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The 58th annual Halloween Parade, sponsored by the Hudson Rotary clubs, drew a large crowd on a mild Monday afternoon at Newton Field. The clubs awarded cash prizes in five age groups and also a grand prize of a Wii system for the "Best of Show." Prizes in each age group were: $25 (first), $20 (second), $15 (third), $10 (fourth) and $5 (fifth). Each participating child received a goodie bag. Hudson's two Rotary clubs are the Daybreak Club that meets each Wednesday morning and the Thursday Noon Club. Both meet at the Hudson Golf Course.
Wisconsin U.S. Senator Ron Johnson (Republican from Oshkosh) was in Hudson Saturday morning and took questions from reporters at the Hudson cable access studio, 901 Fourth St. He addressed several issues, including the perception that Republicans are blocking progress in Washington, the Stillwater Bridge, jobs, pulling from Iraq, Social Security-Medicare-entitlements and the federal budget. "The Republicans control only the House," Johnson said. "Democrats control the oval office and the senate. Over 100 bills have been approved in the House and were stopped in the Senate.
The 2012 congressional election may be more than a year away, but in western Wisconsin the campaign has already begun. Complicating the issue in Hudson and St. Croix County is a redistricting plan passed last summer. St. Croix County will no longer be in the 3rd District, represented by Democrat Ron Kind of La Crosse. Starting in 2012, St. Croix County will be in the 7th District currently represented by Republican Sean Duffy. The new 7th District covers a large chunk of north and northwestern Wisconsin, with St. Croix County being newly added. Since St.
Hudson Fire Chief Jim Frye told members of the village of North Hudson Board Tuesday, Oct. 4, that the department earned a high rating during a recent Public Protection Survey (PPC). Frye said the department earned a classification of "4" in the recent survey. "The ranking is very good for a volunteer Fire Department," Frye said. The scale goes from 1 (best) to 10. Frye said that 863 departments in Wisconsin are graded. "The majority fall into class 6," Frye said. "Of the 863 in the state, a total of 240 fall into class 4.
For a period of 34 years the ample revenues from the toll bridge went into the city's coffers for civic improvements and the more than popular reduction of real estate taxes. It was truly the "golden age" for local property owners. A new interstate bridge was opened to traffic in November 1951. Since the very early days the need for a bridge from Hudson to the Minnesota side was a much discussed matter. Back in 1910, a bridge booster committee was formed, with Harry L. North as the chief proponent of the idea. Even before that, Horace D.
In the course of Hudson's history there have been several local breweries to satisfy the thirsts of early area residents. The first brewery, established in 1857, was owned and operated by William and Henry Montman in conjunction with their store, bakery and boardinghouse at the southeast corner of Second and Walnut streets.
As of this writing, the Milwaukee Brewers are playing the St. Louis Cardinals in the baseball playoffs. The winner of the NLCS will advance to the World Series to play either the Texas Rangers or Detroit Tigers. I bring up the Brewers because I vividly remember the 1982 World Series and the loss to the Cardinals. (The Brewers were in the American League back in 1982.) What I remember most is watching game 7 in the basement of my home and the Brewers were up 3-1 in the top of the sixth inning.
Hudson will be forever indebted to Christian J. Birkmose for his beneficent gift to the city of the tract of land known as Birkmose Park. Because of his gift and his intense interest in parks, he has been deservedly called "the father of the Hudson park system." Birkmose was born in 1857 in Denmark, where he received a fine education. He came to America in 1879, and a year later to Hudson. He first was employed in the flour milling business of Comstock & Clark Co., and then later by J.J. Lucks in the grocery business and by M.P.
Longtime Hudsonite Sally Halvorson feels that she is $5,800 richer today -- not because she won anything, but with some good advice avoided a scam that is common in today's world. "I received a call, supposedly from my grandson, saying that he was in Mexico City and had been in a car accident with a rented vehicle," Sally said. The young man pleaded with his "grandmother" to wire him the supposedly $5,800 he needed to get out of the situation.
The Chief Jansen Memorial Park in North Hudson was dedicated Saturday morning and attracted a crowd of over 100 people. The nearly five-acre park is named after longtime North Hudson Police Chief, the late Rich Jansen. The ceremony included brief messages from Rich Jansen's daughter Carol Torning, Park Committee Chair Colleen O'Brien Berglund, Village President George Klein and current Chief of Police Mark Richert. The event also included the planting of a tree, a presentation of letters to Carol Torning and her sibling David Jansen, a flag-raising and the unveiling a plaque honoring Jansen.