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Bill Hudson

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Bill Hudson has been with WCCO-TV since 1989. The native of Elk River, Minn., says Channel 4 is the station he grew up with and aspired to work for.

“Dave Moore set the standard for all of us. I was blessed to have had the opportunity to work with one of the greatest!”

He is one of seven children, including two other brothers with careers in broadcasting. Jon does radio in Santa Fe, New Mexico and Rob is a television morning show anchor in Missoula, Montana. Must have been in the Uppertown water.

After spending stints reporting the news in Eau Claire and Milwaukee, Bill brought his skills to WCCO-TV as a general assignment reporter. In his many years with the station he’s covered a wide range of stories, including the Sioux City airline disaster, Hurricane Andrew, California Wildfires, the Waco siege and troops returning from Saudi Arabia following Desert Storm.

In addition, Bill has reported extensively on Minnesota’s contributions to the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. He accompanied the Minnesota National Guard to Panama and Honduras to cover stories involving anti-drug measures in Central America and nation building projects. In December 2003 he visited Minnesota National Guard soldiers on a peacekeeping mission in Bosnia.

Bill is an avid outdoorsman who enjoys being at the end of a fly rod or canoe paddle! He also likes to spend time in his wife Julie’s flower gardens doing the “heavy lifting!”

Bill and Julie have two grown daughters. His advice to all young parents is to enjoy every possible moment with your kids. Says Bill, “it’s diapers to diamonds in a heartbeat.”

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Books For Africa Helps Kids Idled By Ebola Crisis

It’s the face of Liberia that is now capturing world attention. A coordinated fight is taking place in the African nation to control the spread of the deadly Ebola virus. But fighting the outbreak also has some negative but necessary side effects that will keep Liberian children from attending school.

12/23/2014

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Chemical Treatment Targets Christmas Lake Zebra Mussels

It’s been the most tested, controlled and, at times, controversial undertaking aimed at keeping an aquatic threat out of a Minnesota lake. The fear of a zebra mussel invasion in Shorewood’s Christmas Lake has been a priority of area residents for the past several years.

12/19/2014

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Metro Transit Offering Refunds For Northstar Commuter Rail Delays

If you’ve ever been on the Northstar Commuter Rail Line, had to wait for it and been late because of it, you’ll soon have a chance to get your money back if it happens again.

12/18/2014

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U Of M Study Finds Ethanol Worse For Air Quality Than Gasoline

For years, the state’s corn and ethanol industries have touted the environmental benefits of burning the alternative fuel in our vehicles. But newly released research from the University of Minnesota College of Science and Engineering is raising eyebrows.

12/17/2014

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Islamic Center Wins Fight To Locate In St. Anthony

After a two-year battle, there is a breakthrough in the fight to build a mosque and Islamic center in a St. Anthony Village office building. In 2012 the city council rejected the plan because it didn’t fit with the area’s mixed-use zoning issues designation.

12/16/2014

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Peterson, NFL Players Union Sue League Over Suspension

The legal case with Vikings running back Adrian Peterson took another step forward Monday morning as the NFL Players Association filed a lawsuit on behalf of Peterson over the denial of his appealed suspension.

12/15/2014

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Report Says Future Of Low Paid Workers Is Bleak

Despite the recent success in raising Minnesota’s minimum wage, a new report paints a bleak outlook for the state’s lowest paid workers. The worker rights groups, Working America and Take Action Minnesota, say a lot more is still needed to lift 622,000 Minnesotans out of poverty.

12/11/2014

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Public Safety: Drivers Beware, Deer Still Active Along Highways

Minnesota’s firearms deer season may be over but the big game animals are still very much on the move. Whitetail deer are a constant concern for motorists, as car-deer collisions continue racking up big repair bills throughout the year.

12/10/2014

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High-Speed Passenger Rail Planned From Twin Cities To Duluth

Some 20,000 to 30,000 vehicles a day make the drive up Interstate 35, between the Twin Cities and Duluth. They are largely students, business people and tourists heading up to the North Shore.

12/09/2014

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Stricter Requirements Coming For Teen Drivers

It’s a rite of passage for most teenagers: the day they take their behind the wheel test for a Minnesota driver’s license. But if your teenage son or daughter hasn’t completed their behind the wheel training by Jan. 1, 2015, a change in state law will require more time in training.

12/08/2014

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Crews Building Power Lines Near Frozen Miss. Battle Winter

The largest, most expensive upgrade of the region’s electrical transmission system in over 40 years is facing a major challenge. CAPX 2020 is 800 miles of new power lines built at twice the cost of the new Vikings stadium. But there’s one leg of the project south of Wabasha where engineering is beating the elements of old man winter.

12/05/2014

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Giving Voice Chorus Overpowers Alzheimer’s

It’s one of the most terrifying diseases of advanced age. That’s the inability to remember the simplest things, like a loved one’s name. But people fighting with dementia and Alzheimer’s are proving that while some things may get lost, they are still able to put song to verse without missing a word.

12/03/2014

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MAC Accepting Proposals For On-Site MSP Airport Hotel

The Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport may soon join the ranks of dozens of other airports in the region in adding an on-site hotel. The Metropolitan Airports Commission is now accepting proposals for the project. The plan is to build a hotel near Terminal 1 across from Concourse C, next to the U.S. Postal Office.

12/02/2014

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Brutal Winters A Boon For Twin Cities’ Skyway Businesses

It is single-digit days like Monday when many folks in the Twin Cities are grateful to live and work in downtown Minneapolis or St. Paul. You can chalk it up to the Twin Cities’ famed skyway system — the envy of most cold climate cities.

12/01/2014

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St. Olaf’s Rwandan Students ‘Thankful’ For Gift Of Education

On a cold, clear, Minnesota morning, Norbert Abayisenga is headed to biology class. He is a sophomore in a sea of 3,100 St. Olaf College students. “I really appreciate my past and I don’t regret my past because it made me into who I am,” Abayisenga said.

11/27/2014

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