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"Easter is the pinnacle event in the life of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ," said Father John Gerritts, pastor at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Hudson. "And, of course, our lives." But he is quick to add that Easter is not just a one-day event. "When we celebrate something this important, we need preparation," Gerritts said. "We have the Lenten season and Holy Week which leads up to Easter Sunday. And, we have the 50 days after Easter that leads to Pentecost.
The village of North Hudson Board meeting Tuesday, March 27, was dominated by information regarding library funding and the recent revelation that the municipal partners haven't funded the library at the level required by current law. City of Hudson Finance Officer Neil Soltis presented the funding option scenarios and other information to the board. The joint library is funded by four municipalities including the city of Hudson, village of North Hudson, town of Hudson and town of St.
With all precincts reporting, Hudson Mayor Alan D. Burchill (2,372) has easily defeated challenger Scot O'Malley (807).
With all precincts reporting the school referendum to purchase the dog track has passed 4,789-3,768. The district will now move forward to purchase the property for $8.25 million. The District has scheduled a media conference regarding the referendum results on Wednesday, April 4 at 12:30 p.m. at the District's administrative office building. No statements will be provided to the media prior to this time. In the school board race, Sandy Gehrke (3601), Tom Holland (3469) and Brian Bell (3267) have won spots on the school board.
Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum visited the Hudson Golf Club Friday and emphasized the need for a conservative candidate to challenge President Barack Obama in the November election. Santorum also painted his Republican challenger Mitt Romney as a "moderate." "Every time a moderate Republican has run against an incumbent Democrat president, the Republican has lost," Santorum said. He compared himself to a conservative Ronald Reagan, who defeated incumbent Democrat Jimmy Carter in 1980. "Don't compromise your principles to satisfy the pundits," Santorum said.
I had an interesting month of March. It started with a triple hernia operation and ended with a beautiful week in Fort Myers, Fla. Somehow I managed to get in two-plus weeks of work. I went to see my doctor in February, Dr. Paul McGinnis, and was diagnosed with three hernias. He referred me to Dr. Kirk Jacobson, a surgeon at Hudson Hospital & Clinics. I choose Dr. Jacobson because he had done a couple of procedures on me in 2006. He got my hopes up when he talked about a laparoscopic procedure for repairing hernias.
Callista Gingrich, wife of Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich, was in Hudson Monday afternoon to read from her book "Sweet Land of Liberty" at Trinity Academy.
A fire at a maintenance shop just north of North Hudson Sunday afternoon did extensive damage to the building and equipment inside the building. The fire was at the shop of Boumeester & Sons Excavating, 1070 Highway 35, in the town of Hudson. Hudson Fire Chief Jim Frye estimated that the building, approximately 30 X 60 feet, sustained about $100,000 worth of damage. He also estimated another $100,000 in damage to equipment inside the structure. "It was not a total loss, but there was extensive damage," Frye said. The call came in just before 12:30 p.m. Sunday.
A little less than a decade ago, there was a battle raging in the village of North Hudson regarding the installation of sidewalks in the village and proposed sewer and water extension into St. Croix Station. After some hotly contested elections, trustees opposed to the improvements/spending of tax dollars gained control of the village board.
It looks like an exciting year of elections -- in fact, the excitement already started with last week's primary. With School Board President Barb Van Loenen finishing dead last in the seven-person primary, she will not be on the April 4 ballot. The long and short of it means that Van Loenen will be off the board after the upcoming election. There were many people shocked by the outcome.