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 set of proposed guidelines for downtown development that the city of Hudson will unveil next week contains a plethora of ideas for making buildings attractive -- and incentives for builders that use them. Included in the 56-page booklet produced by Putman Planning & Design are suggestions on building colors, setbacks, height, roofs, architectural variety, fa?ade openings, windows, entries, materials, lighting, signs and more. But instead of listing hard-and-fast rules that builders would have to follow, the city is offering to let them choose design elements suitable for their situations
Lakefront Park and the downtown area will see a greater police presence this summer as a result of a plan worked out by the City Council's Public Safety Committee and Police Chief Andrew Smith. School liaison officer Mark Crimmins will be patrolling the downtown and park when classes aren't in session. Casual call officers will be brought in to conduct the patrols when Crimmins isn't available, the committee decided at its April 4 meeting. Smith reported that the police department is working with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and St.
Negotiations are under way to bring Hudson/North Hudson Community Access Television programming to the town of Hudson, according to leaders of the cable access station. Judy Kelly, chairperson of the Community Access board, said recently that the board is trying to broker a deal between Comcast and Baldwin Telecom that would allow town residents to view the local community access Channel 15 and education Channel 6. Comcast provides funding for the channels under its franchise agreements with the city of Hudson and the village of North Hudson. Baldwin Telecom provides the cable television se
Tom Bednarowski became a teacher because of a summer job he once had. As a high school student in Menasha, he worked for the city's recreation department coaching baseball and supervising parks. "That got me working with kids and liking kids," he says. "That's where I decided to go to college and become a teacher." After 33 years in the profession (32 of them in Hudson), the popular eighth-grade U.S. history teacher will call it a career at the end of the school year. "I like teaching. I still like teaching," the 55-year-old says.
The way Dave Johnson's career as the head girls basketball coach at Hudson High School came to an end left him with wounded feelings. The way he tells it, Principal Ed Lucas called him at home at 10 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 1, and wanted to meet with him before that afternoon's team practice. Johnson found Lucas and District Personnel Director Jennifer Ninneman waiting for him at the high school when he arrived half an hour before the 3 p.m.
The Hudson Plan Commission and the City Council are far enough along on drafting a set of guidelines, policies and regulations controlling development in the downtown that they have scheduled a public forum to present the proposal. The meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 1, in the River Room of The Phipps Center for the Arts, 109 Locust St. Marc Putman of Putman Planning and Design has been guiding the Plan Commission -- and lately the City Council -- through the process of developing the proposed standards. A proposal last fall by GCI Builders of St.
The Hudson City Council on Monday night gave final approval to a policy that allows only government entities to display advertising banners over Second Street at Locust Street. Council members approved the measure 6-0 in a roll call vote. City Council President Scot O'Malley reiterated his disappointment about having to exclude nonprofit organizations from displaying banners over the street.
It's a timeworn analogy - but apropos of the current attempt by telecommunication companies to re-write Wisconsin's cable TV franchising law. The foxes have a plan to make life better for the residents of the henhouse. All they need to do is get Farmer Jones to go along with it. You know what happens if he does.
The Rev. Mike Roeder couldn't have guessed how big the event would become when he suggested that his church sponsor an indoor Easter egg hunt for the community nine years ago. He was the new pastor of Christ Center Assembly of God and saw the event as a way to serve the community, and at the same time, introduce people to the church, located off County UU at Northview Drive east of Hudson. The parking lots at Hudson Middle School were filled when this year's egg hunt began at 9 a.m. Saturday.
After languishing for more than three years, the on-again, off-again dike shelter project was finally put to rest by the City Council Monday night. After a two-and-a-half hour public forum in which arguments for and against the project were heard, the council voted 4-3 to reject a $259,600 bid on construction of the shelter and restrooms, effectively killing the $459,000 project. Alderpersons Paul Radermacher, Randy Morrissette II and Carah Koch voted to award the contract to Ross & Associates of River Falls, while alderpersons Scot O'Malley, Dennis O'Connell and Lee Wyland opposed the actio