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About a month ago I went to Florida for four days and experienced a boat ride that I'll probably never forget. My wife went to Florida for 10 or 12 days to spend some time with her sister and her husband, Tom and Sandy Wells of New Richmond. I found a cheap air fare and decided to join the group for four days. Tom and Sandy own a home on Fort Myers Beach. People often wonder why we would go to hot and humid Florida in the summer, but it is relaxing and the pace is pretty easy.
Wisconsin Correction's Secretary Matt Frank was in Hudson Wednesday, August 16 and announced that St. Croix County would receive $50,000 from the Wisconsin Department of Corrections. The money was part of $250,000 allocated to various counties in western Wisconsin in the effort to fight methamphetamine. The St.
It was learned this week that Fred Havenick, owner of Hudson's St. Croix Meadows dog track, died Wednesday, June 21, in Miami. Havenick's corporation still owns the now-vacant dog track property in Hudson. Havenick, 62, suffered from lymphoma. Havenick, owner of Flagler dog tracks in Miami and Bonita Springs (Naples-Fort Myers), Fla., formed Croixland Properties and opened St. Croix Meadows dog track in Hudson in June 1991.
Flushing money down a toilet may sound like a figurative statement, but according to State Rep. Kitty Rhoades, $25.9 million worth of prescription narcotic drugs are flushed down the toilet at nursing homes and hospice care facilities in Wisconsin each year. That's because the U.S.
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.
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.
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.