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It is hard to believe that we are 10 years out from the attack on the United States by Islamic extremists. As most of us recall, members of al-Qaeda hijacked four airliners and carried out suicide attacks against targets in the United States. Two of the planes were flown into the towers of the World Trade Center in New York City, a third plane hit the Pentagon just outside Washington, D.C., and the fourth plane crashed in a field in Pennsylvania.
St. Croix County Board Chair Daryl Standafer said the county is operating "fine" under the new rules created under Gov. Walker's Act 10. He made the comments at the weekly meeting of the Hudson Thursday Noon Rotary Club. "That's my opinion," Standafer said. "You might get a different answer from some of the staff -- there are all kinds of perspectives." Standafer said the county signed agreements with all county bargaining units before Act 10 went into effect.
Not many people have probably had dealings with the St. Croix County Emergency Management Coordinator Kristen Sailer, but if there is a disaster in our area, we will all rely on her expertise in coordinating efforts to get us help. The county's Emergency Support Services Department is mostly responsible for emergency communications -- including the 911 calling service.
I explored areas of the United States and Canada that I have never seen before. It all started because my wife and I celebrated our 40th wedding anniversary earlier this month. My wife's sister and husband, Sandy and Tom Wells of New Richmond, celebrated their 39th anniversary at about the same time. Thank goodness, my brother-in-law Tom is a great trip planner. He had us going places I would have never thought about! So we had a great trip that included Acadia National Park in Maine, Lunenburg and Halifax, Nova Scotia. We flew to Boston on the evening of Tuesday, Aug.
An apparent road rage incident Sunday evening resulted in a motorcyclist suffering minor injuries after an accident near Pier 500 at the intersection of First and Walnut streets Hudson Police Chief Marty Jensen said the road rage incident began outside of Hudson, but the drivers of a car and motorcycle continued some sort of argument on Walnut St. just after 6:30 p.m. Sunday. Jensen said the motorcycle driver eventually attempted to flee the scene, but the car driver grabbed his arm or shoulder. The cycle eventually crossed First Street and crashed into the flower pot and Hudson arch.
Kristopher R. Pittman, 20, of Hudson was arrested in North Hudson Monday evening after attempting to flee from police on foot. He was apprehended by North Hudson officer Brian Colombino after a chase through a residential area and surrounding wooded area. North Hudson Police Chief Mark Richert said the incident began at a home near the corner of Lemon Street North and Pine Street North. The St.
Prospect Park is located on Liberty Hill, overlooking the St. Croix River and the roofs and steeples of Hudson. The park is adjacent to the location of the old Hudson Hospital. Among its many attractions is a small granite monument on the rim of the hill that bears the inscription: Silas Snell Buried Here 1847. Snell was, reputedly, the first white man buried in Hudson. A legendary tale accompanies that marker Capt. John B. Page (1800-1865), a retired sea captain from Maine, came to this locality in the early 1840s, lured by the rich virgin timber, and settled in what is now Hudson.
William Henry Phipps was one of the most influential and respected men in Hudson for half a century, before his death in 1924. The name of Phipps has assumed a near-legendary status in this community because of the philanthropic activities of William H. Phipps and those of his son, Stephen C.
The Hudson toll bridge spanned the St. Croix River from 1913 until it was closed to traffic in 1951, when the first interstate bridge (I-94) was completed. The fee for a car and driver was 15 cents, with 5 cents for each additional passenger. The bridge, originally built by a group of investors, was purchased by the city of Hudson in 1917 and was the source of considerable income. Because of bridge revenue, taxes in Hudson were relatively low, and numerous civic improvements were financed from toll bridge income. The bridge cost less than $50,000, span and dike included.
The O'Connell Family Funeral Home and Cremation Services is observing 25 years of service to the Hudson area with an open house Sunday afternoon, August 21, 2-5 p.m. at the home located at 520 South 11th St. The home, of course, has been an integral part of the community with its service to families suffering the loss of a loved one. More than that, however, the home became the site of one of Hudson's most tragic crime scenes in February 2002. It was on Feb.