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Anyone who talks about the Rev. Peter Szleszinski knew he was a man of deep faith and strong beliefs. Szleszinski, who died last week, was the pastor of St. Patrick Catholic Church for 19 years before retiring in 2005. In addition to his strong faith, Father John Parr (current head priest at St. Patrick) said he was a devoted pastor. Parr, who has been in Hudson for five years, served with Szleszinski until he retired. "He was untiring in his giving and routinely worked long days to meet the needs of parishioners," Parr said.
If someone had to pick one thing that highlights the life of Willis H. Miller, many would say his devotion to local history. For others, however, it would be his generosity and positive attitude. He gave people money, he lent people money (often not repaid), he encouraged people and he always found the good qualities in everyone. Another characteristic of Miller was that he was comfortable in the presence of people at every level of the socio-economic ladder. He never married and made it a point to befriend anyone looking for help.
We've all heard the descriptions of Willis H. Miller. They include icon, legend, historian, generous person -- the list goes on and on. For me, it's even more personal. I was hired by Willis to work at the Star-Observer in May of 1973. I have been working at the Star-Observer for about 35.5 years. What this means, of course, is that I may have spent more awake time with Mr. Miller than any other person on the face of the earth -- including my wife! I don't want to make this too complicated, but for the first 30-plus years, we probably spent eight-plus hours per day working in the office.
Like the country, the state of Wisconsin is now solidly under the leadership of Democrats, who control the governorship, the State Senate and -- now -- the State Assembly. The Hudson area is represented in Madison by two Republicans who withstood the Democrat onslaught. Both incumbent 10th District Sen. Sheila Harsdorf and incumbent 30th District Assembly Rep.
Local banks are feeling the discomfort of the economic downturn, but the pain is minimal when compared to the national scene. In reality, local banks have likely never been involved in a subprime loan and they are doing just fine. So what impact does The Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008 have on local banks? The law, commonly referred to as a bailout of the U.S. financial system, was enacted on Oct. 3.
In a night when Democrat Barack Obama was elected president, local Republicans fared better, with both incumbent 10th District Senator Sheila Harsdorf and incumbent 30th District Assembly Representative Kitty Rhoades winning re-election by fairly comfortable margins. In the Hudson area, however, library supporters were disappointed in the results that put the brakes on the proposed plan to purchase the Nuclear Management Building in downtown Hudson and remodel it into a new library.
The Spirit of the St. Croix Days is here! The event begins Wednesday, continues through Saturday and is expected to draw 10,000 to 15,000 people to the community. Sponsored by the Hudson Area Chamber of Commerce & Tourism Bureau and the city of Hudson, the festival is built around the In-Fisherman Professional Walleye Trail fishing tournament. But a long list of other activities should attract crowds, regardless of their interest in fishing. The PWT fishing tournament is often referred to as the Super Bowl of walleye fishing.
A Dresser man and 1995 Hudson High School graduate, Zachary Ryan Wiegand, 31, was arrested for a shooting and carjacking in Lake Elmo, Minn., and an armored truck robbery in Hudson in May 2003. The arrest of Wiegand was announced at a press conference Wednesday, Oct. 8, at the Washington County Sheriff Department in Stillwater, Minn. Washington County Sheriff William M.
The Spirit of the St. Croix Days is coming to Hudson Oct.
There are many, many wonderful volunteers in our community, but among those high on the list deserving praise are the volunteer firefighters who respond to calls in the Hudson area any time of the day or night. This week is Fire Prevention Week and the main message firefighters want to relay to homeowners, business owners and apartment dwellers is quite simple -- first and foremost, however, is to be sure you have working smoke alarms! Hudson Fire Chief Jim Frye said that over the years smoke alarms have saved many lives in the Hudson area -- a mere 30 seconds can mean the difference between