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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.
May was a busy month for Hudson resident Carol Hardin when she traveled to Ghana with fellow Wisconsinite Lauri Dobbe. Their odyssey, three weeks long, was planned by their children Caroline Hardin and Grant Dobbe, who are both Peace Corps volunteers in Ghana. "We called ourselves the sweat sisters," said Hardin, whose daughter is in her third year as a computer science teacher in Ghana. "The heat is hot, hot -- ceiling fans are used for cooling and the air conditioning is only common in the capital city of Accra." Ghana, is located in West Africa.
He was a Midwest boy, a native of River Falls but his family moved a lot -- 15 times during which he attended 11 schools and graduated from Amery High School. This year Dr. Garth Christenson is celebrating 20 years in business in Hudson. Like his childhood, his educational and professional goals took him on a cross-country journey. After his undergraduate studies were completed at UW-River Falls, it was on to Chicago for his doctor of optometry degree. Then he headed to New York City for an internship.
Since the 1880s there has been a law firm located at the intersection of Walnut and Second streets in Hudson. In 1943 Hugh F. Gwin, joined the firm, moving from Loyal. Over the course of the next several decades Hugh and his wife Edna became moving forces in Hudson, active in many community arenas. In 1994 the firm, after going through an assortment of name changes with partners and associates who arrived in Hudson and then moved on, became the Gwin Law Firm, SC with Hugh H. Gwin, his son, now the primary attorney. This week, a new change is in the works.
There is a phenomenon that is prevalent more in the United States than many other countries in the world. It is the pursuit of leisure time activities.
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.