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It may be Thanksgiving today, but do we stop to really consider how thankful we should be? Often at Thanksgiving dinner someone might ask, "What are you thankful for?" Of course, there is not a wrong answer and the conversation may not last more than a minute or two. From the question comes a variety of answers, usually related to health, food, jobs, friends, God, etc.
The first look at the North Hudson budget shows an increase in the tax levy of $98,258 said Village President Larry Larsen at the North Hudson Village Board meeting Tuesday, Nov. 6. The 8.3 percent increase comes in two areas, construction of the new village hall and general operating expenses. The 2008 budget includes a $52,409 levy increase for payments on the village hall remodeling currently under construction. The general operating expenses will increase the levy by $45,849. "We have 1,260 properties in the village, so the average increase would be about $78 per unit," Larsen said.
We often complain about the actions and reactions of our politicians, but they often get things right and in the past week we have seen government work well. The result is the addition of a fourth circuit court judge in St. Croix County. The need was quite obvious. The county currently has three circuit judges (Eric Lundell (branch 1), Edward Vlack (branch 2) and Scott Needham (branch 3). Statistics already show that St. Croix County is need of about 4.6 judges, up from a 4.2 need in 2005.
It appears that St. Croix County is in line to get a fourth circuit judge after the state Legislature approved the addition on Thursday. The county currently has three circuit judges. Based on state numbers, St. Croix County has needed a fourth circuit judge for a number of years. In fact, St. Croix County Clerk of Court Lori Meyers said the county may need a fifth judge by the time a fourth takes office. "Our current need is about 4.6 judges," Meyer said. "That's up from 4.2 in 2005." The need is based on the number of cases judges hear in each county.
Every Nov. 11, United States citizens observe Veterans Day. Today we recognize the contributions of our nation's military veterans - those who served in both war and peace, stateside and abroad. The local ceremony is at the St. Croix County Government Center, but note that it will be held Monday, Nov. 12 at 11 a.m. This year's speaker is Kyle Gruber of Durand who has served in Iraq and is a member of the UW-RF ROTC program. When we think about the sacrifice made by veterans, it is overwhelming. The cost of freedom is anything but free.
The seven-member Wisconsin Supreme Court came to Hudson last week and by all accounts, the visit was highly successful. In addition to the six cases heard and a number of meetings with local officials (see related stories in the Nov. 8 print edition) in Hudson, the justices made several public appearances, including a Thursday noon luncheon at the Hudson Rotary Club - the combined meeting included Rotarians from both Hudson clubs, New Richmond and River Falls. Chief Justice Shirley S.
Wisconsin finally has a budget and, of course, the first question we all ask is how will it impact me? One of the more unusual provisions that did not survive in the $57.2 billion budget was a law that would have allowed some grocers and liquor stores to serve liquor samples between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. Talk about an odd proposal! The stores could have served one-half ounce samples at a time, with customers receiving up to three samples, or 1 ½ ounces of liquor. Dale Szyndrowski of the Distilled Spirits Council of the U.S.
Associated Bank's Chief Economist Sara Walker was in Hudson last week, and her bottom-line message is that the market is volatile but is still a good investment. "I believe the economy will grow," Walker said. "The volatility will be with us for a while, but I see strong support from the federal government." She had high praise for the work of Federal Reserve Chair Ben Bernanke and expects the federal government to continue to adjust interest rates to keep the economy growing. "Ben Bernanke came through when he lowered interest rates a half-percent a couple of weeks back," Walker said.
We welcome the seven-member Wisconsin Supreme Court to Hudson this week. The distinguished justices are hearing six cases in Hudson in a courtroom at the St. Croix County Government Center Wednesday and Thursday, Oct. 31 and Nov. 1. The Supreme Court is often called the "court of last resort." It is the state's highest court. Located in the state Capitol, it has appellate jurisdiction over all Wisconsin courts. It reviews approximately 1,000 petitions per year and accepts between 100 and 120 cases. Most of the work performed by the Supreme Court involves appeal cases.
Citizens Bank, 1525 Coulee Road, was robbed Friday morning at gunpoint. The suspect entered the bank, displayed a handgun and demanded money. The incident occurred at about 9:45 a.m. The Hudson Police Department said the suspect was described as a white male, 30 to 60 years old, about 5 feet 5 inches to 5 feet 7 inches and weighing about 250 to 300 pounds. He had a pocked face and was wearing a gray stocking cap, dark sunglasses, black jacket and blue jeans. He was seen fleeing west in a vehicle on Coulee Road after the robbery.