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All three referendums pass; O'Connor elected mayor; Hanson, Johnson returned to School Board

Hudson school district voters approved all three referendum questions meaning that a $93 million improvement and renovation project will begin in the near future.

Question 1 approved renovations to the high school; questions 2 approved renovations to the middle school and questions 3 approved improvements to the auditorium and athletic fields.

Also winning in the city of Hudson was mayoral candidate Rich O'Connor. He defeated Victoria Erickson. O'Connor replaces Mayor Al Burchill who did not run for re-election.

In the race for the Hudson board of Education incumbents Jamie Johnson and Bruce Hanson defeated challenger Mary Yacoub.

Other contested races found Hudson Alderman Jim Webber defeating challenger Holly Jones.

In the town of St. Joseph Steve Bohl defeated Patrick O'Meara and Laurie DeRosier defeated Kevin Adkins.

All vote totals are unofficial and may not include some absentee ballots


Referendum I (high school updates)

Yes, 7,077

No, 5,151

Referendum II (middle school updates)

Yes, 7,065

No, 5,063

Referendum III (auditorium, fields)

Yes, 6,387

No, 5,692

BOARD OF EDUCATION (top 2 elected)

Bruce Hanson, 6,052

Jamie Johnson, 6,038

Mary Yacoub, 4,288


Victoria Erickson, 1,923

Rich O'Connor, 2,462


Jim Webber, 389

Holly Jones, 216

TOWN OF ST. JOSEPH (Supervisor 1)

Patrick O'Meara, 631

Steve Bohl, 731

(Supervisor 3)

Laurie DeRosier, 764

Kevin Adkins, 644

Area contested COUNTY races

District 3

Kimbraly Dagastino, 540

Christopher Babbitt, 916

District 4

Tom Coulter, 1,172

Write-in (Howard Novotny), 223

District 6

Bob Long, 714

Carah Koch, 715

District 7

Laurie Bergren, 706

Jesse Littlejohn, 403

District 8

Rick Ottino, 671

Scott Nelson, 771

Doug Stohlberg

Doug Stohlberg has been part of the Hudson Star-Observer since 1973 and has been editor since 1987. He worked at the New Richmond News from 1971 to 1973. He holds a bachelors degree in journalism from the University of Minnesota.

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