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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Al Keller wasn't happy when the Hudson City Council imposed a moratorium on downtown construction last November and started work on a set of development guidelines and zoning amendments for the area. But with the process now nearing completion, the president of GCI Builders has changed his opinion about it. "I think it's going in the right direction.
The Hudson City Council by a 5-1 vote Monday night refused to grant a zoning certificate of compliance that a Stillwater, Minn., businessman needs to open a tire sales and auto service center on the former Perkins Restaurant property at the corner of Crest View and Dominion drives. The denial could result in a lawsuit against the city charging that it has unfairly prohibited an allowed use of the property. David Magnuson of Stillwater, attorney for property owner Jay Andrews, indicated that he knew how the vote was going to turn out before it was taken, and promised the lawsuit. "If you thi
Don Krupa could have retired from teaching six years ago if he had wanted to. It was the relationships with students and co-workers that kept the trim, youthful-looking 61-year-old in the classroom this long. "It's the successes -- when kids come back and talk to you about what they're doing now" that encouraged him to keep going, Krupa says. That, plus his joy of coaching and having two young children at home (Megan, a fourth-grader, and Michael, in the sixth grade) made him feel like it was too early for him to retire until now. He'll end his 39-year career as a mathematics teacher at Hu
Close to 60 government officials, members of the clergy and laypeople gathered at the Best Western Hudson House Inn last Thursday morning for a National Day of Prayer breakfast sponsored by the Hudson Area Ministerial Association. State Sen. Sheila Harsdorf, R-River Falls, attended the breakfast, along with St. Croix County, city of Hudson and other local officials. After eating breakfast, the group recited the pledge of allegiance to the American and Christian flags, led by County Board Supervisor and Hudson banker Daryl Standafer. They then sang the national anthem. The Rev.
The response to a proposed set of development guidelines for downtown Hudson when they were presented to the public in a May 1 meeting at The Phipps Center for the Arts must have been encouraging to city officials. While a handful of people criticized the plan, a few sang its praises, while the majority simply listened. It was far better than a major outcry against the plan drafted by Putman Planning and Design, working in cooperation with the Hudson Plan Commission and the City Council. Marc Putman once more laid out the set of incentives -- including Tax Incremental Funding and an easing
The third time proved to be the charm for Jana and John Gaffer, owners of The Nova restaurant and wine bar on Coulee Road near downtown Hudson. The City Council had turned down two of their previous applications for a Class B liquor license, but it had a change of heart Monday night and rewarded the local owners for their improvements to the establishment. The Gaffers bought the former Casanova Liquors store three years ago and shortly thereafter renovated the west end of the historic building to house the restaurant and wine bar.
Three young women who grew up in Hudson are making a name for themselves in the macho man's world of excavating and septic plumbing. Jenny Ulbricht, 29, Melissa Ulbricht, 27, and Chelsea Myers, 23, are state-licensed journeyman septic plumbers. They each got their start with Bob Ulbricht, father of Jenny and Melissa and the owner of Ulbricht & Associates, a septic system maintenance and installation company now located in Spring Valley. "They've been in the trenches helping me since they were little school girls -- and they are awesome," says Ulbricht. "They were all on fire from day one.
Jessica Vadnais was named a Division III women's basketball All-American earlier this spring, topping off an outstanding junior season at Gustavus Adolphus College in St.
The proposed development guidelines for downtown Hudson that were presented to the public Tuesday night include incentives for both property owners and the city. "These policies and guides constitute the terms of a quid pro quo: Terms of actions that will achieve benefits for city government, property owners and visitors," declares the introduction to the guidelines. Putman Planning & Design drafted the proposed rules contained in a 56-page booklet titled "Hudson, Wisconsin, Downtown Visioning: Guidelines for Policy & Design Quality." The Hudson firm headed by Marc Putman worked closely with
Greg and Judy Nelson of Hudson had more than a passing interest in last weekend's National Football League draft. For the Nelsons, the outcome determined where their middle daughter, Annie, will spend the next years of her life. Annie, a soon-to-be University of Wisconsin graduate, is the fiancée of Joe Thomas, the celebrated Badger left tackle selected third in the draft by the Cleveland Browns. Thomas made news by foregoing a trip to New York City to be on hand when his name was called.