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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A team of Hudson boys has captured the Wisconsin Amateur Hockey Association 2008 state championship for its age division. The Hudson Youth Hockey Association 16 and under team defeated Monroe 3-1 in the title game of the six-team round-robin tournament played March 15-16 at Monroe. The victory earned the Raiders WAHA's Midget 16U state championship trophy. The Raiders defeated the Ice Wolves of Mt. Horeb and Dodgeville 7-1 in the opening round of play.
The value of a municipal court, according to Judge Susan Gherty, is that it allows people to be heard -- and seek justice -- at the local level. "I want to listen to people. I want them to be able to say what they want to say. I won't tolerate people being rude or impolite, but I do want them to have the opportunity to be heard," she says. Gherty is up for election to a fourth four-year term as the city of Hudson's municipal judge on April 1.
TThe annual Easter egg hunt at Hudson Middle School drew another big crowd Saturday morning. Pastor Mike Roeder of Christ Center Assembly of God Church said 925 children ages 12 and younger participated in the event, hosted for the 10th year by members of his congregation. He estimated that a total of 2,500 people -- including parents, other family members and friends -- were there for at least some of the activities. "The success is measured in how much people enjoy it," Roeder said.
Congressman Ron Kind's constituents had plenty on their minds when he stopped by Hudson Monday morning for a listening session in the County Board Room of the St. Croix County Government Center. Iraq, health care, the environment, the economy, farm policy, earmarks and taxes were among the issues raised during the hour-and-a-half-long meeting. Between 40 and 50 area residents attended. Kind started things off by highlighting the bills approved by the House of Representatives within 100 hours of the Democrats' take-over of the House in January 2006.
Two visitors to Hudson Hospital over the past week may be an indication health care is about to become a hotter topic in Washington, D.C. On Wednesday of last week, Sen. Russ Feingold, D-Wisconsin, toured the facility. His visit was followed by a walk-through by Rep. Ron Kind, D-La Crosse, Monday morning. Hudson Hospital President and CEO Marian Furlong served as tour guide for both of the members of Congress.
It wasn't the most financially significant decision of the evening, but the question of whether to charge the Hudson Boosters $50 a month rent for use of a city storage shed generated the most discussion at Monday night's City Council meeting. The council, in the end, voted 3-2 to begin charging the rent as part of a new three-year lease for the building at the west end of St.
Hudson's Seth Stanchik has been named to the boys basketball All-Big Rivers Conference first team for 2007-08, and teammate Nate Roeder was a pick for all-conference honorable mention. "I was happy to see Seth make the first team. He certainly was deserving of the award," said Hudson High School boys coach Jason Swavely. Swavely said Stanchik might have been selected for Big Rivers player of the year if the Raiders had finished the season with a better record.
The Hudson City Council approved a resolution Monday night officially closing Tax Increment District No.
The boys basketball team from my old high school made it to the state tournament, and I've spent the past couple of weeks riding the bandwagon. What a fun ride it's been. I'm happy to report that hoops fever is still highly contagious in small-town Wisconsin. I had to be there when the Luck High School boys took on Thorp in a Division 4 sectional semifinal game at Spooner. I suppose it was the memory of a 1965 David-and-Goliath sectional final between the Luck boys and mighty Eau Claire Memorial that drew me back to Antholz Gym.
Four members of the staff at Hudson Physicians Clinic were part of a medical team that visited the island nation of Jamaica in early February. Hudson doctors George "Butch" Leyda and Kevin Helmen joined a Richland Center physician in operating a free three-day clinic in the St. John's Methodist Church hall in Montego Bay. Nancee Glocke, Helmen's assisting nurse at Hudson Physicians, and Jill Nerby, a medical assistant in Hudson Hospital's obstetrics and gynecology department, were part of the Jamaican clinic's support staff.