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St. Croix Shoe & Boot, 406 Second St., was welcomed by the Hudson Area Chamber of Commerce & Tourism Bureau with a ribbon cutting. St. Croix Shoe & Boot is Western Wisconsin’s only locally owned full service shoe store offering quality comfort casual shoes and boots for men and women. Brands include Dansko, Merrell, Keen, Frye, Birkenstock, Josef Siebel, Born, Sorel, Chaco, Jambu, Brooks, Minnetonka, Wolky and Haflinger with additional brands arriving and special orders available for customers.
The world’s largest relay series returns to Minnesota and Wisconsin this weekend, Aug. 16-17, when over 2,600 runners from over 300 teams take part in the 203-mile long Ragnar Relay Great River from Winona to Minneapolis. The two-day overnight relay race will take participants through southeast Minnesota and western Wisconsin, including both River Falls and Hudson. Runners will begin in downtown Winona Friday, Aug.
Meet the captains The Hudson Benchwarmers hosted its annual Football Kickoff Pancake Breakfast last Saturday morning at the high school, followed by the Raiders’ annual picture day at Newton Field where 2013 captains Cal Johnson, left, Wade Malecha, Alex Herink and Miles Lewis were introduced. The Raiders will travel to a scrimmage in Stevens Point this Friday, Aug. 16, before opening the season with a pair of road games against Minnesota foes Minnetonka Friday, Aug. 23, and Chanhassen Thursday, Aug. 29. The first home game is scheduled for Friday, Sept. 6, against Rice Lake.
The North Hudson Pepper Festival is this weekend, and it offers area residents another opportunity to have some fun and see the proceeds benefit many local organizations. The Pepper Fest, like Booster Days held earlier this summer, involves many activities.
The North Hudson Pepper Fest is scheduled Friday, Saturday and Sunday with most events at Pepper Fest Park in North Hudson. The three-day celebration honors the community’s Italian heritage and features Italian food, a carnival, parade, bingo, beer garden, coronation, cooking contest, spaghetti and pepper eating contests and much more. Gates open at 6 p.m. Friday.
UW-River falls is seeking employer involvement for the career fair from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Oct. 16, in the Riverview Ballroom of the University Center.
Just about the time you think you’ll scream if you’re confronted with another monumental biography, another epic movie, an enigmatic play about T.E. Lawrence, along comes journalist Scott Anderson with a monumental tome, titled “Lawrence in Arabia: War, Deceit, Imperial Folly and the Making of The Modern Middle East” (Doubleday, $28.95).
UW-River Falls is one of the best colleges in the Midwest, according to the nationally known education services company, The Princeton Review.
State legislators are again considering tougher penalties for drunken drivers (Assembly Bills 69, 70, 71). That is good news, but in Wisconsin these sorts of efforts often fall on deaf ears. There is already some resistance to the idea of toughening drunken driving laws. Everyone knows the numbers.
St. Croix Animal Friends, a group of individuals working to build a shelter in the county for homeless companion animals, will hold a candlelight vigil for the pets that have touched lives in so many ways. The vigil will start at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 8, at Prospect Park, 511 Wisconsin St. in Hudson.