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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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.
The new St. Croix Valley Rotaract club for young professionals will hold its first big event at Hudson Golf Club the evening of Dec. 5. The "Keys to Success Dinner" will feature motivational speaker Kenny Ray Morgan talking about "Seven Keys to Becoming a Winning Professional in the 21st Century." Morgan is the founder and CEO of Morgan's Custom Clothiers and Kenny Ray Live! Seminars. An Eden Prairie, Minn., resident, Morgan worked as an accountant for four Fortune 500 companies before deciding to pursue his real passion - clothing.
A Keys Café will open in Hudson's Prairie View Center in early December. It will be the eighth restaurant in the family business started 34 years ago by friends Barbara Hunn and Beverly Oien when they purchased a small restaurant on Raymond Avenue in St. Paul. Hunn, who operated the café, didn't have any restaurant experience when she took it over.
The 2008 general fund budget of $9,059,378 that the Hudson City Council will consider adopting at its Nov.
Two thousand seven will go down as a year of major change for Erskine Floors. The business that Todd Erskine started 21 years ago to pay for his college education has new showrooms and a warehouse - located in a new city and state.
The staff at Nuclear Management Co. has had another successful fundraising campaign for United Way St.
The Hudson City Council on Monday night approved $243,000 in short-term borrowing to pay for building repairs and the purchase of equipment and police cars in 2008. The council also is considering $1.3 to $1.5 million in long-term borrowing to fund next year's construction projects and additional equipment purchases. City Finance Officer Betty Caruso said in a memo to council members that the borrowing is "in line" with that of the previous budget.
A 46-year-old disabled man who a year ago was supposed to move into a house in Hudson built by Habitat for Humanity has been convicted of using a computer to solicit for sex. Brian D. Hanson pleaded no contest to the third-degree felony in Sarasota County, Fla., on Oct. 4. A judge found Hanson guilty of the crime and placed him on probation for two years. He also will pay court costs of $373. St.
A group of Hudson men will be featured on an upcoming episode of the "Kent Hrbek Outdoors" show. The famous ex-Minnesota Twins baseball player came to Hudson Thursday morning, Oct. 18, to get outfitted at A-1 Archery for his first-ever bow and arrow deer hunt.
A pair of Hudson men are on a first-name basis with the staff at the American Red Cross North Central Blood Services office. Every three weeks, usually on a Tuesday morning, Jay Livermore and Lowell Norden make the 21-mile drive to 176 S. Robert St. in St. Paul to donate platelets in a process called apheresis. Their gift is a lifesaver for leukemia patients at the University of Minnesota Medical Center, St.