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It was the summer of 1995, Andrea Johnson was a candidate for the North Hudson Pepper Fest court. Little did her parents, Dave and Tami, realize that it was a pivotal moment in their lives as well. Andrea earned a spot on the court as one of the princesses, which meant Dave and Tami would spend the next 12 months on the road nearly every weekend, assisting with the float. During this time, the Johnsons were introduced to the St. Paul Winter Carnival Royalty and their rivals the Vulcans. "That is when our circle of friends literally exploded," said Johnson.
It was a light bulb moment for Hudson School District's occupational therapist, Dana Sperry, as he watched his 90-year-old father bowling using the Wii. "A friend of his kept encouraging him to buy one," said Sperry. "I saw the use he was getting in his legs and other areas. Bowling was his favorite activity." "That was the motivating incident," said Sperry. "I could see the same benefit for the students.
From the very beginning our cat, A.P.(Associated Press), showed us incredible tenacity. In 1991, we all gathered in southern Wisconsin to celebrate my Aunt Navy's 70th birthday. My cousin Tim and his niece Beth took an early morning power walk on the rolling rural roads in the area. They were over a mile away when they were joined by a little bundle of fur, which came bounding out of the long grasses lining the ditches. The kitten followed them all the way home, meowing as he fell in step with the duo. The kitten was not to be deterred; he had found his family.
For Henry Chan, life is full of challenges, which he meets with unbridled enthusiasm and energy. This week Chan opened his third restaurant; this one is in Hudson, the others are located in Eau Claire and Woodbury. Shanghai Bistro opened Monday in the former Country Kitchen location. While the outside is currently Country Kitchenish, the inside is a whole new world.
When The Orchard in Baldwin opened in August of 2009, Dick and Jean Pearson of Hudson gathered their considerable clan together to celebrate the newest of many business adventures Dick has taken his family on over the years. The Pearsons moved to Hudson 22 years ago. Married for 54 years, Dick and Jean were both driven by a strong work ethic along with persistence and frugality. At a time when other couples their age might opt for permanent retirement, Dick was encouraged to develop a banquet facility on property he bought as an investment in 2000.
Knoke Chocolates started a selling special Golden Ticket candy bars January 10. It was the kick off of a five week promotion. Once a week through next week, a golden ticket will be found in one of the specially marked Knoke's Milk Chocolate Bars. If you are the lucky one to have a "Golden Ticket" in a bar you purchased you will have the chance to be a chocolatier for a day, take home a tee-shirt, gift card and your own creations. Also, the "Golden Ticket" includes two tickets to 'Willie Wonka Junior' playing at the Phipps Center for the Arts on weekends from February 12 until February 28.
For Sheri Zimmermann and her family, the news that the baby girl she was pregnant with could not live outside her womb due to anencephaly, was a life changing moment. For the next four months, Zimmermann was greeted in her daily life with well meaning-strangers asking normal questions, 'When is your baby due? Is it a boy or girl?' All of which she stoically and politely answered, knowing full well Grace would only live a few moments after her birth. Grace was born in 2002.
Lucky for Rush River farmer Buddy Schumacher, Hudson native and resident Jay Penfield was paged specifically to help in a lengthy rescue operation to remove him after he became trapped in a corn bin on his farm. The call came in Friday afternoon; dispatch called for St. Croix EMS high angle ropes team and Jay. "Male stuck in a grain bin... Rope team stand-by...Jay respond directly to the scene." The reason is that Jay knows nearly everyone on the United Fire Department, which includes Baldwin, Woodville and Hammond, because over the years he has trained them in rescue techniques.
It is hard to tell when exactly this affair of over 50 years started. This year, the land where we met is celebrating its founding after 55 years. The 'government' runs smoothly, cleanliness is number one and no one is privy to the inner workings, even the public restrooms are discreet and nearly invisible. New Year's Eve weekend we had a family reunion of sorts. One of the activities was to visit this far off land.
The appreciation dinner for the St. Joseph Fire Department families Saturday night also included honoring two long time department members who retired in 2009. The event held at Mama Maria's restaurant, found Larry Amundson and Mike Long being honored by State Representative Kitty Rhoades, who presented them with plaques from the State of Wisconsin, signed by the governor. Mike Long started his 30 year volunteer career in October of 1979 when Jim Tuma practically dragged Long and his buddy to a meeting.