On Monday, Aug. 13, I and seven others were honored as WWII veterans. We were handed a yellow rose. Special seats. A wonderful lunch. A fly-over. A cap and flask, The greatest generation! But wait a minute.
Twin cities band "Les Izmoore and Friends" will be performing in Hudson Thursday, Aug. 23 as the featured act and final installment in this summer's "Concerts in the Park" series. This all-ages event is free and the public is encouraged to come out for what promises to be a great time. Les Izmoore began their career as a "power trio," featuring Nick Hall on guitar and Hudsonites Brian Beauchamp and Mike Brueske on drums and electric bass. Today the band has expanded to six multi-instrumentalists and singers including the original members, plus keyboard wizard
Join Hudson Community Education, with tour host Michael Kenney of Defined Destinations, Oct. 12-14 for the Bridges of Madison County Covered Bridge Festival in Winterset, Iowa. Guests will stay at the Hampton Inn in West Des Moines, and will travel on a motorcoach bus. They will attend the festival and tour the actual covered bridges, the John Wayne Museum, the Iowa Quilt Museum, and the Madison County Complex of 14 historical buildings. Other tours included will be the Living History Museum in Des Moine, and the Reiman Gardens at Iowa State University.
Hudson natives Lilly Anderson, Celia Field, Manon Field, Zoe Field, Karsyn Garber, Logann Harkness, Kaarin Holter, Ingrid Holter, Scott Lorence, Dylan Sias, Ella Sutherland, Alexandra Tostrud, Jonathan Tostrud, Peter Wyland, Samuel Wyland and Rhiannon Ullom performed at the Shell Lake Arts Center's final Piano, Wind Ensemble and Concert Band performance on Friday, July 13, 2018. Hudson native Channing Miller performed at the Shell Lake Arts Center's final Wind Ensemble and Concert Band performance on Friday, July 20, 2018.
Students in grades 3-9 enjoyed a day of service and fun on Monday, July 30 during Bethel Lutheran Church's Summer Stretch Program. In the morning, younger students washed windows and pulled weeds at Bethel Highlands, while older students learned about the city of Hudson's tree planting program/plan. Afterwards they mulched trees near Lakefront Park and in downtown Hudson. In the afternoon the whole group enjoyed time at the water park in Menomonie.
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The next session of the Alpha Course at Faith Community Church in Hudson will start Aug. 16. The 11-week course offers a warm, non-threatening environment to ask and discuss the difficult questions that non, new or disenchanted believers have concerning Christ, faith and religion. Each Thursday evening session begins at 5:45 p.m. A meal is served at 6 p.m., and the evening ends promptly at 8:45 p.m. Free child care service is provided for children through age 9.
The Phipps Dance Theater will present "Hooray for Hollywood" Aug. 17-26 on Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. as well as Sundays at 2 p.m. at The Phipps Center for the Arts. The show will highlight films such as "The Wizard of Oz," "Singin' in the Rain," "Saturday Night Fever," and "La La Land." Influences include Charlie Chaplin and Busby Berkeley, as well as appearances from Elvis, Marilyn Monroe, Shirley Temple and Fred Astaire.
The Pepper Fest Board is now accepting grant applications from local groups and organizations! Pepper Fest began in 1954 as a way to raise funds to build North Hudson Elementary School and has turned into an annual event to assist community organizations throughout the St. Croix Valley. Proceeds from the volunteer-run, non-profit festival are donated to local youth, school, community and service organizations. Organizations may fill out the form online at www.pepperfest.org/grants or may mail to: Pepper Fest Grant Committee, PO Box 432 - Hudson WI 54016.
In the late 1950's, when I was in middle school, my dad decided to buy a popcorn wagon as an adjunct to his retail business, Armstrong's Gift and Variety Store, located on Main Street in River Falls, Wisconsin. River Falls is a town on the Wisconsin-Minnesota border, 40 miles from the Twin Cities. In the 1950's, it had a population of 5,000. It also had a state teachers' college, that educated not only elementary and secondary teachers but also students majoring in agriculture. The college barns, which were on campus, gave off an aroma of manure that gave rise to the nickname "MOO U."