Chuck Nowlen joined the Star-Observer team as a business, township and general-assignment reporter in April, 2014 after a three-decade career in newspapers and magazines, and as a newsroom-management/business-planning consultant.
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The Hudson School Board is considering two new plans aimed at reducing the financing costs of recently approved high school and middle school renovations by front-loading project bonding under currently...
The St. Joseph Town Board last week approved a $5,500 grant request for preliminary soil testing associated with a facilities plan that would guide possible developer-driven municipal services in Houlton. As part of the River Crossing bridge project, Houlton has been designated as having the potential for those services under the federal Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System program, or MS4. In the wake of the MS4 designation, the board decided in late 2014 to move forward with a Houlton municipal services facilities plan as part of its pending comprehensive plan update.
As the son of a DNR water- and boat-safety pro, Alex Linnell has always loved cheating the wet life outdoors. He bought his first kayak at age 12 and taught himself to windsurf when he found "a bunch of forgotten equipment" lying around. Later, Linnell discovered stand-up paddleboarding -- shortened among aficionados to simply "SUP" -- by improvising with an old windsurfing board and a boat oar. The rest, quite literally, is history.
The Hudson School District has approached nine architectural firms for bids on the three high school and middle school renovation projects that were approved by local voters April 5. Superintendent...
As I write this on Election Day morning, I have absolutely no idea how Hudson's school referendum will shake out. Will all three referendum questions pass? Will just one pass? Two out of three? Or will they all fail? I do know this, though, 15 hours or so before all the ballots are counted: For many who vote later, Wednesday morning's sunrise will mark the beginning of a bad day. They will carry the results with them -- for however long -- like a nasty spring cold that makes every task a burden. Their thought processes will be short-circuited.
The Hudson Town Board last week rejected a proposed zoning change to allow a conference, retreat and event center on the site of a vacant former Girl Scout camp at 965 Alexander Road. The board's unanimous thumbs-down vote March 29 came immediately after a 75-minute public hearing that drew more than 100 people to Town Hall. At issue was a Jan. 27 St. Croix Valley Girl Scouts Inc. application for a special exception to the town's Ag-Residential zoning ordinance to accommodate the center.
Yes, there really was a Florence Foster Jenkins in 1940s New York. And, yes, she really could massacre a melody like no one else before or since. Trust us on this much after last week's opening night performance of The Phipps Center for the Arts' "Glorious! The True Story of Florence Foster Jenkins, the Worst Singer in the World": Not even Tiny Tim's obnoxious falsetto in the 1970s could inflict as much damage on the human ear. We're talking nonstop tone-deaf bravado here, the Mount Everest of blind, nerve-shattering incompetence.
A new study has found that St. Croix County residents' overall personal insurance coverage is the second-highest in Wisconsin. The study, by the New York-based research firm SmartAsset, compared each county's 2015 auto, health and life insurance coverage rates, from which an "Overall Coverage Index" was derived for the rankings. St. Croix finished with an 84.93 overall-coverage index, derived from a 88.27 percent auto insurance coverage, a 92.83 percent health-insurance coverage and a 59.89 percent life insurance coverage.
As anyone who's been there knows, nothing can ruin your day like a stressful move. Hence the name of Sean Higgins's year-old Hudson business: Daymakers Moving and Storage. "Every person you meet is a chance to make someone's day -- that's the foundation of this company," he explains in an interview along the St. Croix River last week in the cab of one of his 26-foot trucks.
School district officials delivered their final public pitch on an upcoming three-question building renovation referendum last week, drawing more than 100 people to an informational session at Hudson High School. The March 24 meeting, which followed others at The Phipps Center for the Arts and Hudson Middle School over the last month, came less than two weeks before the April 5 election, where local voters will decide on the referendum's three separate proposed projects: