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 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.
The Hudson Fire Department is seeking two volunteers to fill vacancies on its 36-member roster. More specifically, the department needs two firefighters who are available for daytime calls, according to Fire Chief Jim Frye. The department typically has about 12 firefighters respond to daytime emergencies, Frye said.
Work is finally under way to complete the long-overdue Lakefront Park flood wall project, much to the relief of city officials. Early last week, it appeared that the lack of a needed U.S. Army Corps of Engineers permit might delay the construction until next year -- if the Corps allowed it to take place at all. Community Development Director Dennis Darnold told a group of business people at a Chamber of Commerce luncheon on Tuesday, Oct. 9, there was a chance the project wouldn't proceed this fall. City officials had learned that the Corps' St.
A driver who fled the scene of a two-car crash Friday morning at Carmichael Road and Center Drive was apprehended by police a short time later at his residence at 420 1/2 Oak Street in Hudson. Interim Police Chief Eric Atkinson said that the Jonathan David Goodman, 21, was northbound on Carmichael Road and making a left turn onto Center Drive when he collided with a car that was southbound on Carmichael. Goodman kept driving after hitting the other smaller sedan, according Atkinson.
Faced with the possibility of a federal lawsuit, the city of Hudson backed off on the list of rules it had imposed on Dibbo's as conditions for the nightclub to keep its liquor license. "Regarding implementation of the conditions, you will be in charge of deciding how to implement the conditions," City Attorney Catherine Munkittrick told Dibbo's manager Charles McGee in an Aug. 3 letter. The qualification came after the city was contacted by a lawyer for the St.
Public Safety Committee Chairman Paul Radermacher raised the possibility of removing one or both of the stop signs on Vine Street at Third and Fourth streets when the committee met Oct.
The Hudson City Council's Public Safety Committee on Oct. 3 denied a request that the city barricade a three-block segment of Third Street on Halloween night. The committee did agree, however, to recommend to the full council that no parking be allowed on Third Street between Orange and St. Croix streets while children are going from door to door asking for candy. Third Street resident Jodie Mattern asked the committee to barricade the three blocks between 5 and 9 p.m., saying many parents drive into the neighborhood and drop off their children to go trick or treating during that time.
Two Hudson High School graduates who remained in the community and contributed to it were presented with Distinguished Alumni Awards last week. The 35th and 36th inductees into the school's Wall of Fame are Douglas Stohlberg, editor of the Hudson Star-Observer, and Mike Wakeling, a retired St. Croix County sheriff's investigator. The pair received their plaques in an awards ceremony and dinner held Wednesday evening, Oct.
The City Council's Public Safety Committee is recommending that the now-vacant Denny Hecker car dealership at the corner of Coulee Road and 17th Street be studied as a possible location for a new police station. Committee members Paul Radermacher and Lee Wyland made the recommendation at their Oct. 3 meeting.
Renters shouldn't be singled out to pay the wages of a proposed new Hudson police officer, said two rental property managers who spoke to the City Council's Public Safety Committee on Oct. 3. "This is the group of people in town that can least afford to have a tax placed on them to pay for police protection," said Gerald Klecker, owner of the St.