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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.
Three American presidents lead off this week's roster of books: Franklin Roosevelt, Dwight Eisenhower and Richard Nixon. You could fill libraries with what has already been written by these guys, but leave it to the scholars -- they can always find a niche that's unfilled. Such is the case of Jeffrey Frank's "Ike and Dick" (Simon & Schuster, $30). You have to wonder how these two incredibly diverse personalities got along when they held sway. Subtitled "Portrait of a Strange Political Marriage," this new book gives lots of answers.
After 37 years of service to Hudson Hospital & Clinics, Kathy O'Brien retired on April 3 and bid a fond farewell to her role as LifeAssist and medical staff credentialing coordinator. A retirement tea was provided at the hospital conference center in her honor and attended by many hospital staff, physicians, and family. O'Brien and former Hospital Foundation board members Al Hein and Dan Greenwald started the home monitoring program in the early 1980s.
This picture was taken April 3 at Chaparral Pines Golf Course in Payson, Ariz., showing the 1968 Hudson High School Junior Class President Bruce Utterback (HHS '69), left, and 1968 Senior Class President Jimmy Olson (HHS '68) at the Inaugural Hudson High School '68-'69 Spring Arizona Golf Reunion. For information on the 2014 annual reunion please contact Patty Nelson (HHS '69) at Patty Nelson
Ashley Lanphear, a 2004 Hudson high School graduate, has earned the title of Miss Shamrock 2013 in the city of St. Paul. She was chosen based on her representation of the St. Patrick's Association (SPA) and crowned the week of St. Patrick's Day. She will serve as the figurehead of the association for the year ahead. The SPA began in 1967 with a group of friends wanting to have a St. Patrick's Day parade before they "got too old." A Miss Shamrock has been crowned each year since then. Lanphear said she is thrilled to join these distinguished Irish lasses.
Wisconsin utilities made a lot of progress Wednesday in restoring electricity but about 8,500 customers were still in the dark this morning, after a second day of heavy rains, sleet, ice and light snow. Places with freezing rain are being hit the hardest. Wisconsin Power-and-Light had 5,100 customers out as of 6:30 a.m. Thursday and about a thousand remain disconnected in the Fond du Lac area. We Energies had 3,300 customers out, mostly in the Oshkosh region.
The ninth annual Willow River Music and Art Show will be held Friday, April 19, from 5-9 p.m. The event is sponsored by the Willow River Parent Group and features art for sale by area artists along with a display of student artwork. The event's theme this year is Pop Art, a movement that emerged in the mid-1950s in Britain and in the late '50s in the United States. Willow River art instructor Jodi Youngman has been teaching the students about the artists who defined that movement.
Hudson native and National Hockey League player Davis Drewiske was traded from the Los Angeles Kings to the Montreal Canadiens just before the NHL's trading deadline last Tuesday, April 2. Drewiske, a member of the Kings' Stanley Cup championship winning team in 2012, was honored with his teammates March 26 at the White House, where the team presented President Barack Obama with a Kings No. 44 jersey, the same number worn by Drewiske.
Aaron Schaffhausen, who pleaded guilty to killing his three daughters last July, told the judge this morning that he will not testify in court. The prosecution will now begin to present its case in the trial, which is to determine whether Schaffhausen was legally sane at the time of the killings. Yesterday the defense called its last witness, a clinical psychologist who maintained Schaffhausen was not mentally competent. Schaffhausen, 35, has pleaded guilty to three counts of first-degree intentional homicide and one count of attempted arson in the July 10, 2012 slayings of Amara, age 11; S
The navigation season is finally underway on the Mississippi River along western Wisconsin and Minnesota. Patrick Moes of the Army Corps of Engineers said a boat that was towing a dozen barges passed through Lock & Dam 2 on Monday night, just west of Prescott. He said Lake Pepin is always the final part of the channel to open - and the tow was breaking through 12 to 16-inches of ice on Monday. The tow dropped off the 12 barges at St.