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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.
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.
The Hudson Police and Fire Commission announced Wednesday the unanimous appointment of Jim Coan of Whitewater as city of Hudson Chief of Police. Coan is currently serving as police chief for the city of Whitewater, supervising a department of 36 people. He has been at that post since September 1992. Prior to that he served 14 years for the city of Appleton where he achieved the rank of Captain. Coan has a Bachelor's degree from Northern Michigan University and a Masters Degree in Criminal Justice from Michigan State University. He replaces Chief Richard Trende, who retired in May.
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. to noon Monday through Thursday each week at his location in the McSorley Building, 529 Second St., in downtown Hudson.
My wife and I made a quick and short trip to Las Vegas over Memorial Day weekend. The highlight of the trip, however, was a day trip to Bryce National Park in southern Utah. My brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Tom and Sandy Wells, from New Richmond made the arrangements. Tom found a "hot deal" to Vegas and so it was off to the Nevada city for some relaxation. We actually drove to Bryce National Park on Memorial Day. The day started with a slight problem. I calculated the time to get to Bryce to be something in the neighborhood of three hours.
Geralyn Karl, St. Croix Public Health preparedness planner, said the best plan for potential disasters starts at home. "What we learned from Hurricane Katrina is that the federal government will not be here to help us," Karl said. "We better take care of our own business in our own back yard." Karl made her remarks at the Thursday Noon Rotary Club meeting about disaster preparedness (natural or terrorism) and the possibility of a pandemic involving avian flu. "Preparing for a 'disaster' can be overwhelming," Karl said.
Samuel A. Matuga, 10, is in critical condition at Gillette Children's Hospital after being accidently shot in the eye with a BB gun. The accident happened Tuesday afternoon at the family's home just north of Burkhardt. The boy is the son of Amy and Mark Matuga. He was taken by his mother to Hudson Hospital and immediately transferred to Regions Hospital in St. Paul. Gillette Children's Hospital is located at Regions. Sheriff Dennis Hillstead said the mother was driving the boy to Hudson Hospital after the accident when she flagged down a deputy in the Burkhardt area.