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Hudson School District annual meeting is Tuesday, Sept. 9

The Hudson School District will hold its annual meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 9, at 7 p.m. at the Hudson High School Auditorium. The meeting is state mandated and provides all ...

Jeremy Cook wins Pepper Fest 10K by more than 9 minutes

Dr. Jeremy Cook of Hudson was cheered on to victory in the 2014 Pepper Fest 10K by his family. With him are his wife, Katy (Cari), right, and parents Bill and Annette Cook, left. Annette is holding grandson Charlie, 1½. William, 4, and George, 6, are in front of their grandfather. Jeremy, a Woodbury dermatologist, finished the hilly 6.2-mile course in 34 minutes, 58.2 seconds - more than nine minutes ahead of his nearest competitor.1 / 9
Displaying their race awards are, from left, Todd Miller, Rochester, Minn. (10K males 60-69); Chris Anderson, River Falls (5K overall winner); Jennifer Pinski, River Falls (10K females 30-34); Katie Alberg, Hudson (10K females 34-39); Sue Dahm, Hudson (10K females 50-59); Eric Wickstrom, Hudson (10K males 34-39); Matthew Schutz, Glenwood City (10K males 40-49); and Randy Penkwitz, Hudson (10K males 50-59).2 / 9
Jill Hatch of Hudson was the fastest woman, and placed second overall, in the 10K.3 / 9
The fastest male and female in the 5K were Chris Anderson of River Falls, left, and Miranda Miller of Hudson, center. Simon Shepherd of Pomfret, Vt., a River Falls native, placed second overall.4 / 9
Runners begin the Pepper Fest 5- and 10-kilometer footraces early Saturday morning. A total of 224 registered for the races, with 175 choosing to run the shorter 3.1-mile route. The races began and ended on Seventh Street N. next to the North Hudson Village Hall. (Hudson Star-Observer photos by Randy Hanson)5 / 9
Nathan Amann, left, and Bennitt Sparling came in first and second, respectively, in the one-mile kids race. Both are from North Hudson.6 / 9
Going on a different type of fire run are, from left, Dan Clark and Tony DeRose of the St. Joseph Fire Department, and Jon Coty of the Hudson Fire Department. Tyler Williquett of the St. Joseph department is hidden behind Coty. “Just for fun,” Coty replied when asked why they ran the 5K in their turnout gear.7 / 9
Mary Gergerson ran her first 5K race in memory of her father, Wally Gregerson, who passed away Feb. 22, 2014, at the age of 84. Wally was the North Hudson village president from 1977 to 1991 and a longtime Pepper Festival volunteer. 8 / 9
Former St. Croix County Clerk of Court Lori Meyer finishes the Pepper Fest 5K. Meyer is now the court administrator for Anoka County, Minn., but remains a Hudson resident. 9 / 9
This is a corrected version of a report posted earlier and published in the Aug. 21 print edition of the Hudson Star-Observer. Dr.
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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Don't eat romaine lettuce, CDC warns amid E. coli outbreak

Romaine lettuce via Wikimedia Commons.
All romaine lettuce consumption should be avoided while a multi-state E. coli outbreak is investigated, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advised Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2018. There have been ...

Retired city employee Denny Darnold dies at 65

Denny Darnold received the EDC Directors award from St. Croix EDC President Rob O’Keefe on March 2. Darnold died Sunday, Nov. 18, leaving a lasting legacy in the city of Hudson. Submitted photo from St. Croix EDC 1 / 2
In this file photo from May 2017, Mayor Rich O’Connor shakes hands with retiring Community Development Director Denny Darnold during a proclamation honoring Darnold for his 31 years of service. That week was dubbed "Denny Darnold Week" in his honor. File photo2 / 2
Looking around the city of Hudson today, Denny Darnold’s impact is easy to see. The longtime community development director for Hudson built the city, Mayor Rich O’Connor said. “This is ...
Rebecca Mariscal

Rebecca Mariscal joined the Hudson Star Observer as a reporter in 2016. She graduated from the University of St. Thomas with a degree in communication and journalism. 

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Aldi opens in River Falls

People wait in line outside of the new River Falls Aldi off Main Street during its grand opening on Monday, Nov. 19. A soft opening of the grocery store was held over the weekend. Gretta Stark / RiverTown Multimedia1 / 2
Lorraine and Chuck Cernohous are among the first hundred customers of Aldi during the store’s grand opening event on Monday, Nov. 19. More than 150 people were present for the event. Gretta Stark / RiverTown Multimedia2 / 2
RIVER FALLS -- More than 150 people lined up to be some of the first shoppers at the grand opening of Aldi grocery store off Main Street near Highway 35 ...
Rebecca Mariscal

Rebecca Mariscal joined the Hudson Star Observer as a reporter in 2016. She graduated from the University of St. Thomas with a degree in communication and journalism. 

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Wisconsin roundup: Ron Kind among Wis. Dems mum on Pelosi support; more state news stories

U.S. Rep. Ron Kind, a Democrat whose district includes Pierce County, is among members of his party who haven't yet said whether they will support Nancy Pelosi's bid for House speaker. File photo
Two of the three Wisconsin Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives aren't committing themselves to the party's likely choice for speaker. California's Nancy Pelosi is expected to return to ...

Woodbury angler's pike catch in May sets new Minnesota record

Matthew Swanson's 45¼- inch northern pike from the Rainy River is Minnesota's new catch-and-release pike record. (Photo courtesy of Minnesota DNR)
A northern pike caught by Woodbury fisherman Matthew Swanson this past May on the Rainy River is now the largest on record in the state's new catch-and-release record program. Swanson ...

Wisconsin roundup: Schimel set to decide on recount in attorney general race; more state news stories

Attorney General Brad Schimel. File photo
Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel is expected to decide Monday whether to seek a recount in the race against Democratic challenger Josh Kaul.

Girls hockey: Raiders roll in opener

Hudson junior Mallory Thompson (10) tangles with Rochester Mayo's Alexa Hruska for control of the puck in the first period of the Raider girls' hockey team's 7-0 season-opening victory Friday night, Nov. 16, at Gornick Arena. Bob Burrows / RiverTown Multimedia 1 / 2
Hudson senior captain Sydney Hendricks (19) looks to play the puck from behind the net in the first period of the Raider girls' hockey team's season opener against Rochester Mayo Friday, Nov. 16, at Gornick Arena. Hendricks had four goals and an assist in Hudson's 7-0 victory. Bob Burrows / RiverTown Multimedia 2 / 2
Sydney Hendricks racked up four goals and an assist, Mallory Thompson tallied two goals and the Raider defense held Rochester Mayo to just one shot as the Hudson girls' hockey ...
Bob Burrows

Bob Burrows has been sports editor at the River Falls Journal since 1996 and at the Hudson Star-Observer since 2009. Prior to joining the Journal, Burrows served as sports editor with Ledger Publications in Balsam Lake, Wis. A native of Bayonne, N.J. and a U.S. Navy veteran, Burrows attended Marquette University before completing his studies at UW-River Falls in 1992.

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Schwan’s Co. to sell majority stake to South Korean firm

Minnesota-based food business Schwan's Company will sell a majority stake to a South Korean firm, according to a news release Nov. 15. CJ CheilJedang of Seoul, South Korea will purchase ...


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