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Magnolias on Locust is a welcome addition to the street which is developing a reputation for offering residents and visitors alike a funky and fun collection of shops offering everything from fine jewelry to fashion, food and repurposed items. Owner Paulette Wentzlaff is bringing her own amazing talent to Hudson. A native of Arlington, Minn., she was first exposed to rug hooking as a young girl, by a friend of her mother. "This is the traditional art form rug hooking," said Wentzlaff, which is not to be confused with latch hooking, which uses short strands of yarn.
Family ties bring Cherry Berry to Hudson. Larry Norheim was born and raised in Bismarck, N.D., never leaving, except during the four years he served in the United States Navy. He and his wife Marsha still live there. That is about to change.
Boyd Davis, a native of St. Louis, Mio., moved to St. Paul to box. The sport has been part of his life since he was young. "I continued to do it to stay out of trouble," said Davis. That is one of the driving forces behind his opening Peek-A-Boo Boxing in Hudson.
Hudson Liquor, located at 131 Carmichael Road, Suite 104, is between Target and Walgreen's. Customers will be surprised when they walk through the door to find the store has practically doubled in space, going from 2,400 square feet to 4,700 square feet. The remodeling and expansion started the beginning of April, when space became available adjacent to the existing store. "One of the biggest reasons for the move was to create a better shopping experience for our customers," said Chad Moe, owner of Hudson Liquor.
Local author Katelyn Asmus will be featured at the Hudson Area Library on April 13 from 1 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. Asmus, a sophomore at Hudson High School, will present a program about the writing and publication of her first book. A reception afterward will include refreshments and a book signing. The book, "The Adventure of Steven Archer," is a space adventure and is available on Amazon. "I remember the very first book I created," said Asmus. "It was made out of printer paper folded in half and the story was about a time traveling mouse. It was only about six pages.
April 11, Bridge for Youth and Adults with Disabilities is teaming up with Bridge Community Employment Services to start a community discussion on how business leaders and individuals can strengthen our local economy through providing opportunities for people with disabilities. The event, held at 8 a.m. at Sylvan Learning Center in Hudson, will feature owner Tracey Leffner. It is open to the public and Leffner will outline her successful experience hiring an employee with disabilities.
U.S. Senator Ron Johnson visited Hudson early April 5 to share what he considers critical information for citizens to understand before the country can move forward. He likened the situation to the first step of a 12-step program -- recognizing there is a problem. "Far too many politicians won't acknowledge the problem," said Johnson.
You can go around the world with just one stop at Hudson's newest restaurant, Noodles & Company, which opened this week at 1055 Pearson Drive in the Ban Tara retail area. The chain was founded in a Denver neighborhood in 1995 by Aaron Kennedy, who struck upon the idea while he was living in New York. He realized that if you wanted Italian, Chinese or American entrees you had to go to completely different restaurants. Applying the concept of "fast" food and the fact that nearly every country has some version of noodles, Kennedy brought them together in one restaurant.
This weekend "Rumors," a Neil Simon comedy, opens at the Hudson High School auditorium. It will run two weekends and is sure to brighten up anyone's attitude with a bit of laughter. The spring play is directed by Kari Heisler and features 10 student actors. The characters include a senate wanna-be, a financial planner, a TV Chef and a woman obsessed with the power of crystals and a psychiatrist as a start. This Simon farce premiered in 1988 in California.
Shifting from winter to the other seasons, the Wisconsin Governor's Conference and Tourism wrapped up March 19. The event's location which rotates around the state was held in Madison this year. "The governor's tourism conference is known as being the largest in the United States," said Hudson Area Chamber of Commerce & Tourism Bureau President Kim Heinemann. "There were nearly 1,000 attendees from tourism bureaus, convention bureaus, lodging properties and attractions.