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Explore the St. Croix River from another perspective. From mussels to raptors and a variety of living river critters, experience the St. Croix River on an ecological-minded cruise featuring river life. Naturalists of the Carpenter Nature Center will share their expertise of the natural history of the area aboard a scenic boat cruise offered by Afton*Hudson Cruise Lines. Live raptors and various river critters will be aboard for a first-hand look at river life. The Grand Duchess will set sail on Friday, July 20, and guests of all ages are invited to join the fun.
The Hudson Hot Air Affair kicks off Friday, Jan. 26, with the Hot Air Affair Torchlight Parade. The parade starts at the Wells Fargo parking lot and travels down Second Street, turning down Walnut Street and ends at the Hudson Arch. Blasts of flames from the balloon units will help warm the crowd. Spectators will see marching kazoo bands and "Touchdown Hudson XXIX"-themed parade units. Immediately after the parade there is a fireworks display at Lakefront Park sponsored by Andersen Corp.
The Octagon House Museum and Gift Shop will begin its 2017 fall tour season and will be open only on the weekends in September and October. The museum is open on Saturdays at 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.and Sundays, from noon to 4 p.m. Guided walk-in tours take about 45 minutes and start on the hour. This year's museum theme "World War I: Hudson on the Homefront" depicts the realities of life in small town America during the upheaval and uncertainty of the First World War. Yard Sale Fundraiser
Have you ever tried to teach your dog to lie down on command? How about come when called while playing with his favorite toy? Now try it from 500 yards away. Sheep herding with dogs is an ancient art and the pinnacle of dog intelligence. Come see some of the best shepherds and sheepdogs in the country compete at the Wisconsin Working Sheep Dog Association's Sheepdog Trials Sept. 1—4 at Badlands Sno-Park in Hudson. Calvin Jones, from Wales and 2015 judge called the location, "One of the most spectacular courses he has ever seen in the USA or the UK."
"Play On!," a comedy by Rick Abbot, will run through July 30 on Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., as well as Sundays at 2:30 p.m. Audience members will see what can happen behind the scenes as a community theater group prepares to open an original mystery play while the author continues to revise the script right up to opening night. Confusion reigns as the actors and technical crew try to adjust to the changes. Anything that can go wrong does.
Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum visited the Hudson Golf Club Friday and emphasized the need for a conservative candidate to challenge President Barack Obama in the November election. Santorum also painted his Republican challenger Mitt Romney as a "moderate." "Every time a moderate Republican has run against an incumbent Democrat president, the Republican has lost," Santorum said. He compared himself to a conservative Ronald Reagan, who defeated incumbent Democrat Jimmy Carter in 1980. "Don't compromise your principles to satisfy the pundits," Santorum said.
David Erickson, the Chief Executive Officer of Erickson Oil Products, Inc. / Freedom Valu Centers based in Hudson, died Wednesday as a result of injuries suffered in a motorcycle accident near Bozeman, Montana. His wife, Debi, was with him and sustained minor injuries. She is being treated at a local hospital in Bozeman. Erickson, 55, is the son of the late Claire and Betty Lou Erickson and was a 1973 graduate of Hudson High School. According to the Bozeman Daily Chronicle, the accident happened shortly after 4 p.m. Wednesday on Bridger Canyon Road.