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An 18-year-old Lake Elmo, Minn., man drowned while trying to swim St. Croix River from the end of Hudson's dike road to the Minnesota shore late Monday afternoon. Alexander Cook was about 50 yards into the 200-yard channel when he began to struggle in the water, Hudson Police Chief Marty Jensen said. The teen reportedly tried to return to the Wisconsin shore, but was unable to make it. Jensen said Cook slipped under the water and disappeared before the other young males he was swimming with could reach him. Police said Cook went into the water wearing jeans.
Community Thread's fourth annual Spring Into Service event is scheduled at several locations from 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, May 5. Volunteers are still needed to help. So far, over 275 volunteers will complete service projects at 16 local nonprofit organizations. Projects include painting, landscaping, tree planting, spring clean-up, gardening, office projects and more. Locations include Stillwater, Marine on St. Croix, White Bear Lake, Vadnais Heights, Hudson, Hastings and Cottage Grove.
The Croix Chordsmen" will perform a free concert at 2 p.m. on March 18, at The City Center Amphitheater in Woodbury, Minn. Four part harmony is a universal language of Barbershoppers everywhere. These men belong to an internationally recognized organization known as the Barbershop Harmony Society. Over 22,000 men from all ages and walks of life, claim this as their hobby. The Chordsmen welcome men who like to sing to sit in on their rehearsal at Our Savior's Lutheran Church, in Stillwater.
Uline Inc., a privately-held, Wisconsin-based company that sells packaging equipment and supplies to businesses, plans to construct a 640,000-square-foot building in Hudson's St. Croix Business Park and move about 150 jobs across the border from its Eagan distribution center. The Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal reported Friday morning that Uline expects to begin constructing a 610,000-square-foot warehouse and 30,000 square feet of office space in 2012.
Ramsey County, Minn., authorities don't know why 21-year-old Kalen R. Pohjonen shot his young wife, and then himself. "Our investigation has found nothing that is providing any indication of the motive or the reason for the tragedy," Randy Gustafson, public information officer for the Ramsey County Sheriff's Department, said Thursday morning. Sheriff's deputies were sent to the couple's townhouse in Vadnais Heights Tuesday morning, Jan. 25, after a co-worker of 19-year-old Katherine M.
The two Hudson boys who were subjects of an Amber Alert have been located. According to the Amber Alert information received, the boys have been found. The information was received here at 4:36 p.m. Follow up information will posted here when available.
I first encountered University of Wisconsin professor Jerry Apps' books on the non fiction shelf. He's written informatively about Wisconsin breweries, Wisconsin agriculture, Wisconsin barns -- 20 non-fiction books in all. Apps has now turned his attention to fiction. Last year, I reviewed his novel, "In a Pickle," which he derived from his on experiences as the manager of an old-fashioned pickle factory, the kind that used to dot the Wisconsin landscape. And now I've read his latest, "Blue Shadows Farm" (Terrace Books, $26.95).
It's fun to read real history written by someone with a flair for the narrative approach. Such a real history is "In the Valley of the Kings," by Daniel Meyerson (Ballantine Books, $26). Meyerson writes of Howard Carter, the British archaeologist who opened King Tut's tomb in Egypt back in 1922. What a discovery! Meyerson's account said that thanks to the media, the world went crazy over King Tut memorabilia and one overblown news item after another. Normally this would be a good thing for the man who worked for years to discover it. Not so.
If you grew up in the 1950s, you're going to love this book. If you didn't grow up in the 1950s, you better get hold of this book and learn that the 1950s wasn't the dull, Betty Crocker, suburbanite world that it is often portrayed as. Minneapolis lawyer and former city council member Paul Zerby -- like me -- reached adulthood in the 1950s and his first novel delineates that very strange time with warmth, gusto and an assured hand with the details of life back then. "Grass," (North Star Press of St.
Jeanne M. Blom, age 86 of Woodbury, went to be with the Lord April 15, 2009. Memorial service Saturday, May 2, 11 a.m. at Christ United Methodist Church, 2500 Hudson Place, Maplewood MN, 55119. Memorials preferred to Christ United Methodist Church Organ Fund. Cremation Society of MN, 612-825-2435.