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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.
The North Hudson Village Board approved the 2011-2012 deer management contract at its monthly meeting Tuesday, Aug. 2. The hunt begins Sept. 17 and continues through Jan. 31, 2012, coinciding with the Wisconsin deer bow hunting season. As in past years, the contract is with River Valley Deer Management. River Valley President Lon Feia said there will be no cost to the village. The goal is to reduce the deer population in the village by 30-50 animals.
Wisconsin U.S. Senator Herb Kohl spoke to members and guests at the Thursday meeting of the Hudson Rotary Club. His thoughts on the federal government treatment of most subjects included the declaration, "We must do a better job." Kohl, 76, plans to retire after his current term which ends at the end of 2012. When he retires, he will have completed 24 years of service in the U.S. Senate. "It's been an honor and privilege to serve," Kohl said.
30th Assembly District Rep. Dean Knudson, a Republican, spoke at the Thursday noon meeting of the Hudson Rotary Club last week and defended the budget action taken in Madison by Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and the Republican-controlled assembly and senate. He said circumstances required drastic action and the state had little choice in order to balance the budget for the current two-year cycle. "This is the first budget in 20 years that is truly balanced," Knudson said.
By Randy Hanson and Doug Stohlberg CORRECTION In the print edition of the Hudson Star-Observer it stated incorrectly that Friday August 5 was the last day to register to vote.
Honorable Thomas James O'Brien "TJ", 87, of Hudson died at Regions Hospital in St. Paul Thursday, July 28. O'Brien, a lifelong Hudson resident and 1941 graduate of Hudson High School, was appointed as a county judge in 1957 by Gov. Vernon W. Thomson and continued to be re-elected until retiring from the post in 1970. He then opened a law office in Hudson until retiring in 1985. He also performed judge duties around the state after retiring as a judge in St.
The second of three debates between incumbent Republican State Sen. Sheila Harsdorf and her Democratic challenger Shelly Moore was staged Thursday morning at the University Center Ballroom at UW-River Falls. The event was hosted by the River Falls Chamber of Commerce and attracted 300 observers. For the most part, the crowd was reserved, with only a couple of minor outbursts - one against each candidate. The debate was moderated by Dr.
A 54-year-old Hudson man was airlifted to Regions Hospital after being shot at or near a home on Strawberry Drive just after lunch Wednesday. Hudson Police and St. Croix EMS responded to a report of a gunshot wound to the chest at 866B Strawberry Drive. A helicopter landing zone was set up at Burton Field and the victim was airlifted to Regions Hospital in St. Paul. Hudson Police Sergeant Glen Hartman said it was too early to release any details, but other information would be coming later Wednesday afternoon. He said there was a single victim and no one is in custody.