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Longtime Star-Observer Publisher Willis H. Miller left a huge legacy last week. Miller, who died Nov. 16, 2008, at age 89, left $1,068,552 to UW-River Falls. The gift was the largest in the school's 135-year history. The event was recognized by the university at a luncheon and press conference at the University Center Wednesday, Aug. 26. The money will be used to establish endowed scholarships, giving preference to students from Hudson, North Hudson and their surrounding towns - Hudson, St.
The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation has issued an order to cease and desist against Hudson-based Citizens State Bank, 2212 Crest View Drive. "We are in agreement with these goals and are taking all the necessary steps to meet the requirements set forth by the regulators," said President and CEO of Citizens State Bank Gene Haberman.
Mainstreet Bank, with an office in Hudson, was shut down Friday by state and federal regulators. Based in Forest Lake, Minn., the bank has apparently been struggling in recent months and years. The Hudson office is located at 944 Carmichael Road. The business has been taken over by Stillwater-based Central Bank. It will be one of the largest independent community banks in the metro area with $900 million in assets.
Geir Friisoe, who lives in the town of St. Joseph, is leading the fight in Minnesota against the emerald ash borer. Friisoe, who spoke at the Thursday Noon Rotary Club meeting last week, is director of the Plant Protection Division of the Minnesota Department of Agriculture. "It's a difficult problem to solve because most of our detection tools and techniques to fight EAB are quite primitive," Friisoe said. The most recent detection tool is a series of traps hung in purple boxes from trees in areas where the disease may be suspected.
The North Hudson Village Board is considering the removal of an ordinance that requires a referendum on any capital expenditure of more than $150,000. Some board members, however, are reluctant to make the change without getting voter approval. The ordinance was passed in November 2002 with 907 "yes" votes and 483 "no" votes. The issue arose when then-village President Len Meissen had proposed infrastructure improvements totaling about $1.5 million for the St.
In the newspaper business I have found that news people and citizens have one basic thing in common - we all think events happened longer ago than we think! For instance. Someone asked me a couple of days ago when Dr. Glen Gaynor died. For those who might not have known Glen, he was a local chiropractor and active community leader for many years.
The North Hudson Village Board discussed a potential sex offender ordinance Tuesday, Aug. 4, but took no action, instead referring the document back to the Public Safety Committee. The issue came up after the city of Hudson passed an ordinance earlier this summer. The ordinance the village is considering is very similar to the Hudson ordinance, establishing residency restriction and restricted zones (parks, schools, churches, etc.). The North Hudson proposal would establish a limit of 200 feet in both cases.
Bill Ihlenfeldt, interim president of Eau Claire-based Momentum West, spoke at the weekly meeting of the Thursday Noon Rotary Club last week. Momentum West is a regional economic development organization serving Barron, Clark, Chippewa, Dunn, Eau Claire, Pierce, Pepin, Polk, Rusk and St. Croix counties.
Terry Fitzgerald, a senior economist and assistant vice president at the Federal Reserve Bank in Minneapolis, said the recession is serious but not nearly as bad as reported in the popular media. He made his comments Tuesday morning at the "Good Morning Hudson" meeting of the Hudson Area Chamber of Commerce & Tourism Bureau. "We have to put things in perspective," Fitzgerald said. "Some compare this recession to the Great Depression. It's not even close." Fitzgerald said there have been 11 recessions since World War II.
St. Patrick Church in Hudson has a new pastor as Father Dan Dahlberg takes the helm, replacing Father John Parr, who was transferred back to La Crosse. The church also has a new associate pastor, Father William Brenna. Dahlberg, who turned 67 last Saturday, began his duties July 1 and is looking forward to his time in Hudson. "I'll have an opportunity to build on what Father (John) Parr brought to St. Patrick," Dahlberg said.