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North Hudsonite unhappy with ticket

North Hudson resident Fred Sparling told the North Hudson Village Board that he was not happy being ticketed near his home, 207 Galahad Place North, that is adjacent to Ferry Landing Park.

He spoke to the board at the Nov. 5 village board meeting. The board later referred the issue to the Park Board Committee. In question is the road leading to the St. Croix River near Ferry Landing Park -- is it part of the park, or is it a right of way with public access?

The incident occurred Aug. 25 at 12:57 a.m.

“We had friends at our house and at about 11:30 p.m. decided to walk down to the water,” Sparling said.

The park is posted as open from 8:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sparling maintains that the road is not part of the park and that the signs were only located on the park side of the road.

“There is no indication that the road is in the park,” Sparling said. “We walked down to the water and the North Hudson Police arrived. We were detained for about 40 minutes and ultimately our group received tickets totaling about $375. I was embarrassed.”

According to the police report, the North Hudson officer also noted that Sparling was on the Ferry Landing Park beach and holding a glass of vodka. He received a verbal warning about having an open container. Sparling and two friends each received tickets for $114 each for beach and park hours violations.

The two friends also were required to post bond because of histories of failure to pay forfeitures on their driving records.

Sparling contested the tickets at the North Hudson Municipal Court. Judge Ben Wopat suggested he go to the board and have it make a determination regarding if the road is part of the park or a public right of way.

Since the item was not on the board’s agenda, President Stan Wekkin referred the issue to the Park Board Committee for discussion and to make a recommendation to the board.

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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