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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Car races on the St. Croix River ice, sponsored by the Hudson Boosters, was a big deal for about a decade, before ending after the 1968 race season. For most years, the races were on the ice in the bay just south the marina, and north east of the St. Croix River Bridge. The Hudson Booster web site says the races started in 1955 and ended in 1968. In reviewing back issues of the Star-Observer, however, the first reference I could find was in the Star-Observer dated Jan. 17, 1957. It is possible, of course, that the races started earlier in a bit more of an informal fashion.
The filing deadline for local elected officials was Tuesday at 5 p.m. and races are far and few between in most jurisdictions. Those filing will be on the ballot for the April 5 election. A three-way race for the mayor of Hudson tops the activity, along with one race for a council seat. There will also be a school board race and eight races for 19 county board seats.
The Hudson Hospital Foundation recently raised $75,000 for the installation of an all-inclusive Universal Playground the will be placed in Weitkamp Park next spring. The park will be usable by all children, including children with disabilities. The Hospital Foundation’s annual wine tasting event raised over $75,000 on Friday, Nov. 6, at the Hudson House Grand Hotel. This year’s event drew 350 people to support the Foundation’s fundraising efforts.
As we look ahead to 2016, we all have hopes that it will be a great year. And I do wish everyone a happy new year. As we enter 2016,...
When Father John Gerritts looks at Christmas he is inspired with the impact the birth of Jesus has had on the world. Gerritts is the pastor at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Hudson. “The other night I was with a group of younger children and they were dressed as Joseph, Mary, Wisemen, Angels and more,” Gerritts said. “As I was sitting there it crossed my mind that the story never gets old. The story has been told again and again for 2,000 years. The birth of the Savior has had, of course, a huge impact on the world.”
The North Hudson Village Board approved the 2016 budget Tuesday, Dec. 1; the property tax levy increased 2.43 percent over the 2015 budget. A total of $1,556,061 in tax revenue is projected for 2016; last year residents were taxed for $1,519,177l. The overall budget total, revenues versus expenditures, totals $1,833,635. That number is actually down slightly from 2015 because of some issues including capital outlay and debt services. The mill rate increased slightly, from 4.44 percent to 4.51 percent. Taxes on a $200,000 valued home will total $3,258.
Where would you have to be to see it snowing when the temperature is 80-plus degrees Fahrenheit? The answer, of course, is Disney World! We spent a week in early November at the Fort Myers Beach home of my wife’s sister and her husband (Sandy and Tom Wells, also of New Richmond). When we arrived, we were looking for something to do during the week and came upon the bright idea to spend a night in Orlando and attend Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. In fact, we went to the opening night on Nov. 8.
The Education Foundation of Hudson last week awarded Star Grants for innovative classroom projects and curriculum training. The foundation awarded grants totaling $27,670 for 10 projects involving several educators touching...
Zach Lasiuk, a 2013 Hudson High School graduate, is making a name for himself, having designed the electronics for the recently developed toy supplement. The Brick Sound Kit (BSK) is a Lego compatible toy and iOS and Android app that allows users to record and playback sounds. It’s also a fully open platform, where kids, collectors, makers, inventors, parents and teachers can easily program and share new apps and games, taking active play to new heights. Lasiuk is a junior at Boston University. His role in the project, however, doesn’t mean he’ll make a big amount of money.
Josh Olson, operations supervisor with St. Croix EMS, has been named 2015 recipient of the Dan O’Connell Outstanding Performer Award. The honor is bestowed annually by the Hudson Thursday Noon Rotary Club to a member of the local ambulance and rescue service selected by his or her peers. “Josh has a quiet determination,” said former St. Croix EMS Chief Kim Eby (she is continuing with the agency, but the new chief is Brandon Lyksett).