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 Hudson City Council had hoped to review bids from health insurance providers offering coverage for city employees on Wednesday morning.
The man who robbed the Associated Bank in downtown Hudson Wednesday morning and then killed himself minutes later in a hospital parking at Stillwater, Minn., was the owner of an auto body and car sales business in Fargo, N.D., according to acting Hudson Police Chief Eric Atkinson. Atkinson identified the dead robbery suspect as Alfred Josiah Knodle, 53, owner of Alfred's Auto Body and Sales. "This is the first time we have record of him engaging in violent crime," Atkinson said.
The Hudson School District is reporting on its Web site that E.P. Rock Elementary School will remain closed for the rest of the week. School officials had hoped earlier that the clean-up from a Sunday, Oct. 28, boiler room fire would be completed in time to call the school's 635 students back to classes on Friday. The new plan is to have students return to school Monday, Nov.
A fire in a boiler room at E.P. Rock Elementary School that was discovered Sunday afternoon has closed the school for at least four days. It will take employees of a fire restoration company, working around the clock, that long or more to clean up the mess. The cleanup is expected to cost the school district's insurance provider a six-figure sum. A custodian reporting to work at the school at about 2:30 p.m.
The Hudson Fire Department was called to E.P. Rock Elementary School on 13th Street S. at about 2:30 p.m.
Kerri Miller welcomed the opportunity to host Minnesota Public Radio's "Midmorning" program when the job was offered to her three years ago. She had been a television news reporter in the Twin Cities since 1991, and in Tulsa, Okla., before that. She was ready for a change. "I was ready to leave TV," Miller said during a conversation in a Hudson coffee shop last Friday. After years of having to condense all she knew about a story into a two-minute piece, "Midmorning" gave her two hours to work with. "That's why what I'm doing at MPR is so fulfilling," she said.
The Hudson City Council at its Oct. 15 meeting gave final approval to a measure making the United Methodist Church at 1401 Laurel Ave.
An engineering study of projected traffic volumes on Carmichael Road and Vine Street, and the roadway improvements needed to handle future traffic, was ordered by the Hudson City Council on Oct. 15. Bonestroo, the city's consulting engineering firm, will do the work for $4,950. The study was one of the recommendations that came out of a joint meeting of the council and Plan Commission on Sept. 20.
Meah Schlotte went for a short underwater swim before arriving into the world at 1:02 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 26. The birth of the healthy 8-pound, 5-ounce girl was a first for Hudson Hospital. Instead of delivering her first child lying on her back in a hospital bed, Meah's mother, 23-year-old Lindsay Schlotte of River Falls, opted to give birth in a pool of warm water. "I don't have anything to compare it with, but I thought it was pretty great for me, personally," she said last week.
The additional police officers that Interim Police Chief Eric Atkinson has asked for will be a hard sell judging from the news on the city's 2008 budget presented at Monday night's City Council meeting. Finance Officer Betty Caruso reported that the city's department heads have requested spending a total of $8.2 million on operations in 2008, which is $1.3 million more than she expects the city's revenue to be. Caruso said she based her revenue projection on a 2.7 percent increase in the tax levy.