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 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.
The trouble started for the Hudson boys basketball team before the opening tip-off Friday night at Chippewa Falls, and it ended in a 47-38 loss. Sophomore center Seth Stanchik was assessed a technical foul in the pre-game warm-ups for dunking the ball.
It isn't often that a 9-year-old athlete attracts the attention of top coaches in her sport.
The Hudson girls basketball team traveled to Red Wing, Minn., last Thursday and came away with a 42-35 victory, giving Coach Dave Johnson reason for optimism about the rest of the season. "Hopefully, we're headed in the right direction," he said. "I feel pretty good about our last three games." The non-conference road win improved the Raiders' overall record to 3-8.
Competing with the U.S. Junior Ski Team isn't quite like being a rock star, according to Hudson's Jacob Lund, but there are some similarities. A lot of travel with a group of guys, for one, and the occasional adulation of fans. "It's exciting," Lund said during a brief visit to his hometown over the Christmas holiday. "The living-in-hotels thing gets a little old, but it's a lot of fun.
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.
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.
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.
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.