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 visiting Chippewa Falls girls sank five three-point shots in the first quarter and went on to defeat Hudson 62-47 in a Big Rivers basketball game played last Friday night. While the Raiders also had one of their best nights of the season from three-point range, connecting on four, they couldn't match the Cardinals' production. The visitors nailed a total of eight three-pointers for the game. The loss dropped the Hudson girls to 1-10 in conference play with one game left on the schedule.
It seems it's either feast or famine for the Hudson boys basketball team. After going on a five-game winning streak and looking like a contender for the Big Rivers Conference title, the Raiders have run into trouble. Monday night's 78-68 loss at Rice Lake was the fourth in a row, and dropped them to 6-5 in conference play with one game to go. The slide started with a 56-41 loss to league-leading Eau Claire North at Hudson on Feb.
A single-level, two-bedroom house that Habitat for Humanity built specially for a River Falls man confined to wheelchair will have a different owner. The board of directors for St. Croix Valley Habitat for Humanity decided last month to end its relationship with Brian D. Hanson, 46, after he was convicted in Florida on charges of using his computer to solicit for sex with investigators posing as a 14-year-old girl. Hanson pleaded no contest to a third-degree felony count of obscene communication in Sarasota County, Fla., on Oct. 4, 2007.
St. Croix County's median household income is the third-highest among Wisconsin's 72 counties, according to a recent comparison by the U.S. Census Bureau. The bureau last month released its county-by-county household income estimates for 2005, the latest year for which the comparison is available. St. Croix County's median annual household income was $65,684.
The question of whether local governments should acquire the Nuclear Management Co. building as the home for the Hudson Area Joint Library will go to the voters on April 1. Last week, the governing bodies of the four municipalities that operate the library -- the city of Hudson, village of North Hudson, and towns of Hudson and St.
Voters in Hudson's District 3 will narrow the field of candidates to represent the district on the City Council to two in the Feb. 19 primary election. Currently, three District 3 residents are seeking the council seat that will be vacated by Alderman Paul Radermacher in April.
The man who wants to build the world's largest houseboat asked the City Council on Monday night for permission to dock it in Hudson for a few days each summer. David E. Nelson of St. Paul is trying to sell units in a 170-condominium residential boat that he hopes will one day travel the inland waterways of the United States. He told the City Council he also needs permission to dock the 600-by-108-foot boat in the cities it will visit on its 10,700-mile cruise route each year. Nelson said he needs to pre-sell the condo units to raise the money for the $94 million houseboat.
Two of the top girls basketball teams in the Big Rivers Conference visited Hudson last week, and the result was two more losses for the struggling Raiders. Rice Lake defeated the hometown girls 42-28 Thursday night. Saturday night, Eau Claire North rolled to 59-38 win. The losses put the Raiders at 1-9 in conference action with two games left on the schedule.
Eau Claire North's size was too much for the Hudson boys basketball team to overcome, resulting in a 56-41 loss to the conference-leading Huskies Friday night. The Raiders, playing on their home floor in front of a large and supportive crowd, managed to stay close to the Huskies in the first quarter. But they scored only three points in the second quarter and trailed 23-14 at halftime. Five quick points coming out of the break, capped by Ben Gresmer's three-pointer, briefly narrowed the gap to 23-19.
Daytime temperatures in the mid-20s throughout the weekend, and calm weather on Saturday morning, made for a highly successful 19th annual Hudson Hot Air Affair, according to Evy Nerbonne, one of the event's principal organizers. The relatively still air Saturday morning allowed for the first balloon launch that has taken place since the 2004 event. Twenty-five balloons lifted off over a short period beginning at 7:30 a.m.