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Members of the Hudson School Board heard a plan Tuesday night that would reduce the investment balance fund - often referred to as a budget surplus - by $6 million. Board members gave mixed reactions to the plan, some fearing a reduction would put the district in a position of having to borrow money during the year when the influx of cash from state aid and property taxes may not cover all expenses. Critics have said in the past that Hudson's surplus is too high, reportedly topping $16 million. "There is a public perception that we have $16 million sitting in a shoe box somew
It was 20 years ago when Don Kelley and his dad, Ed Kelley, decided to venture into the art business and open a gallery in downtown Hudson. Don became sole owner in 1990, but the pair still operates the growing business at 512 Second St. (Opera House building). "It's been a great 20 years," said Don Kelley. In addition to Hudson, he now operates stores in Stillwater and Woodbury. He also owns a production center in Roberts where most of the framing and production work is done. He plans to open a small retail space in Roberts next month.
The Hudson Raider football team took a giant step toward qualifying for the WIAA post-season football playoffs with a big 38-21 come-from-behind win over Eau Claire Memorial at Carson Park in Eau Claire Friday night. The Raiders fell behind 21-6 in the second quarter, but did not panic. They not only held Memorial scoreless the rest of the way, but put up 32 unanswered points to post the 17-point win. Hudson (4-3, 3-2) now needs one win in its final two games to become playoff eligible. Thursday (Oct.
The Hudson Raider football team faced a tall task and came out on the short end of a 37-12 score in the season opener against defending Division 1 state champion Mukwonago. "It's good to play a team like that to see where we are and where we want to be," said new Raider head coach Adam Kowles. "The good news is that when we did things right, great things happened. When we did things wrong, things went wrong. It wasn't that we lacked intensity or couldn't match up physically. Most of our mistakes were mental.
My wife, son and I traveled to Florida recently to combine a vacation with the official duties of being a photographer at a relative's wedding. Of course, I'm not in the business of being a wedding photographer, but agreed to perform the duties for a beach wedding on the island of Captiva (near Fort Myers). My niece, Annie Wells from New Richmond, married Bill Draxler from Glenwood City. I agreed to take the photos close to a year ago, but as the day approached, I became quite nervous.
Sheriff Dennis Hillstead and Hudson Police Chief Dick Trende reported this week that there have been no noticeable problems with traffic in the county after the closing of the Stillwater bridge Aug. 1. "To be honest, I expected it to be a bigger problem," Hillstead said.
Al Hein died in 1986, but his legacy lives on in many ways. Ironically, one of the ways is the annual Al Hein golf outing sponsored by the Hudson Health Foundation (this year's event is Aug. 22). It's ironic because Al Hein never played golf. "Al worked too darn hard to have time to play golf," said Dan Greenwald, president of the health foundation and administrator of the Al Hein Trust Fund. The foundation sponsored a golf tournament before Hein's death in 1986, but after his death, tournament organizers quickly named the event in his memory.
Wisconsin is one of many states that now has casino gambling. The mixture around the country includes Indian gaming, state-run gaming or private company gaming. A recent study by the Wisconsin Policy Research Institute found an interesting fact: When it comes to taxes - sales, gas, cigarette or property - Wisconsin is always at or near the top of all 50 states.
Retiring Hudson School Superintendent Ron Bernth had a mildly worded letter of rebuke placed in his file last October. The letter followed a board inquiry into some expenses Bernth claimed for a golf outing he attended last summer sponsored by a contracting firm with which the school district had done business. In response to expenses claimed for a golf outing in Eau Claire on June 14, 2004, Bernth received a "Letter of Clarification and Understanding" from the Hudson Board of Education dated Oct. 12, 2004.
As of Jan. 1, 2006, Wisconsin will require all municipalities to implement a voter registration process (currently it is required in municipalities with populations over 5,000), and it appears that St. Croix County will assist several towns and villages. St. Croix County Clerk Cindy Campbell told the Finance Committee Thursday, May 12, that several smaller towns and villages have asked the county to assist in the process that will result in a statewide data bank. In St.