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School district residents gave the Board of Education approval Tuesday night to purchase a 12,566-square-foot office building in the town of Hudson. With between 125 and 150 residents at a district special meeting, a voice vote gave supporters a clear advantage over the "no" voters. With the approval, the district will purchase the structure owned by RichMar Industries at 644 Brakke Dr., just east of hwy. 12 near the Travel Centers of America (TA) truck stop off Exit 4 of I-94. The district offices are currently housed in Hudson High School.
Pat German, mother of 12 children, has spent most of her life openly opposing abortion. But she said last week that she considered having an abortion when she became pregnant with her ninth child. By telling her story today, she hopes to send a strong message to women that abortion is not an "easy answer," and in her opinion, abortion is not an option at all. German, a woman of strong faith, said she was once swayed by a modern-day society that sometimes offers abortion as an easy answer to solve a pregnancy that gets in the way of a plan, job or dream.
Bethel Lutheran Church in Hudson has an endowment program that has led to a unique relationship impacting a community in Africa with a church, a future pastor and assistance for dozens of students in Tanzania. The Bethel Endowment Fund, which began in the mid-1990s, has three branches and one of the branches (Outreach Endowment Fund) is geared toward promoting Christianity outside of the Bethel congregation.
The St. Croix County Board Tuesday approved the sale of a 75-acre parcel of mostly wetland in the northwest quadrant of the town of Stanton, east of New Richmond. The land was purchased by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, which offered to pay $12,500 for the property. A last-minute offer of $13,000 from nearby resident Mark Borgstrom caused the board to discuss the sale, but it still preferred the U.S.
Officials from Associated Bank were in Hudson Monday and promised First National Bank customers that good service will continue and that any product changes will be changes for the better. "Things will change, but the key is how to work through change and implement better systems," said Associated Banc-Corp President and CEO Paul Beideman. "The things that are important to John Huss will not change -- trust, respect and relationships." Associated, based in Green Bay, has branches throughout the Midwest, including three in Hudson.
Longtime legendary softball pitcher Eddie Feigner died Feb. 9 and North Hudsonite Doug Fox can make a claim that most of Feigner's opponents can't -- he got a hit off the famous hurler. For years beginning in the late 1940s, Feigner barnstormed across the country with his four-man softball team, challenging local nine-man teams to softball games.
If everything moves forward smoothly, construction of a new St. Croix River crossing near Houlton and Stillwater could begin as early as 2010. Those were the words of Brent Pickard, Wisconsin District 6 (Eau Claire) communications director.
It is interesting that in recent years there is always an attempt to disprove Christianity, and this year is no different as we approach the Christian holiday of Easter. In a new Discovery Channel TV documentary, producer James Cameron ("The Titanic") and Jewish director Simcha Jacobovici attempt to prove that Jesus' burial cave and body were discovered near Jerusalem.
Hudson businessman Craig Tarr said, "We have the technology to fix global warming," but warned that the time to act is now. His comments came at the weekly meeting of the Thursday Noon Rotary Club. Tarr's company, Energy Concepts, 2312-D Crest View Drive in Hudson, focuses on renewable energy systems. Last summer he was one of 1,000 people selected nationwide to attend a global warming training session led by former Vice President Al Gore. "I'm not here to promote a political agenda," said Tarr, a mechanical engineer by trade.
Kaisersatt and Crimmins re-elected to School Board City of Hudson voters re-elected incumbent alderperson Randy Morrissette II in District 1 and newcomer Alan Burchill in District 6. Morrissette was an easy 106-65 winner over former alderperson Mike Laatsch in District 1. Burchill defeated Jeff Tersteeg 135-110 in District 6, replacing Carah Koch who did not run for re-election. "I appreciate the support," Morrissette said.