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Not a single town on the Mississippi River is relaxing even though most managed to head off flooding as the river was rising in the last few days. The growing accumulation of snow in the upper Midwest and a forecast calling for more rain suggest river waters could start rising again. In some locations, the Mississippi is now 10 to 12 feet above flood stage. Just a few weeks ago, the river was so low barge operators were calling for federal help. The National Weather Service is forecasting significant rain Monday evening and Tuesday for much of the Midwest.
Elisabeth von Trapp, the granddaughter of the legendary Maria and Baron von Trapp, whose story inspired "The Sound of Music," will perform in concert accompanied by Paul Asbell, guitar, and Peter Riley, bass, on Sunday, May 19, at 7 p.m. at The Phipps Center for the Arts. Singing professionally since childhood, von Trapp has entertained audiences from European cathedrals to the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. Her concert repertoire ranges from Bach to Broadway, from Schubert to Sting.
"Who's Yer Daddy?" edited by Jim Elledge and David Groff (University of Wisconsin Press, $26.95) is a fascinating look at writers and artists who inspired the work of gay writers and artists by the gay writers and artists themselves. Thirty-nine essays make up the book and I'll zero in on my favorite essay, "The Tallahtchie Meets the Arve, or Unexpected Gay Influences in the '70s." I choose it because I happen to know the poet who wrote it. His name is Greg Hewett.
Pamela Morrison, an early childhood education at River Crest Elementary School in Hudson, was among those honored with a teacher fellowship award from the Herb Kohl Educational Foundation at a luncheon held Sunday, April 14. Last month Morrison was named among the recipients of Initiative Scholarships, Excellence Scholarships and Fellowships. The luncheon recognized the accomplishments of the area's outstanding students and educators. Eighteen teacher Fellowship recipients, 19 Excellence Scholarship recipients, and 16 Initiative Scholarship recipients were honored at Sunday's event.
The forecast was only for 3-6 inches, but up to 14.5 inches of new snow fell in parts of northwest Wisconsin by early today. The region could get up to another foot by the time the storm clears out later today. Hawthorn, near Superior in Douglas County, had the largest snow total by early this morning. That region was expecting 2-4 more inches. Wisconsin storm warnings continue for much of the far northern part of the state.
A teenager from Houlton teenager was killed during a snowstorm Thursday, April 18th after he lost control of his 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt while westbound on I-94 near Stagecoach Trail near Hwy. 95. The car crossed the median and struck the trailer of an eastbound semi- unit. The Minnesota State Patrol identified the victim as Johnathon Pohlen. The driver of the semi, Roger Wilkins, 51, of Eau Claire, received minor injuries in the crash, which occurred at 3:05 p.m.
An accident on westbound I-94 near Highway 65 in Roberts blocked the freeway late Thursday afternoon. The accident, involving a semi and two vehicles, happened at about 4:10 p.m. There were no serious injuries in that accident. A fatal accident on I-94 in Minnesota near the Manning Avenue exit also clogged Thursday afternoon eastbound commuter traffic. All westbound lanes of traffic near Roberts were closed, but some vehicles were able to use the shoulder to bypass the incident. There is no immediate information about injuries.
Between 800 and 900 people attended the pancake breakfast fundraiser at the Hudson Fire Hall Sunday morning in spite of the freezing rain and bitter wind. "It wasn't as many as last year, but I thought it was a good turnout" considering the weather, said firefighter Tom Zeuli, co-chair of the annual event. It was plenty warm inside. Many people lingered at the tables set up in the fire engine bays to talk with old and new friends over a cup of coffee. The children had fun climbing into the cab of Engine No.
Maybe the cold, driving rain outside benefitted attendance at the Hudson Spring Showcase on Sunday. It was warm and crowded inside the Hudson Sports & Civic Center for much of the 11th annual business exposition organized by the Hudson Area Chamber of Commerce & Tourism Bureau. The number of visitors to the Showcase was estimated at more than 2,000. More than 80 businesses showcased their products and services at the event, which also featured food, entertainment, children's activities and raffle prizes.
About 1,000 Xcel Energy customers in North Hudson and the town of St. Joseph were without electrical service for up to two and a half hours Wednesday night after a tree limb fell on a power line. Xcel Energy spokesman Brian Elwood said out occurred at about 7:30 p.m., and power was restored to all customers by 10 p.m. Service was restored to about half of the customers midway through the repair operation, he said. According to Hudson Fire Chief Jim Frye, the branch broke off a tree in the back yard of a residence at 531 Lemon St. N.