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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 ...
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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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Wisconsin roundup: Walker calls special session to pass welfare reform; more state news stories

Gov. Scott Walker has the backing of legislative leaders for his call for a special legislative session on welfare reform. File photo
MADISON — Gov. Scott Walker has the backing of legislative leaders for his call for a special legislative session on welfare reform.
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Wisconsin roundup: Western Wis. authorities search for fugitive sex offender; more state news stories

Authorities in Wisconsin and Minnesota are searching for 37-year-old Casey Thibodeaux, a convicted sex offender who allegedly removed his GPS monitoring bracelet and went missing. Photo courtesy of Vernon County Sheriff's Office
LA CROSSE — The Wisconsin Department of Justice says a sex offender who was on parole has removed his GPS monitoring bracelet and gone missing.
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River Point Family Acupuncture Celebrates Completion of Doctorate Program

Wisconsin roundup: Walker wants to close juvenile prison sooner; more state news stories

MADISON — Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker now wants to close the Lincoln Hills-Copper Lake juvenile prison several months sooner than originally planned. Walker is pointing to a spring-time closing for ...
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Update: Fatal fire victim ID'd, cause points to 'unattended candle'

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Firefighters from the New Richmond Fire Department work to contain the blaze that started at 1745 Margaret St. in the Town of Richmond on Monday, Jan. 15. Jordan Willi / RiverTowns Multimedia2 / 2
Authorities on Wednesday identified the likely cause of a fatal fire and the identity of the child who was found dead in the house. St. Croix County Sheriff Scott Knudson ...
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Special election: Schachtner claims lead

Democrat Patty Schachtner, Republican Adam Jarchow and Libertarian Brian Corriea were on the Jan. 16 10th Senate District special election ballot in western Wisconsin.
Early returns showed Republican Adam Jarchow claiming a lead over Democrat Patty Schachtner in Tuesday’s 10th Senate District special election. Results were trickling in with Jarchow, the Balsam Lake Assembly ...
Mike Longaecker

Mike Longaecker is the regional public safety reporter for RiverTown Multimedia. His coverage area spans St. Croix and Pierce counties. Longaecker served from 2011-2015 as editor of the Woodbury Bulletin. A University of Wisconsin-River Falls graduate, Longaecker previously reported for the Red Wing Republican Eagle and for the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau. You can follow him on Twitter at @Longaecker

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Wisconsin roundup: Sparta arrest is Pierce County man's 6th for OWI; more state news stories

SPARTA — A 55-year-old man arrested during an early Monday traffic stop has a court appearance scheduled for Tuesday. Scott Fedderly of Spring Valley faces his sixth operating while intoxicated ...
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10th Senate District special election: candidate profiles

Western Wisconsin voters go to the polls Tuesday, Jan. 16, to decide the next 10th Senate District lawmaker. Check out the following profiles of each of the three candidates on ...
Mike Longaecker

Mike Longaecker is the regional public safety reporter for RiverTown Multimedia. His coverage area spans St. Croix and Pierce counties. Longaecker served from 2011-2015 as editor of the Woodbury Bulletin. A University of Wisconsin-River Falls graduate, Longaecker previously reported for the Red Wing Republican Eagle and for the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau. You can follow him on Twitter at @Longaecker

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