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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.
A sellout crowd attended the Hudson Area Chamber of Commerce & Tourism Bureau Awards Banquet Thursday, Jan. 27, at the Hudson Golf Club. The dinner meeting included many awards, recognition of Chamber members and a keynote address from sports columnist and radio personality Sid Hartman. Willis H. Miller was the winner of the Marie Blakeman Award. Presented by Barbara Richardson, daughter of Marie Blakeman, the award recognizes individuals who demonstrate a commitment to serving the community.
Representatives of the Hudson Hockey Association announced plans last week to construct a second arena near the existing arena at 1820 Hanley Road. Association President Jay Kolls and Building Committee Chair Kevin Vance announced the plans at the Hudson Thursday Noon Rotary Club meeting last week. The organization hopes to have part of the facility ready next fall.
In reversing what St. Croix County Finance Committee Chair Ralph Swenson called a previous "mistake," the committee voted Thursday to restore a part-time position in the clerk of court's office. Clerk of Court Lori Meyer said the position was eliminated when it appeared that a new full-time position would be added to the department in the 2005 budget. "Apparently the full-time position was denied at the Oct. 7 meeting," Meyer said, "although there was no record of it in the minutes.
I remember when I first obtained e-mail at work. I don't even remember when it was, but it was within the past five years sometime. It was so exciting. I came to work one morning and clicked on my inbox and there was a message for me! How exciting. Like so many things in life, the luster wears off quickly. Unlike those early days, when I was excited about that unopened e-mail in my computer, the task has now become a chore - a chore unequalled by anything we had before e-mail. The difference with e-mail, and other forms of communication, is that e-mails never stop!
The office of St. Croix County Clerk works closely with the court system and is responsible for the many record-keeping functions of the court. In addition, the office also oversees jury management and the collection of fees, fines and forfeitures associated with law enforcement activities. The St. Croix Clerk of Court office has 14 full-time employees (including the clerk of court) and one part-time employee. The office works closely with law enforcement, judges, the legal community, the district attorney office, the general public and various local, state and federal agencies.
Before every election, we get calls about people vandalizing campaign signs. The same is true this year, except it seems as though the calls are more frequent. The majority of the callers this year have complained about the trashing of Bush/Cheney signs, although I've also gotten plenty of calls from Kerry/Edwards supporters. Most callers are hoping the newspaper will write a story about the signs being vandalized.
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.