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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Mayoral candidate Todd Erskine announced that he has dropped from the city of Hudson mayoral race and said he will support his opponent Dean Knudson. Erskine said he filed as candidate for the mayor's office before he knew Knudson's positions on the issues and was afraid he might be an anti-development candidate. He said that since then he's learned more about Knudson's views and has had a couple of conversations with him. "And I've got to tell you, I think he and I have the same ideas on what's right for Hudson," Erskine said. "And he's a very nice guy.
The Hudson City Council voted 4-2 to retain the Vine Street stop signs at Third and Fourth streets after listening to neighborhood residents say how important the signs are to them. The vote at the council's Feb.
A financial adviser told the Hudson City Council in a special meeting Feb. 20 that closing Tax Increment District No.
The Hudson boys basketball team finished the season on a positive note. After struggling in the first half of February -- largely because of an outbreak of the flu that sidelined a series of key players -- the Raiders rolled over River Falls 65-45 in the WIAA tournament opener and nearly upset Eau Claire North in the regional finals. The Raiders fell 49-46 to the Huskies in a game played Saturday, Feb.
The Hudson girls basketball team went down fighting. The Raiders made a run at the Eau Claire Memorial girls in the closing minutes of their game Friday night at Eau Claire. They came up short, however, losing the final game of the Big Rivers Conference schedule by a score of 55-44. The Raiders finished the season tied with Menomonie for last place in the conference.
Sunday's concert by the well-regarded Northwestern College Choir will be a homecoming for three of its members. Jordan Steffen, Elliott Krizek and Ryan Bell each sang with Hudson High School choirs before moving on to the Christian liberal arts college located in Roseville, Minn. Steffen and Krizek are seniors, and Bell is a sophomore. According to Steffen, the fact that three of his singers are from Hudson is partly why Northwestern choir director Timothy Sawyer wanted to begin the choir's annual spring tour in Hudson.
I like a library. Maybe it was those seventh-hour study halls in the little Luck High School library that gave birth to my affection. It was real comfortable there, surrounded by books, sitting at a table with my head propped against an arm, drowsily watching the fishermen on Big Butternut Lake. I don't know whose idea it was to build a school next to a lake, but I'd like to thank them.
The Hudson girls basketball team lost closely contested games to two non-conference opponents from Minnesota last week. It took Simley High School two overtimes to defeat the Raiders 68-61 Tuesday night, Feb. 12, in Inver Grove Heights. Saturday night, Feb. 16, the Raiders lost 42-39 on their home court to the Henry Sibley High School girls from West St. Paul. Sophomore center/forward Kaitlyn Haag scored 27 points in the loss to Simley, and low-post mate Amy Frye contributed 22 points.
The Big Rivers Conference season came to a disappointing end for the Raider boys basketball team Friday night in Hudson. Zach Hazuga, a 5-foot-11 senior guard, made a layup at the buzzer to propel Eau Claire Memorial to a 53-51 upset win over Hudson. The loss dropped the Raiders to 6-6, and fourth place, in the final conference standing. The Hudson boys appeared poised to contend for the conference title after defeating River Falls on Jan. 25, but then they lost their final four games on the Big Rivers schedule. The win was just the third of the season in conference play for the Old Abes.
A 2002 graduate of Hudson High School is on a mission to introduce her generation to the art of quilting. Ingrid (Dixon) Barlow is now living in Sioux Falls, S.D., where she teaches quilting in a local shop and has a business designing patterns with youth appeal. "I'm trying to break that stereotype of quilting being just an older woman's pastime," Barlow said.