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Hudson School District Superintendent Mary Bowen-Eggebraaten said school principals and teachers will determine if they will use the back-to-school video address by President Barack Obama Tuesday. The address has caused some conservative backlash across the country. "Whether the program is viewed will be determined by the age of students, the schedule and how it contributes to the course content," said Bowen-Eggebraaten. Hudson will not use the lesson plan provided by the White House. "We will incorporate the message into our lesson plan," said Bowen-Eggebraaten.
I had the good fortune of attending three professional baseball games in the past few weeks and none of them were in Minnesota. I go to plenty of Twins games each summer, but in the middle of August, my wife and I made a trip to Florida. We stayed at the home of her sister and husband, Sandy and Tom Wells of New Richmond. They have a home in Fort Myers Beach. Tom and I decided to drive to Miami Aug. 12 to watch the Florida Marlins play the Houston Astros. His son-in-law, Derek Widner, of River Falls was also there, so we all piled into Tom's mini-van.
Longtime Star-Observer Publisher Willis H. Miller left a huge legacy last week. Miller, who died Nov. 16, 2008, at age 89, left $1,068,552 to UW-River Falls. The gift was the largest in the school's 135-year history. The event was recognized by the university at a luncheon and press conference at the University Center Wednesday, Aug. 26. The money will be used to establish endowed scholarships, giving preference to students from Hudson, North Hudson and their surrounding towns - Hudson, St.
The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation has issued an order to cease and desist against Hudson-based Citizens State Bank, 2212 Crest View Drive. "We are in agreement with these goals and are taking all the necessary steps to meet the requirements set forth by the regulators," said President and CEO of Citizens State Bank Gene Haberman.
Mainstreet Bank, with an office in Hudson, was shut down Friday by state and federal regulators. Based in Forest Lake, Minn., the bank has apparently been struggling in recent months and years. The Hudson office is located at 944 Carmichael Road. The business has been taken over by Stillwater-based Central Bank. It will be one of the largest independent community banks in the metro area with $900 million in assets.
Geir Friisoe, who lives in the town of St. Joseph, is leading the fight in Minnesota against the emerald ash borer. Friisoe, who spoke at the Thursday Noon Rotary Club meeting last week, is director of the Plant Protection Division of the Minnesota Department of Agriculture. "It's a difficult problem to solve because most of our detection tools and techniques to fight EAB are quite primitive," Friisoe said. The most recent detection tool is a series of traps hung in purple boxes from trees in areas where the disease may be suspected.
The North Hudson Village Board is considering the removal of an ordinance that requires a referendum on any capital expenditure of more than $150,000. Some board members, however, are reluctant to make the change without getting voter approval. The ordinance was passed in November 2002 with 907 "yes" votes and 483 "no" votes. The issue arose when then-village President Len Meissen had proposed infrastructure improvements totaling about $1.5 million for the St.
In the newspaper business I have found that news people and citizens have one basic thing in common - we all think events happened longer ago than we think! For instance. Someone asked me a couple of days ago when Dr. Glen Gaynor died. For those who might not have known Glen, he was a local chiropractor and active community leader for many years.
The North Hudson Village Board discussed a potential sex offender ordinance Tuesday, Aug. 4, but took no action, instead referring the document back to the Public Safety Committee. The issue came up after the city of Hudson passed an ordinance earlier this summer. The ordinance the village is considering is very similar to the Hudson ordinance, establishing residency restriction and restricted zones (parks, schools, churches, etc.). The North Hudson proposal would establish a limit of 200 feet in both cases.
Bill Ihlenfeldt, interim president of Eau Claire-based Momentum West, spoke at the weekly meeting of the Thursday Noon Rotary Club last week. Momentum West is a regional economic development organization serving Barron, Clark, Chippewa, Dunn, Eau Claire, Pierce, Pepin, Polk, Rusk and St. Croix counties.