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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Both drivers involved in a crash at 1:06 p.m. Friday, Nov. 13, at the intersection of Carmichael and Hanley roads received tickets for traffic violation. Bret A. Johnson, 20, St. Croix Falls, was cited for running a red light and Michael D.
The noises that a homeowner heard in the ceiling of her house Thursday morning, Nov. 12., turned out to be coming from the home’s sound system. The Hudson Fire Department...
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Bill Alms fretted all of Tuesday, Nov. 3, thinking he hadn’t done enough campaigning to win the special election to choose an alderperson for Hudson’s District 2. “I was,” he said the next morning when asked if he was surprised to have won. “I’m excited though.
A smattering of complaints have been raised about Hudson’s recent conversion to LED streetlights. The Star-Observer has gotten email messages from a handful of residents who don’t like the new lights, and one citizen voiced her displeasure with them at a meeting of the City Council last month. The main complaint seems to be that the light emitting diodes don’t provide enough light, leaving more sidewalk and area around intersections in the dark. The city’s Public Works Department is defending the conversion, saying it did its research before recommending the switch. “This i
Many Hudson High School graduates go on to have highly successful, interesting careers -- so I guess it shouldn’t have come as such a surprise to me. A couple of weeks ago, Adolph Propps called to tell me that his neighbors’ son, Phillip Baribeau, has directed an award-winning documentary about a border-to-border horseback ride that is getting a lot of attention.
Fourth Street resident Tony Bol hosted a celebration in his front lawn on Oct. 17 to welcome a new thing. It’s a Peace Pole wedded with a Little Free Library. Bol’s brother Todd is the founder of the Little Free Libraries that people put up in front of their homes and businesses. They’re book exchanges where neighbors can take one and leave one. Tony Bol got the idea of combining a Little Free Library with a Peace Pole. A Peace Pole is hand-crafted monument that displays the message and prayer “May Peace Prevail on Earth” in multiple languages on each of its sides.
Hudson native Phillip Baribeau has already made his mark filming scenes for popular outdoor-adventure television shows. He’s filmed the rugged lumberjacks of the TV series “Ax Men” as they battle dangerous terrain, nasty weather and mechanical breakdowns doing their work in the forests of the Pacific Northwest. He’s trudged through the wilds of Alaska capturing scenes of modern “Mountain Men” using their survival skills to stay alive and fed. Both reality TV shows air on The History Channel. Last February, Baribeau acc
Hudson’s finance officer is leaving the position to become the city administrator at Scandia, Minn. Neil Soltis, 62, has been with the city of Hudson for a little over four years, arriving here from Osceola, where he was the village administrator for nine years. In a phone interview last week, Soltis said he discovered during his time working primarily with numbers at Hudson that he missed being involved in development projects and a diversity of things. “I’m better off getting out and about a bit, working on a bunch of d
District 4 Alderperson Jim Webber proposed to the City Council’s Finance Committee Monday night that the city increase its 2016 appropriation for the Hudson Area Joint Library by $40,000. The increase would make it possible for the library to reopen on Mondays, and bring Hudson’s per resident library funding closer to St.