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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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.
After a closed session at the end of its regular meeting Monday night, the Hudson City Council returned to open session and approved 2008 pay adjustments for three groups of city employees. The city's salaried, non-union officials each received a $1,620 bump for this year.
The temperature on the day the Rev. Stephanie Anthony and her family arrived in Hudson and the reception they got from the congregation at First Presbyterian Church were many degrees apart. It was 2 above zero on Dec. 15, 2007, the day church members helped the Anthonys load up U Hauls in Lincoln, Neb., and drive them to Hudson, where more church members were waiting to carry the Anthonys' possessions into their new house. "It was such a warm welcome," Anthony recalls. "We were welcomed with more than open arms. It was just the best experience." Anthony replaced the Rev.
If you're headed into the Twin Cities, you don't need to wonder about traffic conditions on I-94 and other metro highways. Log on to www.511mn.org and have a look for yourself. The Minnesota Department of Transportation has a system of several hundred cameras mounted along major highways throughout the Twin Cities area. Click on "Traffic Cams" after going to the www.511mn.org Web site and a map of the metro area peppered with black dots will appear. Each dot represents a camera.
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.