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Charles Altman couldn't have planned a well-rounded career any better than the one he just spent 29 years developing ... and he did it all in the U.S. Navy. Commander Altman, who will give the annual Veterans Day address at the government center Thursday morning, has retired and moved to Hudson, an area where his wife Shellea is not without connections. Altman's Navy career included a variety of experiences.
Whether anybody wants to admit it or not, the snow season is just around the corner. In preparation for those nasty days when the roads must be cleared early and sometimes often, St. Croix County Highway Department truck drivers took part in a two-day program in Hammond designed as a refresher course on the perils of the road. "It's an annual safety refresher," said Jim Van Den Elzen, who heads up the Crossroads Safety Management Group and brought the sophisticated technical equipment that makes up the simulator to Hammond.
Judging by the enthusiasm remaining among a group of Hudson High School students who took an eco-cultural trip to Alaska last summer, it was well worth their time, effort and expense. Eleven students and three adult chaperons, including HHS science teacher Patty Mueller, made an eight-day trip to the 49th state Aug.
The St. Croix County Board of Supervisors approved a budget for 2011 but not without a couple of amendments and attempts at a few others. The county nursing home in New Richmond suffered the most from the amendments to budget resolution Tuesday morning.
It was a long time between trips to Washington, D.C., for Roy Dahlman. The first time was on Army business during World War II. "I had to pick up a soldier that was AWOL. That was in 1942," he said during a conversation in his Hudson townhouse. His next trip to the national capital was Oct.
Another old sports colleague who became part of the Green Bay Packer legend died last week. Vernon J. Biever, 87, died at his home in Port Washington Oct. 13.
A longtime interest in Civil War history combined with a family bonding experience was a unique moment for North Hudson's Daryl Standafer. Standafer, his son Greg, 43, and grandson Jackson, a seventh-grader, of Whitehall, made a late August trip to Civil War battle sites mostly in Tennessee. They visited places with such historic names as Shiloh, Chickamauga, Lookout Mountain, Chattanooga and Fort Donelson on a one-week whirlwind journey. "Greg and I always had interest in the Civil War," said Standafer during a conversation last week.
With only one amendment and not a lot of discussion, the St. Croix County Board of Supervisors passed a resolution to institute what was termed a "soft" hiring freeze Tuesday morning. The resolution calls for reviewing the need to fill current and future vacant positions that may not be essential to the county to determine if they should be filled. "It is a 'soft' freeze. We knew there would be positions within the county that would need to be filled," said Supervisor Sharon Norton-Bauman.
A bet against John Shilts becoming the new sheriff of St. Croix County is a bad idea ...
(Editor's note: The renovation of the former Bank of Hudson building was featured in the Sept. 9 edition of the Star-Observer. The story chronicled the history of the building as a bank and later law office. For a time in between it housed a business machine store, and more history on that era has come to light.) Workmen renovating the former Gwin Law Firm building at Oak and Second streets in downtown Hudson uncovered a stained glass window of the Bank of Hudson revealing an artifact from Hudson in the late 19th century. Hugh H.