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By the time you read this column, baseball season will have begun. Spring is always an exciting time for baseball fans because hope springs eternal as teams enter spring training and get ready for opening day. I was able to make it to Fort Myers again this spring and attended a couple of Twins baseball games. To be honest with you, however, I'm not sure I see a lot of hope for the Twins as they enter the 2013 season. Unlike other pro sports, there is little chance for a team to make a quick turnaround.
Mark Van de Sande, an EMT with St. Croix EMS, has been named 2013 recipient of the Dan O'Connell Outstanding Performer Award. The honor, in memory of the late Dan O'Connell, 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. "Mark is an outstanding EMT," St. Croix EMS Chief Kim Eby said of Van de Sande in presenting the award at last Thursday's meeting of the Rotary Club. "In fact he has many of the same characteristics of Dan O'Connell.
The spring election is scheduled Tuesday, April 2, with the race for school board attracting the most local attention. The ballot will also feature races in the towns surrounding Hudson. Polls open Tuesday at 7 a.m. in all municipalities and close at 8 p.m. Four candidates are vying for two seats on the board of education. The four candidates are Bruce Hanson, Jamie Johnson, Jeanette Kunz and James Schrock. The top two vote-getters will be elected. In municipalities, the town of St. Joseph has the most activity with three races -- one for chair and two for supervisor posts.
The Rev. Stephanie Anthony, pastor of First Presbyterian Church, calls Easter the biggest celebration in the Christian church year. "Christmas gets all the 'press,' but we wouldn't be celebrating Christmas if it were not for the resurrection at Easter," Anthony said.
The Hudson Police Department has determined that the incident at the Hudson Golf Course Friday, that resulted in the injury of a 35-year-old man, was an accident. Hudson Police Chief Marty Jensen reported Saturday that through the course of the investigation it has been determined that Chad Wang of Spring Valley was injured due to an accidental explosion. "It appears Mr. Wang was opening a 55-gallon drum that was sealed," Jensen said. "Inside this drum was a small amount of oil. It looks like Mr. Wang was using an acetylene torch to open the top of this drum.
Officers from the Hudson Police Department were dispatched to a report of a man down at the Hudson Golf Course maintenance buildings Friday March 22, at approximately 12:14 pm. The buildings are located at 2001 Ward Ave., just east of Plaza 94. A UPS driver reported finding a male at this location inside one of two buildings, lying in blood on the floor. When officers and EMS arrived they found a 35-year-old male on the floor in a semi-conscious state. The victim is an employee of the Hudson Golf Course. The victim was suffering from a head injury.
I suffered a stupidity injury on Valentine's Day. I somehow got into a fight with my snow blower -- guess who won. The result was an injured finger and a three-hour stint in the emergency room at Hudson Hospital on Valentine's evening. The reason I consider it a stupidity injury is that I've had a snow blower for 25 or more years. I know the dangers, I know the list of "do not's," and I am generally a very cautious individual.
John Kriesel, one of Minnesota's best-known veterans and former Minnesota House representative, was the keynote speaker at the St. Croix County Economic Development Corporation Awards Banquet Thursday at R&D Banquet Hall in New Richmond. A double leg amputee with prosthetic legs, Kriesel now lives in Cottage Grove, Minn., and said he considers himself to be lucky. "I got a second chance," Kriesel said.
In unofficial primary results, the loser is yet to be determined in the Hudson School Board race. Four of five candidates will advance to the April 2 election, but two candidates, Jim Schrock and Matthew Kari, were tied for fourth place in returns reported shortly after 9 p.m. Jamie Johnson led the field with 888 votes, Jeanette Kunz had 886 and Bruce Hanson 801; Schrock and Kari were tied with 244 votes.
With virtually all state votes tabulated in the primary election for the Wisconsin Supreme Court, incumbent Pat Roggensack and challenger Ed Fallone have been declared winners and will face each other in the April 2 spring election. Another challenger in the primary, Vince Megna, received the lowest vote total and was eliminated from the April election. With 99% of the votes tabulated, Roggensack had 229,274 (64%), Fallone had 106,237 (30%), and Megna had 22,711 (6%) Locally vote numbers were in line with state totals. In St.