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 recent city crackdown on bars and restaurants and liquor stores failing to have licensed personnel on site has delayed the renewal of beer and liquor licenses for a handful of establishments. At its May 18 meeting, the Hudson City Council held over consideration of license renewals for Coop's Pizza, 816 Carmichael Road; the Sports Club, 601 Second St.; and the Green Mill restaurant and bar, 2410 Gateway Court. According to a memo from City Clerk Nancy Korson, the three businesses didn't have their agent or a licensed operator on duty when city Fire Inspector Dave Krupich made his rounds
Pastor Vunnamatla Yesupadam is confident that God still works miracles. "I believe the book of Acts," he said during a recent three-week stay in Hudson. The reference was to the Acts of the Apostles, the fifth book of the Christian New Testament that chronicles the supernatural events said to have taken place in the days following the resurrection of Christ. Similar healings and conversions are a common occurrence in India, according to Yesupadam, a 42-year-old pastor and evangelist from Narsapur, a city of 50,000 to 60,000 people located on the Bay of Bengal. Yesupadam came to Hudson to c
When the downtown Econofoods store closed last fall, Hudson classic car enthusiast Dave "Swanee" Swanson saw an opportunity. The big parking lot in front of the vacant grocery store would be an excellent spot for a hot rod and custom car show, he thought. The owners of the property went along with the idea. Now a "Wheels on the Main" show is set for 5-9 p.m. Friday, June 1.
The Hudson Public Water Utility is in the process of drilling its 10th well. The new well, located on the east side of Hwy. 35 south of I-94, is expected to be 380 feet deep when workers from Mark J.
Studio 94 hair salon is celebrating its 20th year in business this month. Owner Mindy Fisher joined the staff a year after Barb O'Connell opened the salon in a shop on Coulee Road, next to Interstate 94. Fisher says she has customers that have been coming to her for their haircuts and permanents since her first year with the salon. Customers keep coming back, she says, because they trust her and her staff to make them look good -- and they enjoy the friendly atmosphere. "They can feel comfortable.
Civil engineer Charles Schwartz of Bonestroo & Associates laid out three ways for the city to complete the construction of a Lakefront Park seawall when he spoke to the Hudson Park Board on Wednesday, May 16. None of them were good. The city could press on with completion of the project as originally envisioned by the Park Board at an estimated total cost of $241,000, Schwartz said. In that scenario, the city would pay $71,690 more for the seawall than it planned to when it awarded a $169,310 construction contract to WW Grading Inc.
Architect Chass Rising showed members of the Hudson City Council preliminary plans for redevelopment of the River City Center property Monday night. Rising is designing the multi-use complex that GCI Builders of St.
The belief that new houses add more costs for local governments and schools than they generate in revenue is wrong, a national expert on the subject told a group of area real estate agents and homebuilders last Thursday. On the contrary, it is the new homes in a community that pay a greater proportionate share of the costs of local services, subsidizing the older neighborhoods, said Dr. Elliot F.
The extension of seawall in Lakefront Park that was supposed to cost $169,310 is likely to grow more costly. Construction on the wall was halted recently by the city's consulting engineering firm over concern about portions of the wall settling. According to Charles Schwartz of Bonestroo & Associates, no backfill was placed behind the large concrete blocks that were laid late last year.
The Hudson City Council has awarded a local delicatessen a lease to sell sandwiches, ice cream treats and soft drinks out of the Lakefront Park bathhouse this summer. The council granted the lease to JW Kaladi's at its May 7 meeting. The deli is owned and operated by the Joachim family, and located in its Bear Buddies Child Development Center at 3250 Heiser St. in St. Croix Business Park. Bob Erck, father of Hudson Flower Shop owner Shelli Erck, also had sought the concession.