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Hudson City Council approves beer sales at Crusader hockey games

Crusader Hockey Inc., the newly formed non-profit organization operating Hudson's Junior A team, has been granted a license to serve beer at the team's home games at the Hudson Sports & Civic Center.

The Hudson City Council approved the license Monday night, with the caveat that the team identify the precise area in John Gornick Arena where the beer will be consumed.

Mayor Alan Burchill noted that beer consumption has been limited to a specific part of the arena in past seasons.

The Crusaders have a game against the Maple Grove Energy scheduled for Saturday evening, Oct. 27, according to the beer license application.

The team announced in September that the Hudson Crusaders franchise has been acquired by a group of local community, business and Hudson Hockey Association members.

Shane Wagner, a former Stillwater High School and Hamline University captain, is the new head coach.

Exceed Hockey's Scott Meyer is now the president general manager, serving on the board with local businessmen Ryan Flattum and Tom Springer.

Light-Up Night

The council approved closing Second Street between Vine and Walnut streets on Friday, Nov. 23, from 6:30 to 7:45 p.m. for the annual arrival of Santa Claus.

Dubbed Light-Up Night, the event kicks off the holiday shopping season in Hudson. Santa Claus turns on the Christmas lights in the downtown with a wave of his staff.

There had been talk of moving the event to an alternate location this year because of the closure of the Stillwater lift bridge for repairs. The council decided against that.

It is requiring an alternate route for the horse-drawn carriage rides that will be part of the Candlelight Stroll event in downtown Hudson Friday night, Nov. 30.

The carriage rides were moved off Second Street out of concern about increased vehicle traffic due to the bridge closure.

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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