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A minor fire at 3:24 a.m. Thursday caused smoke damage in an apartment building at 627 13th St. So. In Hudson. The call involved the Hudson Fire Department and St. Croix EMS with assistance from the Lower St. Croix Valley Fire Department, the town of St. Joseph Fire Department and the River Falls EMS. Most of the fire fighters efforts were involved in ventilating the structure. Fire fighter Miranda Kustrich said the fire began on a chair in the basement of the building, but was out or nearly out, when fire fighters arrived. No injuries were reported.
Everyone is happy that the recall election is over. I'm with the crowd, but there are a couple of statistical items that might be of interest to a few regarding the local recall election numbers. As was reported last week, Gov. Scott Walker won St. Croix County pretty handily (20,884-13,172). In fact, he won all 41 precincts in St. Croix County except one -- the city of Hudson District 5 which includes wards 9-10. Challenger Tom Barrett won that single county precinct by a wide margin, 523-451. If you are wondering, that district covers all of "old" Hudson.
The Hudson Fire Department was called to a house fire in North Hudson at about 12:45 am. Tuesday morning. Little damage was done, but the portion of the duplex at 518 8th St. No. was filled with smoke. Hudson Fire Chief Jim Frye said the fire started near a clothes dryer in the basement. A resident was awakened and called 911. Frye said the fire was extinguished quickly, but the department was on the scene for just under two hours clearing smoke out of the structure. He said the department cleared the scene at about 2:30 a.m. Lower St.
The North Hudson Village Board spent much of its May 31 meeting (moved up because of the June 5 election) talking about an opportunity to refinance some existing debt, but did not take action on the matter. A decision could come in July. Brian Reilly of Ehlers & Associates of Roseville, Minn., said the village could combine existing debt service involving bonds and the state trust fund totaling just over $2 million and save in the neighborhood of $127,000 over the next nine years. The savings would come from mostly lower interest rates.
Westbound I-94 east of Hudson was closed for six hours on Thursday, June 7, in the wake of a five-vehicle crash involving two semi tractor-trailers. Just one person, Mary A.
Tony Zappa knows a lot about North Hudson. Zappa, who will be 86 next month, has lived in North Hudson his entire life. In fact, he was born in his parents' home in the village in 1926. As the village celebrates its centennial Sunday, who better than Zappa to recall some of the early days in the village? Tony is the son of the late Maria and Antonio Zappa. "My dad took three trips from Italy to America before he could afford to get the whole family here," Tony said.
The village of North Hudson will host an old-fashioned centennial celebration Sunday, June 10, from 1 to 4 p.m. in Pepper Fest Park, next to the Village Hall, 400 7th St. North. Visitors can stroll through a vintage car show on 7th Street North or take a horse-drawn wagon ride around the former Chicago, St. Paul, Minneapolis & Omaha Railroad Historic Car Shop District, listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Old-time music will fill the afternoon.
Wisconsin Republican Gov. Scott Walker has survived the recall challenge, defeated challenger Tom Barrett, a Democrat. As of late Tuesday night, Walker had been declared the winner by all major news outlets and held a commanding lead over Barrett.
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and other national media outlets have declared Gov. Scott Walker to be the winner in Tuesday's recall election. With 37 percent of state precincts reporting, Walker has 59 percent of the votes, to Tom Barrett's 40 percent. Barrett leads in only seven of Wisconsin's 72 counties. As of 9:15 p.m., Walker had 467,293 to Barrett's 319,456.
With 32 of 41 St. Croix County precincts reporting, Republican Gov. Scott Walker has a large lead over recall challenger Democrat Tom Barrett. Walker has a 14,733-9,240 lead over Barrett. Walker has won all 32 reporting precinct within the county. Watch for municipal totals later.