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Driving into Hudson from Minnesota a traveler looking at the bluff on the north side of the I-94 bridge may notice a prominent house with white trim overlooking the river. The traveler may speculate that the house includes a fabulous view of the river and a wide expanse of the western horizon. For that very reason, the spot was a particular favorite of a member of one of the old established families in Hudson...Anita North. The late Star-Observer publisher Willis H.
An Illinois man has been charged with a crime for aiming a laser pointer at a helicopter last weekend near Somerset and will probably face federal charges. George A. Lubertozzi, 32, Bolingbrook, Ill., posted a $5,000 signature bond Monday on one count of reckless endangerment. The St. Croix County sheriff's report said Lubertozzi was arrested at 1:12 a.m. Sunday at River's Edge campground near Somerset after a Life Link helicopter traveling from Regions hospital in St.
The St. Croix County Sheriff's Department is looking for information on two men and a pickup truck used in an attempted robbery last week. Captain Scott Knudson said a grey, older Chevrolet pickup probably late 1990s with a black topper is suspected involved in an incident about 8 a.m. Thursday in the Bass Lake area. "Two males tried the door of a residence then came in through the window," said Knudson.
St. Croix County Clerk Cindy Campbell experienced crush of citizens at the service counter last week as customers piled in to beat a price hike on passport materials. "It was a surprise on Monday (July 12)," she said. Traffic had been building over the previous few days as the deadline approached. On July 13, the cost of an adult passport jumped from $100 to $135 for renewal and the cost for minors (under 16) rose from $85-$100. The clerk's office took in five passport applications on July 6 then 10 the next day, 14 on July 8 and 19 on Friday of the week.
Out east of town over the Hudson township line, a sizeable group of volunteers gathered last weekend to construct and finish instruments in the first Guitars for Vets program in the area. George Vondriska, owner, chief instructor and creator of Wild Earth Woodworking School, offered his place for the Friday and Saturday sessions. The St. Croix Masonic Lodge No. 56 of Hudson helped organize the event that included food, beverages and entertainment area under a large tent. By 5 p.m.
The oily, greasy, noisy, heavy machinery world of a motorcycle shop isn't the normal feminine hangout, but it's just where Heather Gunderson wants to be. The 18-year-old recent New Richmond High School graduate is the right-hand assistant mechanic for her father, Bill Prudhomme, at Rivertown Motor Sports & Marine in downtown Hudson. "It's something I always wanted to do," said Heather during a break at the bike shop last week. "I grew up with my dad building bikes in the garage. We worked on bike frames on the kitchen table," she said.
After 25 years serving as a bailiff in St. Croix County Circuit Court, Richard "Dick" Kinney is retiring. The 78-year-old Kinney is finishing up his fourth career and figures it's time to throttle back. "I thought about going until I was 80," he said in a recent conversation at his town of Hudson home, "but I'm going to hang it up now." A factor in the decision is recent surgery to remove a lesion in his throat that may render his voice with a permanent hoarseness. By and large, he has enjoyed his stint as one of the courthouse bailiffs.
Mike Yurk is arguably the most prolific writer in the area. The 60-year-old town of Hudson resident has just published his sixth book, "A View From The Lake." Like his previous books, there is an outdoor theme, primarily fishing stories, in the collection of articles that make up the tome.
I was sad to get the belated news of the death of the Mitchell 300. It came by way of the first chapter in Hudson author Mike Yurk's latest book, "A View from the Lake," where he announced a farewell to the Mitchell 300 spinning reel. Yurk writes the Mitchell 300 was first made in France in 1940s, has been discontinued. There are no more to be manufactured. It was an open-faced spinning reel and a whole new concept in fishing equipment. It became widely popular among anglers, and with the number of fishing enthusiasts in Minnesota and Wisconsin that's a substantial number.
The old water tower at the Health and Human Services campus in New Richmond will be no more following action at the St.