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It's not easy being a Republican senator in Wisconsin these days and 10th District State Sen. Sheila Harsdorf, R-River Falls, said outside-state forces are leading the charge to "maintain the status quo." Harsdorf, like other senators from around the state, is now the target of a recall effort and subject to death threats. "This is clearly driven by union interests from outside the state," Harsdorf said.
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.
Republican Dean Knudson was the winner of the 30th District Wisconsin Assembly seat Tuesday night, defeating Democrat Matt Borup. Although results were not totally complete at press time, Knudson held a substantial 12,096-7,325 lead with only a few precincts left to report. Knudson won every district precinct with the exception of three in the city of River Falls. Knudson, mayor of Hudson, will assume the post that was held by fellow-Republican Kitty Rhoades since 1998. Earlier this year Rhoades announced she wouldn't seek re-election. Knudson will be sworn into office in Madison on Jan.
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.
The USDA Rural Utilities Service (RUS) announced Baldwin Telecom, Inc. (BTI) has been approved for a $9 million broadband project in the town of Troy. As part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, BTI will receive $4,533,949 in matching grant money for the development of broadband data access in the town of Troy.
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, July 28, as a result of injuries suffered in a motorcycle accident near Bozeman, Mont. His wife, Debi, was with him and sustained a broken leg and other injuries. She was treated at Deaconess Hospital in Bozeman and returned home Sunday afternoon, Aug. 1. 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.
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.