owner to owner. Henn took over full ownership five years ago. Not only has she seen technology change from VHS to DVD to Blu-ray, she has enjoyed watching Hudson students, her employees, grow into adults, go off to college and come back to visit. "The decision was made Feb.
Feb. 14 is a day my parents never forget, even at this stage of their lives. It was that day in 1960 when my right kidney was removed. Since then each year my parents have sent me flowers. At the time and for many years later, we all thought it was the day that saved my life. Perhaps it was. However, it is not uncommon for a person to live their entire life with one kidney.
For Tom and MarJean Malchow, long time Green Bay Packer fans and season ticket holders, a trip to the Super Bowl was a must. The couple grew up in Green Bay territory, Tom in Neenah and MarJean in Kewaunee. Tom, a life-long fan, went to a few games while in high school but MarJean did not become a fan until the two were married. "My brother and I attended the Ice Bowl," said Tom, referring to the 1967 NFL Championship game played in Green Bay with the Dallas Cowboys. Actual temperature at game time was minus 15 degrees.
Saturday night, Feb. 12, we joined a sold-out crowd at the Aster Café in Minneapolis to listen to Caleb Hawley's annual Valentine Show. The young songwriter and musician, who graduated from Hudson High School, made it through the Hollywood round of "American Idol" last week. By the time this story hits the newsstands his 'Idol' future may still be unknown.
Ralph Bleuer's children decided that I should be the one to receive his camera equipment. Ralph was trained as a Navy photographer during World War II. His daughter Marcia and I were born a week apart and his wife, who is still living, met my mother in nurses' training. They remain friends to this day. One of the smartest things my parents did in my youth was to take me down to the Bleuers every summer from about the age of seven, dropping me off for a week. This practice continued through high school.
Sunday, Feb. 6 Doris Knauff died. She may not have been known by a lot of people in Hudson but those who knew her realized that she was an amazing person. The Hudson Star-Observer did a story on Doris in 2007. It featured her love of sewing, specifically quilting. It was passion she shared with her daughter Deb Anderson. They were both members of the Hudson Heritage Quilters. Quilting started gradually for Doris Knauff, who had sewed all her life. She moved to Hudson in 1987. "It was a fascinating and fun thing to do," said Knauff, during the interview.
Hudson native Jim Rouleau was quoted in the New York Times and the Star-Telegram of Fort Worth on Monday because he was one of the 1,250 people who found that even though they had legitimate tickets, they did not have seats for Super Bowl XLV. Rouleau, a lifetime Green Bay Packer fan, decided on Tuesday, Feb. 1, that he wanted to go to the game and would take a customer with him. He called Events USA, a company he has used many times before to get tickets and packages for the Packer games. The company is the official tour operator for the team.
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.