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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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 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.
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.
The Hudson City Council on Monday night authorized the city staff to find out how much it would cost to replace the stop signs on Vine Street at Diamond Drive with other forms of traffic control. The action indicated that the council is ready to accept the recommendations of a Vine Street traffic study that it commissioned the city's engineering firm to do. District 4 Alderman Lee Wyland detailed the recommendations for the council, using a map of the Vine and Diamond intersection in front of St.
After losses to two tough opponents, the Hudson boys basketball team got back on the winning track Friday night, defeating Eau Claire North 52-45. The home-court victory improved the Raiders to 2-1 in Big Rivers Conference play, a game back of league-leading Rice Lake (3-0). The win came as a relief to Hudson coach Jason Swavely after the Raiders lost by 19 to Shakopee, Minn., at home on Dec. 12, and by 21 at Rice Lake on Dec. 8. "I think we're starting to come together as a team a little more," Swavely said. "(We're) starting to understand our roles a little bit better.
The Raiders trailed 22-3 at the end of the first quarter and 39-9 at halftime. They outscored the Huskies 24-15 in the second half, but it was too little, too late. The Hudson girls remain winless in the Big Rivers Conference at 0-3, while North stayed undefeated at 2-0. Rice Lake was 3-0 in conference play going into Tuesday night's games. The Raider girls traveled to Chippewa Falls (0-2) Tuesday night (Dec. 19) for their last game before the holiday break. Amy Frye led Hudson in scoring against North with seven points. Tara Schuknecht and Kaitlyn Haag each scored six points.
Hudson-area voters just participated in two elections, but another one is around the corner. On Tuesday, April 3, citizens will be choosing people to fill school board, village and town board, and city council positions -- as well as electing a St. Croix County Circuit Court judge, a state Supreme Court justice and a Wisconsin Court of Appeals judge. Anyone seeking a position on the Hudson Board of Education, North Hudson Village Board or Hudson City Council needs to file nomination papers by the end of business hours on Tuesday, Jan.
The Finance Committee of the Hudson City Council on Monday night recommended a 2007 capital projects budget that doesn't include funding for sewer service to the planned picnic pavilion and restrooms at the end of the dike road. The decision followed a spirited discussion in which Park Board Chairman Donald Gilbert and Alderman Paul Radermacher argued for extending sewer and water service to the pavilion, while Mayor Jack Breault and Council President Scot O'Malley said they don't believe city residents think it is a wise use of tax dollars. Alderman Dennis O'Connell, also a member of the Fi