Randy Hanson has reported for the Star-Observer since 1997. He came to Hudson after 11 years with the Inter-County Leader at Frederic, and eight years of teaching social studies. He’s a graduate of UW-Eau Claire.
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Final development plans for a 100-unit hotel next to the former Hudson golf course clubhouse received the endorsement of the Hudson Plan Commission on May 26. The recommendation came with...
A request by Cheers Pablo to hold painting classes in city parks will go back to the Hudson Park Board for further discussion about the number of people participating in the classes and the fee the city should charge for allowing them to be conducted in the parks. The Hudson City Council returned the issue to the Park Board on May 16 after considering the board’s recommendation to allow up to six classes this summer on a one-year trial basis. The board also recommended setting a fee for the “paint and sip” business to use the parks, but didn’t suggest an amount.
Public Works and Parks Director Tom Zeuli was amazed by what a group of Andersen Windows employees accomplished during an afternoon of community service in Hudson's Prospect Park. Some 25...
Hudson is joining a group of environmentally aware cities around the region, nation and world that are experimenting with, or have transitioned to, pesticide-free lawn care in their parks.
The intersection of Second and Vine streets will be closed for four to five weeks starting Tuesday, May 31, the city of Hudson announced today. The closing is to allow for a complete reconstruction of the intersection, including new pavement, curb and gutter, and underground utilities.
Mitchell and Linda Gill are a lot richer after buying a winning Powerball ticket at the Kwik Trip station store in Hudson in late April. The $2 ticket matched the Powerball number, plus four out of five of the other numbers drawn on May 4. They also had paid an extra dollar for the Power Play option, which tripled their winnings to a total of $150,000. “It was shocking,” Linda Gill said in a phone call Tuesday when asked what their reaction was to winning that much money. It will be less after the Internal Revenue Service takes its share, she noted.
Jimmie's Old Southern BBQ Smokehouse opened Tuesday, May 24, 2016, at 2421 Hanley Road in Hudson. The restaurant is the newest venture for David Anderson, founder of the Famous Dave's barbecue restaurant chain. Anderson hasn't been involved in the management of Famous Dave's since 2003. He wanted a business he could own himself and pass on to his family, so he started the first Jimmie's Old Southern BBQ about a year ago in Hayward.
It's time for me to ramble along. To quote Ernest Hemingway, it happened two ways. “Gradually, then suddenly.” I've written for the Hudson Star-Observer since the day after Labor Day 1997. A lot has happened in that time. Truthfully, it doesn't feel like the years passed gradually. But the line Bill Campbell speaks in “The Sun Also Rises” after he is asked how he went bankrupt is stuck in my brain. The suddenness is certainly true.
The Hudson City Council on Monday night awarded a $31,545 contract to Willow River Tree Co. to plant 96 boulevard trees along Vine Street. The trees will replace those removed to make way for street-widening and the installation of storm sewers. Willow River submitted the lowest of two bids on providing and planting the trees. The company will furnish several species of trees with a trunk diameter of 2.5 to 3 inches. The trees will come with the roots wrapped in burlap. Other spending The council also approved:
Samuel and Charles Welbourn are bound to cause some occasional confusion. Imagine that one day you talk to Officer Sam Welbourn of the Hudson Police Department, and the next day, an identical looking officer tells you his name is Charlie Welbourn. There isn't a prankster on the police force. Earlier this year, Chief Marty Jensen, with the approval of the Police and Fire Commission and the City Council, hired identical twins to fill two openings on the patrol roster.