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 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.
A December fund-raiser at Hudson Middle School helped a lot of needy families have a happy holiday. A "Money Wars" game organized by the Kids Who Care Club brought in $5,911 that was used to purchase Christmas gifts for children in low-income families. Here's how it worked.
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.
It was another difficult week for the Hudson boys basketball team. Friday night, the visiting Eau Claire Memorial Old Abes handed the Raiders a 50-41 defeat. Saturday evening, the Woodbury, Minn., Royals came to town and inflicted a 76-50 loss on the local boys. The loss to Memorial dropped the Raiders to 2-3 in the Big Rivers Conference.
The Hudson girls basketball team scored just six points in the second half and fell 53-27 to Eau Claire Memorial in its return to conference play at Eau Claire Friday night. The loss kept the Raiders winless in the Big Rivers Conference with a 0-5 record. They are 3-7 overall. The Raiders played the Old Abes to a 12-12 draw in the first quarter and trailed 28-21 at halftime. "Their defense shut us down in the second half and we couldn't score," Hudson coach Dave Johnson explained. Junior forward Emily Rose was the exception in a Raider line-up that had trouble finding the rim.
More details of city planner Marc Putman's "vision" for downtown Hudson emerged during a two-hour session with the Plan Commission on Thursday evening, Jan.
A collision between a pickup truck and a semi tanker carrying propane fuel Sunday night on I-94 in Hudson shut down the eastbound lanes of the freeway for about two hours. The collision also provided a disaster response test for local emergency response agencies, which were faced with the possibility of having to evacuate all of the buildings within a half-mile of the 9,000-gallon tanker when it was discovered that a valve was leaking propane. "It could have been a big deal," Hudson Fire Chief Jim Frye reported to the Hudson City Council Monday night. Authorities ultimately determined that
The city of Hudson Plan Commission got a preview of the direction a design firm is taking in recommending architectural standards for buildings in the downtown when it met Thursday evening, Jan.