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The Wisconsin Department of Transportation plans to conduct routine maintenance on the St. Croix River bridge in Hudson Tuesday night, Sept. 25 into Wednesday morning, Sept. 26. The right two lanes on westbound I-94 will be closed from 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 25 until 6 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 26. Traffic entering I-94 westbound from downtown Hudson should be prepared to yield to I-94 through traffic as well. Motorists are advised to plan ahead.
Activities, entertainment part of festivities The Hudson Area Chamber of Commerce & Tourism Bureau, in partnership with The Phipps Center for the Arts, is organizing the Spirit of the St. Croix Art Festival, Sept. 22 and 23 in Lakefront Park. The Spirit of the St. Croix Art Festival draws thousands of visitors to Hudson every year. This year the festival offers even more art in the park, with 80-plus juried artists. Acoustic musicians will add to the atmosphere of fine art and fall flavors. The two-day event will begin Saturday, Sept 22, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and continues Sunday, Sept.
Lightning is being blamed for a Saturday night fire that badly damaged two homes in Hudson. Firefighters were called to a four-unit townhouse on Hunter Hill Road by a neighbor who, after seeing a flash of lightning followed by booming thunder, went outside to see if any damage had been done. Sharon Tepper told a Hudson Fire Department investigator that she saw flames and smoke coming from the roof of Jerry and Georgia Adams' townhouse at 1520 Hunter Hill Road. Tepper called 911 and proceeded to warn the residents of the four-plex to leave their townhouses.
The Hudson community came out in massive numbers last Wednesday to contribute to a fund benefiting the Schaffhausen family of River Falls. Over $30,000 was collected from 10 a.m. into the early evening at the River City Center parking lot, reported Hudson resident Paul Rode. Jessica Schaffhausen experienced tragedy last Tuesday when her three daughters, Amara, 11, Sophie, 8, and Cecilia, 5, were all found dead in their home by police.
HUDSON -- According to the 2010 edition of County Business Patterns (CBP), St. Croix County businesses with paid employees declined from 2,187 in 2007 to 2,068 in 2010, for a loss of 119 businesses. Business losses in St. Croix followed the same pattern across the Greater St. Croix Valley region of Polk, Pierce, Dunn and St. Croix as well as in Wisconsin, Minnesota and the United States. The 2007 benchmark was selected as it coincides with the start of the nation's current recession, which economists agree began in December 2007.
Tom Barrett, Democrat candidate for governor, is scheduled to be in Hudson Wednesday morning. He plans to visit Keys Café and Bakery at 8 a.m. with State Sen. Kathleen Vinehout, Alma. She was also a Democrat candidate for governor who was defeated in the May 8 primary. Barrett is running against Republican Gov. Scott Walker in the June 5 recall election.
A Spring Valley, Wisconsin couple has been convicted in connection with the theft of flat screen televisions from a Hudson freight carrier. Jamie L. Wittmer, 35, entered a deferred judgment agreement on a felony receiving stolen property charge and pleaded no contest in two counts of misdemeanor theft Wednesday, May 9. She was sentenced to 120 days in jail, with 90 days stayed, 80 hours of community service and probation for two years. She was also fined $693. Kerry Kevin Wittmer, 36, pleaded no contest to one count of felony theft.
"The Miracle Worker," an inspirational drama by William Gibson, will be performed March 23 - April 15 at The Phipps Center for the Arts. The center is pleased to announce an American Sign Language (ASL)-interpreted performance on April 15. "The Miracle Worker" is based on "The Story of My Life," the 1902 autobiography of Helen Keller. The play captures the relationship between Annie Sullivan and Keller. Sullivan is hired by Keller's parents to tutor Helen, who became blind and deaf in infancy, due to a severe case of scarlet fever.
The Hudson Area Chamber of Commerce & Tourism Bureau welcomed new member ThunderWillow Community Arts with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. Present for the event were, from left, Chamber Ambassadors Brian Hinz, Pete Keskey, and Susie Halverson, Chamber President Kim Heinemann, owner and artist Donna Ernst, Chamber Ambassadors Jerry Hautala, Barb Zimmerman, and Paul Simmons. ThunderWillow Community Arts recently opened its doors at 1615 Maxwell Drive, Suite 2, in Hudson.