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The St. Croix Economic Development Corporation honored three St. Croix County businesses with 2011 business of the year awards at its annual banquet Thursday, Feb. 16 at Kilkarney Golf Club. Among the three winners was Hudson's Stevens Engineering. The three winning businesses were: --Future Farm Food and Fuel LLC (Baldwin) as 2011 Emerging Business of the Year (based in St. Croix County and in business for five or fewer years) --Stevens Engineers (Hudson) as 2011 Small Business of the Year (29 or fewer employees) --Sajan Inc.
Village of North Hudson President George Klein made an appeal to citizens for help in the upcoming village centennial celebration in June. His pleas came at the monthly Village Board meeting Tuesday, Feb. 7. A centennial celebration has been scheduled for Sunday, June 10. "We're looking for something simple," Klein said. "Maybe an ice cream social with root beer, ice cream and pie. Maybe a brass band would be nice. We want this to be a family thing -- this is not a Pepper Festival.
Longtime Hudson pharmacist Richard Newberg retired from his position at Micklesen's Drug Store, 530 Second St., last week. An open house was held for Newberg on Thursday afternoon, Feb. 2, at the business. Newberg, 78, retires after 53 years of practicing pharmacy, including the last 37 years at Micklesen's. After graduating from the University of Wisconsin, Newberg interned for a year in Barron and was later employed at Lee Drug Store in Menomonie for 15 years. He came to Hudson in 1975 when Micklesen's was owned by Bob Ochs.
Last Sunday my wife and I traveled to my son's house in Eden Prairie to watch the Super Bowl on television. Like most Packer fans, my heart wasn't really into the "big game" -- that's (Big Game), by the way, what businesses have to call it. If businesses use the words "Super Bowl" in their advertising they will get a nasty message from the National Football League.
Tom O'Connell of Cross Plains, Wis., and brother of the late Dan O'Connell, said the murders are as painful today as they were 10 years ago. He and the family, however, have worked hard to create some positive elements. O'Connell has become very active in National Child Protection Training Center, an organization dedicated to preventing child abuse that is headquartered in St. Paul. It was essentially the child-abuse by Father Ryan Erickson that led to the murders of Dan O'Connell and James Ellison.
Feb. 5, 2012 marks the 10-year anniversary of Hudson's most infamous crime -- the double murder of funeral home director Dan O'Connell and his student intern, James Ellison. Making the case even more bizarre was that the murders were committed by a Catholic priest, Ryan Erickson. It took nearly three years to finally put together the necessary evidence and solve the case. Erickson died of suicide as the police dragnet closed around him. It was a cold Tuesday afternoon on Feb. 5, 2002, when police received a call at about 1:40 p.m. from Marty Shanklin, the St.
Mark Gherty of Hudson was the winner of the Marie Blakeman Award at the annual Hudson Area Chamber of Commerce & Tourism Bureau banquet Thursday, Jan. 26, at the Kilkarney Golf Club.
A trademark can be an important business representation. Use of the name "Avanti" has been involved in a local legal battle for nearly a year. In late December the U.S. District Court ruled the name is owned by the original people who brought it to Hudson in the late 1980s - a group headed by Nancy Lawton-Shirley. The ruling means the former Avanti Center (742 Sterbenz Drive) in Hudson, will undergo a name change. Friday, Jan. 20, the firm became known as St. Croix Therapy.
The village of North Hudson Board voted against the recommendation of its Plan Commission, opening the door for a Twin cities firm, Bright Solutions LLC, to potentially locate in the old car shops industrial area. The company, however, must still supply more information to the Plan Commission before the board gives its final approval. The action came at the board meeting Tuesday, Jan. 3. Bright Solutions LLC makes windshield washer fluid.
At a special board meeting Thursday night, the North Hudson Village Board denied the $50,000 claim submitted by local attorney Bill Radosevich. Radosevich had filed a notice of claim against the village of North Hudson in November for what he called an illegal arrest and false imprisonment. He asked for $50,000 in damages. Radosevich was arrested briefly on the evening of July 8, 2011, by the North Hudson Police Department after a report was filed by another driver who said Radosevich, 67, was driving "erratically" on Hwy. 35 as the two vehicles approached the village.