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There will be a new face on the North Hudson Village Board of Trustees after the April 6 election even with three candidates running unopposed. Stan Wekkin has thrown his hat into the ring for the 2010-2012 term. He will run with incumbents Jim Thomas and Daryl Standafer for the three positions on the seven-person board up for election April 6. Incumbent Sandra Whalen chose not to seek re-election this year. Whalen was elected in 2006 as a write-in candidate and then filed for re-election in the 2008 spring campaign.
Two positions on the town of St. Joseph Board of Supervisors are contested on the April 6 ballot. Incumbent Dan Gavin is opposed by Kevin Adkins for supervisor No. 1 and Brian Gullickson is running against incumbent Brett Bader for the supervisor No. 3 slot. Dan Gavin, 55, is a 20-year resident of St. Joseph and has served on the town board for eight years. He is a 1972 graduate of Cretin High School and a 1977 graduate of the College of St. Thomas in St. Paul. Gavin is a network engineer for Enventis, Inc. of Plymouth, Minn.
Sandra Whalen has declined to seek another term on the North Hudson Board of Trustees in the April 6 election, but she hasn't counted out a bid to return to the panel sometime in the future. In the meantime candidates Jim Thomas, Daryl Standafer and Stan Wekkin are running unopposed for the open seats on the seven-member board. "Basically, my reason for not running again is that the demands on my time since returning to work in the Minnesota Legislature, make it really hard to give the board, its committees and other related issues the attention they deserve," Whalen said in a recent e-mail
One look at the diminutive Angela Heffron and the last thing that comes to your mind is diesel mechanic. But that's exactly what the 5-foot, 100-pound, North Hudson native has been doing for the last year on active duty with the U.S. Army Reserve in Iraq. And her size has actually been an advantage in some situations. "I could get up under the engine of a CBT (two and one-half ton truck) stand up and get to the engine oil plug," she said.
Recording deeds with St. Croix County has become a lot faster and easier since the days of fountain pens and huge ledger books. Beth Pabst, St. Croix County Register of Deeds, announced last week that her office has been accepting deeds and many other documents electronically. "When I first started working at the Register of Deeds office in 1992, it would take one to two weeks for the documents to be recorded and returned to the submitter," she said.
North Hudson took the first step to establishing a basis for a storm sewer utility fund at its regular March board meeting last Tuesday. The board approved a benchmark equivalent runoff unit (ERU) of 3,500 square feet for single family dwellings following a survey conducted by Cedar Corporation. The survey of impervious surfaces in six different areas of the village determined the average number was 3,578.33 square feet and the median number was 3,400 square feet.
Brad Rebers has moved back home...sort of. At least he has relocated across the river and is doing business in his home state. The 41-year-old Somerset native is the new owner of Seasons Tavern, formerly Northpoint Bar and Grill in North Hudson. "I passed up the opportunity to buy this place five or six years ago," he said during a recent conversation in the lower portion of his establishment last week. "I wasn't going to pass on it this time." Rebers served for 17 years at Tavern on Grand in St. Paul, working his way up to manager.
Reports of underage drinking parties in North Hudson and arrests of teenagers involved is cause of great concern for village president George Klein. Klein took time during his president comments portion of the regular board meeting agenda last Tuesday to address the issue. Klein quoted items from two issues of the Hudson Star-Observer that reported the events in January and February. "This is disturbing on a number of fronts," he said.
At first glance, Christine Ostendorf looks anything but a 23-year Army National Guard veteran who has attained the rank of Major. The bright, soft-spoken overachiever has been in the Guard since age 17 and she most likely will be promoted to Lt. Colonel before her time in service is over.
Anecdotes, stories and other reflections on the influence the late North Hudson Police Chief Richard Jansen had on citizens are requested in connection with the development of a new village park. Colleen O'Brien-Berglund is chair of the village park board that is applying the finishing touches to plans for the new park in the Ridges Development to be named in Chief Jansen's honor. She said the deadline to submit anecdotes has been pushed back to March 15. Many young people's lives were touched by Jansen during his 32 years as a North Hudson police officer and others came in contact with him