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The Raider football team recorded its first conference win Friday night, topping Eau Claire North 20-6 at Carson Park in Eau Claire. Hudson will host Eau Claire Memorial Friday night at Newton Field in a 7 p.m. Homecoming tilt. "Coaches always worry that Homecoming can be a distraction, but it gets the players pumped up," said Raider Coach Craig Jilek. "Our team seems to be focused on the game. As we discussed, they can have more fun at Homecoming if they win the game." Memorial, 4-1 on the season, suffered its first loss of the year at Menomonie Friday by a 46-6 margin.
Age 94 is not a typical retirement age, but there is nothing typical about Star-Observer columnist and writer Catherine "Kay" Johnson. She will officially retire when today's newspaper is completed. Kay, a Fourth of July baby, turned 94 this summer. "I plan to be a WinterGreen retiree and have more time for myself," Johnson said Monday. Kay still maintains an active lifestyle and has plenty of friends around the community. Of course, most are younger than she. Kay started working at the Star-Observer in 1949.
The Raider football team had hopes of going to Menomonie and showing the perennially powerful Indians that Hudson could challenge them on their field. What Hudson found was that the luster has not faded from the Menomonie football program as the Indians rolled to a 35-0 lead at the half and won 42-6. "They are just a good football team," said Raider coach Craig Jilek. "They don't have any real super stars, but they have a great team and a lot of depth." Unlike in Hudson's loss to River Falls, the Raiders did not hold a statistical edge against Menomonie.
According to the statistics, one would assume Hudson defeated River Falls last Friday. But despite being outplayed most of the night, River Falls topped the Raiders 17-7 and regained possession of the Little Brown Jug. Hudson outgained the Wildcats 364 yards to 151. Hudson had 16 first downs, River Falls, 9.
Mike's Standard, a service station icon in Hudson over 30 years, is sporting a new look after the Standard and Amoco signs were removed last week and replaced with BP signs. British Petroleum, and its product Beyond Petroleum, purchased the Amoco/Standard business a few years ago and have been replacing signs. Last Thursday was Mike's turn. "The signs changed, but everything else stays the same,' said owner Mike Sime.
Tom Beer, a 1955 graduate of Hudson High School, sent me some interesting information regarding the history of Hudson High School football. Along with some written information was an article from the Hudson Star-Observer in the fall of 1954, his senior season. In turns out that the 1954 season was a rare season in that the Hudson football team was undefeated. Hudson again had an undefeated season in 1965 - but none since. In fact, according to Beer's research, Hudson hasn't had many conference championships since the coaching days of Carver Fouks and Don Kadidlo.
A vandal or vandals damaged the Jesus statue in front of Hudson's Carmelite Monastery, 430 Laurel Ave., late Wednesday night or early Thursday morning, July 28 or 29. The most severe damage was the broken right arm of the metal statue. Vandals also pushed the statue over, breaking the cement base that holds the statue in place. "We're very disappointed," said Carmelite nun Sister Lucia. "We felt very hurt.
Officials at Hudson Hospital and Hudson Physicians are enthusiastically thrilled with the first year of operation at the new hospital/clinic complex at 405 Stageline Road. "It's been an amazing year," said Hudson Hospital President and CEO Marian Furlong. Agreeing with that analysis was Steve Muellerleile, CEO of Western Wisconsin Medical Associates, which is the parent organization of Hudson Physicians. "We're ecstatic and very pleased," Muellerleile said. Both agree that the year has gone by very quickly. "I think back to when 8,000 people went through our build
It's a good thing weddings are happy occasions because my wife and I have been invited to eight so far this summer. If you throw in a couple of graduation open houses, we have been invited to at least one happy occasion each weekend beginning Saturday, May 29, and continuing each weekend through July 31. In case you're counting, that's 10 weekends! There are many summers when we are not invited to a single wedding. There have been summers where we have been invited to one or two.
A bizarre theft attempt at Dave Holt Ford at noon Thursday (June 10) ended with a man and a woman both crashing vehicles and eventually getting arrested by Minnesota authorities. When the dust settled, a Ford Explorer from Dave Holt was totaled and a stolen motorcycle was damaged. Hudson Police Department Sgt. Marty Jensen said the tale began when a couple rode a motorcycle into the Hudson dealership. A woman riding on the motorcycle, later identified as Christine C. Claus, 32, said she wanted to test drive a 1999 Ford Explorer.