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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Dave "Swanee" Swanson was as pleased as the prom queen's boyfriend when TV viewers chose Laura Osnes to play Sandy in the Broadway revival of "Grease." The North Hudson resident and 1950s buff met Osnes last October when his classic red Chevy convertible was used in the publicity for the Chanhassen Dinner Theatre's production of the musical. "I'm glad she got it. It means a little more to me, of course, because I've chatted with her.
The Hudson City Council voted 4-1 to annex the site of a future elementary school site on Wednesday night, April 4. High drama accompanied the decision as District 3 Alderman Paul Radermacher changed his mind at the last minute to provide the two-thirds majority needed for approval of the annexation. Radermacher joined alderpersons Randy Morrissette II, Lee Wyland and Carah Koch in authorizing the city to annex the 42-acre site previously in the town of Troy. Council President Scot O'Malley of District 5 opposed the annexation. District 2 Alderman Dennis O'Connell was absent.
Jim Eulberg, the city of Hudson's parks and public works director since the summer of 2004, has resigned from the position. The resignation came as a surprise to many people outside of City Hall. Eulberg and city officials aren't saying what led to it. Late last week, the Star-Observer received a notice of a special council meeting scheduled for Monday evening.
The School District of Hudson will pay an estimated $807,044 for water, sewer and road improvements if the city annexes the 42-acre site of a planned elementary school. That's according to the draft of a development agreement the City Council will ask school officials to sign if it approves the annexation at its Wednesday, April 4, meeting. The council's first April meeting has been pushed back two days because the council chamber will be set up as a polling place Monday night.
The Hudson City Council at its March 19 meeting amended the Municipal Code regulating liquor licenses to the number available. The new Chapter 145 allows one Class B liquor license for every 650 city residents.
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
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.
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 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.
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.