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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Tree damage isn't all the Hudson-area experienced in the storms that swept through during the early morning of Friday, June 22, and again that night. The storm that started after 8 p.m. dumped up to 4.5 inches of rain on Hudson, flooding many city streets and basements, especially in the downtown. A video shot by Angela Fellrath from the doorstep of Agave Kitchen Friday night shows knee-deep water on Second Street at Walnut Street.
Late Monday afternoon, the Hudson City Council affirmed Mayor Alan Burchill's declaration of a disaster emergency following Friday's powerful and rain-drenching windstorms. "The city of Hudson is asking for county assistance and requests the county to advise the state of Wisconsin of our emergency/disaster conditions," the declaration reads. It also authorizes emergency purchases of goods and services, emergency hiring and public works contracting exceeding $25,000 without advertising for bids.
Hudson Mayor Alan Burchill has declared the wind and water damage caused by two violent storms that hit the city on Friday, June 21, to be a disaster. … Archive...
The second windstorm in a day blew through Hudson at about 8 p.m. … Archive Material - Subscription required to continue reading Log in or activate your account if you...
Many residents are cleaning up their yards and making arrangement to remove down trees after a strong thunderstorm moved through the Hudson area beginning at about 4:15 a.m. The storm...
They didn't have much choice, members of the Hudson City Council agreed before voting Monday night to spend $381,704 to replace the roof of the library and police department building. "I guess we have to look at this as an investment right now. We own the building," said Alderperson Randy Morrissette II during the Finance Committee meeting that preceded the council meeting. Water from the roof has been leaking into the Hudson Area Library in several places over the past year, causing considerable damage.
Members of the Hudson City Council got some brief training on operating their new iPads prior to a special meeting on the city's five-year financial plan last week. The council on May 23 voted 3-2 to buy the 11 iPads for a total $8,470. The price -- $770 per unit -- included a warranty, software and accessories. Certain city officials, including the administrator and finance officer, also received the devices.
The landmark Bob Smith's Sports Club in downtown Hudson has new owners. One of them, Thomas J. Tomaro of Stillwater, came forward at Monday night's City Council meeting to request a new liquor license for the establishment. "We look at it as a historic property with a lot of character," Tomaro said of the bar and restaurant at 601 Second St. Tomaro said that he and partner Michael J. Tupa, also of Stillwater, plan to "peel back the layers" of the establishment's interior to create a rustic lodge theme.
The Hudson City Council held a special meeting on June 12 to review options for a five-year financial plan that it is working on with financial advisor Sean Lentz of Ehlers and Associates. Lentz presented the council with three choices for increasing the city's property tax rate in order to fund an increased schedule of street projects and the potential construction of a fire station. The options were to increase the mill rate to maximum of $5 per $1,000 of assessed property value, $5.25 per $1,000, or $5.50 per $1,000.
St. Croix Animal Friends Inc. is ready for action, the leaders say. Seven years after the nonprofit corporation formed to establish a shelter for dogs and cats, it is preparing to embark on a major capital campaign in the fall. "We want to strongly state to the public that we are moving forward," Diana Neubarth, founder and president of the organization, told the Star-Observer last Friday. Neubarth and St.