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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The Hudson boys basketball team split a pair of games last week, losing a tight contest on the road to Eau Claire North, then walloping Chippewa Falls at home. The 54-51 loss to North on Tuesday night, Jan.
Hudson's girls basketball team continued to struggle last week, losing two more games to Big Rivers Conference opponents. The week also marked the end of an era for the girls program as Dave Johnson, the Raider girls' head coach for 22 years, was dismissed from the position. The last game in Johnson's storied career at the helm of the program was a 56-32 loss to Eau Claire North Tuesday, Jan.
Dave Johnson was dismissed last week from his position as head coach of the Hudson High School girls basketball team. While school administrators won't comment on the reason for the dismissal, it apparently came as a result of player and parental dissatisfaction over the way Johnson handled the team. Sources who asked not to be named said he was overly aggressive and critical of players. School administrators weren't immediately available to answer questions about Johnson's dismissal when rumors of it began circulating through the community last Friday.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.