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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Sandhill Cranes Make Huge Minnesota Comeback

Just as our national symbol, the bald eagle, has become a common sight across all parts of Minnesota, there is yet another comeback worth celebrating. The 23,000-acre Carlos Avery Wildlife Management Area is nature’s oasis; a sort of wild sanctuary for all kinds of critters, offering all of them a perfect habitat in which to roam.

05/26/2015

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Minnesota’s 133rd Airlift Wing Practices Precision Cargo Drops

Few military units have seen more activations and deployments since 9/11 than Minnesota’s 133rd Airlift Wing — its 1,200 members are essential to moving supplies and soldiers to wherever they’re needed.

05/25/2015

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Remains Of Missing Mpls. Woman Found In State Park

State officials say they are planning to make an announcement Wednesday about the body of a long-time missing Minneapolis woman found in Gooseberry Falls State Park.

05/20/2015

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Minnesota State Patrol Graduates 50 New Troopers

In Mariucci Arena, garnished with maroon and gold, marched the 50 newest members of the Minnesota State Patrol. The 56th training academy class had completed an arduous 16 weeks of law enforcement training and was sharply dressed in their new maroon uniforms.

05/19/2015

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Memorial Day Weekend Brings Campfire Safety Reminder

Jessica Patterson can’t hide the evidence of a campfire incident that wend terribly wrong. Back in November of 2009, she and a friend were burning up some cardboard boxes before they planned to see a movie.

05/18/2015

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More Bad News For Minnesota Beekeepers

The latest national survey by the Bee Informed Partnership shows Minnesota’s beekeepers losing bee colonies at an alarming rate.

05/14/2015

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Rollerblade Inventor Brings Rowing Workout To Pavement

There are many ways to move around and get some vigorous exercise, whether by pedaling wheels or pounding your feet on the pavement. But Scott Olson’s latest version of his “total workout machine” vows to burn more calories than all of them.

05/12/2015

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Coon Rapids Mother Gets White House Mother’s Day Surprise

As a loving mother, Stephanie Tarr is teaching her boys the value of volunteering. To stay on task they gave the boy’s grandma a calendar, listing their good deeds for the year.

05/08/2015

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Glyphosate Labeling Both Confusing and Controversial

It’s the most widely used weed killer in the world. Monsanto’s chemical brand “Roundup” is a top choice for farmers and homeowners alike. Each year, over one billion pounds of the product gets sprayed on crops such as corn, soybeans and cotton. The active ingredient is a chemical called glyphosate and for decades it’s been one of the safest weed killers around.

05/06/2015

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Fridley Residents Remember Devastation Of 1965 Tornadoes

They called it the “longest night” for good reason: 13 people were killed and, in Fridley alone, one in every four homes was damaged or destroyed.

Folks have come together Wednesday to remember that fateful night exactly 50 years ago.

05/06/2015

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Air Force Electricians Use Xcel Course To Train For Rescues

Sitting in a classroom can show you how it’s done. But for 12 Air Force Reserve electricians, there’s only one way to practice it: strapping on climbing belts and gaffs and heading up a pole.

05/04/2015

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Hector Senior Center Grants Residents Their ‘Dreams’

Just because we grow old doesn’t mean we stop dreaming. So for 25 residents of the Prairie View Senior Housing facility in Hector, making those wishes come true turned into a serious matter.

05/01/2015

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Dry Spring Has Farmers Ahead Of Schedule

Dry conditions continue to plague much of Minnesota, with seasonal rainfall far below normal. The problem is most severe in the northwestern part of the state, where farm fields are crying for much-needed moisture.

05/01/2015

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Police: Loaded Shotgun Found Next To Sleeping Child

A young St. Paul father is facing serious charges for endangering the safety of his 4-year old son. Police say 25-year-old Jeremy Smith Jr. showed no regard for his son’s safety when he left the boy alone in a bedroom that was scattered with guns and ammunition.

04/30/2015

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Metro Drug Study Shows Meth & Heroin ‘Epidemic’

There’s disappointing news concerning the Twin Cities efforts to reduce illegal drug use, especially the battle against methamphetamine. A report released by Drug Abuse Dialogues shows that meth use is as high as it’s ever been in the Twin Cities metro.

04/27/2015

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Sun Country Pilots Hold ‘Informational’ Picket

Pilots from other major airlines showed their support as pilots from Sun Country held informational picketing at Terminal 2 of Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.

04/24/2015

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Former ‘CCO Sports Reporter R.J. Fritz Battling Stomach Cancer

Longtime WCCO sports personality Ralph Jon Fritz is battling a terminal stomach cancer. “This is, without a doubt, the most difficult email I have ever sent,” he said in a note addressed to colleagues and friends earlier this week.

04/23/2015

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Meet The Man Behind Hockey History At Xcel Energy Center

Minnesota has a rich hockey history as the first recorded game was played way back in 1895. WCCO’s Bill Hudson spent the day with a man whose job at Xcel Energy Center is to keep track of all the lore.

04/22/2015

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Mom Of Blues David Backes Reflects On Son’s Hockey Career

There are two hometown hockey players skating for the St. Louis Blues. T.J. Oshie of Warroad and David Backes of Spring Lake Park started in the State of Hockey, but now play for St. Louis.

04/22/2015

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Defendants’ Families Doubt FBI’s Terror Case

Friends and relatives of six young men arrested for alleged recruitment into a foreign terror group believe the government’s case is thin.

04/20/2015

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Bail Set For Cambridge Man Charged In St. Croix River Stabbing

Friends and family got to see the man accused of stabbing to death 34-year-old Peter Kelly, a father of five, after a fishing argument turned deadly Tuesday night.

04/17/2015

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Missing Vulnerable Adult Case Becomes A Homicide Investigation

Police in Oak Park Heights say they’re working hard to track down the person who killed a beloved vulnerable adult.

04/16/2015

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Fire Destroys Greenhouse, Damages Two Other Businesses

More than 150 firefighters from more than a dozen north metro departments responded Wednesday morning to battle a massive fire near Forest Lake that destroyed a greenhouse and damaged two other businesses.

04/15/2015

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DNR Warns Of Drones Around Wildfire Battles

Department of Natural Resources firefighters are standing by for what is shaping up to be another dangerous wildfire weekend. Only now they’ve got a new concern — unmanned aircraft, otherwise known as drones.

04/10/2015

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Mosquito Experts Meet To Eradicate Summer Pests

A regional conference in the Twin Cities will have a bearing on how much you’ll enjoy the coming summer.

That’s because 120 members of the North Central Mosquito Control Association are gathered at the University of Minnesota to discuss insect control strategies and surveillance.

04/09/2015

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