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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.
Like most who follow the trials and triumphs of the local school district, Superintendent Mary Bowen-Eggebraaten was surprised at the primary defeat of School Board President Barb Van Loenen. On the other hand, she's ready to work with whoever is elected to the board in April. Van Loenen will complete her term on the board this month. A new president will be selected by the board after the new school board is seated in April. "We know there will be at least one new board member," Bowen-Eggebraaten said. "It could be two or three.
A company that manufactures replicas of a popular car from the 1930s will be opening in Baldwin this summer. Duesenberg Motors has purchased the 160,000-square-foot building that previously housed Clopay Garage Doors. The company is led by President Dave Hartje; he made a presentation to the village of Baldwin board earlier this month. "This is a win for Baldwin and the entire region," said St. Croix Economic Development Corporation Executive Director Bill Rubin. "We've been working with Mr.
In a big upset, current School Board President Barb Van Loenen was eliminated from the April 3 election, finishing seventh in Tuesday's primary. Six of seven candidates survived Tuesday's school board primary and will run for three seats on April 3, but President Van Loenen was the lowest voter getter, garnering 419 votes. Van Loenen was one of three incumbents running in the primary against four newcomers.
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.