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Coon's Hill in Hudson has provided many youths with spills and thrills, probably going as far back as the beginning of Hudson history. Ironically, there is little information recorded about Coon's Hill. According to city officials, the site was deeded to the city from an organization that had a "boys camp." Many Hudsonites describe their first venture down the hill with words ranging from "fun" to "sheer terror." The original Coon's Hill was nestled in an area surrounded by residential homes just off Knollwood Drive, near Wisconsin Street.
It's been a tough winter. We've had record cold weather, plenty of snow, plenty of messy roads and many commuter horror stories. It's no wonder that a lot of people are attempting to head south for a break from the cold weather. For some reason, I did just the opposite - a couple of weekends back, my wife and I traveled with our sons and their wives to Duluth. We were greeted with nighttime temperatures approaching minus 20 degrees and daytime highs that didn't get above zero! The weekend was still fun, however.
A single-engine airplane crashed in Menomonie Friday night, killing three Hudson-area people, including Hudson businessman Brett Weller, 44. Pilot Laurence Berg, 51, and his wife Vicki, 53, of Houlton also died. Weller Weller had been very active in the Hudson business community for more than 20 years.
Republican Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker was in the Hudson area Sunday and Monday and it is expected that he will run for Governor in 2010. Walker has not made a formal decision yet, but he is traveling around the state to get reaction from party officials and citizens - so far he likes what he is seeing. "The reception so far has been tremendous," Walker said. "People are tired of the mess in Madison.
I happened to open a paper from January 1989 and was somewhat shocked to find that the community was heavily embroiled in the midst of the dog track controversy. I was shocked because I find it hard to believe that it was 20 years ago! The top headline in the Jan. 26, 1989, edition of the Star-Observer read: Two dog track applications in; only one will get a license. In the Jan. 19 and 26 editions of 1989 there were no less than five dog-track related headlines on the front page! Of course, the story actually starts back in 1988.
The Marie Blakeman Award was presented to longtime Hudson volunteers Georgia and Dick Whitcomb at the Hudson Area Chamber of Commerce & Tourism Bureau annual Awards Banquet at the Hudson Golf Club Thursday night, Jan. 22. Whitcomb's first came to Hudson in 1981 when Dick worked for Control Data. After a short stint in Barron with Jerome Foods, Dick retired and the couple moved back to Hudson in the 1990s.
A high-speed chase involving a stolen pickup truck started in Hudson just after 10 p.m. Tuesday night and ended in Minneapolis less than an hour later. St. Croix County Sheriff Dennis Hillstead said his department received a call at 10:10 p.m. that a 1998 Dodge pickup had been stolen at MR Convenience, 606 Brakke Dr. A deputy happened to be near milepost 2 on I-94 and spotted the pickup heading west on I-94. The deputy attempted to stop the vehicle, but the pickup sped up and crossed the bridge into Minnesota.
A house fire at 706 Monroe St. No. in North Hudson Friday afternoon did heavy damage to a single story home. A person who identified himself as Matt Nicolai said he lived in the home and was taking a shower. When he came out of the shower, he smelled smoke and heard "popping and cracking" in the ceiling. He immediately called the fire department. He said the fire appeared to be in the area around a chimney above a wood stove. Nicolai said his girl friend had left Friday morning for New Jersey "We've been using the stove for five years and never had a problem," he said.
Hudson Hospital & Clinics recently purchased 17 acres of property from Rita and Einar Horne. The purchase price was $4 million. The land is just east of the hospital on Stageline Road. The address of Horne's home on the property is 429 Stageline Road. President and CEO of Hudson Hospital Marian Furlong said the purchase will bring the total campus land area to about 40 acres of contiguous property. "That's comparable to other hospitals in the outer ring of the Twin Cities," Furlong said.
New Year's celebrations often are accompanied by vows to make drastic lifestyle changes. The infamous New Year's resolution can often include items like losing weight, quitting smoking or drinking, being a better spouse, painting the house -- the list can go on and on. Dr. Jill Zimmerman, president and owner of Integra Counseling Services, 206 Walnut St., says New Year's resolutions can be a double-edged sword. "It is good to get focused and to make plans," Zimmerman said.