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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Because of limited availability of the Knowles Center as well as an early Spring Break, tryouts for the traveling softball teams are being held earlier than usual this year. 12U, 14U and 16U Tryouts for the 12U, 14U and 16U traveling teams will be on Saturday, Jan. 9, at the Knowles Center in River Falls. --The 12U tryouts will be from 9 to 11 a.m. Jan. 9
When Janice Nelson returned in 2014 to the village in Kenya where she spent a summer as a high school exchange student, three of her former host family members were dead. Her host sister Rose Juma had died of malaria. A brother, Bjohn, succumbed to cholera from drinking tainted water. Sister Mulka died while giving birth.
A 33-year-old Minnesota man is in the St. Croix County Jail facing drug charges after crashing a pickup truck into a Hwy. 35 guardrail on New Year’s Eve. Justin J. Tranby of Bloomington is accused of two felony counts of being a repeat offender in possession of methamphetamine and cocaine, with the intent to deliver it. Hudson police allegedly found the drugs inside the GMC Sierra he was driving. Tranby also was cited for allegedly driving without a license and failure to have insurance.
The city of Hudson will spend an estimated $222,000 to create digital mapping for its storm sewer, sanitary sewer and water utilities. The city expects to receive grant money from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources to offset a share of the expense. The City Council on Dec. 21 approved a letter of engagement with the Short Elliot Hendrickson engineering firm to do the field inventory of utility mains and other structures, and then create the GIS (geographic information systems) database mapping of the systems.
There’s a baleen whale in the Pacific Ocean that sings in a different key than any other known whale. It’s called the 52-Hertz whale for the frequency it was communicating at when it was first recorded by a nuclear submarine in 1988. Most whales communicate in a frequency of 15 to 25 Hertz. “The scientists speculate that other whales either can’t hear it, or they hear it and they don’t know what it is. So in other words, it doesn’t have its own pod. It’s a lonely whale,” says Matt Dahl, a writer and English teacher.
The Hudson City Council is studying whether to amend the city’s special assessment policy to increase the amount that property owners pay for street reconstruction. In suggesting the review earlier this year, Mayor Alan Burchill cited the ongoing need to upgrade streets. He said more projects could be undertaken with less borrowing if the benefiting property owners paid a greater share of the costs. The City Council held a special meeting on Dec. 9 to look over the current policy and review the assessments from past street projects.
Ed Salava was on his way home from work early one morning when another driver clipped the rear of Salava’s car as he pulled around him. The contact was enough to make Salava to lose control of his 1998 Cutlass, which slammed into an I-694 bridge pillar at 70 mph. He regained consciousness on the hood of his car as paramedics arrived to load him in an ambulance. That was seven years ago, and Salava, a former director of operations for a plastics factory, hasn’t had a full-time job since then. But the accident did provide him with the motivation to start a new career.
Three candidates are now vying to replace Alan Burchill when his term as mayor of Hudson expires next April. Rich O’Connor filed his declaration of candidacy last week, joining Randy Morrissette II and Vicky Erickson in the race. The entrance of O’Connor means there will be a primary election on Feb. 16. O’Connor, 62, is the president of the Hudson Area Library Board and of the Hudson Hospital Foundation Board. He has been active in several community organizations since moving here from St. Paul in 1999.
Jeremy Lilyquist and Derek Gilbert didn’t reach their fundraising goal for a bell-ringing marathon for the Salvation Army. But they did bring in a record $64,633 over the 30-hour event at Hudson’s County Market store. The money will go to help fund the operation of the Grace Place homeless shelter in New Richmond. The two Hudson business owners started ringing bells at 1 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 17, and didn’t quit until 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 18. While they didn’t reach their goal of $75,000, the donations topped last year’s total by $790.
Angela and Peter Norvold have received the city permit they need to open a licensed day care facility for up to 49 children in a building at 2010 O’Neil Road in St. Croix Business Park. The City Council at its Dec. 7 meeting approved a certificate of compliance authorizing the Simply Giggle Childcare to locate in the industrial zone.