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The annual Christmas Tour of Homes marked the start of the holiday season in Hudson this past weekend. Guests toured their way through four private homes in Hudson and the Octagon House decked out in their spirited best with help from local businesses Nov. 16-18. Homes featured this year were 1124 Juniper Way, 1094 Golden Oaks Drive, 719 Tenth St. and 826 Second St. The tour is held every year by the Hudson Chamber of Commerce and Tourism Bureau.
Town of Hudson residents will now be served by Lakeview EMS, after the town approved a 10-year contract with the service at a special meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 13. Lakeview EMS will replace the previous service town of Hudson received from St. Croix EMS. "We're going to have a very good ambulance service and it's not going to cost us any money," Town Chairman Jeff Johnson said. Lakeview EMS will have an ambulance based at the Hudson Hospital staffed full time with two paramedics, according to the contract.
Guests and volunteers packed the dining room of Bethel Lutheran Church for the annual HOME Thanksgiving meal on Thursday, Nov. 15. The HOME meals are held twice a month, with special meals to mark Thanksgiving and Christmas. The events are held by a group of area worship organizations including Bethel Lutheran, St. Paul's Episcopal, Beth Immanuel Sabbath Fellowship, St. Patrick, Trinity Lutheran Church, United Methodist, Mt. Zion Lutheran and Redeemer Lutheran.
Wisconsinites are no stranger to the cold, but their resolve may be tested with the cryotherapy sessions provided by new Hudson business Body Revival Lounge. A cool trend that has been increasing in popularity, cryotherapy, treatment using extreme cold generated from liquid nitrogen, has now found its way to Hudson, with the Lounge owned by Karla Kuehl at 1600 Maxwell Drive. Kuehl was first exposed to cryotherapy while working as a massage therapist. She was volunteered to try it in a clinic, and was initially nervous about the idea.
With the exchange of keys, the vehicle hummed to life, bringing a new resource to U.S. Army veteran Eric Grant, and his four-legged co-pilot, Diego. Grant, now a Somerset resident, was the recipient of a refurbished, donated vehicle from Heppner's Auto Body through the National Auto Body Council Recycled Rides Program. Grant said he was shocked to learn he would be receiving the car, and by how quickly the process went. "This is going to be great because I can get around a lot easier," Grant said.
Turnout for the 2018 midterm elections almost matched that of the 2016 presidential election in the city of Hudson, with 74.46 percent of registered voters participating. Of the 8,918 people registered to vote in the city, 6,640 cast votes either in person or through absentee voting, according to City Administrator Devin Willi. "For a nonpresidential it was pretty substantial," Willi told the council on Monday, Nov. 12. To compare, the 2016 presidential election saw 74.97 percent of registered voters participate.
Traffic concerns were still at the forefront of discussions by the Hudson Common Council Monday, Nov. 12, as it approved the final master plan and conditional use permit for the 130-acre St. Croix Meadows redevelopment site. All development on the site will conform to the master plan, and any changes will need to come back for an amendment, said Wendy Sander of Cedar Corp. The Plan Commission recommended approval of the plan, with an additional condition that a conduit is installed at Carmichael Road and Brakke Drive for future traffic control lights.
Now is not the right time for the city to look at a fire-based EMS model, the Hudson Common Council ultimately decided with a 2-4 vote, after discussing the issue at its regular meeting on Monday, Nov. 12. Council Member Paul Deziel brought the idea forward, saying as the city looks at its EMS options with a request for proposal, it should also be considering a model that combines fire and EMS services. "We're going to have a lot of proposals coming at us; to me this has to be one," Deziel said.
A wintery day set the scene for thanks and remembrance at the annual Veterans Day Program at the St. Croix County Courthouse on Friday, Nov. 9. This year's speaker Karen Humphrey told the crowd gathered about her grandmother, Aimee O'Keefe Kinney, a U.S. Army nurse during World War I. Kinney served in France during the war. After returning home, she became the first woman commander of an American Legion in Wisconsin in 1936.
As he finished leading his R.I.P.P.E.D exercise class at the Hudson YMCA, Ken Johnson made his way with classmates and friends to a nearby room for a surprise celebration of his 60th birthday. Waiting for him there was a gift 40 years in the making. "It was an absolute surprise," Johnson said. "It was just, speechless is a good word."