HUDSON, Wis., Feb 01, 2006 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- U.S. Bank will break ground at the site of a new branch
office on Friday, Feb. 3 at 2 p.m. and the U.S. Bank hot air balloon
will make an appearance in the "Flakes and Flames" celebration of the
Hudson Hot Air Affair Feb. 3-5 in Hudson, Wis.
Hudson Mayor Jack Breault will be among the dignitaries breaking
ground with the U.S. Bank balloon flying high above the future site of
the new branch on the corner of Center Drive and Carmichael Road in
Hudson. Kids representing the Hudson Community Built Playground will
also be on hand bearing shovels to turn some dirt and also accept a
$500 donation from U.S. Bank for the playground project.
"We're so proud to be a part of the Hudson community and thrilled
that we can participate in the event that is at the heart of our
winter, the Hudson Hot Air Affair," said Cosette Bublitz, manager of
the U.S. Bank branch in Hudson. "We look forward to celebrating with
our friends and customers, particularly with the appearance of the
U.S. Bank hot air balloon in all of the weekend's festivities."
The U.S. Bank hot air balloon will stay in town all weekend to
take part in the Hot Air Affair, the Midwest's premier winter
ballooning event. It will participate in the Torchlight Parade on
Friday, Feb. 3 at 7 p.m. on Second Street. It will also join the more
than 40 other balloons in mass ascensions from the E.P. Rock school
grounds (13th and Summer) on Saturday and Sunday at 7:30 a.m. The
balloons will also light the night sky in the Moon Glow on Saturday,
Feb. 4 at 6:30 p.m., also at the E.P. Rock school grounds.
About the Hudson Hot Air Affair
The Hudson Hot Air Affair is the premier winter ballooning event
and winter festival in the Midwest. Thousands of visitors head to the
St. Croix Valley community and local residents make it a homecoming
every year on the first full weekend in February. More than 50 hot air
balloons launch in mass ascensions Saturday and Sunday mornings and
light up the night at the Saturday evening Moon Glow or Field of Fire.
Balloonists traditionally attend from Wisconsin, Minnesota, North and
South Dakota, Iowa, Illinois and Nebraska. Visit
www.hudsonhotairaffair.com for more information.
About U.S. Bank
U.S. Bancorp (NYSE: USB), with assets of $209 billion, is the 6th
largest financial holding company in the United States. The company
operates 2,419 banking offices and 5,003 ATMs, and provides a
comprehensive line of banking, brokerage, insurance, investment,
mortgage, trust and payment services products to consumers, businesses
and institutions. U.S. Bancorp is the parent company of U.S. Bank.
Visit U.S. Bancorp on the web at www.usbank.com.
Editor's note: Balloon events are scheduled weather permitting,
and media may schedule a photo, live shot or lift in the balloon by
calling U.S. Bank Media Relations (612) 303-0732.
SOURCE: U.S. Bank
U.S. Bank Media Relations
Teri Charest, 612-303-0732