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The St. Croix County Historical Society will offer two different activities for the Hudson Hot Air Affair on Saturday, Feb. 8. The Octagon House Museum will be open for guided tours from 10 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. with a special display on motion pictures. Admission for the tour is $7 for adults, $3 for students and $2 for children. Come in from the cold and learn about the early years of moving pictures.
Ten Raiders reached the semifinals in their respective weight classes and Sawyer Massie went on to win the 145-pound title to lead the Hudson wrestling team to a first place finish at the 17-team St. Croix Falls Invitational last Saturday, Jan. 25. Hudson ran away with the team title, compiling a total of 215 points, while Amery took second with 171.
From left, Shaun Derby, a Minnesota and Wisconsin sales executive with the Travelers Companies, Larry Olenchek, senior sales executive with Travelers, and Meme Fehr, president of Sandeen Insurance, Hudson, present a $1,000 check to John H. Potter, executive director of The Phipps Center for the Arts, Hudson, in honor of the 100th anniversary of Sandeen Insurance. The grant will be allocated to The Phipps Center Endowment Fund. (Submitted photo)
Each year the Old Gem Theater, 116 South Knowles Ave., New Richmond, celebrates the last weekend in January with the production of a cock-eyed classic folk tale. This year’s presentation is the audience participation musical “Three Billy Goats Gruff.” It will be performed at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 25 and 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 26. Tickets are $11 for adults, $9 for children.
Local businessman John Knutson has been the Junior Achievement volunteer in Lisa Dumont’s fourth-grade class at Saint Patrick School. Through the (JA) program, Knutson has been teaching students about entrepreneurship and how entrepreneurs use resources to produce goods and services in a region. For their final lesson, Knutson invited the students to visit the company he co-owns with JW Matheson, Catalyst Sports.
Carloads of strange looking men all dressed up will be spotted in the St. Croix Valley on Feb. 14. The annual Valentine’s Day Singing Valentine project is again provided by the members of the Croix Chordsmen Chorus. Singing Valentine quartets will travel all over the eastern Minnesota and western Wisconsin area to serenade lucky recipients on Valentine’s Day. They will sing two songs, and present a rose, box of candy and provide a photo of the event, for a $40 fee.
Buster Keaton’s silent film comedy “Sherlock Jr.” and a Laurel and Hardy short, “That’s My Wife,” will be accompanied by Clark Wilson on the Wurlitzer theater pipe organ on Saturday, Feb. 1, at 2 p.m. at The Phipps Center for the Arts. In the 1924 silent film comedy “Sherlock Jr.,” Keaton is a cinema projectionist who dreams of being a famous detective, like Sherlock Holmes. In love with a beautiful girl (Kathryn McGuire), he presents her with chocolates and a ring, but another suitor (Ward Crane) also vies for her affections.
Even though the Hot Air Affair doesn’t officially start until Feb. 7, January countdown events started last week and will continue the next two weeks for individual and family participation. —The Ignite Martial Arts Open House is Saturday, Jan. 25, from 1-3 pm at 2421 Hanley Road. Keeping with this year’s movie theme, visitors may attempt their Jackie Chan inspired Obstacle Course. Visitors can learn the Karate Kid kick and channel their inner Bruce Lee — move like water and learn to use a Nunchaku.
The Cedar Valley Brass Quintet will be performing a concert at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 26, at First Congregational-UCC Church in River Falls. The program will include Canzona Bergamasca arranged by Conrad de Jong, and six more selections. First Congregational is located at 110 North Third St.
As we ring in 2014, we also ring in another seasonal outbreak of influenza. While this area has yet to be hard hit, we’re reminded by health officials not to wait before taking precautions to maintain our good health. According to Mary Boles, River Falls Clinic manager of support staff: “We are seeing some positive cases of flu coming into the River Falls, Ellsworth and Spring Valley Medical Clinics.