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The timing was right for Michael and Radmila Rasmussen. Avid boaters, he a personable individual who was once commodore of a yacht club, she having decades of experience in the restaurant business, were surprised to find a listing online for a location they couldn't believe was available. February 18 it was official. The couple were the new owners of Dolce, a Hudson restaurant located at 106 Buckeye Street. Michael, a native of Mendota Heights, is a 30-year veteran of the corporate world who most recently worked for 3M's Imation.
It is the time of year when spring and summer are on everyone's mind, even the bees. On Saturday, in the warmth of the sun, Dan Klasen, president of the St. Croix County Beekeepers Association opened one of his hives to find the bees already moving around. Klasen has 20 hives in three locations and has been working with bees since he was in high school. For this story, he was joined by Kate Kees, a relative newcomer to the hobby and a fellow member of the St. Croix County Beekeepers Association. Both agree there is something about bees that gets people hooked on the hobby.
My ears perked up last week, when a small article appeared in the Hudson Star-Observer announcing the bridge would be painted this summer. That would be our "Bridge" -- the one I have to admit to being pretty close to. I spent 12 months documenting its construction and another several months documenting the removal of the old blue bridge, once an icon of Hudson appearing on squad cars and school district stationery.
For five lucky individuals, Saturday brought chocolate making to life. Knoke's Chocolates offered a contest tied in with the recent Phipps Children's Theatre production of "Willy Wonka Junior." Dave Knoke created a special milk chocolate candy bar for sale as the Golden Chocolate Bar. Five of the 1,250 bars sold had a golden ticket in them. Those who found a golden ticket in their bars received tickets to the play and a chance to be a chocolatier for a day. Knoke and his staff rolled out the red carpet for the winners.
Next week (March 8-14) is national Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Week. Mari Marson and Linda Gill thought this would be a great time to get the word out about the upcoming Walk MS being held May 2 with the start and finish at the Hudson Middle School. The Hudson walk is one of 18 in Minnesota and Western Wisconsin being held the same day. Marson, a 1974 Hudson High School graduate, had volunteered years earlier as a bike rider raising funds for MS. As a result she was in the organizations data base as a past participant. Last year the first year of the Hudson walk, she was contacted to help.
For over four decades, Paul Whiteside has been working in the grocery business. "It has been a good livelihood," said Whiteside. "I would not have changed a thing. Even the early morning drive helped me clear my head for the day." A native of Eau Claire, he started his long career there in 1965 at K-Mart Foods. In 1970 he moved to River Falls, going to work for Dick Wallin at his Red Owl store. In 1975, when Wallin opened a Red Owl in Hudson, Whiteside came to Hudson to work but remained a resident of River Falls.
Customers of the Timberidge Roadhouse had been asking if they could buy the distinctive steak sauce for years. Last fall, Damon Holter decided to give the customers what they asked for. In 1996, when Holter's parents opened the north woods steakhouse, he created a distinctive sauce that for over the next decade was in demand for its rich flavor and full body. Last August, Holter, who grew up in Afton and currently lives in Hudson, decided it was time to begin marketing the sauce in earnest.
It was a natural move for Andrew Schuster to purchase Foxtone Music's Hudson location last fall. He and his father, Thomas, remodeled, repainted and renamed the store. Even his new logo and awning reflect his commitment to Hudson, specifically designed to incorporate the Raider blue and white. Along with the color shift, they have added two new lesson rooms bringing the total to five, allowing Schuster to expand the lesson options to include piano. Currently lessons are available in bass, guitar and drums. Over 100 students currently take lessons at the store from seven instructors.
People traveled from far and near last weekend for the privilege of attending a concrete sculpture workshop at The Phipps Center for the Arts. Famed folk artist Wouterina "Riana" De Raad returned to teach the two-day event, which found participants wrestling with stainless metal lath to create everything from a life size Airedale terrier to a delicate vase. Two mother and daughter teams participated, with Betty Ruggles and her daughter Amanda Dupreez driving up from southern Wisconsin.
In the 45 years since Hudson's own Dairy Queen opened, nearly a thousand students have crossed the threshold to start their first job. Thousands more children, adults and dogs have enjoyed the soft frozen treats that are what kicked off the Dairy Queen franchise in the 1940s. Its roots are in Illinois. In 1938 a father and son team talked a good friend into selling a product they had been experimenting with, a soft frozen dairy product. Within two hours over 1,600 servings were dished up.