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At the same time Sheila Harsdorf recall supporters were meeting at the St. Croix County Government Center, about 200 people gathered at Lakefront Park to show their support for the Republican state senator who faces a recall election this summer. The St. Croix County Republican Party and Chair Jesse Garza organized the event. "We are facing a defining moment for Wisconsin," Harsdorf told her supporters.
The Western Wisconsin Democrats web site has posted a notice of a meeting in Hudson with "big news" about the Sheila Harsdorf Recall effort. The meeting, titled a "Recall Harsdorf Rally - Big News," is Monday, April 18 at 6 p.m. at the St. Croix County Government Center in Hudson. Although no one will confirm the information to be presented, most expect that it will be announced that the recall supporters have collected enough signature for the recall process to continue.
It was announced at Hudson's St. Patrick Church Sunday that Father Dan Dahlberg is leaving the parish after allegedly taking about $10,800 from the parish charity account for his own use. In a letter distributed at church Sunday, it stated that "It is very likely that this misconduct is the result of a serious gambling addiction which has lead to personal financial issues and impaired Father Dan's judgment." The letter, signed by church board trustees Samuel Cari and Claire Zajac, also recommended the Diocese support Dahlberg in obtaining the professional assistance he needs.
UW System Board of Regents President Charles Pruitt and UW-River Falls Chancellor Dean Van Galen outlined plans for the future of the UW System and how to help the state see an increase in the number of college graduates and more jobs. The men spoke to members of the Hudson Daybreak Rotary Club and later met with reporters at the UW-River Falls Hudson campus Wednesday morning. Pruitt highlighted a report he helped write titled Principles of Progress and Prosperity. "Wisconsin is at a crossroads," Pruitt said.
Gov. Scott Walker visited Hudson Tuesday to introduce a new sign stating "Open For Business." The sign is one of 23 to be placed along different entry points into Wisconsin, including on I-94 at the Wisconsin-Minnesota border. "These signs proudly proclaim Wisconsin is open for business," said Republican Gov. Walker. "Along with the symbolic nature of these signs, there are going to be substantive changes to the way our state government treats job creators. "The pro-growth initiatives I support stand in stark contrast to those policies being discussed in our bordering states.
A Spring Valley husband and wife, Kerry, 35, and Jamie, 34, Wittmer, have been arrested for allegedly stealing televisions, power tools, laptop computers and other items from a loading dock at Valley Cartage, 3011 Enloe St. in Hudson. Kerry Wittmer was employed by the company and allegedly was stealing the items and selling them at about a third of the retail cost. Hudson Police Chief Marty Jensen said his department has already recovered about 35 flat-screen televisions, ranging in sizes from 27 inches to 60 inches.
County administrator resigns post St. Croix County Administrative Coordinator Chuck Whiting submitted his resignation Tuesday. Whiting said he has been hired to serve as City Administrator for the city of Faribault, Minn. He starts his new job Jan. 1. Whiting was hired in St. Croix County in February 2000 after the resignation of John Krizek. He, his wife Heidi and family, live near Roberts. "It has been great being with the County these past 10 years and I sincerely wish everyone the best going forward," Whiting said. St.
Author Burt Nordstrand has scheduled a book signing Thursday, Aug. 12 at Second Street Crossing in Hudson from 4 to 6 p.m. A successful local and regional businessman, Nordstrand took on a book-writing project with his "tell-all" book "Living With the Enemy." If there is anything you want to know about Burt Nordstrand - this book has it all - the good, the bad and the ugly! Nordstrand, president and CEO of SSG Corp., tells his story of various addictions -- the most prominent being his lifelong battle with eating disorders, including compulsive overeating.
David Erickson, the Chief Executive Officer of Erickson Oil Products, Inc. / Freedom Valu Centers based in Hudson, died Wednesday as a result of injuries suffered in a motorcycle accident near Bozeman, Montana. His wife, Debi, was with him and sustained minor injuries. She is being treated at a local hospital in Bozeman. Erickson, 55, is the son of the late Claire and Betty Lou Erickson and was a 1973 graduate of Hudson High School. According to the Bozeman Daily Chronicle, the accident happened shortly after 4 p.m. Wednesday on Bridger Canyon Road.
Candidates for the newly created Branch 4 circuit judge position answered questions at a Chamber of Commerce candidate forum Friday noon at the Hudson Golf Club. Candidates Howard Cameron, Mark Gherty, Charles Harris, Carol Law and Ken Sortedahl were in attendance. The field of five will be narrowed to two after the primary election Tuesday, Feb. 19. The final two candidates will vie for the judge post in the April 1 election. The forum was moderated by local attorney James Johnson. Philosophy About judicial philosophy, the five expressed a variety of themes.