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The Green Bay Packers selected UCLA defensive end Datone Jones with the 26th pick of Thursday night's NFL draft. The 6-4, 280-pound Jones tallied 6.5 sacks and 19 tackles for loss last season. Jones is expected to be a big part of the Packers youth movement on the defensive line, and is considered to be versatile enough to line up at multiple positions. The draft continues at 6:30 p.m. Friday with rounds 2 and 3. Rounds 4 through 7 will be held on Saturday. The San Diego Chargers have put in a waiver claim on former Packers linebacker D.J.
According to preliminary March 2013 figures announced by the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development this week, unemployment rates in Pierce and St. Croix counties are lower than they were a year ago. Pierce County's March rate was estimated at 5.9% as compared to 6.4% a year ago. St. Croix County's rate was estimated at 6.1%, which is lower than February's rate of 6.7% and the same as January's rate.
A'laMode salonspa, 208 Locust St. in Hudson, is celebrating its 15-year anniversary this spring. Owner/President Boni LaVelle said the actual anniversary date is April 28. The business' annual Customer Appreciation Sale is scheduled Sunday, May 19, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. "I would also like to thank my fantastic team for their hard work and commitment to a'laMode salonspa," LaVelle said. "And one last thanks for my neighboring businessmen and women and the Chamber for all they give to make Hudson such a special place to work and live!
Free agent running back Cedric Benson visited the Green Bay Packers on Wednesday, April 24. No signing has been made official, but Benson sent out a Tweet Wednesday afternoon that read: "Wonderful meeting with the pack! Never thought I'd say it felt good to be in Green Bay!" Last season, Benson ran for 248 yards on 51 carries in five games for the Packers before Benson suffered a Lisfranc foot injury against the Indianapolis Colts on Oct. 7.
Samuel Matuga of Boy Scouts of America Troop 140 in Hudson, a junior at Hill-Murray High School, was recently awarded the Eagle Scout Award, the highest award for youth members of the Boy Scouts. The Eagle Scout Award represents many years of dedicated effort and demonstration of leadership, citizenship, and responsibility. While the physical and mental requirements are strenuous, the award also recognizes the outstanding personal character of its recipients.
There is talk of reforming Wisconsin's recall election procedures and we believe it is time for such a change. We heard of the proposed recall changes in a release from State Sen.
The Octagon House Museum opens for the 2013 tour season Wednesday, May 1. With this year's theme of "One House, One Family, One Hundred Years." Guests can get acquainted with the four generations of the Moffat-Hughes family who lived in the historic Octagon House. Learn about the original owners John and Nancy Moffat who built the house in 1855, all the way to their great-grandchildren one hundred years later. The museum is open Wednesday through Saturday from noon to 4:30 p.m.
National Healthcare Volunteer Week is celebrated April 21-27, honoring the spirit of service of volunteers for their outstanding contributions to support patients, families and communities in the health care setting. Hudson Hospital & Clinics volunteers were recognized for their service at a luncheon event held in their honor on Tuesday, April 16, at Camp St. Croix.
All cancer survivors and their caregivers are invited to this year's Relay For Life Survivors' Dinner May 2 at Bethel Highlands. The annual event is a time to celebrate survivorship with those who share a common experience. This year's theme is "One Moment at a Time." According to event chairman and cancer survivor Terri Wilcox, the theme is especially meaningful to the survivor's journey and also to this year's celebration of the 100th anniversary of the American Cancer Society. The evening begins with registration and a social beginning at 5:30 p.m.
Pottery for Prevention, a benefit in support of Turningpoint for Victims of Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence, will be held Saturday at The Phipps Center for the Arts from 6:30-8:30 p.m. The event began four years ago and has grown every year since its beginning at Seasons on St. Croix in downtown Hudson.