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Debbie Townsend, an aquatic therapist and founder of the Clownfish Swim Club in the Twin Cities, is bringing her unique vibrancy to Hudson. She will be offering swim classes and lessons Tuesday through Sunday beginning in November.
Women United for Liberty grew out of one woman's need to see a change. Dianne Joachim, owner of Bear Buddies and co-owner of Kaladi's Gourmet Café, decided it was time to shake things up. "I called my friend Annette Olson and she was ready," said Joachim, who together with Olson founded the group in April of this year. "We meet every two weeks, have over 100 members and usually we have at least 40 in attendance at each meeting." The meetings usually last about two hours.
Cindi Began is a physical therapist by training and education. Since her graduation from the University of Alabama, she has never stopped learning new ways to help people heal, get in shape and establish new patterns of wellness. "As a P.T. I had to take continuing education classes so I took one on Pilates," said Began. "After taking the class I was convinced this is what everybody needs -- patients and everybody else. I was sold: hook, line and sinker." "These exercises help stabilize and prevent injury," continued Began.
The trebuchet is known to have been used in China as early as 300 B.C. Most people might associate it more with medieval times when it was the military weapon of choice for invading forces. What is unique about this type of catapult is that it has a sling in which the ammunition is placed. For Hudson resident Patrick Kinney, building his own trebuchet has been a goal since he was 12 years old. Fascinated by the ancient device which was last used for military purposes in the 1500s due to the invention of gunpowder, he designed, built and tested his own version.
Even if you think you are computer savvy, think again. How many of you have received an e-mail message from a relative, friend or grandchild proclaiming they are in need of money due to a tragic accident? Many delete the often poorly written letters without regard. The criminals have upped-the-ante by creating longer, more believable statements including multiple family member's names and friends referenced in the body of the text. Town of Hudson resident Julie Burkhart-Haid knew immediately that something was wrong when on the morning of Oct.
Avanti Center, formerly known as Special Children Center, opened this fall in a brand new 13,400-square-foot building, giving it 40 percent more square footage than their previous location, which was in St. Croix Business Park. The new facility is located at 742 Sterbenz Drive, just northeast of I-94's exit four. The increased space offers the administration and staff the opportunity to serve more young clients but to also add services for adults. It is now a Medicare-certified facility.
When the sun rises on the apple orchard at Carpenter St. Croix Valley Nature Center it glistens on the dew-covered fruit that a young John McPherson literally fell for when he just a boy. "My mom took me to Aamodt's Apples when I was 12," said McPherson. "It was the first time I tasted something other than a Red Delicious. I took one bite out of a Fireside and I was hooked." The kid from northeast Minneapolis never stopped eating apples; in fact, eating them is now a big part of his job.
On Sept. 25 nearly six months after the event, Town of St. Joseph resident Derek Nelson was honored during St. Joseph's Fall Festival. Nelson received the citizenship award. By all accounts the stars were aligned, karma was good and perhaps the "Lord" had a plan as well. On March 31, Nelson had taken the day off work because it was his daughter's birthday. After delivering cupcakes to school, he decided to go back home before doing other errands when he saw what he thought was a puff of smoke coming from a neighbor's home.
Saturday, Sept. 25, the addition to the St. Joseph Fire Hall was celebrated. The project included the 80- by 40-foot apparatus bay and unisex bathroom and shower for the department. More shifting around within the existing building will create a training room on the first floor, which will be available for the town when two meetings are scheduled in one night. The upstairs will be converted into a lounge and day room for firefighters and first responders.
There are not too many things a woman can do that create the same sense of glamour as having a manicure or a pedicure. Quinn Wguyen wants to make sure every client leaves his nail salon happy. A veteran in the creative nail business, Wguyen has over 11 years of experience which started while he was watching his aunt in her salon in Atlanta. The St. Paul resident decided after working in Hudson for a short time this was where he wanted to be. In July he purchased the 2001 Nails salon located at 596 Outpost Circle. The salon has been open since 1999.