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There are plenty of volunteers in our community, but among those at the head of the list deserving praise are the volunteer firefighters who respond to calls any time of the day or night. Last week was Fire Prevention Week and firefighters have safety tips for homeowners, business owners and apartment dwellers.
For the second consecutive game, the Hudson Raiders football defense pitched a shutout, topping Eau Claire Memorial 28-0 in Eau Claire last Thursday night. The win sets up a "must win" situation this week when Hudson travels to Superior Thursday (Oct. 18) for a 6 p.m. contest (note time change). Hudson, 3-3 in conference play (4-4 overall), needs a win tonight to qualify for the WIAA playoffs that begin next Tuesday.
Hudson's Nuclear Management Co. will be leaving Hudson with the operation expected to close as soon as mid-2008. The announcement came last week when Xcel Energy announced it will apply to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to transfer the operating licenses for the Prairie Island and Monticello nuclear plants from Nuclear Management Co. to Northern States Power-Minnesota, an Xcel Energy operating utility. Nuclear Management, which at one time operated seven nuclear units at five locations, has seen the number dwindle in recent years.
As National Newspaper Week is celebrated around the country each year, we always try to emphasize the necessity of a free press in a free society. With freedom, however, comes responsibility and we have some discouraging news to report this year. Without freedom of the press there can be no consent of the governed, no informed decision-making and no check on an abuse of power.
The old toll bridge in Hudson was a remarkable structure for its day, and it was a great asset for the city of Hudson. Built in 1913, the bridge was the major artery on old Hwy. 12, the main thoroughfare between Minneapolis/St. Paul and Chicago. Memories of the bridge were stirred recently when Buck Nerum of Afton brought in two toll tickets that he has saved from years ago. According to Buck, the 5-cent ticket was the cost of driving a car over the bridge; the 40-cent ticket was used to take a truck over the bridge.
One event that has grown quite dramatically in recent years is Hudson's annual Autumn Taste Walk. This Saturday, the seventh such event is staged downtown, and we salute the Chamber of Commerce for a job well done in organizing the activities. The event is Saturday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. in downtown Hudson and activities have expanded again this year to include the Third Street parking lot next to City Hall. Live music will play from three locations, the Locust Street main stage, the Third Street city parking lot and the Seasons on St. Croix Gallery lot.
The Hudson Raider football team dropped a tough 28-20 decision to River Falls last Friday, and things don't get any easier this week when Hudson hosts perennial power Menomonie at 7 p.m. this Friday, Sept. 28 at Newton Field. "Menomonie always presents a great challenge," said Raider coach Adam Kowles. "Our guys will be ready." Kowles said there are several keys to staying close to Menomonie. "First, we have to hang onto the football," Kowles said. "A couple of fumbles really hurt us against River Falls. "Second, we have to stop the big plays.
Interim Police Chief Eric Atkinson presented a report last week that outlines his vision of the Hudson Police Department -- the vision, however, is expensive and the council, and ultimately the taxpayers, will have to try and determine what's acceptable. Atkinson, by the way, has done a wonderful job during his first few weeks on the job. The poor guy was in the midst of a wild shootout during his second day on the job -- not a very pleasant welcome! His actions and response to that incident have been extraordinary.
A Hudson Raider touchdown with about three minutes left to play lifted the Raiders to a 15-14 win over Rice Lake Friday night in Rice Lake. The win sets the stage for another big game this Friday when the Raiders travel to River Falls for a 7 p.m. game at Ramer Field. The Hudson-River Falls contest features the battle of the "Little Brown Jug," currently possessed by Hudson after a 35-13 win last fall. "This is a big game for many reasons," said Raider Coach Adam Kowles. "Of course, the jug is big. The players have a lot of pride in keeping the jug.
You may have heard a commercial on the radio recently that sounds a bit odd. I'm not even sure what they were selling, but I think it was sausages. What makes it different from most is that it's a commercial where the words "Packers" and "Vikings" are beeped out. So it sounds something like: "Get your XYZ sausages for the big border battle football game between the (beep) and (beep) on Sunday, Sept. 30. The big football game between the (beep and (beep) always.... So it goes. After the 30-second spot, it is clear that the advertiser is talking about the Packer-Viking game on Sept.