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The St. Croix County Finance Committee Thursday faced the daunting task of finding $2.5 million to pay its portion of the nearly $7 million strip-search settlement. The county announced the settlement at a Dec. 4 news conference. The agreement settled a class-action suit involving about 2,000 people who were strip searched as part of standard procedures between Aug. 6, 1996, and Feb. 27, 2001. With an agreement in place, the county must now come up with $2.5 million.
The Hudson Common Council, after a debate about parking regulations, voted to waive the current parking rules and give the owner of Pudge's Bar, 302 Second St., permission to move forward on designing a proposed addition to the business. In approving the change Monday night, the council overruled the recommendation of the Plan Commission. City Planner Denny Darnold said current zoning requires one parking stall for every two seats in a business.
Hudson's County Market store, owned by local businessman Dick Schmitz, has been sold to Jerry's Enterprises based in Edina, Minn. The actual change of owners will take place Jan. 24. Jerry's is one of the largest retailers in the Super Valu chain. Among its holdings are 11 Cub Food stores in the Twin Cities area, including the Woodbury Cub store. The number will increase to 13 by the end of the year. The two new holdings include a Cub Food currently under construction at the Sun Ray Shopping Center on the east side of St. Paul.
My parents always said that time flies. Of course, I didn't believe them when I was young because it seemed that it took forever to get to the next year, the next holiday or the next important event in my life. Now I realize what they were talking about. The years tumble by like a few minutes out of a short day. That point was driven home when I happened to tune into a television show Sunday night. The program was about the John F. Kennedy assassination. I realized that it will be 40 years since the event occurred on Nov.
Superintendent Ron Bernth and members of the board of education acknowledged the overwhelming defeat of the recent eight-nine school referendum and pledged to go forward with a "clean slate" and a change in the process of evaluating future needs. The remarks came at the Tuesday, Nov.
Hudson's football season ended Saturday with a tough 28-21 second-round playoff loss to the Marshfield Tigers in Marshfield. Statistically, Hudson outperformed the two-time defending Division 1 state champs, but the Raiders came up short on the scoreboard. Hudson had more rushing yards, more total yards, more first downs, and the Raider defense played superbly.
With the $25 million eight-nine school referendum scheduled Nov. 4, Superintendent Ron Bernth said the school's record speaks for itself. "I've been here 16 years and we've had 16 years of growth and planning. We've stayed ahead of the curve," Bernth said.
The Hudson Raider football team eased past Chippewa Falls 27-13 last Friday night and faces two critical tests in the next six days. Thursday (Oct. 23) Hudson travels to Rice Lake in a battle of two 5-1 (BRC) squads. The winner will likely win outright possession of second place, with an outside chance of tying for the league title if Menomonie were to stumble in its season finale at Superior. Tuesday night the Raiders open the first round of the WIAA playoffs. The site and opponent, however, will not be determined until after Thursday night's game.
Relatives of residents or former residents at Hudson's Christian Community Home claim the nursing home is dragging its feet in recognizing an advocacy group to oversee the rights of CCH residents. CCH Executive Director Dan Goodier, however, says there are some issues with the group.
Hudson's Christian Community Home, 1320 Wisconsin St., recently began a $2.4 million construction and remodeling project. When completed next year, the facility will have almost three times as many private rooms, expanded service area, a new entrance and completely remodeled facilities in the existing portion of the nursing home. "CCH will be a better place," said Executive Director Dan Goodier. "It's all about quality of life. We're taking a nice facility and making it better." Former CCH Board President Roger Roenfanz is the construction manager for the project.