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 Hudson Plan Commission in a split decision Thursday, Oct. 26, recommended postponing a decision on whether the city should sell First Street right of way that a developer says he needs to redevelop the River City Center property. Then in an unexpected move, the commission recommended that the City Council impose a 90-day moratorium on applications for development in the downtown business district. The purpose of the moratorium, commissioners said, would be to give the city time to draft design standards for new buildings in the downtown.
The resemblance is remarkable. Hudson natives probably do a double-take when they see Mike O'Keefe on the street. With his cherubic grin and neatly cropped silvery hair, O'Keefe is a near slip-image of his father, Thomas O'Keefe, the former Hudson public works director and St. Croix County highway commissioner who died 16 years ago. Tom O'Keefe was beloved by the community for his public service -- both as an infrastructure expert and on the human level. After turning his life around as a young man, Tom devoted his last two decades to befriending and encouraging recovering alcoholics.
I'm sensing a shift in the political wind concerning health care. The Hudson City Council isn't the first group that comes to my mind when people talk about progressive coalitions, but there it was in the Sept. 29 online version of The Capital Times: Hudson is part of a progressive grassroots movement asking the state Legislature to make health care insurance accessible and affordable. The City Council passed a resolution at its Sept.
Mayor Jack Breault unveiled a proposal for addressing the city's police, fire and ambulance facility needs in a meeting Thursday afternoon, Oct. 12, with the heads of those departments. After reviewing the departments' and the Hudson Area Joint Library's desires for new facilities, the mayor suggested a plan of action that he said might satisfy their needs and make use of the city's existing buildings. He suggested building a two-story addition to the Public Safety Building, with offices for the fire department on the second floor and more bays for fire engines on the ground floor.
The Hudson City Council accepted bids on installing irrigation systems at Lakefront and Grandview parks at its meeting Monday night. RainMaster Lawn Systems of Eau Claire was the only company to bid on the project, offering to install the Lakefront Park system for $32,270 and the Grandview Park system for $24,670. Public Works and Parks Director Jim Eulberg said he expects both systems to be installed this fall. The Lakefront Park system will irrigate the lawn in the area of the band shell, from the bathhouse to Walnut Street. Eulberg said it will use water from the St.
The Hudson Plan Commission held a special meeting Thursday morning, Oct. 12, to inspect the property at the corner of First and Buckeye streets that a developer wants to acquire to make room for a new four-level hotel, retail and condo complex. Hudson Community Development Director Dennis Darnold pointed out the red markings that had been spray-painted on the truck-docking and parking area behind the existing River City Center to show the footprint of the proposed new building. Al Keller, president of GCI Builders Inc., and building designer Chass Rising, both of St.
Physical fitness enthusiasts have another option for places to exercise in Hudson. On Oct. 9, St. Croix Body Zone Fitness & Tan center opened in the Carmichael Centre, just north of the Target store on Carmichael Road. The new fitness center offers 24-hour access, seven days a week, plus the assistance of personal trainers six days a week. The business is a venture of town of St.
Five Twin Cities partners are the current owners of River City Center at the northwest corner of Second and Buckeye streets in downtown Hudson, the Star-Observer has learned through a search of public records. Three of the owners -- Pat Smith, John Stiehm and Ken C. Peterson, all of Minneapolis -- each have 25 percent stakes in the now vacant grocery store and adjacent strip mall. Brian Lawton, Minneapolis, and Daniel W.
The congregation of Emmanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church is saying good-bye to its pastor for half of the church's history. A farewell pot-luck dinner honoring the Rev. Thomas Kutz and his wife, Debra, is planned for Sunday, Oct. 22, following the worship service and Sunday school classes. The congregation of Grace Lutheran Church of rural Osceola, which Kutz also serves, will join the Hudson congregation for the farewell service and dinner. Pastor Kutz will preach his last sermon to the Emmanuel congregation on Oct.