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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Forty acres at the corner of Vine Street and Carmichael Road are for sale. Children of the late Edna Atwood are asking $4,356,000 for the property, according to Greystone Commercial’s David Robson, the real estate broker with whom the property is listed. Atwood and her husband, Kemmen, lived for many years on the farm at Vine and Carmichael, and raised four children there. She was a lifelong Hudson resident and member of Bethel Lutheran Church. She died Aug. 23, 2014, at the age of 92.
The new St. Croix EMS chief won’t need an introduction to the terrain. Brandon Lyksett grew up in a house near Burton Field, has a family history in Hudson that goes back at least of couple of generations, and has lived here all but two years when he was the assistant EMS chief in Baldwin. The St. Croix EMS Commission picked Lyksett to replace Kim Eby when she decided to step down as chief of the ambulance service. His first day in his new role was Oct. 19.
The Hudson Area Joint Library Board has voted to use an additional appropriation of $40,000 from the Hudson City Council to open the library on Mondays in 2016. Alderperson Joyce Hall, the City Council’s representative on the Library Board, said the decision was made at the board’s Nov. 17 meeting. The library will be open from noon to 6 p.m. Mondays beginning in January, Hall reported. She said the plan is the expand the hours to 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. no later than the middle of April.
Well, I’m surprised. The Hudson Board of Education has picked the option that doesn’t involve building a new school as the way to solve overcrowding at the middle and high schools. As Chuck Nowlen reports in this week’s Star-Observer, the board on Nov. 23 unanimously agreed to eliminate the two options that included a new school and agreed to further evaluate Option 3. It’s the option calling for additions and renovations to the existing middle and high schools, as well as upgrades to the high school auditorium and athletic facilities.
The annual Light Up Night brought hundreds of excited children and their parents to downtown Hudson on Friday. They witnessed Santa Claus arrive on the Hudson Fire Department’s vintage 1935 engine, and then turn on the Christmas lights with a wave of his staff. A temperature in the upper 20s contributed to one of the biggest crowds in the history of event. The Light Up Night is sponsored by a large group of Hudson businesses.
A two-vehicle crash at 6:17 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 3, in North Hudson was reported to have injured at least one of the occupants of the vehicles. The accident happened on...
Alan Burchill has filed a notification of non-candidacy with the city of Hudson, announcing that he won’t seek another two-year term as mayor. Meanwhile, District 1 Alderperson Randy Morrissette II and Vicky Erickson have filed a declarations of candidacy for the mayor’s office. The mayoral race could be a rematch. Erickson challenged Morrissette for the District 1 council seat in the April 2015 election, losing 64-99.
Second Street between Locust and Vine streets in downtown Hudson will be closed Thursday, Dec. 3, from 8 a.m. to as late as 4 p.m., to allow a large crane to install steel I-beams on the roof of a building that is being renovated. The former Left of Center building at 609 Second St. is being rebuilt to house Mallory’s Bar and Grille, which will have a rooftop patio. Hudson Public Works Director Tom Zeuli said the crane will take up much of the street, so a decision was made to close it. Trucks will be routed onto First Street at Coulee Road/Buckeye Street and at Vine Street.
Three frozen yogurt shops opened in Hudson between the fall of 2012 and the spring of 2013. Now just one remains. Sunday, Nov. 15, was the last day of business for CherryBerry, located in the Prairie View Center at the corner of Carmichael Road and Vine Street.
The commute into the Twin Cities Monday morning took much longer for residents of the Hudson area as a result of the five or six inches of wet snow that fell overnight. Traffic on westbound I-94 was at a near standstill as motorists tried to navigate the icy freeway and law enforcement officers and tow truck operators worked to clear accidents. Rivertown Multimedia employees traveling from Minnesota to the company’s office in River Falls reported near glare ice conditions and seeing many vehicles in the ditch. A caller told the Star-Observer that he left Hudson at 7:40 a.m., bou