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Hudson Star-Observer serving readers for 158 years

The Hudson Star-Observer holds the distinction of being the longest continually run business in Hudson and one of the oldest newspapers in the upper Mississippi Valley.

Today's Star-Observer is an outgrowth of 10 newspapers which published in the city of Hudson from pioneer days until 1909, when the name "Hudson Star-Observer" was adopted.

This paper was first known as the "North Star" and was founded by E.R. Otis and Dr. Otis Hoyt in 1854. Subsequent names have included "Shield and Banner," "Pathfinder," "Hudson Chronicle," "Hudson City Times" and "Hudson Star & Times" until its current name.

It has been under the leadership of various groups -- some employees still work at the paper from a previous group. The Star-Observer is currently part of the RiverTown Newspaper Group, a small network of newspapers in the St. Croix & Mississippi Valley and is owned by Forum Communications Co. FCC is in its fifth generation as a family business.

The Star-Observer has grown and changed throughout the years, evolving from linotype machines in the backroom to Internet-to-film transmission.

The Star-Observer has served not only Hudson but also the entire Hudson trade area for more than 158 years. It has recorded the vital issues of the day, given intellectual stimulus to multiple generations, brought to and helped preserve for the community the freedom of the press and assisted in the growth and success of area businesses. The newspaper is also available online for readers here and around the nation.

"Publishing a local newspaper with such lineage is a humbling responsibility. We don't treat it lightly," says Publisher Steve Dzubay. "We're constantly working to make sure we accurately reflect the Hudson community. We appreciate the continued opportunity to serve you -- our readers and customers."

The Hudson Star-Observer office is currently located at 226 Locust St. in downtown Hudson.

Call (715) 386-9333 for more information or visit the HSO website at http://www.hudsonstarobserver.com.

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