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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The Hudson Plan Commission listened Thursday night for nearly two hours to residents of Heritage Greens and Red Cedar Canyon voice objections to the proposed expansion of a commercial district in their neighborhood. BrightKeys Building & Development Corp., developer of the Heritage Greens subdivision, is proposing to expand a planned 4.4-acre commercial area to 10.25 acres.
Monday night's meeting of the City Council marked the end of an era for Hudson. It was the last that John D.
It says something about Amy Frye's play that she made the All-Big Rivers Conference girls basketball second team even though her Hudson High School team struggled during the 2007-08 season. "It was a great honor for her. I think she earned the respect of the coaches in the Big Rivers ...
Police and fire officials are continuing to investigate the cause of a fire that injured two people and destroyed the attached garage of a twin home at 38 Brighton Path in Hudson's Lighthouse subdivision. The fire reported at 1:22 a.m.
The cause of a fire that destroyed a historic Baldwin grain elevator and feed mill may never be discovered. Lee Seim, the Baldwin-area dairy farmer who owned the facility, didn't have insurance on it.
Addressing the staffing needs of the Hudson Police Department is first on the agenda for Mayor-elect Dean Knudson. "I'm going to start off working on the police department because I think that has been a top priority, and I said I would during the campaign," Knudson replied when asked about his plans following Monday night's City Council meeting. He said he would be talking to new Police Chief Marty Jensen to see if there is something that can be done "right away" to increase police presence on the city's streets. An even more immediate concern for Knudson is deciding which alderpersons to
The completion of the floodwall project in Lakefront Park, and the beginning of development of the old Hudson Memorial Hospital site as a park, are among the city of Hudson's plans for the spring and summer. Paving the pathways in the area of Lakefront Park between the dike road and the boat launch is part of the work still remaining on the long-drawn-out floodwall project. The City Council in February authorized its consulting engineering firm, Bonestroo, to draw up plans for planting grass, trees, shrubs and perennials around the walkways and floodwalls.
Hudson native and resident Diane Weiher Hallen is one of 10 finalists for 2008 Minnesota Teacher of the Year. Weiher Hallen, a sixth- and seventh-grade science teacher at Lake Harriet Community School in Minneapolis, was nominated for the honor by the parents of two of her students. The couple said Weiher Hallen had passed her love of science on to their daughters. "Science is fun!" is the message atop Weiher Hallen's Web page on her school's Web site. "Science has to be absolutely hands-on. You've got to do it," she said in a telephone interview Tuesday morning.
Hudson Fire Chief Jim Frye hopes that people will call Diggers Hotline before undertaking excavation projects this spring. If they do, they'll be able to avoid emergencies like the one that happened near Hudson Prairie Elementary School two weeks ago. At around 3:35 p.m. Thursday, March 20, a contractor working at 778 Martin Ave.
Jim Schreiber is now wastewater treatment director for the city of Hudson. He also has a bigger salary to reflect the promotion from a superintendent-level position to a director-level position. The City Council approved the job description and salary range for the new wastewater treatment utility director position on March 11. The council set Schreiber's 2008 salary at $66,000 after discussing it in a closed session later in the same meeting. Schreiber was to receive $61,416 in pay for 2008 under his old job title of wastewater superintendent. City Administrator Devin Willi said Schreibe