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Deputy Bob Widiker, aka “Silverback”

Deputy Widiker ends more than 4 decades in law enforcement

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Bob Widiker has decided to retire at the end of this month after a more than a 40-year career in area law enforcement.

He was born in Birchwood but moved to Hudson in 1970, and was part of the Hudson police auxiliary until he joined the HPD full-time in 1986.


He served as the chief of the Hammond police force from 1988 to 1993 before he joined the St. Croix County Sheriff’s Office in the court services working in court security and as a process server.

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Meg Heaton
Meg Heaton has been a reporter with the Hudson Star Observer since 1990. She has a bachelor’s degree in anthropology and Native American Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.
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