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 Star-Observer learned recently that the Wal-Mart store at 2222 Crest View Drive has been sold to a limited liability corporation with ties to a major developer of commercial property. The new owner of the store is Meridian Hudson LLC, whose registered agent is listed as Michael D.
The Hudson City Council did its best to keep Andy Smith as Hudson's police chief. The City Council postponed a vote on whether to accept his resignation after a closed session with Smith Monday night. Mayor Jack Breault came out of the council chambers following the session to announce to a group of police officers waiting in the hallway that the council would meet again with Smith on Thursday morning. "It's basically in his (Smith's) hands," Breault told a bystander. Smith resigned on Wednesday of last week after being told to submit a "zero increase" budget for 2008. Smith told reporter
Megan Zais was crowned queen of North Hudson Pepper Festival for the coming year in a coronation that was moved into the celebration's bingo tent because of the rain that fell Sunday afternoon. Zais is the daughter of Diane and Tim Zais of North Hudson. Dan Ortner was named 2008 Pepper Fest king. The 2008 Pepper Fest princesses are Holly Bornmann, daughter of Laurie and Donald Bornmann; Katy Tantalean, daughter of Sue Feia and Juan Carlos; and Becca Heikel, daughter of Lisa and Randy Heikel.
The city's Park Board had expected to elect a new chairman at its Aug. 7 meeting. Instead, it learned that another member would be stepping down. Jan Buege, a 10-year veteran of the board, is the latest to leave. She told the Star-Observer last week that since her children are now older, she thought it was time for a mother with youngsters to replace her. Buege told Mayor Jack Breault she didn't want to serve another five-year term when he called to find out if she wanted to be reappointed to the board.
The new rate for having a diseased elm tree removed in the city of Hudson is $200, an increase of $35 from the old rate. The good news for homeowners is that the rate applies to them, too. It could have been considerably more expensive for them to have a diseased elm removed if the City Council hadn't agreed to a higher rate for the removal of trees on city property so residents could have the service for the same price. Under the old contract with St. Croix Tree Service of Roberts, both the city and its residents paid $165 for the removal of trees stricken with Dutch elm disease.
The storms that blew through Hudson on Saturday had some beneficial effect. The 4 a.m.
A new sports huddle has formed at Hudson High School. This one is made up of young Christian athletes who meet every two weeks to socialize and draw support from each other and their faith. The Fellowship of Christian Athletes "huddle" held its first before-school meeting last May.
The price of adding turn lanes to two of Hudson's busiest intersections is more than previously reported when engineering fees and other expenses are included in the totals. It will cost $293,259 to add a third left-turn lane to eastbound Crest View Drive at Carmichael Road, City Finance Officer Betty Caruso reported to the City Council on Aug. 6. The total price for adding a left-turn lane to southbound 11th Street at Coulee Road will be $136,975, according to figures that Caruso provided for council members. The council at its Aug.
The wind and rain that swept through the St. Croix River Valley early Saturday morning didn't prevent the 12th running of the Gopher-to-Badger Half Marathon. Despite having to sidestep some fallen branches, 665 runners completed the 13.1-mile Stillwater-to-Hudson footrace. Another 201 runners finished the five-kilometer Gopher-to-Badger race. Nate Cartwright, a 29-year-old from Minneapolis, was the overall winner of the half marathon with a time of one hour, 23 minutes and 48 seconds. Bill Petras, 37, of San Diego finished second.
Don Gilbert recalls then-Mayor Tom Redner appointing him to the Park Board in 1987 to get things done. The board had had endless discussions about expanding Lakefront Park to the north side of the dike road, but couldn't reach a consensus to get started on the project. Meetings would last until 11 p.m. or later. "They would talk about the color of flowers, but couldn't make any decisions to get going," Gilbert says.