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 Raiders boys basketball team turned the tables on the Old Abes last Thursday night and came away from their Eagle's Nest gym with a 63-56. The victory avenged a 50-41 loss to Eau Claire Memorial at Hudson last month and improved the Raiders to 6-5 in the Big Rivers Conference with one game left on the schedule. Seth Stanchik from under the basket, Tyler Graskewicz from the perimeter and Mike Zuehl in the second half provided nearly all the scoring for Hudson. Stanchik controlled the lane, putting in 23 points, and Graskewicz rained in four three-pointers on his way to a 22-point night.
Not everyone with a dream of profiting from Hudson's growth succeeds. Recently, two businesses that had hoped to expand with the Hudson market closed. Stillwater, Minn.-based Rose Floral vacated its shop in the Prairie View Center on Carmichael Road at Vine Street at the end of 2006.
Hudson's boys basketball team nearly corralled the Ponies before letting them escape with a 66-61 victory at Stillwater, Minn., on Tuesday of last week. Friday night at Tartan High School in Oakdale, Minn., the Raiders were up against an even tougher non-conference opponent and fell 68-52. After trailing Stillwater 39-31 at the end of the first half, the Raiders closed the gap in the second 18-minute half and had a chance to overtake the Ponies near the end. According to Hudson coach Jason Swavely, a couple of missed free throws and missed field goals by the Raiders in the closing minutes g
The Hudson girls basketball showed a renewed competitive spirit last week, although the final result was two more losses. Tuesday night at Hudson, the Raiders overcame an 11-point halftime deficit and held Eau Claire Memorial scoreless in the third quarter before ultimately falling 46-40 to the Old Abes. They suffered a 53-52 defeat at Stillwater Saturday evening, where the result surely would have been different if they hadn't gone a miserable 14-of-35 from the free-throw line. Sophomore guard/forward Katie Ecker had a break-out performance at Stillwater, scoring 23 points. Asked whether
No good deed goes unpunished is the adage cynics repeat when well-meaning souls get pummeled for their good deeds. I suspect it's how Hudson's Rotarians are feeling about their efforts to help the city build a picnic shelter and restrooms at the end of the old toll bridge dike road. Judging from the rhetoric at some recent meetings of the City Council and its committees -- as well as in a few letters to the editor of this newspaper -- you'd think the Rotarians had proposed building a gold-plated sewage plant at the end of the dike. For the record, no one raised any objections when in early
Cody Holm has always worked to prepare for the coming basketball season, but the length he went to get ready for the Hudson Raiders' 2006-07 campaign was exceptional. Holm, a 6-foot-3½ senior, was riding with a friend to a summer league basketball game at Concordia College in St.
The Hudson City Council on Feb. 5 authorized issuing $2.72 million in general obligation promissory notes to fund the city's 2007 capital improvements and refinance a year 2000 bond issue. Approximately $1.8 million of the revenue from the notes will be used to fund 2007 expenditures, Sean Lentz of Ehlers & Associates, the city's financial advisers, told the City Council.
A divided Hudson City Council moved forward Monday night on plans for construction of a picnic shelter and restrooms at the end of the dike road that extends nearly across the St.
The owners of the former Perkins Restaurant property are asking the city to vacate 60 feet of street right of way along Crest View Drive that more than 20 years ago was dedicated for an Interstate 94 exit. The city has never used the right of way for a public street, Community Development Director Dennis Darnold told the City Council Monday night, and now the owners of the former Perkins Restaurant property would like to have it. The petition asking the City Council to vacate the property was signed by Jay Andrews, listed as a member of St.
Dave Johnson was dismissed last week from his position as head coach of the Hudson High School girls basketball team. While school administrators won't comment on the reason for the dismissal, it apparently came as a result of player and parental dissatisfaction over the way Johnson handled the team. Sources who asked not to be named said he was overly aggressive and critical of players. School administrators weren't immediately available to answer questions about Johnson's dismissal when rumors of it began circulating through the community last Friday.