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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.
A troop of Junior Girl Scouts from Hudson are working with Minneapolis-based artist Estela de Paola de Lerma to design and create a community art project in the form of a bench for Carpenter Nature Center (CNC) in Hastings, Minnesota. This unique work of art will be the seventh in a series of Bench Projects organized by The Phipps Center for the Arts in partnership with the St. Croix Valley Foundation. This new bench is scheduled to be unveiled on Sept.
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.
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.
Congresswoman Gwen Moore is not sure if Chrysler can be persuaded to keep its Kenosha engine plant running beyond next fall. That's what the Milwaukee Democrat said Thursday after she and three other Wisconsin lawmakers met with Chrysler's deputy CEO, Jim Press. The pessimism followed a slight ray of hope in recent weeks. Chrysler's new owner, Fiat, took out an option to buy the Kenosha plant that's good through July. Fiat representatives inspected the Kenosha plant and met with employees.
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.
Sealed Bids will be received by the St. Croix Business Park Corporation, until 10:00 a.m., Local Time, Friday, April 17, 2009, at the Hudson City Hall, 505 Third Street, Hudson, Wisconsin 54016, at which time they will be publicly opened and read aloud for the furnishing of all labor, materials, and all else necessary for the following: Tower Road Water Main Extension In general, work consists of the following approximate quantities: * 2,500 L.F.
I'm proud and happy to work for newspaper organizations who still believe it's important to publish news about books and the folks who write them. In the past few years I've gotten the impression that other newspapers consider books as little more than competition for their own readers' attention. Twenty years ago when I edited the Minneapolis Star Tribune book review section, most metropolitan dailies had respectable books pages that usually appeared on Sunday and were staffed with local editors who coordinated reviews by freelance writers from around the world.