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.”
It’s been the most tested, controlled and, at times, controversial undertaking aimed at keeping an aquatic threat out of a Minnesota lake. The fear of a zebra mussel invasion in Shorewood’s Christmas Lake has been a priority of area residents for the past several years.
If you’ve ever been on the Northstar Commuter Rail Line, had to wait for it and been late because of it, you’ll soon have a chance to get your money back if it happens again.
For years, the state’s corn and ethanol industries have touted the environmental benefits of burning the alternative fuel in our vehicles. But newly released research from the University of Minnesota College of Science and Engineering is raising eyebrows.
After a two-year battle, there is a breakthrough in the fight to build a mosque and Islamic center in a St. Anthony Village office building. In 2012 the city council rejected the plan because it didn’t fit with the area’s mixed-use zoning issues designation.
The legal case with Vikings running back Adrian Peterson took another step forward Monday morning as the NFL Players Association filed a lawsuit on behalf of Peterson over the denial of his appealed suspension.
Despite the recent success in raising Minnesota’s minimum wage, a new report paints a bleak outlook for the state’s lowest paid workers. The worker rights groups, Working America and Take Action Minnesota, say a lot more is still needed to lift 622,000 Minnesotans out of poverty.
Minnesota’s firearms deer season may be over but the big game animals are still very much on the move. Whitetail deer are a constant concern for motorists, as car-deer collisions continue racking up big repair bills throughout the year.
Some 20,000 to 30,000 vehicles a day make the drive up Interstate 35, between the Twin Cities and Duluth. They are largely students, business people and tourists heading up to the North Shore.
It’s a rite of passage for most teenagers: the day they take their behind the wheel test for a Minnesota driver’s license. But if your teenage son or daughter hasn’t completed their behind the wheel training by Jan. 1, 2015, a change in state law will require more time in training.
The largest, most expensive upgrade of the region’s electrical transmission system in over 40 years is facing a major challenge. CAPX 2020 is 800 miles of new power lines built at twice the cost of the new Vikings stadium. But there’s one leg of the project south of Wabasha where engineering is beating the elements of old man winter.
It’s one of the most terrifying diseases of advanced age. That’s the inability to remember the simplest things, like a loved one’s name. But people fighting with dementia and Alzheimer’s are proving that while some things may get lost, they are still able to put song to verse without missing a word.
The Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport may soon join the ranks of dozens of other airports in the region in adding an on-site hotel. The Metropolitan Airports Commission is now accepting proposals for the project. The plan is to build a hotel near Terminal 1 across from Concourse C, next to the U.S. Postal Office.
It is single-digit days like Monday when many folks in the Twin Cities are grateful to live and work in downtown Minneapolis or St. Paul. You can chalk it up to the Twin Cities’ famed skyway system — the envy of most cold climate cities.
On a cold, clear, Minnesota morning, Norbert Abayisenga is headed to biology class. He is a sophomore in a sea of 3,100 St. Olaf College students. “I really appreciate my past and I don’t regret my past because it made me into who I am,” Abayisenga said.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.