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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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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Here’s How To Tune Up Your Furnace, Help The Environment & Save Money

Now is the right time to check your furnace – for maintenance, safety and efficiency. And if you do a little web research, you’ll be surprised how much money your can save for your family.

09/30/2014

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Lawmakers Call Congested Freight Rails A ‘Growing Crisis’

Minnesota lawmakers are turning up the heat on the state’s major railroads to do something to alleviate congestion that’s costing the state millions of dollars.

09/30/2014

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MSP Air Traffic Returns To Normal; Farmington FAA Facility Picks Up Slack

Air traffic in and out of Chicago and other regional airports is slowly returning to normal after Friday’s catastrophic fire in an FAA control center.

09/29/2014

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Councilman’s Muslim Cabbie Comment Heats Up Monticello Mayoral Race

Words spoken at this week’s city council meeting are heating up the mayor’s race in Monticello. Councilmember Glen Posusta is running to become the city’s next mayor, but a reference he made at Monday’s council meeting is being taken by many as derogatory and unnecessary.

09/26/2014

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State Warns Consumers About Aftermarket Auto Warranties

They are sold to vehicle owners to give added peace of mind in the event of serious repairs, but Minnesota’s Attorney General Lori Swanson is warning consumers about extended warranty coverage that fails to live up to the promise.

09/24/2014

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ACT Testing To Be Given To All Minn. High School Juniors

A big change is coming to the way Minnesota’s high school seniors are measured for their proficiency in learning. That’s because the 2013 state legislature decided to scrap the longtime requirement for GRAD testing to measure competency in key areas as a condition of graduation.

09/23/2014

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