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Doug's Diggings: Those 20 years went by very quickly!

They say time goes quickly when you're having fun. Well, I don't know if it's always fun, but working at a newspaper sure seems to make time fly. That came to mind this week when I was paging through our archives, looking at newspapers from the summer of 1993 -- 20 years ago.

Many of the headlines seemed like events that happened "six or seven" years ago!

Maybe you'll remember some of these headlines from 1993:

--New HHS principal steps in to run his new "family" of 800. The new principal was Robert Laney, and the "family" of 800 referred to the number of students at Hudson High School. Now that number has more than doubled.

--Booster Days put in a Plaza 94 appearance. Massive summer floods during the summer of 1993 caused the Booster Day celebration to be moved from Lakefront Park to Plaza 94.

--Clapp reward yields only one phone call. William Clapp Jr., was murdered in his home east of Hudson on April 25, 1993. A $5,000 reward was announced during the summer, but yielded no new information. The murder is still unsolved. A bit later in the summer, 1,600 attended an estate auction on the Clapp property.

--Pepper Fest candidates <\_> Shayna Sursely, Heather Klein, Teresa Jorgensen, Carrie Montgomery, Lisa Witthuhn, Heather Moody, Carrie Sass, Kelly Jensen, Crystal Rose, Marie Salzman, Jessica Carlson, Bridgette O'Brien, Beth Trende, Molly Wolff, Jenny Driscoll, Donna Ruppert, Sheri Sheehan, Karin Holt, Mariah Miller, Carissa Vandervorst, Jennifer Stoner, Mandy Huston and Ericka Hollenbach. The new court members were, Queen Sheri Sheehan and princesses Jenny Driscoll, Carissa Vandervorst and Marie Salzman. The late Dan O'Connell was king that year.

--Indian tribes and dog track form partnership to open casino. As we look back into history, we all know where that proposal went -- into the dead file. The dog track, of course, eventually closed; no casino was ever opened and the facility is still sitting empty.

--FBI joins Howard investigation. A man living in Hudson named Michael Howard was involved in an alleged vacation/fishing trip scam to Alaska. He shot himself (survived) on July 20, 1993, on the same day about 40 people who thought they were leaving for an Alaskan vacation arranged by Howard found out their tickets had not been purchased. They also discovered that no arrangements for accommodations or travel in Alaska had been made.

--Middle school OK'd by Plan Commission. The story said foundation work should start soon for the $11.7 million Hudson Middle School. It was granted final approval by the Hudson Plan Commission.

--Large crowd attends Government Center dedication. The "new" courthouse opened in the summer of 1993 and a dedication ceremony was held on Aug. 17. County Board Chair at the time was Richard Peterson of Baldwin. An open house in June attracted nearly 2,000 people. Hudson area board members included Herb Giese, Karen Bailey, Bernard Kinney, Tom O'Connell, Linda Luckey, Bill Oemichen, Bill Radosevich, Judy Hayducsko, Al Nyhagen, William Krueger and Clarence Malick. Malick, still on the board, was chair of the building committee.

--Hudson's new water tower will be assembled on site.. The "new" water tower was located near the government center and the new middle school.

--Deal worked out to allow new Menard's store here. The city agreed to allow Gateway Boulevard to end in the Menard's parking lot.

--Dog track swimming in sea of red ink. It's plain to see why track owners were hoping to get approval to open casinos. The track opened June 21, 1991 and almost immediately started losing money (the opening coincided with the opening of Indian casinos -- the ultimate dagger). In 1992 St. Croix Meadows reported losses of nearly $7 million.

If you're a newcomer to Hudson, these headlines may seem like old history. But, for us who have been around here a few years it seems like these events "just happened." Hope you enjoyed this look back!

Doug Stohlberg

Doug Stohlberg has been part of the Hudson Star-Observer since 1973 and has been editor since 1987. He worked at the New Richmond News from 1971 to 1973. He holds a bachelors degree in journalism from the University of Minnesota.

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