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The old toll bridge in Hudson was a remarkable structure for its day, and it was a great asset for the city of Hudson. Built in 1913, the bridge was the major artery on old Hwy. 12, the main thoroughfare between Minneapolis/St. Paul and Chicago. Memories of the bridge were stirred recently when Buck Nerum of Afton brought in two toll tickets that he has saved from years ago. According to Buck, the 5-cent ticket was the cost of driving a car over the bridge; the 40-cent ticket was used to take a truck over the bridge.
One event that has grown quite dramatically in recent years is Hudson's annual Autumn Taste Walk. This Saturday, the seventh such event is staged downtown, and we salute the Chamber of Commerce for a job well done in organizing the activities. The event is Saturday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. in downtown Hudson and activities have expanded again this year to include the Third Street parking lot next to City Hall. Live music will play from three locations, the Locust Street main stage, the Third Street city parking lot and the Seasons on St. Croix Gallery lot.
The Hudson Raider football team dropped a tough 28-20 decision to River Falls last Friday, and things don't get any easier this week when Hudson hosts perennial power Menomonie at 7 p.m. this Friday, Sept. 28 at Newton Field. "Menomonie always presents a great challenge," said Raider coach Adam Kowles. "Our guys will be ready." Kowles said there are several keys to staying close to Menomonie. "First, we have to hang onto the football," Kowles said. "A couple of fumbles really hurt us against River Falls. "Second, we have to stop the big plays.
A Hudson Raider touchdown with about three minutes left to play lifted the Raiders to a 15-14 win over Rice Lake Friday night in Rice Lake. The win sets the stage for another big game this Friday when the Raiders travel to River Falls for a 7 p.m. game at Ramer Field. The Hudson-River Falls contest features the battle of the "Little Brown Jug," currently possessed by Hudson after a 35-13 win last fall. "This is a big game for many reasons," said Raider Coach Adam Kowles. "Of course, the jug is big. The players have a lot of pride in keeping the jug.
You may have heard a commercial on the radio recently that sounds a bit odd. I'm not even sure what they were selling, but I think it was sausages. What makes it different from most is that it's a commercial where the words "Packers" and "Vikings" are beeped out. So it sounds something like: "Get your XYZ sausages for the big border battle football game between the (beep) and (beep) on Sunday, Sept. 30. The big football game between the (beep and (beep) always.... So it goes. After the 30-second spot, it is clear that the advertiser is talking about the Packer-Viking game on Sept.
Interim Police Chief Eric Atkinson presented a report last week that outlines his vision of the Hudson Police Department -- the vision, however, is expensive and the council, and ultimately the taxpayers, will have to try and determine what's acceptable. Atkinson, by the way, has done a wonderful job during his first few weeks on the job. The poor guy was in the midst of a wild shootout during his second day on the job -- not a very pleasant welcome! His actions and response to that incident have been extraordinary.
Bob Brown of Ayres Associates in Eau Claire presented Thursday, Sept. 6, three possible building proposals as solutions to moving the county Health and Human Services Department (not to be confused with the nursing home) offices from New Richmond to Hudson. St. Croix County Finance Committee members, however, seemed less than excited about the possibility of building a new structure in Hudson -- at least at the present time. All three proposals involved a new structure -- either near or adjacent to the Government Center -- and some remodeling of the existing Government Center.
The Hudson Raiders battled to the end, but dropped a 28-21 decision to Chippewa Falls in Hudson Friday night. The game was conference opener for both squads. The teams exchanged touchdowns in the first half with the Raiders tying the score 14-14 in the final minute of the first half. Raider touchdowns came on a 10-yeard pass from Chase Graskewicz to Zach Line and a one-yard run from Paul Vanden Heuvel. Hudson took a 21-14 lead in the third quarter on a 30-yard pass from Graskewicz to Josh Perron.
Behind the running of Paul Vanden Heuvel, the Hudson Raider football team evened its record at 1-1 Friday night with a 32-6 win over New Richmond in a game played at Newton Field in Hudson. Vanden Heuvel rushed for 147 yards as Hudson dominated much of the game. Friday night the Raiders open Big Rivers Conference play hosting Chippewa Falls in a 7 p.m. contest. "This was a good win for us," said Raider coach Adam Kowles.
The seven-member Wisconsin Supreme Court will be hearing cases in Hudson in the board room at the St. Croix County Government Center Oct. 31 and Nov. 1. The two-day visit is part of the Justice on Wheels program. The court generally visits one Wisconsin City each year. Court spokesperson Colleen Flesher said this is the first two-day visit in a number of years. St.