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St. Croix County Board Chairman Daryl Standafer portrays Charlie Ward, Hudson's larger than life citizen of the 1940s and '50s. Rising from a humble birth and stay in the federal penitentiary at Leavenworth, Kan., Ward became president of the Brown & Bigelow printing company. He made Hudson his home and at one time owned nearly 2,000 acres of surrounding countryside.

Hudson history told through cemetery walk

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The St. Croix County Historical Society hosted its annual Willow River Cemetery Walk on Saturday, May 12 in conjunction with Yellowstone Trail Heritage Days.


Visitors took a guided stroll through the cemetery to the graves of eight colorful former Hudson residents, whose stories were told by actors portraying them.

The Pearly Gate Singers sang traditional hymns for those waiting to begin the tour.

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