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 city of Hudson has decided to pool its business revolving loan fund with similar local government funds in a seven-county area to create a new West Central Wisconsin Regional Business Fund. The City Council approved the idea at its March 19 meeting after Community Development Director Dennis Darnold explained how the new fund might better serve the city. The city currently has about $500,000 in its loan fund, while the new regional fund is expected to have about $5.3 million in cash and $2.3 million in annual loan payments. The Wisconsin Department of Commerce is promoting the consolida
Ban Tara LLC partners Brian Zeller and David Robson received approval from the Hudson City Council last week for another building in their commercial development on the east side of Carmichael Road south of I-94. The 11,007-square-foot retail and restaurant facility will be located north of the existing building that houses Starbuck's and Cold Stone Creamery. Matt Frisbie of Frisbie Architects, River Falls, presented the plans for the building to the council at its March 19 meeting.
The Hudson City Council's unanimous decision March 19 not to vacate a 60-foot-wide swath of street right-of-way in front of the old Perkins Restaurant won't stop redevelopment of the property, the owner says. "It's going to happen," Jay Andrews said of his plan to remodel and add on to the building to make it a tire sales and service center. Andrews owns and operates the TireProz business on Hwy. 36 at Osgood Avenue in Oak Park Heights, Minn.
The Hudson City Council on Monday night approved the first reading of an ordinance that would bring the 42-acre site of a new elementary school into the city limits. The council also scheduled a public hearing on the issue prior to considering final approval of the annexation at its Wednesday, April 4, meeting. During the period reserved for public comment at the start of Monday night's meeting, city resident Bob Muchlinski argued that annexing the school site would provide no benefit to city residents. He said the school would use needed capacity in the city's sewage treatment plant and un
Tears welled in the eyes of Bishop John Squire as he thanked Habitat for Humanity volunteers and supporters for providing a home for one of the families from his church. "This gives them an opportunity for an anchor in their lives," said the lanky lay minister from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Mitchell Briggs, who will occupy one of four bedrooms in the new two-story house, had just told of moving 16 times in his 17 years.
The candidates for City Council in Hudson's District 6 offer the voters a qualified choice when it comes to the much-debated River Walk project. Alan Burchill supports the project -- to a point.
To incumbent Randy Morrissette II, the race for the District 1 seat on the Hudson City Council is about dedication to the job. He has had a record of perfect attendance at council and committee meetings since being appointed as an alderman in January 2006, he says. Morrissette says his opponent, Mike Laatsch, the man he replaced on the council, had a less stellar record. Laatsch, meanwhile, highlights his managerial experience as a reason for voters to return him to the council after a little over a year's absence. "I have worked 27 years for 3M Co.
The debate over the River Walk project took another unexpected turn at Monday night's Hudson City Council meeting. Jim Eulberg, the city's parks and public works director, had expected to present bids and engineering fees amounting to a total project cost of roughly $388,500. Instead, he announced, "We were thrown a curve ball at 3 p.m.
Former Hudson Raider football players Eric VandenHeuvel and Kraig Urbik figured prominently into a recent Madison newspaper story speculating on who will replace Joe Thomas as the Badgers' left offensive tackle next season. Thomas is expected to be a top pick in the coming National Football League draft. He also is the fiancé of Hudson's Annie Nelson, a former player for the Wisconsin women's basketball team. The March 7 Capital Times quoted Badgers offensive line coach Bob Palcic as saying, "Who knows?
The Hudson City Council on March 5 approved the first reading of an amendment to the ordinance regulating liquor licenses that would boost the number of licenses currently available by two. The council will consider final approval of the amendment at its March 19 meeting. Council members asked City Attorney Catherine Munkittrick to look into options for increasing the number of Class B liquor licenses the city can issue at its Feb. 21 meeting.