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It is a sure sign that summer is drawing to a close when the Hudson Area Chamber of Commerce and Tourism Bureau hosts the annual new teachers luncheon. On Aug. 18, the district and the community welcomed 36 new certified staff members, including teachers, administrators, media specialists, therapists and counselors. Of those, nearly all attended the luncheon which was sponsored by 20 different businesses. The sponsorships pay for the teachers' meals and provide items for the gift bags. This year the sponsors were Associated Bank, Bramer Muscle Pain and Rehab Services, Carpenter St.
Somedays you catch a break and other days you can, with a simple gesture, give the same to others. Last week I was nearing the end of a day that started at 5:30 a.m., traveling on I-94 from St. Paul close to the time most folks would be thinking about dinner. I started to consider a quick stop at the Hudson Dairy Queen. It was, after all, on the way home. I needed just a little pick me up so a Dilly bar came to mind. However, when I checked my wallet I discovered a couple of single dollars I did not realize I had.
Nobody likes to receive a call like Patti and John Bender got on the Fourth of July. They closed their store, Home Kitchen and Bath, for Booster Days weekend and their upstairs renter went out of town. When their tenant returned it was discovered that the washing machine hose had burst. Water had been filling that area of the apartment and more. "The water went all the way to the basement," said John. "We really don't know how long it was running." The result was significant damage to the second show room of their store.
By all accounts Joel Larson loves life. He grew up across the street from E.P. Rock School after moving to Hudson in the second grade from South Dakota. At Hudson High School he was a three-season athlete, playing football, basketball and tennis. "I played a lot of football," said Larson. After graduation in 1978 he continued his studies earning a degree from the UW-La Crosse in recreational administration and parks management. This led Larson to a 30-year career in hotel and hospitality management. After working at the St.
After nearly a year off, K-9 officer Brisco, a Belgian Malinois-German Shepherd hybrid, is back in service at the Hudson Police Department with his new partner Officer and K-9 handler Bob Larson. Larson, a 1999 Hudson High School graduate, went into law enforcement after graduating of University of Minnesota at Mankato with a degree in law enforcement. It was not a lifelong goal; in fact, his father HPD Lt. Paul Larson discouraged it. "It turned out to be my area of interest," said Larson, who has been in the field for over five years, the last three with HPD.
Norm and Shirley Rehder have connections to North Hudson that go all the way back to their wedding day. As luck would have it, the couple was kidnapped after their ceremony and hauled to the Mallalieu Inn.
Students attending the Phipps Center for the Arts Summer Art Camp had the chance to combine science and art if they signed up for one of four Just Add Water classes. The results of the four weeks of classes are on display at part of the Just Add Water Lab until Sept. 3 in the atrium gallery along with several information stations, with activities designed to engage young and old alike. Everything highlights the St. Croix River and its watershed.
CU Companies Realty has a lot to offer as a division of CU Companies, a credit union service organization owned by over 70 credit unions in Minnesota. In March the Hudson area office opened at Outpost Circle. Joining manager and broker Jim Fowler of River Falls are Laura Audette of Spring Valley and Steven Mark of Ellsworth. They are all experienced agents and have sold a combined 1,000 homes in western Wisconsin. "We are not new to the business," said Fowler. "We are experienced and love the area. Our service area is Pierce and St.
In a marathon wake at O'Connell Family Funeral Home on Thursday, Aug. 5, over 1,500 people came to pay their respects to the family of David Erickson, a Hudson native and chief executive officer of Erickson Oil Products, Inc./ Freedom Valu Centers. He died July 28 in a motorcycle accident in Montana. Another 750 attended the funeral the next day at Bethel Highlands Lutheran Church. The wake, which was scheduled from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m., started with over 300 people in line before 2 p.m. and guests were still in line after 9 p.m.
A lot of new things are happening at Lillian's of Hudson. The unique accessory shoppe for women is under new ownership and is now offering a new line of clothing as well. Alicia Davis, a native of River Falls, purchased the store in July of this year. Lillian's is a franchise which was conceived and developed by two sisters with the original store being in Buffalo, Minn., in 2005. Today, there are 30 stores in eight states including Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin, North Dakota, South Dakota and Texas. For Davis the timing was right.