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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.
The Chief Jansen Memorial Park in North Hudson will be dedicated Saturday, Sept. 24 with ceremonies beginning at 11 a.m. Activities are planned until about 1 p.m. The nearly five-acre park is named after longtime North Hudson Police Chief, the late Rich Jansen. It is located on Vail Way North near the northern edge of the village.
A group of seven people representing the Hangzhou orphanage in China visited Hudson last week in an attempt to learn more information about rehabilitation, education and special needs.
The village of North Hudson Board voted Tuesday, Sept. 6, to eliminate the bulky item collection, scheduled each spring, beginning with the 2012 event. The board also voted to discontinue the spring and fall leaf collections beginning in 2012 -- this fall's event will still be scheduled. Although the village will save some money on the changes, the biggest motivator was "lack of participation." Bulky items are now picked up by Veolia at each home for not much more cost than the drop site.
Colleen Lautenbach of Hudson was dealt a devastating blow last December when her 39-year-old husband of nine years, Brian, suffered a stroke and died days later. She hopes a fun run scheduled this weekend will help capture some of the zest that Brian had for life. "He enjoyed every day," Lautenbach said. "I want this race to be a celebration of life because Brian exemplified that celebration." What Colleen is left with, however, is raising four children -- Annica, 8, Oran, 7, Caspar, 4, and Freya, 2, -- but she's not complaining. "The kids are brilliant," Colleen said.
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.