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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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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Mille Lacs Daily Walleye Limit Drops To One Fish

With just a month to go until the statewide fishing opener, anglers who fish lake Mille Lacs received more disappointing news. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources released the 2015 fishing regulations for Mille Lacs, which cuts the bag limit on walleye in half.

04/08/2015

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Tanning Salon Employee Accused Of Videotaping Customers

A Twin Cities man is charged with violating a cherished right: privacy. Police arrested the 30-year-old Jake Lindbeck of Blaine after investigators discovered he allegedly had secretly recorded women who were getting ready to tan at the Paradise Tan and Tone in Circle Pines.

04/07/2015

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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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