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Seventh District Congressman Sean Duffy (R-Weston) was campaigning in Hudson Saturday, Sunday and Monday, stopping at several businesses, visiting a Chamber of Commerce meeting, attending the St. Croix Music and Art Fest and St. Patrick Church's Fall Festival. Duffy is new to the Hudson area because of redistricting after the 2010 census. Hudson was formerly in the third district, represented by Ron Kind (D-La Crosse). Duffy, a Republican, will face Pat Kreitlow, a Democrat from Eau Claire, in the Nov. 6 election.
Last weekend included a variety of activities -- both locally and near Spooner. On Saturday, I received a birthday present -- a ride on a train based in Spooner. There are dinner trains in various areas, but I did not know about this train in Spooner. The business is known as the Wisconsin Great Northern Railroad and it operates several trains, including the one we rode -- Tony's Riverside Family Pizza Train. The train left the station at noon and returned at about 2:15 p.m. Guests were served pizza as the train went along Hwy.
A fire damaged a duplex at 327 Division St. in Hudson Saturday afternoon. Firefighters were called to the scene shortly after 4 p.m. The occupants of the structure were not home. The fire was discovered by Ryan and Sandy Wagner who were walking their dogs in front of the structure. "I noticed smoke and we walked toward the back of the building and saw flames coming out of a porch area." Ryan Wagner said. The fire did damage to the first floor of the structure. The Hudson fire Department was assisted by the Lower St. Croix Valley Fire Department and the St. Joseph Fire Department.
A Hudson resident has released his latest volume in the popular and highly acclaimed "Hikes with Tykes" book series: "Hikes with Tykes: Games and Activities." Culled from the experiences of "Hikes with Tykes" author Rob Bignell and fellow outdoor-minded parents, "Hikes with Tykes: Games and Activities" is the most comprehensive collection of diversions available, with something for every age group and childhood interest.
Within the past five or six weeks I have taken two trips and they couldn't have been more different. Earlier in June my wife and I went with my son Darrin and his wife to the Grand Tetons and Yellowstone. Just a week ago, we went to Las Vegas with my brother- and sister-in-law, Tom and Sandy Wells of New Richmond. I had never been to Yellowstone, or the Grand Tetons. I'm reminded of the words of John Louks of North Hudson. Back in the day when we were scout leaders he told me Yellowstone was his favorite place in the entire country! We one reason or another, we never made it.
Hudson native Fred Nagel will be turning 90 this fall, but he's just now getting around to retiring from his longtime business in Hudson, Nagel Appraisal Services. The firm will continue onward under the leadership of Nagel's daughter LuAnne Larson. "I always enjoyed going out and exploring houses and property in the area," Nagel said. "In many ways it's a very routine business. I've worked mostly with banks and some individuals; we've always steered toward residential and vacant land.
In a relatively short meeting, the North Hudson Village Board approved a number of resolutions and actions at its monthly meeting, Tuesday, July 3. Among the items were: Approved the expanded area on which alcohol could be served at Kozy Korner. The expanded area was approved for Saturday and Sunday, July 21 and 22, in conjunction with a fourth anniversary celebration at the business (July 21) and a benefit for the Strumke family (July 22).
A minor fire at 3:24 a.m. Thursday caused smoke damage in an apartment building at 627 13th St. So. In Hudson. The call involved the Hudson Fire Department and St. Croix EMS with assistance from the Lower St. Croix Valley Fire Department, the town of St. Joseph Fire Department and the River Falls EMS. Most of the fire fighters efforts were involved in ventilating the structure. Fire fighter Miranda Kustrich said the fire began on a chair in the basement of the building, but was out or nearly out, when fire fighters arrived. No injuries were reported.
Everyone is happy that the recall election is over. I'm with the crowd, but there are a couple of statistical items that might be of interest to a few regarding the local recall election numbers. As was reported last week, Gov. Scott Walker won St. Croix County pretty handily (20,884-13,172). In fact, he won all 41 precincts in St. Croix County except one -- the city of Hudson District 5 which includes wards 9-10. Challenger Tom Barrett won that single county precinct by a wide margin, 523-451. If you are wondering, that district covers all of "old" Hudson.
The Hudson Fire Department was called to a house fire in North Hudson at about 12:45 am. Tuesday morning. Little damage was done, but the portion of the duplex at 518 8th St. No. was filled with smoke. Hudson Fire Chief Jim Frye said the fire started near a clothes dryer in the basement. A resident was awakened and called 911. Frye said the fire was extinguished quickly, but the department was on the scene for just under two hours clearing smoke out of the structure. He said the department cleared the scene at about 2:30 a.m. Lower St.