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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Hudson civil engineer Derrick Passe and his associate Tony Rochel recently returned from an eight-day trip to Guatemala, where they installed a water supply system for a community recreational and ecological facility. Passe led an Engineers Without Borders group that included four professional engineers and eight students from the University of Minnesota. Their mission was to build a system to move water from a spring at the bottom of a 40-foot hole into an 11,000-gallon storage tank located at the highest point on the five-acre property. The planning for the project began last March when P
Leon "Butch" Gary received a well-earned honor from the Hudson Fire Department at its annual meeting Jan. 2. Gary, who served as a volunteer firefighter for more than 40 years, was unanimously voted 2006 Firefighter of the Year by the department's 38 members. "You could always count on Butch to be there when no one else could make it. He just had a great volunteer spirit," Hudson Fire Chief Jim Frye said recently in announcing the honor. Gary wasn't available for comment. He retired from the department last summer and moved to his vacation home in northern Wisconsin. Gary grew up in St.
The fix to an ordinance banning the feeding of certain wild animals that City Council President Scot O'Malley expected to be simple turned out to be anything but that. At its Jan.
Interested community members got their first peak at what Marc Putman of Putman Planning & Design has been doing by attending an informational meeting at St. Croix Marina last Thursday. The community room of the marina clubhouse was close to its 70-person capacity when Putman started the 4:30 p.m.
The stop signs on Vine Street at Diamond Drive will soon be gone, following action by the Hudson City Council on Jan. 15. Mayor Jack Breault once more cast the tie-breaking vote, a 4-3 decision to remove the signs that were installed last August out of concern for the safety of pedestrians crossing Vine Street. Neighborhood residents had called for the four-way stop after a 12-year-old girl was struck by a car while crossing Vine Street on her way home from St.
The Hudson boys held Menomonie to nine points in the first half of their basketball game Friday night and went on to defeat the home team 49-37. The victory broke a six-game losing streak for the Raiders and, at 3-3, kept them in the chase for a Big Rivers Conference title. They improved their overall record to 4-8. Menomonie is 1-5 in the Big Rivers, but has come close to victory in three of its losses.
Hudson girls basketball coach Dave Johnson was hoping his team was on a roll after a 54-42 non-conference win at Ellsworth Jan. 16. The victory was the Raiders' third in a five-game stretch.
The candidates for City Council in Hudson's District 1 are familiar to anyone who has paid attention to city politics in recent years. The incumbent is Randy Morrissette II, the district's alderman since being appointed to the council a year ago. Morrissette's challenger is the council member he was selected to replace, Mike Laatsch. Laatsch moved to Woodbury, Minn., a year ago so the son of his new wife, Debbie, could continue to attend high school there.
City Council President Scot O'Malley hasn't given up on stopping the city from extending a sewer line to the planned River Walk Shelter at the end of the dike road. Monday night, O'Malley asked the City Council to discuss holding a referendum on the issue in the April 3 election. The proposed referendum will be on the agenda of the council's Feb. 5 meeting. O'Malley said many city residents have told him they are opposed to the city building shelter.
The city of Hudson has at least temporarily suspended the practice of allowing nonprofit groups to hang banners over Second Street that advertise events. The controversy sparked by a banner put up by a group supporting the bond issue for a new elementary school is what led to the grounding. The banner was up less than a day prior to the Dec.