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Magnolias on Locust is a welcome addition to the street which is developing a reputation for offering residents and visitors alike a funky and fun collection of shops offering everything from fine jewelry to fashion, food and repurposed items. Owner Paulette Wentzlaff is bringing her own amazing talent to Hudson. A native of Arlington, Minn., she was first exposed to rug hooking as a young girl, by a friend of her mother. "This is the traditional art form rug hooking," said Wentzlaff, which is not to be confused with latch hooking, which uses short strands of yarn.
April 11, Bridge for Youth and Adults with Disabilities is teaming up with Bridge Community Employment Services to start a community discussion on how business leaders and individuals can strengthen our local economy through providing opportunities for people with disabilities. The event, held at 8 a.m. at Sylvan Learning Center in Hudson, will feature owner Tracey Leffner. It is open to the public and Leffner will outline her successful experience hiring an employee with disabilities.
The loudspeakers played a continuous selection of 'Patriotic' songs as the crowd began to gather at 4 p.m. for the 5: 30 p.m rally which included individual speeches by Senator Ron Johnson, Governor Scott Walker, Senator Norm Coleman, Mayor Rudy Giuliani, Congresswoman Martha Roby, Mrs. Barbara Comstock, Rachel Campos-Duffy, Congressman Sean Duffy and former Governor Tommy Thompson.
Nearly 600 people, young and old and everything in between packed the Ellsworth High School Cafetorium, March 8. The tickets were free and limited to six per person. They all wanted to welcome home Reed Grimm. People were waiting in line at 3:15 p.m. on March 6 when the distribution started. Nearly all of them were given out in just over 20 minutes. The next morning when the school office opened only a couple of dozen tickets remained and they were gone in seconds.
Last week, local "American Idol" contestant Reed Grimm was voted off the show, but not until after some emotional peaks and valleys were experienced by Grimm, himself, as well as friends, family and fans from coast to coast. "I had some ups and downs," said Grimm, during a telephone interview Saturday, not quite 24 hours after stepping off the plane from Los Angeles. "There were lots of emotions (Thursday night) all the while you are trying to stay in the present." Grimm, like millions of viewers, thought for a moment he was in the top ten.
In Thursday's American Idol elimination night, the audiences in Los Angeles and at Junior's Bar and Grill in River Falls were taken on an emotional ride that was filled with highs and lows right to the very end of the two-hour show. Local contestant Reed Grimm was voted off. He did not garner enough votes from the public to make the top 10, but even that was uncertain when he was in a group of three pulled out. None of the three made it through, but Grimm was left hanging and told to sit back down. The entire audience in L.A.
"American Idol" candidate Reed Grimm was a hit with the judges in his first live performance Tuesday night on Fox. Typical of Grimm's personality he volunteered to be the first to perform. A native of Ellsworth, he sang a jazzy rendition of "Moves Like Jagger" by Maroon Five. "I'm glad it was you who was bold enough to start off this Season one one," said judge Randy Jackson. Thirteen semi-final male performers sang Tuesday night and the women get their turn Wednesday night.
Voting is critical for American Idol contestants to stay in the running now that taped shows have ended and live broadcasts begin Tuesday. The top 12 males, one of which is local musician and singer Reed Grimm, perform tonight at 7 p.m. People may vote, via phone or texting, for only two hours after the conclusion of the show in this time zone. Those votes determine which six contestants will be in the top 12 finalists. Wednesday night the process will be repeated for the top 12 females.
Yes, Reed Grimm appears a little quirky on "American Idol," but it is that and his genuine kindness and compassion that makes him the real deal. Grimm is remembered as a terrific kid by practically everyone who knows him -- adults and peers alike. Now the world is has the chance to realize the same thing about him. Viewed by nearly 20 million people the show is carried throughout the world and Grimm's name and videos of his performances have showed up nearly everywhere.
The year went by fast for St. Croix County Sheriff's Deputy Joshua Stenseth who lost his K9 partner Ace in February of 2011. For Stenseth it seems like just yesterday when he had to make the gut-wrenching decision to euthanize Ace. However the arrival of a new bouncing, enthusiastic new partner has made the time go fast. Stenseth wasn't home more than a couple of hours from the emergency clinic after Ace's death when he received a call from Mark Ficcadenti, of the St. Paul Police Department's Canine Training department. "He asked if I wanted a new dog," said Stenseth.