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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5,200-Mile Canoe Journey To Arctic Reaches Twin Cities

Four young men from St. Cloud — along with two of their friends — are taking a spring break trip that’s hard to fathom. Theirs is a nine-month journey that will wind through 10 states and five Canadian provinces.

04/06/2015

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2 Charged In Separate Infant Deaths In Dakota County

Two people were charged in Dakota County Friday in separate cases involving the deaths of infants. The Dakota County Attorney’s office charged 46-year-old Paul Richard Sandell and 63-year-old Janet Marie Kartheiser with one count each of second-degree manslaughter.

04/03/2015

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Blaine Bank Teller Helps Uncover Multi-State Theft Ring

An alert bank teller in Blaine is getting credit for tipping police to a suspected identity theft ring.

04/02/2015

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Woman Fleeing ATM Robbery Hits 2 Innocent Bystanders

The group “Rhythmic Circus” had just finished rehearsal late Monday night at a south Minneapolis dance studio. Six friends were standing outside the studio on the sidewalk when tragedy came out of nowhere

04/01/2015

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Rolling Stones Expected To Fill TCF Bank Stadium

For the first time in a decade, one of the most iconic rock-and-roll bands is coming back to the Twin Cities. The Rolling Stones announced on Tuesday they’ll play TCF Bank Stadium at the University of Minnesota on June 3.

03/31/2015

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Winter Litterers Blamed For Millions In Road Clean-Up Costs

Minnesota’s early snow melt means a rapid start to a messy job this time of year — picking up roadside trash.

03/30/2015

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Marijuana Wax Fire Leads To Grandmother’s Death, 2 Men Charged With Murder

There’s a new warning from Public Safety experts Wednesday about the dangers of cooking concentrated marijuana oil. It can lead to explosions and fires, like the one that has two St. Cloud men charged for the death of a grandmother.

03/25/2015

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Delta Deems Speaker’s Dog Not Famous Enough To Fly 1st Class

On any given day, or any flight, chances are pretty good there’s a dog on board. For $125 each way, Deb Pullen is happy to pay to bring her Maltese along as a carry-on. “He likes to travel,” Pullen said. “No one’s really said anything, but some people ignore him and others just go nuts over him you know, and want to talk about him.”

03/24/2015

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Free 8-Week IT Training Program Changing Lives

At a time when we’re hearing about corporate layoffs, there’s one area of employment that can’t hire workers fast enough.

03/24/2015

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Local Firefighter Invents Safer Way To Back Big Rigs

A St. Paul firefighter’s invention is designed to save lives and limit damage from accidents while backing up. It was 6 years ago when a St. Paul ambulance accidently backed over and killed an elderly woman who didn’t hear a back-up alarm. Now, an invention by firefighter Jovan Palmieri is about to keep that from happening again.

03/23/2015

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2 Green Berets Riding Coast-To-Coast In Support Of Vets

Two Green Beret soldiers living in the Twin Cities are spending the next few months training for a coast-to-coast bicycle trip to raise money for veterans with brain injuries. Zach Garner and Adam Smith, otherwise known as the Green Beret Adventure Team, will ride 4,600 miles from Seattle to Florida in what’s being called the “Ride to Valhalla.”

03/23/2015

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Anoka Hennepin District Surveys Anti-Bullying Progress

Anoka-Hennepin Schools has released the results from its latest anti-bullying survey. Unfortunately, it shows more work is needed.

03/20/2015

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Ramsey Man Accused Of Assaulting Elderly Father-In-Law

A 77-year-old man is fighting for his life in a hospital and his son-in-law is in jail, charged with assaulting him.

03/18/2015

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Sheriff: Man Rescued From Ice On St. Croix River

Sheriff William Hutton said despite repeated warnings to stay off the ice, a man decided to walk on the St. Croix River when a chunk of it broke free, sending him for a ride downstream.

03/17/2015

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Sun Country Pilots Vote To Strike, But Talks Continue

Pilots for Sun Country Airlines haven’t had a meaningful pay increase since 2001. That’s a big reason behind a unanimous vote to authorize a strike if needed.

02/26/2015

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Fans Flood Target Center For KG’s Return

Minnesota welcomed home a favorite athlete and larger-than-life personality Wednesday night. For the first time in eight years, Kevin Garnett stepped on the Target Center court as a member of the Timberwolves.

02/25/2015

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As Minn. H.S. Graduation Rates Climb, Concerns Remain

Fresh numbers from the Minnesota Department of Education show an increase in students graduating high school on time.

02/24/2015

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Little O’s, Yellow Box: A Look Back At 74 Years Of Cheerios At General Mills

General Mills launched the cheerios brand back in 1941 as Cheeri Oats. The name was changed a few years later to what it is today, Cheerios. Seventy four years later, it is still the bestselling brand of ready-to-eat cereal on American breakfast tables.

02/23/2015

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A Look At MOA Security In Wake Of Video Threat

Shoppers at the Mall of America seem undeterred after hearing about a video purportedly made by al-Qaida-linked rebels that urges Muslims to attack shopping malls. The video specifically mentions the Bloomington shopping mall.

02/23/2015

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Locked Up At 15, Sex Offender Calls His Treatment ‘A Sham’

A federal trial over the constitutionality of Minnesota’s sex offender program heard Thursday from a man who was a juvenile when he was locked up and was later sent into treatment.

02/19/2015

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Patients Testify In Lawsuit Over Sex Offender Program

For the first time, we’re hearing from patients in Minnesota’s sex offender program. They say the state’s system of treatment is broken. It’s the second week of testimony in the class action lawsuit, which seeks to have the program ruled unconstitutional.

02/17/2015

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FAA Proposes Regulations On Drones

After years of waiting, the Federal Aviation Administration is finally proposing news rules for the safe operation of unmanned aircraft systems, otherwise known as drones. The long anticipated regulations are an attempt to balance flight safety with a rapidly blossoming industry.

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Readers Mourn NY Times Writer, Minn. Native David Carr

Media columnist David Carr, who wrote the Media Equation column for The New York Times and penned a memoir about his fight with drug addiction, collapsed at his office and died on Thursday. He was 58.

02/13/2015

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Sibley High Rallies Around Teacher With ALS

A teacher’s impact on a student can last well beyond the classroom. Students at Henry Sibley High School are getting one of those lessons this week during GOFA Week. GOFA stands for “Give Once For All,” and students hold various events to raise money.

02/11/2015

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Metro Coach Pleads Guilty To Sexually Assaulting 13-Year-Old Girls

A former Twin Cities coach accused of luring two 13-year-old girls to his Burnsville home and sexually assaulting them last September pleaded guilty to charges on Wednesday.

02/11/2015

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