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"Back with a bang:" Fourth of July festivities kick off in Ham Lake, Forest Lake

HAM LAKE, Minn. – After a few scaled back years due to the pandemic, many Fourth of July festivities are booming back across Minnesota. On Saturday, crowds packed Lions Park in Ham Lake for the annual Freedom Festival."We enjoy coming every year. The food is good, always activities," Carol Fortuna said.The Fortunas have been living in Ham Lake for 19 years and said the annual festival is something the entire community looks forward to."It is a tradition here in Ham Lake for all our community to get together to spend time with our neighbors, get to enjoy our freedoms," said...
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Hudson Star-Observer

PHOTOS: Hudson Booster Days Carnival

Part of Hudson Boosters Days is the carnival. The carnival began on June 30 but the biggest turnout came on Saturday. After the parade people made their way to Lakefront Park for the carnival. The carnival was complete with food, games, rides and live music. Once the rain began to...
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DOJ fines Emerald Sky Dairy $65,000 for wastewater violations

A St. Croix County dairy farm has been fined by the Wisconsin Department of Justice (DOJ) after discharging manure into a creek near Emerald, Wis., on Nov. 2019. According to the DOJ, Emerald Sky Dairy, LLC is required to pay $65,000 to resolve issues stemming from the manure discharge. “Polluting...

Immanuel Lutheran Church of Woodville installs Pastor Fritz

WOODVILLE, WI – On Sunday, June 5, 2022, Pastor Paul Fritz was installed at Immanuel Lutheran Church of Woodville, Wisconsin. The installation service consisted of visiting pastors, family members, and friends in attendance. A lunch was held following the service in order for the congregation to meet their new pastor.

McKinley Phillips found guilty of murdering wife, sentenced to life in prison

STILLWATER, Minn. -- A Woodbury man has been found guilty of the 2021 murder of his wife and was sentenced to life in prison, the Washington County Attorney's Office announced Friday morning.McKinley Phillips, 40, is guilty of first-degree murder and second-degree murder in connection to the death of his wife, Shavon Phillips.Officers from the Woodbury Public Safety department discovered Shavon Phillips' body in the basement of their Woodbury home after receiving a call from a woman reporting to be McKinley Phillips' mother, according to the complaint.The woman told police her son had confessed he killed his wife and left her body in their house with their six children. McKinley Phillips left the home after the stabbing and was located by law enforcement near Tomah, Wis. the next day.Five victim impact statements were read before McKinley Phillips' sentencing, including statements from three of Shavon Phillips' children.McKinley Phillips declined to make a statement.

Waterfront Watering Holes

Hidden in plain sight in Spring Park, Vann (above) surprised many when it showed up on the James Beard Award long list, but not its fans. They knew that the intimate room, the incredible wine list, and the thoughtful and creative dishes from chef Erik Skaar are something to be lauded. Big windows let you watch the bay from comfier and air-conditioned seats. 4016 Shoreline Dr., Spring Park, 952-381-9042.
Hudson Star-Observer

Green Bay Packer Road Trip coming to Hudson

The 2022 Green Bay Packers Road Trip will be making a stop in Hudson Thursday, July 14. The community event will be held in conjunction with the annual Pigskin Picnic hosted by the Hudson Benchwarmers booster club and include a visit from Packer President/CEO Mark Murphy and current and former Packer players Tramon Williams, Mike Neal, James Starks, Tony Moll, Jason Spitz, Daryn Colledge.

Mural says plenty about where their home is

HUDSON—School children guided by a teacher and two artists painted a mural titled “HUDSON IS HOME” and unveiled it June 17 as part of giving voice to the Hudson community apart from Warren Street. At the same time, an electronic sound collage was introduced as a companion...

Police: Man cut copper wires from pole, substation

A Minnesota man has been charged in Barron County Circuit Court with theft and criminal damage to property plus an additional felony after police say he cut copper from a utility pole and a substation, causing more than a total of $11,000 in damage. David M. Jones, 36, of St. Francis located just north of the Twin Cities, was charged Monday with three felonies — theft of movable property >$10,000-$100,000, falsely acting as a utility employee and criminal damage to property. ...
Hudson Star-Observer

New Richmond Legion teams start build toward playoffs

The American Legion baseball season is brief. The New Richmond teams just finished the first month of their season and are already building toward the state playoffs. The playoffs for the Junior and Senior teams in the area will be played in mid-July. The New Richmond Legion teams have a few games slated before they reach the playoffs. The New Richmond Senior team plays this Wednesday at Baldwin before hosting Chippewa Falls on Thursday. The Senior Legion playoffs will be played from July 22-24 at River Falls.
Hudson Star-Observer

PHOTOS: Hudson Ambassadors 2022

Three women were crowned 2021-2022 ambassadors for the city of Hudson on June 30. Maya Youssef, Jenna Simmons, and Mimi Miller all ended the night with tiaras on their head. Youssef, Simmons and Miller will share the title of Hudson ambassador. Five candidates were competing for three spots. Candidates Ella...