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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Mitchell Gill of Hudson won $150,000 from the May 4 Powerball drawing with a ticket he purchased from the Kwik Trip station-store on Crest View Drive, according to a news release from the Wisconsin Lottery. A post on the lottery's Facebook page indicated that Gill claimed his prize on May 16. The post includes a photograph of him and his wife, Linda, holding a mock check. Gill's ticket matched four out of five numbers, plus the Powerball number. He chose the Power Play option, which increased a $50,000 to $150,000.
The RCU Discovery Center will soon be ready for summer programming at YMCA Camp St. Croix. The two-level, 14,000-square-foot building will serve as the base for Camp DayCroix activities, as well as provide space for banquets, meetings and retreats. Hudson architect Michael Huber designed the building, which he describes as having a contemporized farm esthetic. Gavic Construction is the general contractor. Royal Credit Union Foundation contributed $550,000 for the construction, earning the naming rights for the $1.5 million building.
Weitkamp Park and Prospect Park have been shot down as locations for an off-leash playground for dogs. Will Grandview Park fare any better? The Hudson Park Board on May 3 voted unanimously to recommend two small areas west of the Grandview softball fields for a dog park after the City Council's Public Safety Committee earlier rejected Prospect Park as a site.
Motorists can expect narrower lanes on Second Street and Sixth Street N. through part of Hudson and North Hudson for the next couple of weeks. Xcel Energy is in the process of replacing a high-pressure natural gas pipeline between the corner of Galahad Road and Sommers Street N. in North Hudson and Division Street just west of Second Street in Hudson. “It's kind of coming to the end of its useful life,” Darren Nordskog, an Xcel senior project designer, said of the six-inch steel pipeline that was installed in the 1960s.
Motorists can expect narrower lanes on Second Street and Sixth Street N. (Hwy. 35) through part of Hudson and North Hudson for the next couple of weeks. Xcel Energy is in the process of replacing a high-pressure natural gas pipeline between the corner of Galahad Road and Sommers Street N. in North Hudson and Division Street just west of Second Street in Hudson.
The city and the Hudson Area Chamber of Commerce will share the cost of a study to determine the deficiencies of downtown parking and recommend solutions. Monday night, the City Council authorized requesting proposals from consultants to do the evaluation and develop the long-term parking strategy. It also approved payment of the city’s share of the total project cost, estimated at $30,000 to $40,000.
Jimmie's Old Southern BBQ Smokehouse is preparing to open in the strip mall next to the Aldi grocery store on Hanley Road. It's the newest venture of Dave Anderson, founder of the Famous Dave's barbecue restaurant chain. The Hudson City Council approved a beer license for new restaurant Monday night.
Four citizens appealed to the Hudson City Council on Monday night to reconsider the design for the stretch of Vine Street that is being reconstructed this summer. Their remarks came three days after a Hudson High School senior died when his bicycle ran into the back of a vehicle legally parked on Vine, just west of Eighth Street. Back in February, the council decided against marking bicycle lanes on Vine Street and prohibiting parking on both sides of the street between Fourth and Ninth.
A man was taken by ambulance to Regions Hospital in St. Paul on Wednesday afternoon, May 4, after the tractor he was driving overturned and fell into a pond. The accident happened at a property on Highlander Trail in the town of Hudson. Emergency responders were dispatched to the scene at 4:14 p.m.
U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson made the Smilin' Moose Lodge Bar & Grill in Hudson one of the spots where he officially announced his campaign for re-election to the U.S. Senate on Tuesday. The Oshkosh Republican had a beer and visited with supporters in the establishment's outdoor bar before delivering a short speech about why he's seeking a second six-year term in the Senate.