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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Hudson's churches are frequently lauded for their ecumenical spirit, and a good example of it is the informal pastors' prayer group that meets every Tuesday morning at Trinity Lutheran Church. Attendance varies from a handful of clergypersons to sometimes over a dozen, according to the regulars.
On Monday night, the Hudson City Council approved final development plans for a new 12-screen theater complex on the eastern edge of the city. The Cinema Entertainment Corp. theater will be built on the 33-acre DaMe Properties commercial development. The development is located on the east side of Hwy. 35 between Stageline Road and I-94. Roger Humphrey of Humphrey Engineering and Tony Tillemans, vice president of Cinema Entertainment, presented the plans for the 42,889-square-foot theater complex.
The day after the Star-Observer reported in last week's newspaper that developers are interested in bringing a big box store to Hudson, the petition for the city to annex 54 acres on Carmichael Road arrived at City Hall. Monday night, the City Council on a 4-2 vote forwarded the petition to the Plan Commission for its review. "I have indicated that this is no slam-dunk annexation. It will be closely scrutinized," Dennis Darnold, the city's community development director, warned the interested parties at the discussion. The petition was filed by Rock Island Land Co.
Monday night's meeting of the Hudson City Council had more drama than usual when members of the Outlaws Motorcycle Club paid a visit to City Hall. The Outlaws are upset with rules aimed at keeping them away from Hudson that have been imposed on Dibbo's nightclub.
The Hudson Town Board has decided to retain jurisdiction of the intersection in front of a future commercial development on the east edge of the city of Hudson rather than have it become a traffic roundabout. Hudson Mayor Jack Breault made the announcement Thursday night (July 12) during a meeting in which the city's Plan Commission voted to recommend approval of final development plans for a 1,922-seat movie theater complex on the north side of Stageline Road at Old Hwy.
Beach lovers don't have to leave Lakefront Park to satisfy their hunger this summer. JW Kaladi's delicatessen is selling frozen treats, soft drinks, hot dogs, hamburgers, sandwiches and fries out of the park's long unused bathhouse concession stand. Under a contract approved by the City Council in June, the city receives 5 percent of the stand's gross sales as rent. Requests from the public led the Park Board to recommend that the city invite a vendor to operate the stand.
It may be awhile before the public learns the name of the big box retailer that is exploring plans to build a store at the northeast corner of Carmichael Road and I-94. The engineering consulting firm that is looking into the possibilities for the site hasn't revealed what store it is doing the legwork for, according to Dennis Darnold, community development director for the city of Hudson. Darnold said that Westwood Professional Services Inc.
The snow fence erected around the partially completed floodwall in Lakefront Park appears to be the only new development with the project. "Nothing's really changed," City Administrator Devin Willi said Monday when contacted about the status of the project. He said that, as far as he knew, City Attorney Catherine Munkittrick is involved in negotiations with WW Grading Inc.
The Hudson area isn't lacking for bank offices, but that doesn't worry John A. Malmberg, president and CEO of the brand-new First American Bank. He believes that the Twin Cities east metro is going to continue to grow and that Hudson is poised to benefit from the growth. Businesses now in downtown St.
Nine U.S. Navy veterans who served aboard submarines in World War II, and one who was rescued by a submarine crew, held a lunch meeting at the Sports Club in Hudson on June 20. The men belong to the Minnesota chapter of an organization named U.S. Submarine Veterans WWII. They were in Hudson because one of their own, Darrell E. Nelson, lives here. This was the third time the group has picked Hudson for its monthly get-together, according to Nelson. The 84-year-old Nelson served 32 years in the Navy after enlisting in 1942.