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Tom O'Connell of Cross Plains, Wis., and brother of the late Dan O'Connell, said the murders are as painful today as they were 10 years ago. He and the family, however, have worked hard to create some positive elements. O'Connell has become very active in National Child Protection Training Center, an organization dedicated to preventing child abuse that is headquartered in St. Paul. It was essentially the child-abuse by Father Ryan Erickson that led to the murders of Dan O'Connell and James Ellison.
Feb. 5, 2012 marks the 10-year anniversary of Hudson's most infamous crime -- the double murder of funeral home director Dan O'Connell and his student intern, James Ellison. Making the case even more bizarre was that the murders were committed by a Catholic priest, Ryan Erickson. It took nearly three years to finally put together the necessary evidence and solve the case. Erickson died of suicide as the police dragnet closed around him. It was a cold Tuesday afternoon on Feb. 5, 2002, when police received a call at about 1:40 p.m. from Marty Shanklin, the St.
Mark Gherty of Hudson was the winner of the Marie Blakeman Award at the annual Hudson Area Chamber of Commerce & Tourism Bureau banquet Thursday, Jan. 26, at the Kilkarney Golf Club.
A trademark can be an important business representation. Use of the name "Avanti" has been involved in a local legal battle for nearly a year. In late December the U.S. District Court ruled the name is owned by the original people who brought it to Hudson in the late 1980s - a group headed by Nancy Lawton-Shirley. The ruling means the former Avanti Center (742 Sterbenz Drive) in Hudson, will undergo a name change. Friday, Jan. 20, the firm became known as St. Croix Therapy.
The village of North Hudson Board voted against the recommendation of its Plan Commission, opening the door for a Twin cities firm, Bright Solutions LLC, to potentially locate in the old car shops industrial area. The company, however, must still supply more information to the Plan Commission before the board gives its final approval. The action came at the board meeting Tuesday, Jan. 3. Bright Solutions LLC makes windshield washer fluid.
At a special board meeting Thursday night, the North Hudson Village Board denied the $50,000 claim submitted by local attorney Bill Radosevich. Radosevich had filed a notice of claim against the village of North Hudson in November for what he called an illegal arrest and false imprisonment. He asked for $50,000 in damages. Radosevich was arrested briefly on the evening of July 8, 2011, by the North Hudson Police Department after a report was filed by another driver who said Radosevich, 67, was driving "erratically" on Hwy. 35 as the two vehicles approached the village.
I live in North Hudson and if you believe in surveys, I'm part of one of the "smartest" communities in the state of Wisconsin! Much smarter than the "rubes" in Hudson, or other communities around the county! Before I get a big head, however, I've decided the survey has everything to do with statistics.
A fire late Thursday night did damage to a home at 180 Starrwood in the town of Hudson, just outside of North Hudson. The Hudson Fire Department was called at 11:19 p.m. and was assisted by the town of St. Joseph Fire Department. Hudson Fire Chief Jim Frye said the fire started near a fireplace and did damage to the floor between the basement and first level of the structure. "The fire was under control fairly quickly, but we were on the scene until close to 2 a.m.," Frye said.
Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Hudson has been led by Rev. Fred Kogler since 2007 and he, like virtually all Christians, sees Christmas as a very holy day. "Christmas signifies and represents the birth of Christ," Kogler said. "All of our outreach -- worship, Sunday school, confirmation, pre-school -- holds to the historical account that the Bible is God's word. "Jesus is the second person of the Trinity (Father, Son and Holy Spirit) and was incarnate in a virgin birth.
A multi-car accident on westbound I-94 Monday morning closed the freeway for a time and backed up traffic on I-94 for several miles. The accident occurred on the freeway in front of Mike's Standard. An employee at Mike's said at least five or six vehicles were involved in the accident. At least one person was transported by ambulance, but it did not appear that any of the injuries were life-threatening. A state trooper said one driver apparently lost control on the frost-covered road, spun out of control across three lanes, struck the median and came to rest facing the wrong way.