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The Wisconsin Professional Police Association (WPPA) is suing the city of Hudson over the city's decision to stop contributing funds to Health Reimbursement Arrangements (HRA). Payments stopped when the union's collective bargaining agreement ended at the end of 2011. HRA funds are intended to be used to make up the difference for a higher deductible in insurance coverage. The suit is essentially intended to define the language surrounding the city's lack of HRA contributions since Jan. 1.
The 10th annual Spring Showcase Sunday drew a near-record crowd to the Hudson Sports and Civic Center Sunday, April 15. "We were thrilled with the turnout," said Andrea Jorgenson, director of communications & programs for the Hudson Area Chamber of Commerce & Tourism Bureau. "All the participating businesses were happy with the turnout.
Thousands of motorcycles came to North Hudson Saturday morning for the annual spring motorcycle run sponsored by the Mallalieu Inn. The warm temperatures and blue skies meant that several thousand cycles descended on the village for the start of the run that makes several stops in western Wisconsin Saturday afternoon. North Hudson Police estimated that there already about 2,500 motorcycles at the event at 11:30 a.m. The run officially started between noon and 1 p.m.
In a verdict reached Saturday morning, a St. Croix County jury acquitted UW-River Falls professor Thomas William Barnett of sexually assaulting a 13-year-old girl last summer in a Hudson movie theater. Jurors were unable to reach a verdict Friday afternoon and evening and were excused at about 8 p.m. Friday, said St. Croix County Clerk of Court Lori Meyer. The seven-man, five-woman panel reconvened Saturday at 9 a.m. and just after 11 a.m.
"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.