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MARGARET'S MUSINGS: Guns, guns and more guns

Opinion
My experience with guns is limited to say the least. As a child I know my dad had an old rifle tucked in the back of his closet. I never saw him shoot it and I had no idea then or now where the ammunition was or even if there was any in the house.

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Swans may be off the endangered list but danger still lurks in area waters

It is that time of year when bird watchers, nature photographers and curious tourists migrate to Hudson to see our unique population of trumpeter swans. Over 200 people visited just last weekend.

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‘Tis the New Year, when health and fitness awareness peaks

The push is on this week to get a start on all those healthy resolutions you made last week but knew you would not start until this week. I checked in with Diane Olivieri, who has been a personal trainer since 1979.

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Post office redux hits the ‘Mark’

The Postmark Grille opened quietly on Dec. 26. The long awaited addition to Hudson’s downtown restaurant scene gives customers an Italian-American focused menu and a unique atmosphere in which to enjoy the entrees.

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Azul Tequila Mexican Restaurant serves up both atmosphere and food

The Azul Tequila Mexican Restaurant Bar and Grille is serving up a vast menu of Tex-Mex style food along with authentic Mexican entrees as well.

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Vine Street Studio gives artists and customers a special place

It is hard to decide where to look when you enter the Vine Street Studio. It is filled with fun, whimsical and artful items. It includes creations by the four artists, who have their studios there as well as items from many other vendors, free trade items and a new line of bath and beauty products.

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Margaret's Musings: Ask not…

Opinion
In Wisconsin it was most likely a gray November day, the weather is not what I remember. As an 11-year-old, I remember the trembling voice that announced our president had been shot. I was in sixth grade and initially, we did not know if he was fatally wounded.

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True to its mission, Ciranda continues to grow

Ciranda, founded in 1994 in Minneapolis, moved to Hudson in 2001. Since then the company has become a major player in the business of importing, certified organic, sustainable and fair trade agricultural products.

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VIDEO: Romney-Ryan Real Recovery Road Rally

A crowd of several hundred waited outdoors at the Hudson Victory Center late Saturday afternoon to see and listen to an impressive list of speakers who seem to inspire and rally the crowd.

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Hideaway 4 opens in Hudson

It all started in 2000 with an entrepreneurial spirit and a small convenience store in Minneapolis. When veterans returning from the Middle East started asking for hookahs and the accessories that go with them, Wael “Wally” Sakallah added a small inventory to his convenience store.

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Margaret's Musings: So what does $4.4 million buy these days?

My ears perked up last week, when a small article appeared in the Hudson Star-Observer announcing the bridge would be painted this summer. That would be our “Bridge” -- the one I have to admit to being pretty close to.

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Margaret's Musings: Tiny body — big voice now silent

From the very beginning our cat, A.P.(Associated Press), showed us incredible tenacity. A.P., even though during the last years of his life he was brought back to life more than once, never seemed to want to leave us until last week.

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Margaret's Musings: Mickey and Me

It is hard to tell when exactly this affair of over 50 years started. This year, the land where we met is celebrating its founding after 55 years. The ‘government’ runs smoothly, cleanliness is number one and no one is privy to the inner workings, even the public restrooms are discreet and nearly invisible.

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Margaret's Musings: Singing - using your built-in musical instrument

Ahhhh!!! It is the time of year when I am privileged to witness, what I have come to think of as the great equalizer, the human voice in song.

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Margaret's Musings: How will you be remembered?

I was home recently visiting with family friends of my parents’ generation when I discovered a high school classmate of mine had died within the year of cancer.

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Margaret's Musings: Moonpies and more

If it’s October, it means I will be on the road to one of six regions of the United States that make up the Great Dane Club of America. Like any other hobby, it is the gathering of the clan, sort of like a gigantic family reunion.

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Margaret's Musings: Favre — Welcome to Minnesota and neighboring Western Wisconsin

Okay, I have probably admitted in this column before, that the only sport I knew much about growing up was football. I seem to remember spending a lot of Sundays in front of the television with both my parents, cheering for the Green Bay Packers.

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Margaret's Musings: Giving - why do it?

Whether you have deep pockets or just a little change rolling around, giving and volunteering in America, and particularly in Hudson, is a tradition. It is one that is not shared worldwide.

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Margaret's Musings: Diversity makes for better community

Recently I did a story and photo package on the Junior Diversity Club. While shooting the photos I saw a young girl scamper out of the mini-van eager to get to swim lessons.

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Margaret's Musings: 4-H — an experience worth exploring

Ahhhhh!!! It is county fair time. As a youngster, I couldn’t wait until I was old enough to join 4-H. It still remains in my mind one of the premier youth organizations in the United States.

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