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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School District officials made their pre-referendum case last week to about 40 people who wanted to know more about proposed makeovers at Hudson's high school and middle school. The district's March 3 public information meeting at Hudson Middle School -- the second of three planned before the April 5 referendum -- began with a four-minute video that sketched out the three ballot questions:
If you're a reporter, don't plan on having a long, uninterrupted conversation with owner Mike Sime at at his Mike's BP/Standard station just off the Interstate. It ain't gonna happen -- not even if Sime gives you the rolling catbird seat behind the cash register that he usually occupies for much of the work day, right next to the almost constantly ringing phone. "There's always hustle and bustle around here," the silver-haired Sime warns a reporter soon after his Star-Observer interview begins at the Coulee Road station last week.
Houlton Elementary School kids got a taste of what it's like to have a serious muscle disease last week, thanks to a day-long "Hop-A-Thon" fundraiser in their regular Wednesday gym...
Hudson third grade teacher Melissa Burkart didn't qualify for the 2016 Olympic marathon three weeks ago in Los Angeles, but she certainly proved that she has the right stuff. So who knows? Maybe she'll get to an Olympics yet. "As long as I continue to run near my fastest times, I might as well keep going -- 2020 might be possible," Burkart says in an interview at her Hudson home, accompanied by her husband and trainer Jeff, and kids Olivia, 7, and 5-year-old Liam.
Art work by three Hudson elementary school students is now on display in Madison's Capitol rotunda after being judged among Wisconsin's best in a statewide competition. The local winners were...
Angela and Pete Norvold say their new Simply Giggle Preschool and Childcare center builds a lifelong learning foundation for infants through 5-year-olds by emphasizing a powerful early-development tool: Let kids be kids. That way, Simply Giggle's team of fully trained family-childcare and preschool teachers can help them unlock their own individual learning potential -- and their natural love of learning as well. Makes sense, right?
For the second straight year, a new study lists St. Croix and Pierce counties among those with the lowest closing costs in Wisconsin when compared to property values. St. Croix County’s average closing costs were again the state’s fifth-lowest in a study conducted by the New York-based SmartAsset.com, a national consumer-assistance website that provides data and services aimed at better decisions in home-buying, retirement, education and portfolio management.
Naples, Italy is 5,000 miles away, but its heart, soul -- and above all, its 100-percent-natural, traditional old-world flavors -- are right here for lucky diners in downtown Hudson. After all, Brick's Neapolitan Pizza is one of only a handful of US restaurants to be certified authentic by Naples' True Neapolitan Pizza Association -- or "Associazione Verace Pizza Napoletana" -- which sets strict and demanding standards for hopefuls worldwide. In other words, Brick's is to Hudson pizza what Puccini is to Italian opera.
Tax-impact estimates highlight the Hudson School District's first informational mailing ahead of a three-question April 5 referendum on proposed high school and middle school additions, renovations and upgrades. The mailing,...
Architect Anna Koosmann's heart, mind and soul were opened wide by a succession of immersive roles in a 4-year-old eco-sustainable community building project in the Philippines. Now the 1997 Hudson High School grad hopes the project will inspire a new way of constructing public buildings in the Southeast Asian country -- where over the years Western-style brick-and-mortar methods have become the norm.