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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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GM Ignition Switch Recall Causing Parts Shortage

In the service bays of Mauer Chevrolet, auto mechanics are busy swapping out the small parts that caused a huge problem. “We get a half dozen to a dozen every day,” operations director, Norm Kordell, said.

08/04/2014

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Finding Minnesota: Off-Roading In The Iron Range

Minnesotans love their four-wheel drive SUV’s and pickup trucks. We often need them with all the snow we get each winter. The vast majority of owners rarely take them off the freeways and paved streets.

08/03/2014

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Annual 3M Golf Tournament Wows Crowd, Raises Charity

Once again the greats of professional golf are teeing it up in the annual 3M Championship at the TPC in Blaine. Celebrating its 22 year in the Twin Cities, the tournament will draw huge crowds to both its tournament play and team competition featuring golf legends Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player.

08/01/2014

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Prosecutors Fight Dismissal Of LaDue Attempted Murder Charges

Just two days after a judge dismissed the attempted murder charges against the Waseca teen accused of plotting to bomb his school, 17-year-old John LaDue made a court appearance Wednesday morning. Transported from a juvenile detention facility in Red Wing, LaDue was back in a Waseca courtroom to learn if he would be tried as an adult.

07/30/2014

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World-Class Soccer Field Comes To TCF Bank Stadium

World-class soccer is coming to the Twin Cities this weekend, and world-class soccer needs a world-class field. It takes a lot of effort to put real grass over the artificial turf that covers TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis.

07/29/2014

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Flooding Leaves Behind River Barge Roadblock

Commercial barge traffic should fully resume on the Mississippi River as early as next Tuesday. Parts of the heavily used upper Mississippi River were left impassible to barge and tug traffic after recent flooding left behind an unwanted surprise.

07/25/2014

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Hiawatha Golf Course Partially Reopens After Flooding

Golfers like Roosevelt Elliott are returning to tee it up on Hiawatha Golf Course in Minneapolis. “Really, really excited,” Elliot said. “I couldn’t wait to get out here because I wanted to get some exercise. I’ve been chipping and putting, you know, for the past month or so.”

07/25/2014

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Project To Add 3rd Lane To I-494 In Plymouth Kicks Off

A three-year project to add another lane to Interstate 494 in Plymouth is officially underway, following a groundbreaking ceremony Wednesday morning. The stretch of 494 from Highway 55 to the Fish Lake Interchange is the only part of 494 that didn’t have three lanes.

07/23/2014

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Minn. AG Files Suit Against MN School Of Business, Globe University

The Minnesota General Attorney has filed a lawsuit against two for-profit colleges, claiming they misrepresented the job opportunities that would be available to their criminal justice graduates. On Tuesday, Lori Swanson announced that a suit had been filed against the Minnesota School of Business and Globe University.

07/22/2014

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Neighbor Boy Helps Rescue 2 Men From Burning Home In St. Paul

Authorities said two men had to be rescued after a home caught fire early Monday morning in St. Paul. Crews were called to a house fire at about 12:30 a.m. on the 400 block of Goodrich Ave. West.

07/21/2014

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Jeanine Davis’ Company Has The Vikings Stadium Debris To Deal With

When state lawmakers voted to help build the new billion dollar Vikings stadium, they made sure that women and minorities would get a piece of the construction. Both in construction jobs and in contractors selected.

07/20/2014

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Metro Transit’s Green Line Beats Goals First Month

After disruption during construction and disagreement over its need, there’s little debate the Metro Transit’s Green Line is off to a successful launch. That’s thanks to strong ridership from people like Melanie Wayne. She brought her girls down from Ham Lake for a light rail excursion.

07/18/2014

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Man Killed Neighbor’s Pit Bull After It Attacked His Dog

It wasn’t the first time Chuck Hale’s golden retriever was the target of a neighbor’s pit bull. After a 2012 incident, the Hales’ spent thousands of dollars fencing in their back yard.

07/16/2014

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This Indian Girls Soccer Team Is Playing In Minn. With A Purpose

Like all teenagers, hanging with one’s peers is a simple pleasure. But for 18 girls from India, an outing to the Minnesota Zoo was both eye-opening and life-changing.

07/16/2014

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Minnesota Vineyards Hit Hard By ‘Polar Vortex’

Isaac and Terri Savaryn looks at his losses while surveying row upon row of his Marquette variety of grapes, growing on a hillside overlooking Lake Waconia. Despite most of the vines appearing lush and green, they hold half the grape clusters that would be growing in a normal year.

07/11/2014

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