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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.
Wisconsin Secretary of Transportation Frank Busalacchi addressed the St. Croix County Board Tuesday and said significant progress is being made on the proposed Stillwater bridge. "There could be some sort of agreement as soon as this fall," Busalacchi said. He cautioned board members during a question-and-answer session, however, saying that there are still many potential roadblocks to the project. "We all want to say, just get on with it," Busalacchi said. "It's not as easy as we think; we can't steamroll this.
St. Croix County will attempt to seize the home and property of a man who pleaded guilty to the manufacturing and delivery amphetamine from his home just north of Somerset. Mitchell J. Knack was arrested with a methamphetamine lab on his property Oct. 20, 2004. He faced eight charges, but finally pleaded to the one charge on March 2 and now faces a prison sentence of up to 12 years. Jim Richard, an investigator for the St. Croix County Drug Task Force, spoke to members of the St.
I received a brochure from the American Automobile Association titled "Your Driving Costs 2005." Whenever I see something like this I always assume the estimates are too high. I think I'm like most people - I probably don't spend as much money as I should on my vehicle. As I read the brochure, however, I began to realize that operating a vehicle is an expensive proposition and there is more to it than just buying gas and having your oil changed from time to time.
The St. Croix River spilled over its banks at a record level in the spring of 1965 and to this day, the records set 40 years ago still stand. The winter and spring of 1965 saw record snow falls, including two big snow storms just before the weather suddenly turned warm. The result was a massive snow melt and record flooding throughout the upper Midwest. The St. Croix River crested at 694.08 feet before the flooding began to subside. Among the major impacts to the Hudson area was the closing of highway 35 in front of the wastewater treatment plant in Hudson.