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A Spring Valley husband and wife, Kerry, 35, and Jamie, 34, Wittmer, have been arrested for allegedly stealing televisions, power tools, laptop computers and other items from a loading dock at Valley Cartage, 3011 Enloe St. in Hudson. Kerry Wittmer was employed by the company and allegedly was stealing the items and selling them at about a third of the retail cost. Hudson Police Chief Marty Jensen said his department has already recovered about 35 flat-screen televisions, ranging in sizes from 27 inches to 60 inches.
Hudson School District Superintendent Mary Bowen Eggebraaten and Board President Barb Van Loenen believe the report prepared by Daniel Bruch, Dennis Davis and James Kubiak does not give an accurate reflection of what's occurring in the Hudson School District. "I believe the men had good intentions, but they missed some important areas that impact leadership, leadership compensation and the success of a school district," Bowen Eggebraaten said. Van Loenen questioned the validity of some aspects and some of the analysis used in the report. "Some of the findings of the men are harsh when you l
When I was a kid, the winter we are experiencing this year would have been ideal. I remember some years just hoping against hope that we would get a "big snowstorm." I remember some years when it was going to be challenge to even have a white Christmas. That's not a problem this year! We had plenty of snow some years when I was growing up in the 50s and 60s. But I can vividly recall an evening when our family was wrapping some Christmas presents and it was raining outside. Not just raining -- it was a downpour! The temperature was about 38 or 40 degrees.
Father Gene Murphy, a new associate pastor at St. Patrick's Catholic Church, calls Christmas "a unique time of the year." Aside from the Biblical significance of Christmas, Murphy said the holiday changes our behavior. "It causes us to look at each other in a different light," Murphy said. "We especially see it in children.
The North Hudson Village Board approved a number of contracts at its Dec. 7 board meeting, but left one of the most important, fire protection, for later approval -- most likely in January. Public Safety Chair Joe Cothern said the village has been negotiating with the city on the fire contract. "In the past, our fee was based on total valuation," Cothern said.
An author in Menasha, Adrian Martin, has written a book titled "Marty: The Man Who Refused To Punt." If you are either a longtime Wisconsin high school sports fan or someone who graduated from Hudson High School in the 1940s, you might recognize that the book is about Marty Crowe. Long before I knew much about Marty Crowe, I knew something about his son. Mickey Crowe gained statewide and national publicity as a basketball star at a school known as JFK Prep in St. Nazianz, Wis. (in Manitowoc County). Mickey was well-known for his phenomenal scoring.
The North Hudson Village Board passed its 2011 budget at a Village Board meeting Tuesday, Nov. 30, and the levy has no increase for taxpayers. The budget was approved unanimously after a scheduled public hearing at which no members of the public commented. The levy totals $1,417,672 and the mill rate stands at .00389, or $3.89 per $1,000 of evaluation. The levy actually decreased $485, causing a hair-line decrease from the 2010 mill rate when it stood at $3.90 per $1,000 valuation. There was only one minor change from the proposed budget presented earlier in November.
Christmas came early for my wife and me last week. We traveled to Fort Myers, Fla., and spent a week in beautiful sunny, mid-80s weather. The trip was sort of a last-minute decision and we decided that the trip would be our Christmas present to each other this year. The real present, of course, was dodging the first week of winter -- but just barely. We traveled to the airport early on the morning of Nov. 13. If you recall, that was a day of heavy snow. We boarded the plane for a 7 a.m. take-off.
Two Hudson businessmen decided they wanted to take their careers a different direction and are now operating an area franchise of Pro Energy Consultants. Dan Martens is migrating away from his collection business and Aaron Sundeen from his mortgage banking background. Last week the pair conducted a home energy audit on the home of April and Bob Simmons, 1031 Second St.
The North Hudson Village Board unveiled its 2011 budget at the Village Board meeting Thursday, Nov. 4, and the levy proposed has no increase for taxpayers. If approved, the levy totals $1,417,672 and the mill rate would stand at .00389, or $3.89 per $1,000 of evaluation. The levy actually decreased $485, causing a hair-line decrease from the 2010 mill rate when it stood at $3.90 per $1,000 valuation. "There will be some cutbacks in certain areas," said Village President George Klein.