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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Statistics that interim Hudson Police Chief Eric Atkinson shared with the City Council's Public Safety Committee last Wednesday show that the city's patrol officers are the busiest they've been in recent years. Atkinson presented numbers on patrol officers' calls to service to counter statistics previously highlighted by Alderman Scot O'Malley that showed that some crime rates (incidences per 1,000 residents) had decreased. According to the police department records, Hudson's patrol officers have been involved in an average of 14.4 activities or incidents during an eight-hour shift through t
Maybe the O'Brien brothers should have listened to their mother earlier. Elizabeth O'Brien would often tell her seven sons that they should sing seriously after they had broken into harmony at some family gathering. Having inherited their mother's musical gene, the O'Brien boys liked singing in elementary school and all joined a choir after moving on to Hudson High.
The Hudson City Council's Public Safety Committee came close to recommending the removal of the stop signs on Vine Street at Third Street when it met Dec.
The Nuclear Management Co. headquarters on First Street in Hudson was evacuated for a few minutes Wednesday afternoon, Dec.
Authorities are offering little information regarding an individual who was taken by ambulance from near the Union Pacific Railroad bridge over the St. Croix River to Hudson Hospital on Tuesday morning, Dec. 11. A St. Croix EMS ambulance and Hudson police were dispatched to the railroad property at the east end of St. Croix Street at around 9:30 a.m. for what was originally reported as a person having been struck by a train. An eyewitness saw an ambulance parked next to a locomotive on the Wisconsin side of the railroad swing bridge.
Alderman Scot O'Malley says city of Hudson residents should ignore a letter they received from Veolia Solid Waste informing them that the price they pay for garbage collection would increase beginning in December. Veolia mailed the letter in late October. It said the company would be adding a surcharge to bills to reflect increased costs it faces because Wisconsin has increased the fees to dump garbage in state landfills.
Hudson's girls basketball team got off to a rough start in Big Rivers Conference play, losing 44-35 at Menomonie on Tuesday of last week and 57-49 to River Falls at home on Friday. The Raiders played tough defense to make a contest of both games, but in the end, couldn't put the ball in the basket often enough to get a lead. "Defensively, we're about where we want to be. Every game I think we keep building on it," said Hudson coach Beth Graskewicz.
The Hudson boys basketball team scored 19 points in four minutes of overtime Friday night to defeat River Falls 64-60. The road win kept the Raiders atop the Big Rivers Conference standings at 2-0. It also gave them a needed dose of confidence heading into a showdown at home Friday night (Dec. 14) against Rice Lake, and another at Eau Claire North next Tuesday, Dec. 18. Raiders coach Jason Swavely said Friday night's game was one of those classic hard-court battles that tempted him to be a spectator. "It was one of those games that as a coach you try to enjoy a moment of it, too," he said.
If you're going to have a heart attack, Hudson is one of the better places in the country to have it. The local ambulance and rescue service's upgrade to paramedic level service three years ago, along with a push by Regions Hospital in St. Paul to improve emergency care in western Wisconsin, has boosted survival rates for Hudson-area victims of cardiac arrest significantly above the national average. So far this year, 29 percent of the cardiac arrest patients that St.
The report on a recently completed study of pollutants entering Lake Mallalieu from Hudson's stormwater drainage system recommends that the city take a number of steps to reduce the problem. Both improvements to the storm sewer system and efforts to change human behaviors that generate the pollution in the first place are recommended. Bonestroo, the city's consulting engineering firm, conducted the Lake Mallalieu Stormwater Assessment. The firm issued a 22-page draft report on its findings on Nov.