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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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.
The Rev. Van V. Bredeson will give his final sermon as a member of the staff at Bethel Lutheran Church on Sunday. After 22 years as the church's education, family and youth pastor, Bredeson is looking for his next call. "The sky's the limit, I guess," he said with a laugh on Monday, the day after a well-attended farewell program for him at the Bethel Highlands Church. Hundreds of parishioners and friends came to bid him farewell in the hour-and-a-half program that included music, videos, skits, speakers and a lot of laughter and tears. "It was quite an honor.
The City Council renewed Hudson Golf Club's liquor license Monday night after withholding approval last month. Council members were satisfied with a statement from Jeff Redmon, attorney for Hanson Brothers Golf Holdings, that the club intends to be open for business at least three consecutive days per 90-day period next winter. The golf club can put a message on its sign for three days next winter saying the bar is open, if it needs to, Redmon said. Last month, the council removed the golf club's license renewal application from the 39 up for consideration after Council President Rich Vanse
Funeral services for George O. Hoel will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, June 10, at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Hudson. The longtime Hudson community leader and Andersen Corp. executive died Tuesday at Boutwells Landing in Oak Park Heights, Minn. He was 89 years old. Hoel and his wife, Mary, moved to the retirement home in 2010, after selling their house on Stageline Road to Hudson Hospital & Clinics. Mary died in October 2011, also at the age of 89. George Hoel was active in many community organizations and fundraising campaigns over his more than 40 years in Hudson.
Maybe it was fate. Monday, June 3, was National Egg Day, the spokespersons for Hudson Urban Chickens said at the start of their presentation to the City Council that evening. Half an hour later, members of the group seeking permission to keep laying hens in their backyards erupted in applause when the council voted 5-1 to grant their request for a trial one-year period. The issue will first go to the council's Public Safety Committee, which will draft proposed regulations and a permit system for the backyard coops.