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.”
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.
Less than a year after the state struggled through a severe propane shortage, another vital commodity is in short supply.
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.
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.
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.
Investigators in Willmar say they may never know what caused a mass illness inside a Jennie-O turkey plant.
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.
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.”
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”