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Law enforcement from various departments and community members gathered together Wednesday, May 15 at Hudson High School to honor law enforcement as part of the annual St. Croix County Law Enforcement Memorial. The ceremony paid tribute to the 144 officers killed in the line of duty in 2018.
Ken Thill will serve as supervisor one for the Hudson Town Board after being appointed at the regular meeting on Tuesday, May 7. Thill fills the seat left vacant after Don Jordan was elected as town chair. Bob Long was also nominated for the vacant seat. Thill won the position with a board vote of 3-2. Thill, a father of four, has lived in the town with his wife Julie since 2001. He has always aspired to join a government board. "I want to get involved in my township, I love my township and kind of want to keep it the nice little township that it is," Thill said.
The St. Croix County Administration Committee voted to send $8.4 million in bonding again to the county board without changes, after the board sent it back to the committee level on a 12-5 vote May 7. The main item of concern in the three-part borrowing request was a new mobile command vehicle. The command vehicle makes up $400,000 of the request, alongside a new wing in the jail to accommodate inmates with mental health issues as well as a heating-air-conditioning-and-ventilation (HVAC) overhaul to the Government Center.
Construction on Vine Street from Ninth to Wisconsin streets begins this week in Hudson. The street will be closed to through traffic. Construction will start on Wednesday, May 8 with a hard closure from Ninth Street up to Wisconsin Street, Public Works Director Mike Mroz told the Hudson Common Council at its meeting on May 6.
Action on a zoning ordinance that would include small animal or reptile education businesses was postponed by the Hudson Common Council Monday night after the city attorney pointed out inconsistencies between the proposed ordinance and the city's existing animal ordinance. Catherine Munkittrick said these inconsistencies would need to be resolved before approval. Consideration of the ordinance was prompted after Emily Roberts, owner of Snake Discovery, came forward looking to open a business of this nature.
A is for Alf, B is for Beastie Boys and C is for, of course, cassette tapes. That's the "ABCs of the '80s", as told by a new book written by former Hudson resident Desi Moore. Moore grew up in North Hudson in the 80s, before taking a trip out to Los Angeles for the summer in 1997. The summer ended, but she never left.
After completing its three-year strategic plan, the Hudson Area Public Library is again looking to the future. The plan set out five main goals — increase private support, expand advocacy efforts, increase public awareness, enhance library services and plan for future staffing needs to better serve the community. "It went really well," Library Director Tina Norris said. "We accomplished everything that was on that strategic plan."
Pack your bags and peel off a forever stamp to travel the world with Stanley Lambchop in the Phipps Children's Theater production of "The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley Jr." on The Phipps' main stage. The musical follows the classic tale of an everyday young boy Stanley, played by Michael Wirth, whose life is changed when his bulletin board, brought to life by Riley Culver, falls on him, leaving him flat.
With an Eiffel Tower behind them and lights all around, Hudson High School students celebrated springtime in Paris at the 2019 prom grand march and coronation. Photos by Rebecca Marsical / RiverTown Multimedia
Eric Tostrud was spending the day with his mother Judy in 2016, eight years after she had been diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease, when an idea popped into his head. Tostrud had recently received a Peloton bike as a gift from a group that had chipped in all together. Touched by the generosity, he was looking for a way to pay it forward. As he watched his mother struggling to walk out of the house, he saw an opportunity to take the anger and pain of her struggle and transform it.