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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Hudson will play host to the granddaddy of walleye fishing contests in October 2008, Mick Howland, owner of The Dry Dock boat dealership, informed the City Council Monday night. Howland said the Professional Walleye Trail sponsored by In-Fisherman magazine will bring 120 professional fisherpersons and 120 amateurs to town - along with their families and tournament organizers and sponsors. He said the event will have a big financial impact on the community and encouraged the city to support it. The fisherperson will launch from boat ramps in both Hudson and neighboring communities on the St.
The Raider boys basketball team played a strong second half to defeat Menomonie 67-56 in its Big Rivers Conference opener Friday night at Hudson. The win helped erase the memory of a tough 53-52 non-conference loss at New Richmond three nights earlier. After falling behind by 10 points early in Friday night's contest, the Menomonie squad went on a run of its own, and the first quarter ended with Hudson up by just one point.
Hudson Middle School life science teacher Cynthia Landers asked the City Council on Nov. 19 for its support in establishing a school forest. She identified eight acres of wooded and marshy property east of the middle school ball fields and north of Grandview Park as the site for the forest. Landers gave a PowerPoint presentation on the proposal, explaining what a school forest is, how it is operated and how it can benefit students and the community. She also described the potential Hudson school forest and related how it could be used as an outdoor classroom.
A Hudson simulated golf business has failed for a third time to regain the beer license that it was issued by mistake when it opened in the fall of 2003. Golf Links owner Mark Christoffersen came closer to regaining the license this time, however. City Council members at their Nov. 19 meeting split 3-3 on a proposed ordinance amendment that would have allowed golf, tennis, curling, ski-jumping and yachting businesses to serve beer.
The Hudson City Council shelved a plan by Alderman Paul Radermacher to put more police officers on the streets, for now at least, and adopted an $8,800,894 general fund budget for 2008 when it met Nov.
Head coach Beth Graskewicz wasn't real surprised that her Hudson High School girls basketball team struggled in its season-opening games with Superior and Blaine, Minn., last week. The Raiders lost 51-40 to Superior in their first game of the hometown Turkey Classic on Friday. Blaine rolled to a 58-40 victory over the Hudson girls on Saturday evening. With just nine practices before the annual Thanksgiving invitational, Graskewicz knew the Raiders might stumble from time to time.
Just two players with extensive varsity experience are back for the Hudson High School boys basketball team's 2007-08 campaign. Second-year head coach Jason Swavely, nevertheless, is optimistic about the caliber of his team. "I hope we can finish in the top half of our conference and be competitive in every game," he said.
District 2 Alderman Dennis O'Connell announced last week that he isn't seeking another term on the City Council. O'Connell said he has applied for a postmaster position with the U.S.
Hudson High School will again host a series of non-conference girls basketball games over the Thanksgiving break. Varsity and junior varsity teams from six high schools will participate in the 2007 Raider Turkey Classic. The hometown Raiders will face Superior on Friday, Nov. 23, and Blaine, Minn., on Saturday, Nov. 24. The junior varsity games both days are scheduled for 4 p.m. in the school's west gym, and the varsity games are at 6 p.m. in the east gym. The JV action starts at noon Friday with Minnehaha Academy taking on Blaine. Menomonie will play the Academy of Holy Angels at 2 p.m.
St. Croix County Circuit Judge Edward F. Vlack has rejected a plea agreement that would have allowed for the eventual dismissal of criminal charges against 14 Hudson youths accused of vandalizing the Hudson and New Richmond high schools last June. The judge rejected the agreement after it was first presented to him in a plea hearing on Friday for defendant Benjamin Luehrs. Monday morning, Vlack informed five other defendants - Peter Maki, Michael Perucca, Michael Vanness, Travis Melchert and Jacob Walczak - and their attorneys that he had reached the same decision in their cases.