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St. Croix Animal Friends begin push to build shelter

St. Croix Animal Friends Inc. is ready for action, the leaders say. Seven years after the nonprofit corporation formed to establish a shelter for dogs and cats, it is preparing to embark on a major capital campaign in the fall.

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Bethel Lutheran bids Pastor Bredeson a fond farewell

The Rev. Van V. Bredeson will give his final sermon as a member of the staff at Bethel Lutheran Church on Sunday. After 22 years as the church’s education, family and youth pastor, Bredeson is looking for his next call.

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City Council renews Hudson Golf Club’s liquor license

Council members were satisfied with a statement from Jeff Redmon, attorney for Hanson Brothers Golf Holdings, that the club intends to be open for business at least three consecutive days per 90-day period next winter.

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Business and community leader George Hoel dies at 89

George Hoel was active in many community organizations and fundraising campaigns over his more than 40 years in Hudson. In 2003, he received the Marie Blakeman Award, presented by the Hudson Area Chamber of Commerce.

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City of Hudson to allow backyard hens

Maybe it was fate. Monday, June 3, was National Egg Day, the spokespersons for Hudson Urban Chickens said at the start of their presentation to the City Council that evening.

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Council adds $2 million for land purchase to five-year financial plan

The five-year financial plan for Hudson’s public safety departments includes $2 million for the purchase of a site for a new public safety building in 2015.

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Group asks city to allow backyard chickens

A group is pressing the city of Hudson to permit residents to keep up to five laying hens in their backyards.

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Memorial Day is for families, too, says retired chaplain

The reason for Memorial Day certainly is to honor the memories of all those who have given their lives in the nation’s wars and military campaigns, says retired Chaplain Lt. Col. Lane Stockeland. “And you honor and remember the family of that military member," he adds.

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Nation’s fallen law enforcement officers remembered

A memorial service was held Tuesday evening, May 14, in the Hudson High School auditorium to honor the nation’s law enforcement officers who have died in the line of duty.

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All Curt Brown ever wanted to do was fly

Hudson can now boast of being home to not only an astronaut - but a Hall of Fame astronaut. Space shuttle commander Curt Brown was inducted into the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame in a ceremony at the Kennedy Space Center on April 20.

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Randy's Ramblings: Clergy wielded influence in Hudson of yesteryear

Opinion
The recent relocation of the Star-Observer news office forced me into a job I try to avoid like a dog shuns a bath: house-cleaning. Or in this case, office-cleaning. The effort proved worthwhile, however.

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RANDY'S RAMBLINGS: Public facilities reflect community pride

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I’m weighing into this debate with considerable trepidation. Some of the toxicity of national and state politics has seeped into our local discussions. Voicing an opinion can make you a target...

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Randy’s Ramblings: There’s a lot to like about the Affordable Care Act

Opinion
The Republican Party seems to have hitched its wagon to the idea that undoing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act will be a political winner in the 2012 elections. But I wonder how Americans would feel about having the benefits of Obamacare, as it is commonly called, pulled away from them if the GOP does regain the White House and total control of Congress.

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Randy's Ramblings: A showdown over mining is under way in Madison

A lot has been happening downstate that folks on the western fringe of Wisconsin, under the orb of the Twin Cities media, probably aren’t aware of unless they make an effort to follow our home-state news.

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Randy’s Ramblings: Decent pay and a good nursing home are worth preserving

There they go again, to adapt a line from a former president. Three years after citizens voted 27,219 to 14,648 for St. Croix County to continue to operate a nursing home, the county board has set another referendum on the issue.

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Randy’s Ramblings: We’ll miss it when it’s gone

I can’t help but think that the city will miss the Hudson Golf Club if it really does become a school site and commercial district. Maybe I’m wrong, but I know I’ll be a little sad to see it go.

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Randy's Ramblings: The election is over; no end in sight to the recrimination

By the time this hits the press, Tuesday’s recall elections will have been decided. Well, most of them should be decided anyway. Considering the vote-counting problems that plagued April’s state Supreme Court election, there’s no certainty that the results will be cut and dried.

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Randy's Ramblings: Recent shenanigans aren’t a reason to abandon the open primary

Some conservative bloggers are gloating over the Republican Party’s use of Wisconsin’s open primary system to play shenanigans with the upcoming state Senate recall elections.

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Randy's Ramblings: A bird-watching report from North Hudson

Nature has been on riotous display in our backyard in recent weeks. The cattail-ringed drainage pond beyond the lawn — together with neighborhood bird feeders — are magnets for an amazing diversity of wildlife.

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Randy's Ramblings: Computers aren’t ready to run the world

Toyota’s trouble with revving engines reminded me of my own encounter with technology gone wild. No, my 10-year-old, four-cylinder import didn’t take off like a bat out of heck. My problem was with the phone/cable TV/Internet provider.

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