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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Jennifer Eckberg knew where to go for help in meeting the transportation needs of her friend Mindy Dykes and her family. She talked to David Robson, general manager of Hudson Chrysler. "We knew they were community people and they would be of service if they could," said Eckberg. She and her husband, Brian, bought their last car from the dealership and have their vehicles serviced there. Robson didn't disappoint.
When I was a kid growing up in the small northern Wisconsin village of Luck, Harvey Dueholm, the area's representative to the state Assembly, had an adage to describe the way Madison distributed state aid. "Millions for Milwaukee; pennies for Polk," it went. The message was popular with the citizens of Polk County. Most of them, like me now, didn't know the ins and outs of the state's confusing and rarely-explained formula for distributing shared revenue.
Rain turned the course into grease and the participants in Saturday's Hudson Riverfront Cyclocross Races loved it. "Great layout and perfect cyclocross weather," raved one poster on the Minnesota Cycling Federation message board ( www.mcf.net ). "Great course at Hudson," chimed another racer. "Mud, sand and rain -- with great chili at the end." Cyclocross racers thrive on inclement conditions, said race organizer Dag Selander of Hudson.
Two former Hudson High School football players have played big roles in the Wisconsin Badgers' 5-0 start this season. Powering the right side of the Badger offensive line are 6-foot-6, 332-pound guard Kraig Urbik and 6-foot-7, 325-pound tackle Eric VandenHeuvel. Both were first-team all-state selections when they played for Hudson Raider teams coached by Craig Jilek. Urbik, a 2004 Hudson grad, is in his third year as a starter for the Badger offensive unit.
It's been quite a summer for Annie (Nelson) Thomas. The former star basketball player for Hudson High School and the University of Wisconsin married, moved to Cleveland and recently landed a job as an assistant basketball coach for the Cleveland State University women's team. Known as Annie Nelson when she led the Hudson girls basketball team to a Division 1 state championship team in 2002, and during a four-year run as a member of the Wisconsin women's team, she became Annie Thomas when she married Joe Thomas last July in Madison.
The Hudson City Council on Monday night referred a proposal for a traffic study of the Carmichael Road corridor north of I-94 to its Finance Committee. Alderman Dennis O'Connell moved to send the proposal to the committee saying that money was tight and a funding source for the study hadn't been identified. O'Connell said he had spoken to City Finance Officer Betty Caruso earlier in the day, and that she wasn't aware of the request for the traffic study. O'Connell said there is no hurry to complete the study, which has an estimated price tag of $4,950.
Cable television customers in the town of Hudson are finally going to receive community access programming. After going without the local government, education and community programming that residents of the city of Hudson and village of North Hudson have had available for years, town residents will be able get it, too, under deals recently signed by the parties involved. The Hudson Town Board has agreed to turn over the 2 percent franchise fee it collects from the town's cable provider, Baldwin Telecom, to the Hudson/North Hudson Community Access Board in exchange for the programs on the bo
The Hudson City Council discussed strategies for lowering the cost of what the city pays for health insurance for its employees in a closed session Monday night. When the council returned to open session, members voted to have the law firm of Weld, Riley, Prenn & Ricci research issues related to retirees of the city continuing on the city's insurance plan at their own expense. The law firm, which represents the city on labor matters, won't be paid more than $1,000 for the work.
Hudson Hearing & Speech Clinic has a new audiologist, new equipment and a new service to provide. Reana DePerry has joined the staff after earning a doctorate in audiology from UW-Madison and completing an externship at the University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview. DePerry also has completed training in diagnosing equilibrium disorders with the American Institute of Balance and will specialize in testing patients for vertigo problems using Hudson Hearing's new video and computerized diagnostic system. According to the Institute of Balance, some 90 million Americans experience dizzin
Felicity Plansky thinks she knows what stay-at-home mothers like her want. "We want good coffee. Good food. Comfortable seating. We want to know that our children are safe and secure. And it needs to be clean." They want a place where they can meet with their friends for a cup of espresso coffee without having their children pulling at them because they are bored. That's the idea behind the Giggle Factory, an indoor playground and coffee shop at 2007 O'Neil Road that will open on Saturday. It's in the St.