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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Flooding Leaves Behind River Barge Roadblock

Commercial barge traffic should fully resume on the Mississippi River as early as next Tuesday. Parts of the heavily used upper Mississippi River were left impassible to barge and tug traffic after recent flooding left behind an unwanted surprise.

07/25/2014

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Hiawatha Golf Course Partially Reopens After Flooding

Golfers like Roosevelt Elliott are returning to tee it up on Hiawatha Golf Course in Minneapolis. “Really, really excited,” Elliot said. “I couldn’t wait to get out here because I wanted to get some exercise. I’ve been chipping and putting, you know, for the past month or so.”

07/25/2014

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Project To Add 3rd Lane To I-494 In Plymouth Kicks Off

A three-year project to add another lane to Interstate 494 in Plymouth is officially underway, following a groundbreaking ceremony Wednesday morning. The stretch of 494 from Highway 55 to the Fish Lake Interchange is the only part of 494 that didn’t have three lanes.

07/23/2014

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Minn. AG Files Suit Against MN School Of Business, Globe University

The Minnesota General Attorney has filed a lawsuit against two for-profit colleges, claiming they misrepresented the job opportunities that would be available to their criminal justice graduates. On Tuesday, Lori Swanson announced that a suit had been filed against the Minnesota School of Business and Globe University.

07/22/2014

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Neighbor Boy Helps Rescue 2 Men From Burning Home In St. Paul

Authorities said two men had to be rescued after a home caught fire early Monday morning in St. Paul. Crews were called to a house fire at about 12:30 a.m. on the 400 block of Goodrich Ave. West.

07/21/2014

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Jeanine Davis’ Company Has The Vikings Stadium Debris To Deal With

When state lawmakers voted to help build the new billion dollar Vikings stadium, they made sure that women and minorities would get a piece of the construction. Both in construction jobs and in contractors selected.

07/20/2014

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Metro Transit’s Green Line Beats Goals First Month

After disruption during construction and disagreement over its need, there’s little debate the Metro Transit’s Green Line is off to a successful launch. That’s thanks to strong ridership from people like Melanie Wayne. She brought her girls down from Ham Lake for a light rail excursion.

07/18/2014

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Man Killed Neighbor’s Pit Bull After It Attacked His Dog

It wasn’t the first time Chuck Hale’s golden retriever was the target of a neighbor’s pit bull. After a 2012 incident, the Hales’ spent thousands of dollars fencing in their back yard.

07/16/2014

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This Indian Girls Soccer Team Is Playing In Minn. With A Purpose

Like all teenagers, hanging with one’s peers is a simple pleasure. But for 18 girls from India, an outing to the Minnesota Zoo was both eye-opening and life-changing.

07/16/2014

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Minnesota Vineyards Hit Hard By ‘Polar Vortex’

Isaac and Terri Savaryn looks at his losses while surveying row upon row of his Marquette variety of grapes, growing on a hillside overlooking Lake Waconia. Despite most of the vines appearing lush and green, they hold half the grape clusters that would be growing in a normal year.

07/11/2014

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Wounded Minn. Vet Competing In London’s Invictus Games

An international sporting competition is coming to London this fall featuring athletes who’ve overcome the biggest odds. All of the athletes bear the battle scars of war, they are the sick or injured soldiers from 14 nations.

07/10/2014

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DNA Helps Crack 1998 Mpls. Double Murder Case

When 18-year-old Carrie Richter and 20-year-old Dustin Baity didn’t show up for a gathering on Christmas Day 1998, their families grew suspicious. The couple was later found strangled and stabbed in the northeast Minneapolis apartment they shared. “Homicides are never over and DNA is the great tool of investigators and prosecutors,” said Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman.

07/09/2014

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Mpls., Met Council Reach Tentative SWLRT Agreement

The City of Minneapolis and the Metropolitan Council reached a tentative agreement on plans for the proposed Southwest Corridor Light Rail project that should reduce the budget by $30 million. The proposed light rail line would run from downtown Minneapolis through to Eden Prairie.

07/08/2014

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Minn. Man Making Old-Time, Sustainable Soda Pop

Step inside a Forest Lake industrial park and the product flowing from the factory is “pop.” Soda pop to be exact, made from simple recipes and all natural ingredients. Whistler Classic Soda is new to the market, but it harkens the tastes of decades ago.

07/07/2014

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Flood Destroys Mankato Children’s Museum Exhibits

Brick by brick, stone by stone, work continues on the new Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota. But as quickly as the museum building takes shape, severe flooding left a home with few belongings.

06/27/2014

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