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Despite the objections of a few neighbors (see related story), plans are moving forward for a new family campground near the western edge of Willow River State Park near the Willow River. Park Manager Darrel Richer and other state officials met last week with representatives from Ayres Associates of Eau Claire to begin the process of implementing the $2.83 million campground plan. The core plan has actually existed since the early 1980s. "We identified the need and had a plan devised by 1985," Richer said.
Markell Lanpher lives next to the Willow River State Park and has concerns about a campground in her back yard, and the process used in developing the campground. "I'm concerned as a landowner," Lanpher said. "But I'm more concerned about the science and procedures in the process." Lanpher lives at at a bluff high above the proposed 80-unit campground. She has a number of concerns, and expressed some frustration with the DNR's response to her requests for information.
A fire at about 4:45 Sunday afternoon did an estimated $60,000 damage to a duplex at 602 Sommers St. No. in North Hudson. Fire Chief Jim Frye said the blaze started on a deck behind the home and spread up the wall and into the attic. He said the belongings in the home were saved. The home is owned by Brad Blyton. The unit where the fire started is occupied by Todd and Carrie Blyton. Frye said departments from Lower St. Croix Valley, Roberts (Warren) and St. Joseph assisted at the scene. Departments from River Falls and Bayport provided backup at the Hudson fire station.
The Hudson High School class of 1966 had its 40th reunion a couple of weeks ago. That 40 years seemed to zip by awfully quick! I'm not sure how class reunions go today; high school classes are much bigger. The HHS class of 1966 had, according to my old high school yearbook, 129 class members. Everyone in the class knew each other. From time to time I see some of my classmates around town, but for the most part I don't see many of my classmates between the five-year reunions.
Back in the late 1850s, western Wisconsin residents were coming off some tough times. The panic of 1857 had closed several banks and money was scarce. When city of Hudson officials decided some harbor improvements were needed on the St. Croix River at the end of Buckeye Street, they decided to take an interesting approach -- they printed their own money in 1859 or 1860! Although the currency was printed, it was never used. The currency never bore the required signature of the city clerk and mayor.
Third District Congressman Ron Kind, D-La Crosse, was in Hudson Thursday, July 6, and, like most Democrats, is unhappy with the war in Iraq. Unlike some Democrats, however, he is not in favor of setting dates for withdrawal. "I don't believe setting dates is in our own best interest," Kind said. Kind, who has been to Iraq three times, said he has talked numerous times with the leaders on the ground. "Setting dates creates three problems," Kind said.
A local juvenile has been arrested for allegedly setting a duplex fire at 724 Ninth St. in Hudson Tuesday, June 27. The fire did about $75,000 in damages to the two-story structure. The building is owned by Brian Sanders of Hastings, Minn. The arrest came Sunday night when the juvenile was located by a step-father at an apartment complex in Hudson. "A juvenile started the fire and it was intentional," said Hudson Police Department Sgt. Ed Rankin.
St. Croix County, and especially the Hudson area, continues to show large population growth, according to the most recent figures released by the United States Census Bureau. The bureau last week released the 2005 population estimates, and the city of Hudson continues to lead the county growth pattern with an estimated population of 11,367. That's an increase of 2,592 people since the 2000 census, or 29.5 percent growth. In one year the city grew from 10,756 (2004 estimate), an increase of 611 people or a 5.7 percent growth rate for the year. St. Croix County Economic Development Corp.
Hudson High School senior Nicole Schmidt was selected as Miss Hudson at the annual pageant Sunday night at the Phipps Center for the Arts. She is the daughter of Linda and Gary Schmidt and was sponsored by Denny Hecker's Automotive. Selected as princesses were: --Tuesday Grant, daughter of Jenny and Dave Squire, sponsored by Solberg Photography. --Christin Casa de Calvo, daughter of Billie Jo and Tim Casa de Calvo, sponsored by Hudson Dairy Queen. --Toni Qualantone, daughter of Yvonne and Anthony Qualantone, sponsored by Elizabeth's Fine Jewelry.
Don Cahoy celebrated his 80th birthday Friday, but he still has no plans of retiring from cutting hair. The Hudson barber has been serving the community since 1950. "I am somewhat retired," said Cahoy. "I'm only open for business 12 hours a week. In the old days I was open 12 hours a day." Cahoy has cut his business hours over the years at Don's Barber Shop, but still is open 9 a.m.