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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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 city of Hudson is seeking proposals from other engineers after its current consulting firm, Bonestroo, asked for an hourly rate increase of nearly 3.5 percent for 2008. An increase of 2 percent would be much more appropriate, considering what is happening in the economy, Alderman Scot O'Malley said when the City Council reviewed the proposed rate increase at its Jan.
The thing about the Hudson girls basketball team that won the 1998 Division 1 state championship that impresses Alan Burchill is what they've done since then. Each of the 15 girls -- now young women -- went on to graduate from college.
The Hudson boys basketball team extended its winning streak to five straight with victories over Menomonie and River Falls last week. The Raiders came from 13 points down at halftime at Menomonie on Tuesday night to pull out a 62-58 victory. They followed a different scenario Friday night on their home floor, getting off to a fast start against River Falls and rolling to a 72-52 win. The wins kept the Raiders in the thick of the race for the Big Rivers Conference title at 6-2. Chippewa Falls also has a 6-2 record going into this week's games.
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.
Potential development of the Carmichael Road corridor between Coulee Road and Vine Street would require approximately $10.2 million worth of improvements to roadways and the city's sewage treatment facility, according to the city's consulting engineering firm. Community Development Director Dennis Darnold on Tuesday morning made public the reports on three studies the City Council ordered from Bonestroo after a petition came in last fall for the city to annex 54 acres east of Carmichael Road and north of I-94.
Seth Stanchik, the 6-foot-3 junior center for Hudson's boys basketball team, knows how to follow orders. With the score tied at halftime of last Friday night's game at Eau Claire Memorial, Hudson coach Jason Swavely told Stanchik that he wanted him to assert himself on offense in the second half.
The Hudson girls basketball team got its third victory of the season at Ellsworth last week and followed it up with a respectable performance at home against Eau Claire Memorial. The Raiders defeated Ellsworth 51-39 but fell to Memorial by a score of 66-50. Coach Beth Graskewicz was happy with her team's performance against Memorial despite the loss. "We didn't win it, but offensively and defensively it was one of the best games we've played all year," she said. "Memorial's got a strong team.
The city of Hudson's District 2 hasn't been a hot-bed of political involvement. After the boundaries were redrawn following the 2000 census to include only property south of I-94, no one filed as a candidate in 2002 to represent the district on the City Council. The city then advertised for people interested in serving as the District 2 alderperson and two applied, Pam Brokaw and Joan Christianson. Brokaw, who will be the only candidate on the ballot in the 2008 spring election, was passed over by the council in 2002. The council instead selected Christianson, then manager of the Hudson Su
Minnesota authorities have decided not to press criminal charges against a 32-year-old Oak Park Heights man found lying on the Union Pacific Railroad tracks just across the St. Croix River from Hudson on a bitterly cold morning in December. The Washington County (Minn.) Sheriff's Department and Washington County Attorney's Office declined to release reports on the incident in the days after the man was found with his face frozen to the rail at about 9 a.m. on Dec. 11.