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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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 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.
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 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.
The municipal partners in the Hudson Area Joint Library are being asked to conduct an advisory referendum as part of the April 1 election to find out if there is public support for buying the Nuclear Management Co.
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.
You can thank America's Dairyland and Fighting Bob La Follette, in large measure, for the presidential primary season you're enjoying or suffering through or trying to ignore. La Follette started the fight to nominate candidates through primaries after being snubbed by party bosses in his attempt to win the Republican nomination for governor in 1896. Fighting Bob was popular with Wisconsin's many immigrant farmers and owners of small businesses, in part, because of his opposition to oleomargarine, the butter-substitute that my parents still refused to put on the table when I was a kid in the
The Raider girls basketball team sank 11 of 13 free throws in the fourth quarter to hold off Menomonie and earn a 38-37 victory at Hudson last week. The win was the first of the season in conference play for the Hudson girls, and it provided a welcomed boost in morale. Hudson coach Beth Graskewicz said she was especially happy for her players. "They work hard every day and do what we ask them to do," Graskewicz said. "They're putting forward the effort, so to get that win was a good feeling for them.