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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.
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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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A corrections officer was killed by a homicide offender Wednesday at Minnesota Correctional Facility-Stillwater.
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Wisconsin roundup: Warmer weather means mosquitoes are moving here from the south; more state news stories

If you feel like there are more mosquitoes every time you go outside — you may be right.
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Wisconsin roundup: Absentee voting underway for August primary elections; more state news stories

The Wisconsin Elections Commission is reminding voters that absentee voting is underway for the Aug. 14 primary.
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River City Chorale presents summer concert series

The River City Chorale will kick off its tenth season by presenting “Awake My Soul and Sing,” a summer concert series at the end of July. Over 150 vocalists from ...
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Jordan Willi is a reporter for the New Richmond News. Previously, he worked as a sports reporter at the Worthington Daily Globe in Worthington, Minnesota. He also interned at the Hudson Star Observer for two summers and contributed to the Bison Illustrated sports magazine at North Dakota State University.
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Wisconsin roundup: Sun Prairie community honors fallen firefighter; more state new stories

Thousands of people lined the street holding candles and signs as they watched the procession of a fallen firefighter's body being returned home.
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Cops on alert from $25K Wis. fireworks theft arrest 4 men allegedly packing burglary tools

Officers on alert following a $25,000 fireworks theft in Somerset arrested a group of Twin Cities men in June after they arrived in the middle of the night outside a ...
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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Newport, Minn. man charged in Hudson fireworks incident

A Minnesota man had gotten off with a fireworks warning on the Fourth of July in Hudson until he allegedly went after the people who called to complain about him ...
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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