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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In one sense, the Rev. Edward Moses was out of his element when he met with area pastors at the Hudson Bagel & Coffee shop Friday morning. On the other hand, he was right at home. The single-digit temperature outside was a marked contrast to the balmy air of the Mississippi Gulf Coast, but the conversation inside the coffee shop was as warm as those back in the fellowship halls of his churches at Biloxi and Gulfport. Moses is the senior pastor of St. Paul's United Methodist Church in Biloxi and Mount Pleasant United Methodist in Gulfport.
Peter Bernard returned from a trip to the Democratic Republic of the Congo last December more "fired up" than ever to support the work that a pastor friend is doing there. Bernard and his wife, Lori, first met the Rev. John Bofata when he was a guest at their house on Laurel Avenue over the Christmas holiday of 2002. The Bernards were so impressed with Bofata's commitment to his church and community that they began aiding him in his work.
Since taking over as head coach of the Hudson girls basketball team at the beginning of February, Lisa Watkins has said her goal is to end the season on a positive note. Her team did just that Friday night, defeating Menomonie on the road 50-39 in the last game of the Big Rivers Conference schedule. After trailing 24-18 at halftime, the Raiders didn't allow Menomonie any points in the third period and made the fourth quarter their most productive on offense. Senior guard Tara Schuknecht scored 27 points in what was arguably the best game of her high school career.
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.
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.