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The Feb. 16 primary election will narrow the field of three mayoral candidates in the city of Hudson to just two. Randy Morrissette II, Victoria Erickson and Rich O’Connor are hoping to follow Alan Burchill in the mayor’s office. The next mayor will be chosen in the April 5 spring election. Burchill isn’t seeking re-election after more than five years in office, and close to nine years as a member of the City Council. He was first elected to the council in April 2007 as the alderperson for District 6.
Fifteen-year-old Hudson Girl Scouts Piper Dutton and Lizzie Schousek, members of the Girl Scouts River Valleys Council, completed Outward Bound Costa Rica’s Sea Turtle Retreat Destination, a 10-day course, volunteering in Costa Rica in conservation efforts to protect endangered sea turtles and pushing limits with unique adventure activities in the outdoors. “It was an interesting and educational experience with ups and downs that I would repeat in a heartbeat,” Lizzie said in a news release.
Just a few of the 2016 Hudson Home & Garden Club calendars remain. Calendars are available for purchase at Chapter 2 Books, County Market, Et Cetera, Family Fresh, Hudson Hospital Gift Shop, Lavender Thymes, Seasons, Walgreens, Magnolias and Hudson Area Joint Library. Calendar profits are designated for Hudson beautification projects. Some projects readily seen by the community are gardens at the Hudson Area Library and The Phipps Center. Money has also been given to Hudson area schools, supporting gardening and horticulture learning projects.
The Wisconsin Historical Society is taking history on the road with the Wisconsin History Tour and it's now in Hudson through March 30 at the Hudson Area Library, 700 First St. The Tour features a handcrafted traveling exhibit and free programming for all ages. “It’s great to have the Wisconsin Historical Society stopping in Hudson for their statewide tour,” said, Tina Norris, director for the Hudson Area Library. “The Tour is a great opportunity for local residents to learn more about the rich and unique history of Wisconsin as well as the vast history of the Hudson area.”
Hudson Community Education will be visiting Door County, one of the most popular travel destinations in Wisconsin and is inviting residents to join. Get a taste of the many unforgettable scenic attractions, history and museums, shopping and dining, markets and wineries as the group travels to the quaint towns of the peninsula.
Peter Finneran-Flyckt, an eighth-grade student at Hudson Middle School, is performing in the Minnesota Opera world premiere of Memory Boy Feb. 5-7 at the Lab Theater, 700 N. First St., Minneapolis. Finneran-Flyckt auditioned for Project Opera last year and has spent nearly every Saturday morning since September in rehearsal at the Minnesota Opera. “This is a great place to express yourself with other kids that are really good singers,” he said in a press release.
At its Jan. 14 meeting, the Troy Town Board again took up discussion of the Tower Road project between Highway 35 and County Road F. This is a $913,000 shared road reconstruction project between Troy and Hudson. Work should begin in late summer. Town Board Chairman Dan Pearson reported that a committee went to the city of Hudson last month to negotiate final points of the intergovernmental agreement. “The meeting was more to clarify some points,” he said, citing that the agreement, as written, stated “maintenance as needed.”
Funds are available to help homeowners hoping to make repairs to their homes. The Home Repair Program, funded by the federal government and distributed by the state through the Community Development Block Grant Program, offers loans at no interest to income eligible homeowners for necessary repairs. Loans can be repaid when the applicant no longer occupies the home (when the house is sold or the owners move out). Loans can be provided for properties located in Barron, Buffalo, Clark, Chippewa, Dunn, Eau Claire, Pepin, Pierce, Polk and St. Croix counties.
The three candidates for mayor of Hudson - Rich O'Connor, Vicky Erickson and Randy Morrissette II - were interviewed by Mary Claire Potter for the cable access program "Western Wisconsin Journal" that airs on cable channel 15 (The River Channel) in the city of Hudson. Links to the interviews, about 15 minutes in length, are provided here. Potter asked each of the candidates to talk about their backgrounds and qualifications for mayor. She asked the candidates: What are the mayor's most important responsibilities?
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