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Hudson mayor to propose curfew over influx of people crossing border to visit bars, restaurants

Mayor Rich O'Connor says he's concerned for people's safety as the Wisconsin town sees an influx of visitors from out of town.

HUDSON, Wisconsin — Hudson Mayor Rich O'Connor told KARE 11 he is set to propose a curfew in the city Monday following a deadly stabbing.

O'Connor said he's concerned for people's safety since the city is seeing an influx of people coming from out of town to Hudson to drink.

The Hudson city council is set to meet Monday at 7 p.m. It is not yet clear if it will impose a citywide curfew or only issue one for bars and restaurants.

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Sunday afternoon, crowds of people could be seen inside several bars and restaurants along busy Second Street in Hudson.

“We just came to grab a bite to eat, grab some beers and watch a football game,” Minnesotan Tammy Nehmzow said.

Tammy Nehmzow and her husband drove down to Hudson from just north of Minneapolis. "We went to the Smiling Moose Lodge Bar and Grill,” she says. “It’s one of our favorite places; they have great food and we didn't have to wait very long."

They're one of several families from Minnesota flocking to Wisconsin, after Gov. Tim Walz announced the state was dialing back on indoor dining at bars and restaurants for four weeks. “It is important to get out of and you know and spend some time outside,” Nehmzow said.

Several people living in Wisconsin told KARE 11 large crowds of Minnesotans have flocked to the town after Minnesota announced new restrictions on indoor gatherings and activities – leading to longer lines and large crowds outside many restaurants and bars. "You know, sitting in your house is not a good thing, and we need to open back up our state and get things running again,” Nehmzow said.

There are currently 2,791 new COVID-19 cases in Wisconsin, bringing the total number of cases statewide to 409,386.

Due to high case numbers, Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers issued a new emergency order requiring indoor face coverings that will last until at least mid-January.

While COVID-19 is still on the rise throughout the country, state health officials are asking people to travel only when necessary or wear a mask to stay safe.


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