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Beer licenses approved for five more hockey games

The City Council on Monday night authorized beer sales at five more Hudson Crusaders hockey games at Hudson Sports & Civic Center.

The question of whether beer sales should be allowed at the Junior League games has been an issue throughout the team's 2008-09 season.

A divided council first allowed a one-game license and then denied a license for a second game.

In mid-December, the council reversed course again and on a 3-2 vote granted the Hudson Hockey Association temporary beer licenses for a series of three Crusaders games.

The team itself, Crusader Hockey Inc., received the licenses for the next five games on Jan. 24, Jan. 28, Feb. 6, Feb. 14 and Feb. 22.

The vote this time was 4-2, with alderpersons Randy Morrissette II, Alan Burchill, Lori Bernard and Pam Brokaw in favor of granting the licenses, and Scot O'Malley and Lee Wyland opposing the action.

Mayor Dean Knudson acknowledged that the council has gone back and forth on whether it is appropriate to allow beer sales at games with players ages 16-20 - under the legal drinking age.

He advocated granting the new licenses, however, saying beer drinking at community events is "part of our culture."

He noted that beer is sold at Hudson Softball Association games in Grandview Park where minors are present, as well as at the Booster Days and North Hudson Pepper Fest celebrations and the St. Patrick Church Fall Festival.

O'Malley said he remained opposed to beer sales at Crusaders games. He said the feedback he had gotten from his constituents was that beer and youth sports aren't a good mix, and he agreed with them.

Randy Hanson

Randy Hanson has reported for the Star-Observer since 1997. He came to Hudson after 11 years with the Inter-County Leader at Frederic, and eight years of teaching social studies. He’s a graduate of UW-Eau Claire.

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