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Following 'influx' of Minnesotans, Hudson imposes curfew on bars and restaurants

The 10 p.m. curfew aims to curb the number of Minnesotans who come to Wisconsin to drink at bars.
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The City of Hudson has imposed a curfew at bars and restaurants starting at 10 p.m. through Jan. 3. 

The Hudson Common Council on Tuesday in an emergency meeting unanimously approved the emergency declaration and order following an "influx of people from Minnesota," which has "caused a significant increase in traffic and crime in the City of Hudson, especially on weekends," the order states

The order requires bars and restaurants to close at 10 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights starting Dec. 11 through Jan. 3. The order also imposes a 10 p.m. curfew on Dec. 23, Dec. 24 and Dec. 31. 

Hudson Mayor Rich O'Connor said earlier this week following a triple-stabbing that killed 26-year-old Cain Solheim of New Brighton, Minnesota, around 1 a.m. Sunday, that he was concerned about people's safety amid more Minnesotans crossing the border to drink at a bar and would bring up the idea of a curfew to the Common Council. 

O'Connor told FOX 9 earlier this week that a curfew is "going to keep people away that are driving two, three hours that are coming here just to drink because they usually don’t come into town until right about 10 o’clock."

“We want to put them on notice if that’s [drinking] all you’re here to do, honestly, at this point and time, you’re not welcome. Especially after what happened [Sunday morning],” he added. 

The city has seen an increase in crime, including violent crime, which has overloaded the city's public safety and emergency medical services due to increased calls, which jeopardizes the public safety in the city and surrounding areas, the order states. 

The crime has occurred late at night/early in the morning, around the time of bar close, and "appears to be directly related to over-service of alcohol beverages," the order adds. 

The city says the influx of people is a direct result of restrictions Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz put on restaurants in late November. 

The four-week ban on in-person service at bars and restaurants in Minnesota expires on Dec. 18. Walz said he'll make a decision on whether that'll be extended by the end of this week. 

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