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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Planned advisory referendums in the four municipalities that operate the Hudson Area Joint Library on whether to build a new library probably won't be held until the spring of 2008. That was the assessment of Bye Barsness, who on Monday night delivered a committee report on planning activities to the Joint Library Board. Barsness, the library board member representing the town of St.
The 2006 property tax bills that arrived at Hudson-area residences just before Christmas were, for the most part, lower than the previous year's bills. Total mill rates dropped in all five Hudson-area municipalities -- meaning tax bills fell, too, unless a property's assessed value increased greatly because of revaluation, which was the case for some homeowners in the city of Hudson. Assessed values in the other Hudson-area municipalities -- the towns of Hudson, Troy and St.
The Hudson girls basketball team won its second game of the season, defeating Lancaster 44-42 in the AAU Holiday Classic at Menomonie on Friday of last week. The Raiders also played well the following day, but fell 45-44 in overtime to undefeated Park Falls. The non-conference holiday action improved the Raiders' overall record to 2-6. Sammy Peterson made a shot just before the buzzer to give Hudson the win over Lancaster. Peterson finished the game strong, scoring all eight of her points in the fourth quarter. Amy Frye paced the Raiders with 16 points, and Sarah Hanson contributed seven.
The Hudson boys basketball team lost games to two highly ranked opponents in a tournament at Edina, Minn., over the holiday break. The Raiders fell 74-60 to Robbinsdale Cooper in the tournament opener Thursday, Dec. 28. Coach Jason Swavely says they came out flat against Bloomington Kennedy the following evening, and the result was a 62-48 loss. The losses dropped the Raiders to 3-5 overall. They remain in second place in the Big Rivers Conference at 2-1. Swavely wasn't discouraged by the tough competition at Edina.
Two Hudson natives played big roles in the University of Wisconsin football team's 17-14 defeat of Arkansas in the Capital One Bowl on New Year's Day in Orlando, Fla. Playing every down on offense for the Badgers were right guard Kraig Urbik, a 2004 graduate of Hudson High School, and right tackle Eric VandenHeuvel, a 2005 Hudson grad. Urbik is listed at 6-foot-6, 326 pounds on the Badger athletic department's Web site. VandenHeuvel stands 6-foot-7 and tips the scale at 324 pounds.
A financial adviser to the city is recommending that the Hudson close out its remaining tax increment financing district in the next couple of years and use the resulting increase in tax revenue to pay for new facilities for its police, fire and ambulance departments. Sean Lentz, a vice president with Ehlers & Associates, outlined the plan for the City Council at its Dec. 18 meeting. Tax Increment District No. 4, encompassing St.
Paul Martinson has never been afraid to try something new - although it has sometimes taken a little coaxing. A month after turning 17, the small-town Minnesota native enlisted in the Army. At the age of 18, he was in charge of a supply unit in post-World War II Japan with 35 Japanese workers and 20 GIs under his command. "Our world was very small," Martinson says of his boyhood days in New Richland, Minn.
A 45-year-old River Falls man who was scheduled to move into a house in Hudson built by Habitat for Humanity has been charged in Sarasota County, Fla., with an attempt to solicit sex with a 14-year-old girl. Brian D. Hanson was arraigned Dec. 15 in Florida on the felony charge of solicitation of a lewd and lascivious act with a child under the age of 16.
The Hudson City Council on Monday night voted 4-2 to extend water and sewer service nearly a half-mile to the end of the dike road to serve a picnic pavilion and restrooms the city plans to build there next year. The vote came after impassioned appeals from Rotarians and city Park Board members, and equally fervent opposition from City Council President Scot O'Malley. In the end, alderpersons Paul Radermacher, Randy Morrissette II, Lee Wyland and Carah Koch voted to use unexpended funds from a 2005 bond issue to extend the utilities at a cost estimated at $145,000.
It was a chaotic scene outside Dick's Bar when he arrived in his squad car shortly after 2 a.m. Saturday, March 25, Hudson Police Sgt. Robert Oehmke testified at his disciplinary hearing last week. A number of people who had been inside Dick's drinking a short time earlier were on the street.