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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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.
Monday night's meeting of the Hudson City Council may have set a record for brevity. It lasted seven minutes. During that short span, the council agreed to send at least one member to a seminar on conducting referendums that will be held in Wisconsin Rapids on Feb.
The question of who will succeed Jack Breault as the mayor of Hudson became more interesting when businessman Todd Erskine filed nomination papers on Monday. The owner of the new Erskine Floors showroom and warehouse on Coulee Road joins veterinarian and former City Council member Dean Knudson as a candidate for the mayor's office. Knudson announced his candidacy and filed nomination papers shortly after Breault told the City Council at its Dec.
It appears that there will be races in at least two Hudson City Council districts next April. As of Monday, Lori Bernard and David Selissen had filed completed nomination papers as candidates for the District 3 council seat being vacated by Alderman Paul Radermacher. Radermacher turned in papers saying he wouldn't be seeking another term on Dec. 21. Bernard is a past St. Croix County Board member and county Republican Party official.
At the start of 2007, the odds that Nick Smith would earn a high school diploma weren't very good. Nick was on his third high school in an attempt by his mother, Kortney, to find a program in which he could succeed. But it had all been to no avail. He had transferred to a private alternative school after falling hopelessly behind in his classes at St. Francis High School on Milwaukee's south side, largely because he was rarely in class. He tried to catch up academically when he first entered Kradwell School, but soon became discouraged. "I was so far behind in credits.
The Hudson boys basketball team scored 50 points in the second half to defeat Minnesota's Centennial High School 83-77 in its last game before the holiday break. The non-conference match-up took place Dec. 21 at Circle Pines, Minn. "It was a nice way to go into the Christmas break," said Hudson coach Jason Swavely. The win improved the Raiders' overall record to 4-3. They share first place in the Big Rivers Conference standings with River Falls. Both teams are 3-1.
Hudson Area Joint Library officials are considering the Nuclear Management Co. building on First Street in downtown Hudson as a possible new location for the library. The library board has considered for several years embarking on construction of a new facility. It has been stymied, however, by St. Croix County's reluctance to sell the library a building site near the corner of Carmichael Road and Vine Street that the board considers an ideal location for a library. Then came the news two months ago that Nuclear Management Co.