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Sheriff Dennis Hillstead was honored at a reception in the county board room at the Government Center in Hudson Tuesday afternoon. After 12 years at the head of St. Croix County law enforcement, he will hand the reigns of the office over to Sheriff-Elect John Shilts on Jan. 3.
A string of daytime burglaries in the town of Hudson, the most recent on Badlands Road Thursday morning, has the St. Croix County Sheriff's department in intensive investigation mode. A thief broke into a house at 698 Badlands Road through a service door on the deck between 9:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. Dec. 16 and took a 46-inch flat screen TV, Sheriff Dennis Hillstead said Friday. "The homeowner left the house about 9:30 and returned at 3 p.m. to discover the theft," he said.
It's time to pass on the gauntlet for Dennis Hillstead. After 12 years at the helm of the St. Croix County Sheriff's Department and a 29-year law enforcement career, Hillstead retires Jan. 3. He plans to kick back on his farm in rural Woodville and let life take its course. "I think I'll let life surprise me for awhile," he said during a discussion in his office last week where a garbage can the size of a small dumpster was situated to facilitate his move. "I don't want to be responsible for anyone but my family," Hillstead said. Hillstead, 63, took over the position on Jan.
Patrol Captain Scott Knudson has been named chief deputy in the St. Croix County Sheriff's Department. He takes over the position currently held by sheriff-elect John Shilts. Knudson was named following an interview process of eight candidates by a panel that included members of the county board Thursday (Dec. 9). The panel interviewed six individuals from outside the department in the process. The county board approved a measure earlier this month to speed up the process for filling the vacancy. Sheriff Dennis Hillstead retires Jan.
A small informational picket line marched at the government center in frigid weather Tuesday morning but their action in reaction to a St. Croix County Board budget decision didn't prevent the board of supervisors from passing a myriad of resolutions Tuesday morning. The picket line was set up by Friends of the St.
Restoring justice and healing the hurt caused by crime sounds like a big task but it's one Kris Miner has enthusiastically signed on for. As director of the St. Croix Valley Restorative Justice program for St.
Kathy Miller of Hudson has a giant in her house ... a large agave plant she has nurtured for the past six years which is blooming for the first time. "We take it outside in the summer and bring it back inside when it gets cold," said Miller, a petite 5-foot-1 who is dwarfed standing next to the plant that nearly reaches the 18-foot peak of the ceiling in the main part of her house. "We took it downstairs earlier but the ceilings are only 10 feet high," she said. Miller believes the plant is monocarpic like many agave plants and will die after it is done blooming.
Chad Wolske liked numbers so he earned a degree in accounting. What he didn't like was working with numbers without people. The 29-year-old Hammond native found the best of both worlds when he signed on to the St. Croix County Child Support Agency as a specialist in 2005.
Winter is inevitable every year with snow and cold but it apparently catches local drivers unaware with each coming. Such was the case last weekend with the first snowfall of the season. The fact that the first winter storm of the season came just three days after a record high temperature of 68 degrees was recorded in the area may have contributed to the situation. Wet snow descended on roadways in St. Croix County and caused numerous spin-outs and crashes that flooded the emergency communications center with calls starting Friday evening. Casey Swetlik, ECC director, said between 6 p.m.
(Editor's note: In the Sept. 16 issue of the Star-Observer this photo of the Hudson football team was identified as the 1939-40 squad. It later came to light it was a photo of the team in the fall of 1940 for the class of 1941. Several members of the team pictured later served in World War II. Four were killed.) The photo of a determined group of young men in their football uniforms for a Hudson High School photo in the fall of 1940 belies the fact of what was in the future for a number of the athletes. Hudson native Don Gilbertson, a veteran of the U.S.