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A dispute between the city of Hudson and a downtown sex shop is headed for a showdown in St. Croix County Circuit Court. On Monday, Judge Eric J. Lundell heard a motion to consolidate the cases of two shop employees fined $6,000 each for possession of drug paraphernalia and set a jury trial to hear an appeal of their convictions. The case boils down to whether pipes commonly used for smoking marijuana and other drugs are drug paraphernalia if they haven't been used to consume illegal drugs. Melissa J. Daniels of Coon Rapids, Minn., and Brian E.
Flocks of American White Pelicans and cormorants showed up last week on Long Pond, an inlet of the St. Croix River south of the I-94 bridge. Hudson is apparently a stop-over on the birds' migration to water bodies farther north. Many lakes to the north are still covered with ice because of the late-arriving spring. By the middle of this week (April 28-May 4), pelicans and cormorants could also be spotted on Lake Mallalieu. The were visible to motorists crossing the Hwy.
The Siemens Foundation, Discovery Education, the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) and the College Board have named a team of middle school students from Hudson Middle School finalists in the 2013 Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge. Team Raider Riders was named a finalist for its project on the promotion of bike riding as an alternative to driving automobiles. The team is mentored by HMS science teacher Chris DeLeon and includes Mira Manchanda, teacher and mentor Chris Deleon, Taylor Buldra and Lucia Rinta. Middle school students from across the country competed in this ye
Now that the Aaron Schaffhausen trial is complete, we believe those associated with the trial in St. Croix County should be recognized. This trial represented one of -- if not the most -- heinous crimes ever seen in western Wisconsin. We are still amazed that the trial and story of three young girls murdered in their homes by their father in broad daylight wasn't headlined on the national news every night. Much lesser tragedies have grabbed intense national attention in the past.
The Star-Observer ran a few historic photos this spring regarding the 1965 flood. The flood, of course, was the worst ever recorded in Hudson, cresting between 694 and 695 feet. What that means is that the river was 20 feet over its normal level of 675 feet. What do some of those numbers mean? To cover the Dike Road takes a water level of 691 feet. To reach the top of the Mallalieu Dam takes a water level of 688.3 feet. In 1965, that meant a backup into the Mallalieu of six feet. Not only were people sandbagging along the St.
Sustain Hudson members Judy Freund, left, and Stew Erickson show rain barrels that the environmental organization are offering for purchase. Sustain Hudson took over the rain barrel program from St. Croix County Extension. Anyone wanting more information or interested in purchasing a rain barrel should call Freund at (715) 386-9336.
Green Bay Packers Coach Mike McCarthy has confirmed a shake-up in his offensive line. He tells the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that right tackle Bryan Bulaga will move to left tackle, with the job of protecting Aaron Rodgers' blind side. Marshall Newhouse had trouble in that role last season, giving up a team-high 11 sacks. Newhouse will still have a chance to compete for the starting right tackle job, along with second-year pro Don Barclay and top 2011 draft pick Derek Sherrod.
State Assemblyman Dean Knudson (R-Hudson) announced that he will hold three listening sessions in the 30th Assembly District. A member of the budget-writing Joint Committee on Finance, Knudson said he looks forward to hearing his constituents' concerns and ideas regarding the many issues facing Wisconsin. Listening sessions have all been scheduled for Saturday, May 11. The times and locations are below: UW-River Falls 10-11 a.m. University Center, Kinnic Theater 410 S.
Saint Patrick Parish will present nationally acclaimed singer/songwriter, Steve Angrisano in concert at Saint Patrick Church, Saturday, May 4, at 7 p.m. (doors open at 6:30). There is no charge for admission, but free will donations will gladly be accepted. Angrisano is undoubtedly one of the most effective and versatile ministry leaders in the church today. Those who are young (and young at heart) embrace the passionate message of faith, hope and love woven throughout his music and storytelling.
A snowstorm dropped several inches of heavy, wet snow on the Hudson area the night of May 1-2, knocking out electricity to some homes, cancelling school and making for a sloppy commute. See the photo gallery for some scenes of the what the storm left behind.