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North Hudson sailor who paid the ultimate price during World War II will be honored during Veterans Day ceremonies at the St. Croix County Government Center Friday, Nov. 11. Eugene Richie died on Oct. 24, 1944, in the South Pacific while serving aboard the USS Birmingham (CL-62), a light cruiser. Members of his family will be presented with the medals and ribbons he earned including the Purple Heart. Shellea Altman of Hudson, a former U.S. Navy Officer, is Richie's grand-niece.
Orland "Dutch" Spielman traveled the South Pacific and was up close and personal with some pretty heavy naval action during World War II. Last month he got a chance to visit the memorials to World War II and other conflicts in Washington, D.C., on a Freedom Flight. The 87-year-old former Coast Guard Carpenters Mate 1st Class on LST-18 was pretty impressed with the one-day visit to the nation's capital Oct. 8.
The St. Croix County Board of Supervisors approved an amended resolution Tuesday that restricts carrying of concealed weapons into all county-owned buildings. Supervisor Sharon Norton-Bauman proposed an amendment to the original resolution that only applied to the Health and Human Services Campus in New Richmond to include all the county-owned buildings.
Halloween, or the eve of All Saints' Day or All Hallows Eve, depending on which century you reference, is fast approaching. Legend has it the traditional holiday at the end of October has its roots in pre-Christian Celtic Ireland, but some draw a connection back to Roman times. The celebration was originally at the end of the harvest season. The first day of winter was Nov. 1 in Celtic times, which would make more sense in this latitude than around Dec.
Chalk up another World War II vet who took a Freedom Honor Flight to the nation's Capitol and enjoyed the experience. Jack Yoder, 84, Navy Seabee veteran of World War II, made the flight to Washington, D.C., on May 14 with his daughter and oldest child, Kaylene Nerby, of Altoona, who arranged the experience. "She called me up and said, 'What are you doing? Do you want to make a trip to La Crosse?'" said Yoder. The Honor Flight takes veterans, free of charge, on a one-day whirlwind visit to the monuments and memorials in Washington, D.C.
The entire St. Croix County Government Center, for purposes of the new carrying concealed weapons law, will be off limits to gun-toting citizens when the legislative act goes into effect Nov. 1. The decision is the result of the action of the county board of supervisor's administrative committee in a Monday morning meeting.
A North Hudson woman, who was program director at Aurora Community Services, has been bound over for trial on nine felony counts of obtaining a controlled substance by fraud. Dana Elizabeth Veness, 36, appeared in St. Croix County Circuit Court Thursday (Oct. 6) in a preliminary hearing. Judge Howard W. Cameron found the state had met the burden of proof and bound Veness over for trial. She is scheduled to appear for arraignment Dec. 19 at 8:30 a.m.
John Weigel's passion for flying has consumed most of the space in his two-car garage for half a year at a time. Weigel is building his own airplane in the garage under a contract with his wife, Christine, that states he can have the garage from April to October, but on Nov.
A resolution to make necessary infrastructure improvements on the county nursing home in New Richmond passed on a split decision at the regular St. Croix County Board of Supervisors meeting Tuesday morning, Oct.
Leland "Bud" Lyon made his first trip to the nation's Capitol earlier this month. He joined about 90 other World War II veterans on an Honor Flight to visit the memorial that honors veterans of that conflict in Washington, D.C., as well as other significant monuments. "It was a beautiful trip," said the 91-year-old Lyon during a visit last week in his Hudson apartment. "I would go again. I'd like to stay two weeks and see more. Everyone should see it." The idea to get Lyon on the flight to D.C. came from his granddaughter, Kari Peterson of Green Bay.