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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Minn. ISIS Suspect Allowed To Go Free Pending Trial

A U.S. magistrate will allow a Twin Cities man to be released pending his conspiracy trial that accuses him of attempting to fight with ISIS in Syria. However, Magistrate Judge Janie Mayeron’s decision requires that 18-year-old Abdullahi Yusuf will have strict monitoring and must turn over his U.S. passport. Yusuf is charged with conspiring with a friend, Abdi Nur, in providing “material support to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant,” also known as ISIL or ISIS.

11/26/2014

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Mille Lacs Anglers, Resorts Take DNR To Court

Frustrated with tighter fishing restrictions on Lake Mille Lacs, resorters and sport fishing groups had their day in court. They’re suing the Department of Natural Resources for ignoring a constitutional amendment.

11/20/2014

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Lollie Sues Cops, City For St. Paul Skyway Arrest

Three St. Paul police officers have been exonerated after they were accused of using excessive force during the January arrest of a man in a city skyway. The union representing officers says the Police-Civilian Internal Affairs Review Commission has cleared the officers, and said they acted within the scope of their duties.

11/14/2014

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You Can Shovel TCF Bank Stadium For $10 An Hour

Old man winter threw a big wrench in not only state playoffs, but also Saturday’s Gopher game at TCF Bank Stadium. While the playing surface is heated, seating areas are not, so all that snow has to be removed one row at a time.

11/12/2014

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For Deer Hunters, ‘Orange Friday’ Bags Early Deals

For Minnesota’s 500,000 firearms deer hunters the Friday before opening day is much like the day after Thanksgiving. The day has become such a popular shopping day for hunters that one major sporting goods retailer trademarked the name, “Orange Friday.”

11/06/2014

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Minn.’s 2014 Deer Harvest Expected To Drop Sharply

Five-hundred Minnesota hunters will head into the woods on Nov. 8 for the annual firearms deer hunting opener. But the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is already predicting one of the poorest success rates in recent decades. That’s because Minnesota’s whitetail deer numbers are down in many parts of the state, particularly in the heavily-forested northeastern region.

11/05/2014

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Westonka Program Aims To Make Minnetonka A Better Walleye Destination

The boating season has pretty much ended on Lake Minnetonka, but to one group of anglers what they did Friday will pay off next summer. They’re with the Westonka Walleye Program, a private effort to improve walleye fishing close to home.

10/31/2014

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New TV Ad Points Out Hypocrisy In ‘Redskins’ Slur

The fight to change offensive sports team nicknames has been waging for decades. In fact, protests took place during the Twins’ 1991 World Series against the Atlanta Braves, as well as Washington’s appearance when Minnesota hosted the 1992 Super Bowl.

10/30/2014

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A Home Energy Audit Now Cuts Heating Costs, Ice Dams Later

We know what’s coming. But with any luck, it won’t be nearly as severe as last winter. Still, our drop in temperatures should be a sign of action we can take now to help save heating dollars in the months ahead. Never before have homeowners had more tools and technology to check their homes for heating problems and poor insulation. Both deficiencies will contribute to costly heating bills and the formation of ice dams.

10/29/2014

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Contractors Feel The Pinch Of A Cement Shortage

Minnesota’s building contractors should be busy this time of year finishing up projects before winter sets in. But for many of them, it’s not a lack of work, but a shortage of concrete that’s slowing them down. Disruptions in the main ingredient – cement – means the vital building material is being allocated across the state.

10/28/2014

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Boy, 11, Struck By Car While Walking To School

Police are investigating after a child who was walking to school was struck by a car in St. Paul Monday morning. The incident happened before 7 a.m. near the intersection of Hoyt Avenue and Rice Street in St. Paul.

10/27/2014

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Cement Shortage Causes Construction Headaches

Less than a year after the state struggled through a severe propane shortage, another vital commodity is in short supply.

10/24/2014

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Como Zoo Awaits The Births Of Two Baby Gorillas

Visitors to St. Paul’s Como Zoo are in for a special and rare treat in the coming months. For the first time in the zoo’s 117-year history, the zoo’s staff are preparing for the births of two newborn gorillas.

10/23/2014

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Dozens Appear In Courtroom To Support Christopher Rossing Family

Two months after Christopher Rossing disappeared after leaving a Howard Lake bar, the man charged in his case faced a courtroom packed with Rossing’s friends and family.

10/22/2014

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First Lady Rallies Voters In Minneapolis

Election Day is just two weeks away, and Minnesota Democrats are getting support from some of the most popular national campaigners. First Lady Michelle Obama was the main attraction at an energetic get-out-the-vote rally at Patrick Henry High School in Minneapolis. This was the first of three high-profile Democrats to be stumping the state for Minnesota Democratic candidates this week.

10/21/2014

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Mystery Mass Illness Upsets Willmar Turkey Plant Workers

Investigators in Willmar say they may never know what caused a mass illness inside a Jennie-O turkey plant.

10/18/2014

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Gov. Dayton Updates State On Ebola Preparedness

With Minnesota home to the largest Liberian population outside of West Africa, there’s growing concern that the deadly virus could travel here. That’s why Gov. Mark Dayton called together a panel of health, public safety and government leaders on Friday to update Minnesota’s plans and preparedness.

10/17/2014

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State Parks Offering New Camping Experience — Yurts

Outdoor lovers have a new way to spend the night at three of Minnesota’s state parks. The new shelters have the feel of a tent only with comfort of a cabin. They are known as “yurts.”

10/16/2014

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Minn. Attorney General Sues Credit Card Fee Processor

Valley Lettering in North St. Paul is always looking for more business. So as convenience to customers, owner Don Buckentin takes credit or debit cards. But for each transaction, he pays a fee. “This was far more than pennies,” Buckentin said. “This was hundreds of dollars.”

10/15/2014

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New Billboard Campaign To Find Jacob Wetterling

A new effort is being launched to find Jacob Wetterling as the 25-year anniversary of his abduction approaches. Authorities said six new billboards have been put up in locations near the area where he went missing.

10/14/2014

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Elk River Football Chain Gang Member Celebrates 50 Years

There’s a man in Elk River that goes by the name Tarz Peterson. It’s a nickname that’s been around so long nobody knows him by his real name. But for anyone who goes to the Elks’ high school football game, they know him as the man who moves the yardage chains.

10/13/2014

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Como Zoo Cougar Scratches Man Who Yelled At It

A Minneapolis man was scratched by a cougar at the Como Zoo Conservatory after he climbed on top of the cougar’s mesh fence, witnesses told zoo staff.

10/10/2014

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Police Step Up Search For Mpls. Parking Ramp Attacker

Minneapolis Police are asking for the public’s help in catching the man who attacked two women in a downtown Minneapolis parking ramp. The separate attacks happened Tuesday afternoon on the seventh floor of Ramp C, on the corner of 4th Street and 2nd Avenue North. Police say the attacks in broad daylight are cause for heightened public concern.

10/08/2014

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Major Mpls. Heroin Ring Busted And ‘Out Of Business’

Local and federal law enforcement credit a cooperative effort for busting a Chicago-based drug gang that made ordering a bag of heroin as simple as placing a phone call. “This was a 24-hour-a-day, retail-sales heroin operation,” said United States Attorney Andy Luger. “The way this would work is you would call one of two different phone numbers that were known as dispatch phone numbers — almost like you were calling a cab or you were ordering food.”

10/06/2014

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Not Guilty Plea Entered For Hoffman In Gas Station Killing Case

Lyle “Ty” Hoffman, the man accused of killing his ex-boyfriend at an Arden Hills gas station, is set to be in court around 1 p.m. Friday.

10/03/2014

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