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Saturday, Saturday, May 1, Hudson Middle School hosted an Arbor Day celebration which included the planting of trees, a proclamation by Mayor Dean Knudson and demonstrations of tree planting and pruning as well as tours of the school forest. The young naturalists conducted the tours and dug the holes for the tree planting. They are under the guidance of Cynthia Landers, middle school life science teacher. Hudson High School orchestra members provided music and area businesses set up booths.
Talent abounds at second 'Hudson Youth Have Talent' show A crowd of around 350 people cheered on this year's participants in Youth Action Hudson's "On the Road to Stardom...Hudson Youth Have Talent" show Saturday night at Hudson High School auditorium. There were 17 acts on the program including singing, dance, poetry, instrumental performances and stand-up comedy. Winners were selected in several categories by judges Andy Bernstrom, Clara Ashwood, Dan Baumgartner, Donna Bennett and Nancy Burman. The audience also selected its favorite of the evening.
Times have changed since Norman Gilbert, son of Harry and Sarah, started Gilbert Truck Line. His first fare, in 1935, was to haul a team of horses to Trempealeau for the tidy sum of $1.50. Today, the company he started is called Valley Cartage and it is operated by his son Jerry and grandson Todd. The company has over 200 employees servicing Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, Illinois, South Dakota, North Dakota and Nebraska. Jerry didn't plan to go in to the business but after three years in the U.S.
Sometimes things just feel right. It is hard to explain, you realize that you have discovered a person or a group who has the potential to make a difference in the world. That was how I felt Sunday evening, while attending the Reach for the Stars fundraiser for Family Resource Center St. Croix Valley. I have to admit that the theme Reach for the Stars-Under the Bella Luna (which changes every year) was based on Italy. Almost anything Italian will get me off in a positive direction. Over the years I have attended an assortment of fundraising events.
Bob Barabe, a Mellon native, is wrapping up more than 35 years in education, 26 of them in the Hudson district as an elementary school counselor. After graduating with a two-year degree from a teacher's college, Barabe taught for a short time at a parochial school in Port Washington. "I found out I was doing a lot of counseling," said Barabe of his first job. "The teachers didn't have a lot of time to work with these issues and I really liked that part of it.
Antarctica seems like a distant place of mystery for most of us, but for 2001 Hudson High School graduate Michelle LaRue, it is a familiar location with areas she knows intimately well. LaRue is a Geospatial Analyst for the Antarctica Geospatial Information Center at the University of Minnesota.
Artists work in many mediums. For Bobby Gray, who is a watercolor artist, painting with fabric is how she describes her quilts. There is no question Gray is an expert in quilting, and for the last six years she has taught children much more than how to sew. Her present students include Suzy Metcalf, 11, Molly Metcalf, 8, and Reneah Arndt, 10, all of whom are home schooled which allows them to attend quilting class once a week in the afternoon beginning in October.
For St. Paul native Paul Gerst, moving his acupuncture practice to Hudson was meant to be. Coming from a western medicine tradition, Gerst was set to follow in his family's footsteps until he read the book, "The Web That Has No Weaver: Understanding Chinese Medicine," by Ted Kaptchuk. It was one of those ah-ha moments for Gerst who planned to become a physical therapist. He went on to graduate from Metropolitan State University in St. Paul with a degree in counseling and holistic studies and continued his education at the Minnesota Institute of Acupuncture and Herbal studies.
China's awakening means more than economic growth to Hudson resident Nancy Lawton-Shirley. She recently returned from her fourth trip to China where she volunteers for Red Thread Charities. It was a River Falls doctor, Tim Steinmetz, who encouraged Lawton-Shirley to go on her first trip in 2007. "What he saw was that most of the children needed occupational and physical therapy," said Lawton-Shirley who is an occupational therapist and founder of Special Children's Center in Hudson.
Almost anyone can tell you the job market is a different place today, especially if you are looking for work. The old rules of being there in person, knocking on doors and calling to bring your resume back to the top of the pile are as old as dust. It is also different for the employers who are looking to fill positions. They are looking to professional recruiters to do the work for them, right up to the point of finding the right person who can step right into the job without an interview. JP Staffing has a new recruiting manager based in Hudson.