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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SSG Corporation, founded and owned by local businessman Burt Nordstrand, has been sold to CrossAmerica Partners, a leading wholesale distributor of motor fuels and real estate used in the retail distribution of motor fuels. CrossAmerica GP LLC, is a wholly owned subsidiary of CST Brands, Inc., one of the largest independent retailers of motor fuels and convenience merchandise in North America. It is also the same company that purchased Hudson-based Erickson Oil (Freedom) in early 2015.
John M. Coughlin, 61, died of a heart attack at his home near Bass Lake (between New Richmond and Hudson) Saturday, Aug. 22. Coughlin was executive director of the United Way of St. Croix Valley which has its office at 516 Second St. in Hudson.
State Rep. Dean Knudson (R-Hudson) is making headlines around the state with two pieces of legislation he plans to introduce sometime during the upcoming legislative session that begins Jan.
A man with local ties has been arrested as a suspect in a murder that was committed at a Duluth, Minn., supermarket Thursday, Dec. 11. Jesse Alan Dahlstrom, 35, of Duluth, was arrested at the scene and taken to the St. Louis County Jail on a preliminary second-degree intentional homicide charge. Dahlstrom is the son of Hudson-based SSG Corp Executive Vice President Gail Dahlstrom. Gail (Nordstrand) Dahlstrom was the first employee of SSG Corporation in 1971. For 43 years she has been the “right-hand person” for SSG’s founder and her brother, Burt Nordstrand.
Republican St. Croix County Clerk of Court Lori Meyer resigned last summer, but because of various circumstances, her name still appears on the Nov. 4 election ballot. The other name on the ballot is that of Katie Thurmes of Somerset – a Democrat who is actively seeking the office. In another development this week, acting Clerk of Court Kristi Severson of New Richmond announced that she is a registered write-in candidate for the office. Thurmes had defeated Severson 700-509 in the August Democratic primary in a write-in campaign.
The economy is still the No. 1 issue said State Rep. Dean Knudson. “The state’s economy is stronger, it’s growing, pay is up significantly, unemployment is down, there are more jobs — this has been our focus,” Knudson said.
District 30 State Assembly candidate Darrel Laumann said the biggest issue facing the state is infrastructure. “I’m talking budget, road, information technology and more. “Businesses will not come here unless we offer the technology other states are offering,” Laumann said.
Libertarian Laurie Kroeger said her first priority, if elected to the state assembly, would be to lead the effort to eliminate the state income tax. “Being a Libertarian I’m not sure how that would happen, but a much fairer system is a straight sales tax,” Kroeger said.
The St. Croix County Sheriff’s Department reported that a hunter located a human skull in the woods at about 5:45 p.m. Thursday (Oct. 9) near the 2200 block of 70th Ave. in the town of Baldwin. Upon arrival, the deputies were shown to a wooded area and located a skull and other remains of a person. The area was just south of the Union Pacific railroad tracks.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker visited Hudson Monday to promote Walker’s candidacy for re-election against Democrat Gov. candidate Mary Burke. The general election is Nov...