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In Wisconsin it was most likely a gray November day, the weather is not what I remember. As an 11-year-old, I remember the trembling voice that announced our president had been shot. I was in sixth grade and initially, we did not know if he was fatally wounded. This week, the 49th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy's assassination, falls on Thanksgiving. For most people born before 1955, this remains a day they will never forget. I remember watching his funeral procession on a scratchy black and white television.
Ciranda, founded in 1994 in Minneapolis, moved to Hudson in 2001. Since then the company has become a major player in the business of importing, certified organic, sustainable and fair trade agricultural products. Since 2006 when the Hudson Star-Observer published a feature story about Ciranda, its staff has doubled. The corporate headquarters is in Hudson but today there is staff in New York, Tennessee and California. In addition there are six warehouses dotted across the United States and Canada all located close to their customer base.
The loudspeakers played a continuous selection of 'Patriotic' songs as the crowd began to gather at 4 p.m. for the 5: 30 p.m rally which included individual speeches by Senator Ron Johnson, Governor Scott Walker, Senator Norm Coleman, Mayor Rudy Giuliani, Congresswoman Martha Roby, Mrs. Barbara Comstock, Rachel Campos-Duffy, Congressman Sean Duffy and former Governor Tommy Thompson.
It all started in 2000 with an entrepreneurial spirit and a small convenience store in Minneapolis. When veterans returning from the Middle East started asking for hookahs and the accessories that go with them, Wael "Wally" Sakallah added a small inventory to his convenience store. Soon the smoking accessories were out-selling the rest of the inventory. The first Hideaway was opened in Dinkytown near the University of Minnesota. "I had success with that location," said Sakallah. That was soon followed by the opening of Hideaway 2 in South Minneapolis and Hideaway 3 in Oakdale, Minn.
The evening was perfect. The weather was just right on Aug. 11. As we found our seats at Miller Park in Milwaukee, the crowd grew and the excitement mounted. We were not there for a baseball game but for the world premiere of "Honor Flight," the full-length feature movie about the Stars and Stripes Honor Flight program. One of the minor goals was to break a Guinness world record for the number of people attending a movie premiere. The Field of Honor, a salute to the greatest generation, was the event which drew the record-breaking crowd of over 28,000 to Miller Park to see the movie.
The construction on Central Bank's new facility continues after a short delay waiting for steel to arrive. It is located on the northwest corner of the Vine Street and Carmichael Road intersection. The new building will have 5,650 square feet on the main level and 2,450 on the lower level. The lobby will have four teller windows and the building will feature three drive-up lanes.
Dreams do come true, especially if you are Jane Nichol and Lisa Townsend. "We were dreaming about a place like this," said Nichol, whose business, the Stone Soup Gallery, was formerly located in the old Hudson post office building. "This place has so much character," said Townsend. "When the price was right we (Townsend and her husband) decided to buy it. We will be able to have our workshops/studios and retail under the same roof." Each of four artists will have separate studio space in the building. Townsend creates mosaic, collage or assemblage and functional art.
A few years ago Mike Brew retired from driving truck and warehouse work. He discovered that he was not destined to relax. He started repairing small engines, a skill he's had since his youth. "I always did this," said Brew, who tinkered with snowmobiles, 4-wheelers and motorcycles while he was growing up. Brew, a St. Paul native, has lived in Hudson for seven years. He started to help people out with their small engines repair needs just to make some extra money. "It's almost full-time work now," said Brew, who worked for two years as an independent contractor for Dr.
It was truly a labor of love when Brian Rosenberger decided an icon from his childhood needed a facelift. Rosenberger's dad Richard helped construct and install the geographic marker noting the 45th parallel north location. Recently, he, with the help of his friends, completely restored the historic sign which was installed in 1989. "I remember when I was in second grade at North Hudson School and we all came down to see the sign," said Rosenberger who noticed the sign was faded.
The year was 1979. The peace accord between Israel and Egypt had been signed in March. There was a heady feeling of relief. A few short months later, in November of the same year, the U.S. Embassy in Tehran was taken over by 300 to 500 Iranian students. The terms "Great Satan" for the United States and "Little Satan" for Israel were coined by Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini. The latter would spell a change forever, perhaps longer lasting than the peace accord. It was a lifetime ago, but I remember it well.