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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A Woodbury, Minn., church is establishing a second place of worship in Hudson. Five Oaks Church will hold its first public service Sunday, Sept. 9, at 10 a.m. in the multi-purpose room at Hudson Middle School (use north doors). The launching of the Hudson church is part of a trend among Protestant churches to establish multiple campuses, according to the Rev.
Al Keller, president of GCI Builders Inc. of St. Cloud, Minn., says his company will decide soon whether to proceed with redeveloping the River City Center property in downtown Hudson. "Either it will go ahead in the next two weeks or it won't. One of the two," Keller said when contacted by telephone last week. He said he was gathering final estimates on what it would cost to demolish the existing building and replace it with a complex housing a hotel, restaurants, retail shops, residential condominiums and underground parking garages.
The city of Hudson has applied to the Department of Natural Resources for a Stewardship Grant of $525,000 to help pay for acquisition of the former Hudson Medical Center property at the west end of Wisconsin Street. The city purchased the nearly seven acres from Hudson Hospital in April 2006, paying just over $1 million. The city is planning to restore the area to open green space with gardens and trails, and make it available for wildlife and nature observation, picnicking, hiking and other non-motorized trail activities. The property would become part of adjacent Prospect Park.
Housing construction remains sluggish in Hudson, according to a quarterly report from the office of the city's assessor and building inspector. While the number of building permits issued for single-family homes between April 1 and June 30 was off by just two from 2006, there was a precipitous drop-off in permits for multi-family housing, the report indicates. The city issued 29 permits for single-family homes in the second quarter of 2007, compared to 31 permits during the same period of 2006. No permits for multiple-family housing were issued in the second quarter of this year.
His love kept taking him higher and higher. Dag Olav Selander didn't want to ask his sweetheart to marry him in an ordinary way. Instead, he got up early last Friday morning and spray-painted the proposal in the grass at her mother's and stepfather's place at the corner of Wisconsin and Ninth streets. Then the young pilot took her on a plane ride over Hudson, under the pretext that she was going to photograph her parents' house. When they were over the house, she looked down and saw the message, "Marry me Jade." "At first, I just looked at it and thought, is this real?" Jade Broughton sai
Dr. Patrick McCann has announced that he will be leaving Hudson Physicians Clinic at the end of 2007. He said in an Aug. 1 letter to his patients that he has accepted "an opportunity to continue in a role that will bring balance to my personal life and that will afford me the opportunity to spend more time with the people closest to me, my family." He added that he has mixed emotions about leaving the clinic where he has been a general practice physician for the past 20 years. "I have been honored to have shared in the lives of so many.
Ramsey Lee has a message for young people with physical disabilities who are trying to decide whether to continue their education following high school. "I tell people of all abilities to go to college," he says. "Everybody has different gifts and talents they can give to society.
In a visit to Hudson last Friday, U.S. Rep. Ron Kind promised to work to prevent the Sierra Club from continuing to block construction of a new four-lane bridge over the St. Croix River at Stillwater, Minn. The environmental organization filed a lawsuit in federal court earlier this summer seeking to cut off funding for a new bridge. The Sierra Club says that building a new bridge without taking out the exiting lift bridge constructed in 1931 violates a rule of the St.
High fuel costs are beginning to have an effect on the city of Hudson's finances. City Finance Officer Betty Caruso reported at the Aug. 20 City Council meeting that the 2007 costs weren't budgeted for correctly. She said the result would be a $45,000 revenue shortfall if the city didn't take action to correct the problem. Caruso attributed the overrun to department budgeting that didn't reflect actual fuel costs for 2006, as well as unexpected increases in 2007. She thought that interest earned on city funds temporarily held in bank accounts would be enough to offset the budget shortage.