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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.
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.
Retired Hudson Chief of Police Dick Trende spoke to members of the Thursday Noon Rotary Club last week and talked about the duties of his current position as director of the public safety department at UW-River Falls. "Campus safety is always the number one concern in the minds of parents," Trende said. "When anyone looks at safety, they use Virginia Tech as the benchmark.
Bob Brown of Ayres Associates in Eau Claire presented Thursday, Sept. 6, three possible building proposals as solutions to moving the county Health and Human Services Department (not to be confused with the nursing home) offices from New Richmond to Hudson. St. Croix County Finance Committee members, however, seemed less than excited about the possibility of building a new structure in Hudson -- at least at the present time. All three proposals involved a new structure -- either near or adjacent to the Government Center -- and some remodeling of the existing Government Center.
The St. Croix County Board Tuesday approved the sale of a 75-acre parcel of mostly wetland in the northwest quadrant of the town of Stanton, east of New Richmond. The land was purchased by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, which offered to pay $12,500 for the property. A last-minute offer of $13,000 from nearby resident Mark Borgstrom caused the board to discuss the sale, but it still preferred the U.S.
Three St. Croix County businesses were honored at the St. Croix Economic Development Corp. annual awards banquet Thursday night (Feb. 1) in New Richmond. Selected as the EDC's 2006 Business of the Year recipients were: Interfacial Solutions (Hudson), 2006 Emerging Business of the Year (based in St. Croix County and in business for five or fewer years); Action Battery Wholesalers Inc. (Somerset), 2006 Small Business of the Year (29 or fewer employees); and McMillan Electric Co.
Tom Still, president of the Wisconsin Technology Council, spoke at the St. Croix Economic Development Corp. annual awards banquet and said Wisconsin is making strides forward in technology, but more work is needed to keep the Badger state competitive. "In the 19th century Wisconsin developed bigger and better farms; in the 20th century it was bigger and better factories," Still said. "In the 21st century we need bigger and better ideas -- it's a knowledge economy." Wisconsin is currently lagging the nation in average income and is far behind Minnesota. "Wisconsin is 98 percent of the U.S.
A Sunday morning fire destroyed a town of Troy home at 597 White Oak Drive, just off Gilbert Road about a mile south of the TA truck stop. The home is owned by Richard and Mary Woodmansee. Fire Chief Jim Frye said the call came in at 10:41 a.m. "Mr. Woodmansee was in a hot tub at the home and smelled smoke," Frye said. "When he went to investigate he discovered a fire in the garage. Both Richard and his wife were home when the fire was detected." It has not been determined how the fire started. There were no injuries. "That will be left to the insurance investigators," Frye said.
Republican State Assembly Rep. Kitty Rhoades is grateful that she survived the "Democratic sweep" that moved across the country on Election Day, Nov. 7. "I'm happy I survived and I'm glad that it's over," Rhoades said. "As President Bush said, 'We (Republicans) took a thumping.'" Wisconsin, like much of the nation, saw a shift of power. The state Senate went from 19-14 Republican control to 18-15 Democratic control. Republicans managed to keep the Assembly, but their margin tightened after the election, from 59-39 to 52-46. For the first time since he took office, Gov.