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Grand marshals for Friday's Homecoming parade are longtime "chain gang" members Tom Evenson and Ken Larson. In this case, chain gang is not a prison work team -- the men are volunteers who work the downs markers on the sidelines of Hudson High School home football games. In fact, Evenson has been performing the community service since 1968 and Larson since 1970.
The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources last week announced that the Willow River State Park campground expansion project has been temporarily stopped. DNR Regional Land Program Supervisor Craig Thompson said the agency is responding to concerns raised both internally and externally regarding plans to construct a new campground on the western edge of the park near the Willow River. When plans for a new campground were announced, a number of neighbors living along the park boundary objected to the project.
When I got into the newspaper business it was understood that I was dealing with a printed product. A newspaper was profoundly different from radio and television. In recent years, however, the difference between print and broadcast journalism has become blurred by the Internet. A newspaper like the Star-Observer is no longer just a "weekly" publication. We are now a "daily" or, more accurately, an "hourly" publication.
The Hudson Raider football team ran into the Menomonie buzz saw Friday night and came away with the same results as most opponents -- a defeat. The perennial powerful Indians rolled over Hudson 53-0 in Menomonie. "They are a pretty good football team," said Raider coach Adam Kowles. "They beat us in every aspect of the game. They are quick and their speed hurt us." The game was so one-sided that Kowles didn't have the team come in for the Saturday session to review game film. "When you play a team like Menomonie, you have to play perfect football.
A proposal by Hudson's Christian Community Home could open the door to changing the county-owned nursing home in New Richmond from a government facility to a private facility. CCH, a non-profit home under the direction of Hudsonite Dan Goodier, sent a Sept.
The downtown Econofoods City Market, 109 Second St., will close its doors Saturday, Oct. 7. The closing of the store appears to be tied to a potential major development in the downtown area. An advertisement in this week's Star-Observer pronounced that the store had lost its lease. The grocery store was originally part of the Erickson's grocery store chain. The Erickson family sold the grocery chain to Nash Finch in the spring of 1999.
In a contest that has been marked by close games over the years, Hudson applied pressure early and won going away in a 35-13 win over rival River Falls. The game at Newton Field Friday night allowed Hudson to keep possession of the Little Brown Jug. "This is such a rivalry and the games are usually close," said Raider coach Adam Kowles. "It was a nice game to win." Hudson, a team that often throws the football, stayed on the ground much of the game against the Wildcats, throwing only nine passes, completing six for 65 yards.
Hudsonite Joanie Davenport is undertaking a unique project, attempting to collect memories and recollections of where people were when they heard of the attack on 9/11. This week has seen all sorts of media devoted to the attack five years ago. Most of it, of course, has a non-local flavor. Joanie asked me if I had any memories of that day. My first reaction was "nothing interesting." But, as I began to reflect on Sept. 11, 2001, I realized it was a crazy day. In the newspaper business, we always say, "Everyone has a story to tell." So Joanie, here's my story about Sept.
The Hudson Raider football team gave the Rice Lake Warriors all they wanted, but in the end, Rice Lake owned a 31-17 win over Hudson. This Friday, Hudson (0-1, 2-1) hosts River Falls (0-1, 0-3) in a 7 p.m. game at Newton Field. The winner of the contest lays claim to the Little Brown Jug, which Hudson currently holds. "This will be a tough game," said Raider Coach Adam Kowles. "River Falls is better than their 0-3 record. Regardless of records, this is always a tough game.
Armed with ideas and good intentions, members of St. Croix Animal Friends hope to have a new animal shelter built in St.