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 City Council is evaluating a report on ways to improve safety at the intersection of Carmichael and Hanley roads. The engineering firm of Short Elliott Hendrickson Inc. studied the intersection and issued the report because of the number of crashes that have occur there. A request for a marked crosswalk on the east side of the intersection also provided incentive for the study.
A discussion at the March 21 Hudson City Council meeting about constructing a drainage pond turned into a debate about a possible bicycle/pedestrian pathway. City Engineer Tom Syfko presented a proposal to hire the engineering firm of Short Elliott Hendrickson to do the survey, permit application and design work for a stormwater pond that will be constructed between Grandview Drive and the northwest corner of the former Hudson Golf Club property.
A funeral service for Chief Petty Officer Duff Gordon was held in Hudson on Wednesday, March 30, more than 74 years after he died aboard the USS Oklahoma in the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Rear Admiral Thomas Luscher, deputy chief of the U.S. Navy Reserve, headed a list of military officers who spoke at the hourlong service at O'Connell Family Funeral home. Many veterans and active service members were in attendance, along community members wanting to pay their respect to a patriot who gave the ultimate sacrifice for his country.
Three Hudson aldermanic districts will elect a City Council representative on April 5. The winners in two of the districts are all but certain. Bill Alms doesn’t have a challenger after winning a special election last November for alderperson in District 2. He defeated Chris Kilber to fill the seat formerly occupied by Mary Yacoub-Ra’ad. Council President Tom McCormick, the alderperson for District 3, also is unopposed on the spring ballot. He has represented the district since defeating Dan Tjornehoj in the 2014 election.
The Hudson City Council on Monday night awarded a contract to rebuild Vine Street between First and Ninth streets to McCabe Construction of Eau Claire. McCabe’s bid of $2,112,234 was...
The Good Friday story was brought to life for students at Bethel Highlands Preschool in a hands-on way. After a morning chapel service in which the events of Jesus’ last days on earth were told in an animated video, the children – along with parents and grandparents – visited seven activity stations designed to put them in the story. Just outside a church door, they saw a donkey like the one Jesus rode into Jerusalem and waved palm branches as if they were at a parade.
Unless you’ve been ticketed for speeding or some other traffic violation in Hudson, you might not be aware that the city has a municipal court. It’s rare that any big news comes out of the court that Judge Susan Gherty has presided over for the past 20 years. The last case to make headlines was a seven-day trial in 2012 in which Gherty found the managers of the former Left of Center adult store guilty of 25 counts each of possession of drug paraphernalia.
Vicky Erickson and Rich O’Connor took questions and made their cases for being elected mayor of Hudson during a 75-minute candidate forum held on St. Patrick’s Day. O’Connor came dressed in a light green shirt and an emerald tie. He greeted the audience of 60 or 70 in The Phipps’ music room in Gaelic. He said he moved his family from St. Paul to Hudson because of the strong commitment the community makes to families and education. “I think it is important to give back,” he said. “I’m making a strong commitment to Hudson because it has made a strong commitment to me.”
Before moving to Hudson in 1999, Rich O’Connor served in the Minnesota House of Representative for 12 years and was appointed by then-mayor Norm Coleman to the St. Paul Capital Improvement Budget Commission and to the RiverCenter Authority. O’Connor, at various times, was a member of the Hill-Murray School Board, the East Side YMCA board, his church council and the Ramsey County Board.
There are two things that Hudson mayoral candidate Vicky Erickson would like to make clear. She doesn’t want to raise the city’s property tax rate, and she doesn’t share a supporter’s views on the Hudson Area Joint Library sending money to neighboring libraries.