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Gov. Scott Walker has invited Harley-Davidson riders from China to attend the company's 110th anniversary in Milwaukee during the Labor Day weekend. But the question is whether they could find a place to stay. The Journal Sentinel says hotel rooms are already scarce, and homeowners are placing ads to rent part of their humble abodes. Some arrangements are far from cheap.
Although some 450 runners from the state were registered for Monday's ill-fated Boston Marathon, none are believe to have been injured in the two bomb blasts that will forever mar the national event. Meanwhile, a pair of Wisconsin intelligence centers are helping out with the investigation into the bombings, according to Gov. Scott Walker. The Statewide Information Center in Madison and the Southeastern Wisconsin Threat Analysis unit are both working with local and federal homeland security officials in Boston.
Ten Hudson runners are listed as having participated in the Boston Marathon. The event was rocked by a series of bomb explosions Monday afternoon. It was not immediately known if any of the Hudson participants were near the blast. The entry list came from the Boston Marathon web site. The local runners are: Dr. Steven Adorn, 54. Kristin M. Carlson, 41. Brian Dahl, 26. Thomas C. Datwyler, 26. Suzanne M. Ferrara, 35. Paul F. Jaeger, 47. Kelli Mutschler, 40. Lindsey V.
Peg Shoemaker has been named as the principal of Hudson High School. The announcement came after a special meeting of the Board of Education Monday. Superintendent Mary Bowen-Eggebraaten recommended Shoemaker's appointment. Current High School Principal Laura Love resigned April 1. Shoemaker brings 20-plus years of district experience to Hudson High School and is currently the principal at Willow River Elementary.
Organizers are seeking participants in the St. Croix County Fair's Battle of the Bands. The Battle is Friday evening, July 19, at the St. Croix County Fairgrounds in Glenwood City. Bands will have 20-30 minutes to set-up, perform, and take down. Time slots will be determined by the number of entries received. To enter, a contract must be signed, and mailed with the $30 entry fee to Heather Clark, 2302 Hwy. 46, Deer Park, WI 54007, and postmarked by June 15. Entries will be still accepted until July 15 with a late entry fee of $35 if there is still room available.
Just over six-thousand electric customers in Wisconsin were without power early Monday morning after another round of snow and freezing rain hit the Badger State. The Wisconsin Public Service utility reported 3,800 customers out at 4 a.m. in the Minocqua area. We Energies had 1,900 homes and businesses out near Milwaukee, and Wisconsin Power & Light reported 200 customers out in Rock County. Bayfield had the most snow Sunday with 4.5 inches. Some places like Amherst had 3 inches of snow which then changed to freezing rain.
The Hudson-based Big Ring Flyers is hosting its annual time trial May 11 in the town of St. Joseph. A time trial is a road race against the clock where riders start individually. The fastest time (men's and women's) over a 19.3-mile course earns the top spot for the day and bragging rights for a year. For people looking to make a foray into bike racing, the "stock" division allows riders to compete on road bikes without having to spend a huge chunk of money on bikes and other aero equipment. The individual TT division lets riders use their aerodynamic investments to the maximum.
The Hudson Rod, Gun & Archery Club's 63rd annual Youth Day is Saturday, April 27. The event is open to youths ages 9-14 and involves friendly competition in archery, 22 rifle and shotgun. Registration begins at 8:15 a.m. and programs start at 9 a.m. and end at approximately 2 p.m. All youths are supervised and work with instructors. Trophies are awarded for first, second and third in three age groups (9-10; 11-12; and 13-14). All safety equipment, guns, shells and bow and arrows are provided by the club. The day also includes refreshments, lunch and prizes for all.
MADISON -- A bill that would make it illegal to sell a person's food-stamp benefits was endorsed Thursday by a state Assembly committee - and it's up for a vote Friday by a Senate panel. Assembly Republican Samantha Kerkman of Powers Lake is the bill's main sponsor.
The Hudson Boosters sponsor the Challenger Baseball League -- a baseball league for area youths with special needs. This long running program is an opportunity for boys and girls of all ages with special needs to participate in a Sunday evening summer baseball league. Reduced injury factor equipment is used, and the field, facilities and equipment are set up for wheelchair use. The program accommodates all abilities, is non-competitive, informal and there is no cost.