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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The reputation of Keys Café preceded it to Hudson, creating an opening-weekend problem other businesses would love to have -- too many customers. "The weekend was a little overwhelming for us. We made a lot of people happy, but we made some people mad, too," said Amy Hunn, manager/owner of the new restaurant in the Prairie View Center. The restaurant opened on Dec. 4, a Tuesday.
Hudson's boys basketball team had trouble dealing with a height disadvantage against Eau Claire North and suffered a 60-45 defeat Tuesday of last week.
The Raider girls basketball team got its second victory of the season Tuesday night, Dec. 18, defeating Red Wing, Minn., 47-43 in a home-floor, non-conference game. The win improved the Raiders' overall record to 2-5, and came at the expense of a Red Wing team that was 4-2 going into the contest. Senior post player Amy Frye continued her scoring leadership, tallying 14 points for the game. Her partner under the basket, sophomore Kaitlyn Haag, added 10 points, and senior guard Chelsey Bouzard had nine. It was a closely contested game throughout. The score was tied at 22 at halftime.
The limits imposed by the state government on the amount of property taxes that local governments may levy have had an unintended effect in the city of Hudson. On Dec. 17, the Hudson City Council approved a 2008 capital outlay budget for street projects and vehicle and equipment purchases of $1,461,700. The council also authorized the city staff to prepare the city to issue a $1,535,000 promissory note to cover the expenses.
Mayor Jack Breault says his age and length of service is the reason he has decided not to seek another two-year term after 14 years in office. "There are things my wife and I want to do before we're not able do them," he said when contacted by the Star-Observer late last week. "You know, 14 years is enough ... I just feel it's now time to hand over the reins. That's it," said Breault, 76, when asked about his decision to step down next April. He expressed some satisfaction over having guided the city through a period of growth and playing a role in the development of St.
The issue of police department staffing continues to dog the Hudson City Council. At Monday night's council meeting, four residents used the period set aside for public comments at the start of the meeting to continue to press for the hiring of more patrol officers. All were from the neighborhood north of Coulee Road on the hill, which they said has seen an increase in crime in recent years. It was the second visit to a council meeting for Summer Street resident David Selissen, who noted that there had been an armed robbery at the Hudson Bowling Center in the Plaza 94 shopping center since
Before the choir at First Baptist Church of Hudson sang its annual Christmas cantata in morning and evening services last Sunday, the Rev.
The Raider girls basketball team got its first win of the season on Tuesday of last week, defeating Shakopee, Minn., 46-21 in a non-conference game at Hudson. Raider coach Beth Graskewicz said she was glad that the girls' hard work in practices had finally paid off in a victory. "They come in every day and work their tails off," Graskewicz said. "...We try to tell the players not to concentrate on wins and losses, but that's kind of how they relate to things. It (the win) kind of got the monkey off our backs." The victory temporarily gave the Raiders a 1-4 overall record.
It was a good weekend for Hudson at the 2007 USA Cycling National Cyclocross Championships in Kansas City, Kansas. Bjorn Selander, the 19-year-old son of Dag and Heidi Selander, came from behind to win the Men's Under 23 race in dramatic fashion, and 18-year-old David Hackworthy, a near novice to the sport, placed seventh. Hackworthy is the son of C.R. and Cynthia Hackworthy and a senior at Hudson High School. Selander, a member of the U.S.
The Hudson boys basketball team sits atop the Big Rivers Conference standings at 3-0 following a 67-61 victory over Rice Lake at home Friday night. Rice Lake and Eau Claire North were picked to battle for the conference title when the season began. Instead, the loss to Hudson kept the Warriors winless in league play at 0-3. And Chippewa Falls dispatched North 32-28 Friday night, putting the Huskies at 1-1 in the Big Rivers.