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This year the St. Croix Valley Community Band gathered for rehearsal in mid June. Members range in age from 88 to 13. Regardless of age or musical instrument one thing they have in common is that they love to make music together. This year as in the previous 25 years the band is directed by Hudson resident, Dr. Kristin Tjornehoj, assistant professor of education and music at the UW-River Falls. "I came here right out of college," said Tjornehoj. "We started as a jazz band but other people wanted to play so it grew into this.
The day the Andrews family has been waiting for arrived July 12 when their newly constructed eight-bay TireProz store opened on the 'hill' in Hudson. "I have wanted to open a store in Hudson for years," said Jay Andrews Sr., who initially hoped to locate, after purchasing the building, on the old Perkins site. Today, Andrews is thrilled with his location at 1800 Crestview Drive which offers I-94 frontage, a close proximity to Fleet Farm and a traffic-controlled intersection.
For local independent business owners, Sandee Madigan and Dave Knoke (pronounced Ka-Nooo-Kee) this is a year to celebrate. The two opened their Locust Street businesses on the same day, July 28, 2000. Madigan, opened Elan, a women's clothing store, while she and her family still lived in Spring Lake Park, Minn. It did not take long for her to decide Hudson was where she wanted to live as well as work. A year later, they moved to Hudson and bought the building from Tom Rose. As a result, Dave Knoke, is a tenant of Madigan's.
June 18 was a special day for Jackie Bradham and the St. Croix County Historical Society. It was when Peggy Clark, stopped by to visit. Clark who lives in Kansas had a special story to share. "They called first to set up the appointment," said Bradham. Clark and her sister Barbara Ames, also from Kansas were heading to the area on vacation and knew a stop in Hudson was a must. Clark's grandfather, Frank Armsworthy, was an iron worker during the construction of the Hudson Toll Bridge in 1913. It was the first interstate bridge to cross the St.
Johannah Hayden, has a message for anyone who drives -- buckle up. "My mom used to tell us you will fly through the windshield if you don't have your seat belt on," said Hayden. At age 11, she nearly did just that, sitting in the backseat, when they were in an accident, Hayden ended up between her mom, who was a front seat passenger and the dash board. "I am pretty sure I broke my mother's arm when I flew over the seat," said Hayden, a mother of two. On June 15, Hayden, lost consciousness when driving home, south bound on Hwy.
Shoppers, you will see the transformation before your eyes as the Hudson Target store undergoes an extensive remodel which began on Monday and is expected to be complete in mid-October. The store will remain open at all times, while it is being converted to a PFresh format. "The PFresh format means the store will have 90 percent of what a Super Target carries," said Melissa Beglinger, who will be running the Hudson store remodel. "The whole store is getting a makeover." After a successful two-store test, Target expanded the PFresh layout to eight stores by March of 2009.
No stranger to seasonal business, Chicago Dogs' owners opened their food stand in Lakefront Park for the season. The company, CHI-DOGs, Inc. is owned and operated by Anne and Bruce Chesin of Stillwater. Their first stand opened in 1999 at the Minnesota State Fair in the beer gardens. The success and popularity of the Chicago Dogs led them to take the business on the road, traveling with a concession trailer to everything seasonal from county fairs to weekend parties.
When you walk in the door of Urban Olive and Vine, located at 520 Second St. in the Harding's at Hudson building, intrigue sets in. The right side of the wall is lined with sparkling stainless steel tanks called Fusti. They hold the "gold" within: infused olive oils and balsamic vinegars with names like Tuscan blend, blood orange, basil and jalapeno for the oils, and fig, peach and pomegranate for the vinegars. The air and light tight tanks assure the freshest of products.
For the Love of Dogs is celebrating its fifth anniversary this year. Over 700 dogs have been trained through the programs, offered by owner Kristin Elmquist. The companion dog training school is located on Tanney Lane in the town of Hudson. Even though Elmquist herself competes at the highest level in both obedience and agility, her business is for companion animals. "There is a real need for people's pets to have basic skills," said Elmquist, who has been around dogs and computers her whole life. The Blaine, Minn., native started training her dog at the age of 10 when she was in 4-H.