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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Junior guard Nate Roeder copied a play he had seen on a sports highlight reel to lift his Hudson boys basketball team to a 69-68 victory at Woodbury Saturday afternoon. There were less than 10 seconds remaining in the game and the Raiders were trailing by two points when Roeder was called on to in-bound the ball from beneath the Hudson basket. Raider coach Jason Swavely had told Roeder to look for an alley-oop pass to center Seth Stanchik, who would be coming off a pick set by forward Scott Formiller.
The Hudson girls basketball team is still looking for its first win in Big Rivers Conference play following a 53-35 defeat at Chippewa Falls Tuesday, Jan. 8. The Raiders are 0-5 in the Big Rivers and 2-8 overall on the season. The Cardinals led 12-8 at the end of the first quarter and gradually increased their lead throughout the rest of the game. The Raiders trailed by six points at halftime and by 14 after three quarters of play. The Cardinal's Emily Mattison hit five three-pointers and led all scorers with 20 points.
A partner in the proposed redevelopment of the River City Center in downtown Hudson says the project is still alive. Ed Dulak, owner of Elite Development, said in a Jan. 9 phone call that a major announcement on the project could be a couple of weeks away. "We're progressing along nicely," said Dulak. "Obviously, with this economic environment that we're in, anything could happen, but I think we're 90 percent to the point where we'll get something done this spring." Dulak described himself as a project partner "on the development side." GCI Builders of St.
The St. Croix County Highway Department and the city of Hudson's Public Works Department knew what to do when a winter storm dumped five or six inches of snow on the area Christmas Day. Some 30 county plow trucks went to work clearing county, state and federal highways, as well as roads in about half of the county's 21 rural towns. The town of Hudson is one of those that contracts with the county for snowplowing service. Meanwhile, a partial crew of city plow drivers went to work clearing thoroughfares on Christmas Day.
It appears that state-imposed limits on the amount of taxes that local governments and schools can levy have kept the lid on property taxes in the Hudson area over the past five years. A review of tax records kept by the St.
No one was more disappointed than Kraig Urbik about the Wisconsin Badgers' 21-17 loss to Tennessee in the 2008 Outback Bowl. "We had a lot of chances. We just didn't capitalize on them," the 22-year-old said from his parents' home in Hudson two days after the bowl game in Tampa, Fla. Urbik, a redshirt junior with the Badgers this past season, has gotten used to winning bowl games with the Badgers. In his first season of eligibility with the football team, Wisconsin defeated Auburn 24-10 in the 2006 Capital One Bowl.
Chippewa Falls knocked the Hudson boys basketball team from atop the Big Rivers Conference standings by a score of 45-41 in a tight contest on the Cardinals' home floor Saturday afternoon. The loss dropped the Raiders to 3-2 in league play, half a game behind Chippewa Falls, River Falls and Eau Claire North, each with 3-1 records. The Raiders held a brief two-point lead late in the third quarter before the Cardinals went ahead for good on a three-pointer by Jared Jaquish. The Cardinals' Brad Goeman sank four three-pointers and led his team with 16 points.
Sophomore post Kaitlyn Haag scored a season-high 19 points, but it wasn't enough to lift the Raider girls basketball team to victory Friday night at Eau Claire North. The Huskies held Haag's teammate Amy Frye, the Raiders' leading scorer of the season, to six points and rolled to a 68-45 win. The loss dropped the Raiders to 0-4 in the Big River Conference. It was the Huskies' first conference win of the season. North got out to a 17-8 lead in the first quarter and never looked back. The Huskies increased the gap in each of the remaining quarters.
Three candidates have filed for the District 3 Hudson City Council seat being vacated by Paul Radermacher, necessitating a Feb. 19 primary to narrow the list to two. The District 3 candidates who met the Jan. 2 filing deadline are Lori Bernard, 1509 Laurel Ave.; David Selissen, 1616 Summer St.; and Kurt TeWinkel, 613 Diamond Drive. Bernard is a homemaker with a Ph.D. in organic chemistry. She was a senior research chemist for 3M Co., a manager for Pillsbury and a part-time UW-River Falls instructor before opting out of the workforce to homeschool her son. She served two terms on the St.
Gov. Jim Doyle asked people to urge their state legislators to approve a statewide smoking ban in all public places during a stop at Pier 500 restaurant in Hudson Wednesday morning. "Whether you like the ban or don't like the ban, it is going to happen," he said. "The entire United States will be smoke-free at some time." Doyle said he would prefer an immediate ban on indoor public smoking to the gradual ban that passed the state Senate Committee on Public Health by a 3-2 vote on Tuesday. The ban approved by the Senate committee wouldn't apply to bars and restaurants until January 2010.