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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Fire Chief Jim Frye on Monday declared a ban on outdoor burning in the municipalities served by the Hudson Fire Department. The ban, Frye said, will remain in effect until the area receives enough rainfall to turn the landscape green and reduce the risk of debris fires getting away from people. Hudson firefighters have been called to put out about a dozen debris fires that have gotten out of control this spring, the fire chief said. "Nothing is greening up, and we keep missing the rain showers that are predicted for here," he said.
The Hudson Community Daycare Center, currently located in a former church building at 816 Fourth St., will undergo a major expansion under a plan approved last week by the City Council. The daycare is preparing to build an addition to the residence next door at 824 Fourth St. and move into the renovated facility. When the new facility is completed, the existing daycare will be demolished and the space it occupied will be used for a play area. The existing rambler-style house on the corner of Fourth and Orange streets was once the residence of the St. Croix County sheriff.
The Hudson City Council gave preliminary approval last week to an ordinance setting new rules and rates for parking downtown. The council also authorized city officials to seek bids on five hand-held computer devices that will be used to issue parking tickets and new parking meters to replace outdated meters in the downtown. The revised Municipal Parking System Ordinance, Article II of Chapter 235 in the Municipal Code, includes changes in where motorists can park, how much they'll pay for it and how much they'll be fined if they violate the rules. Under the system scheduled to go into effe
Kathy and Gary Benson think of their new light-manufacturing facility in St. Croix Business Park as an investment. They could have put up a building for less money someplace else, but they wanted to be in a city that cares about how its industrial property looks. "We picked this for our retirement," says Kathy, president of Eagle Packaging Inc. "We feel that many years down the road this park is still going to look very, very nice. We're looking at the long term." In the meantime, the new 20,340-square-foot building the company moved into Dec.
Hudson native Davis Drewiske is a member of the University of Wisconsin men's hockey team that won a national championship by defeating Boston College 2-1 at the Bradley Center in Milwaukee Saturday night. "It's been a wonderful year," said his father, David Drewiske, who was in Milwaukee for the Frozen Four last weekend, along with his wife, Karen, and Davis' two sisters, Maddie, 12, and Kit, 9. Davis' brother, Jake, couldn't be there because he's in the playoffs with his Sioux Falls, S.D., Junior A hockey team. Davis is a 2003 graduate of Hudson High School.
The Hudson City Council on April 5 approved replacement of the Municipal Building's boiler furnace at a cost of $61,085. The base bid from Johnson Controls Inc. on replacing the furnace was $45,155, but the council accepted Public Works Director Jim Eulberg's recommendation to spend another $15,930 for high-efficiency boilers. Eulberg said the boilers would pay for themselves in energy savings over a three-year period. Honeywell Inc. also responded to the city's invitation for bids on replacing the furnace.
Nineteen members of Hudson's Bethel Lutheran Church delivered a state-of-the-art sound system to a sister church in the African country of Tanzania last month. They pooled their unspent travel money at the end of the two-week visit and also bought 10 bicycles and a used car for the church staff to use. But the Rev.
Many of the school's best and brightest play an instrument, directors say The band members at Hudson High School don't get a lot of publicity - at least not for their musical accomplishments. But that's no reflection on them, according to their directors. "Our kids are great. Our kids are fantastic," Aaron Hilden pronounces enthusiastically. "They're hard-working, they're dedicated, they're fun and they're funny. They're energetic and creative.
Wyland: Downtown deserves attention Lee Wyland says it was the Boy Scout in him that caused him to enter the race for the District 2 City Council seat when he heard that incumbent Roger Riedel wasn't seeking another term. "Part of being a Boy Scout is citizenship in the community, nation and the world - and I've always been interested in the community," says Wyland, a 45-year-old software engineer and technology manager who has resided in the old town neighborhood of Hudson since 1995. He and wife, Laurie, restored the historic home at 719 Fifth St.
The Hudson City Council went on record Monday night in opposition to limits on local governments' ability to levy property taxes as proposed by two Republican legislators. The so-called Taxpayer Protection Amendment introduced by State Sen. Glen Frothman and Rep. Jeff Woods would limit a municipality's annual growth in revenue from property taxes and fees.