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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If good wine is an important element of your dining experience, the San Pedro Cafe in downtown Hudson is the place for you. In August, Wine Spectator magazine, the industry's authority, presented the restaurant with a 2006 Award of Excellence. The award recognizes restaurants whose wine lists "offer interesting selections, are appropriate to their cuisine, and appeal to a wide range of wine lovers." San Pedro Cafe was one of nine Wisconsin restaurants to earn the award for the first time.
United Way St. Croix Valley has launched its 2006 fund-raising campaign. The goal this year is to collect $1,175,000 to help fund some 80 human services agencies and programs in St. Croix and Pierce counties. This is the first campaign encompassing both counties. It follows the merger last July of the United Way of St. Croix County and the United Way of River Falls. John Coughlin, executive director of the expanded organization, said last year's St. Croix County goal of $1 million was added to the River Falls area's $175,000 goal to come up with the goal for the new United Way St.
Mayor Jack Breault and City Administrator Devin Willi were in agreement when talking about the city's 2007 budget at Monday night's City Council meeting. "This is a tough year," the mayor said. "There will be cuts," the city administrator added. Breault reported to the council that he had gotten news from the state earlier Monday that Hudson would be limited to a tax levy increase to fund next year's budget of $156,000. The 2007 employee wage and benefit increases as presented in budget requests from the city's department heads total $240,000, Breault said.
Al Keller, president of GCI Builders Inc., told the Hudson City Council Monday night that he needs an answer within 30 days on his proposal to redevelop the River City Center. If he doesn't get the city's approval within that time, the owner of the shopping center will renew the leases of the businesses currently in the building for another 10-year period, he said. And the chance to replace the nearly 50-year-old grocery store and retail center added later will be lost. Keller's St.
The Vander Vorst family's idea for saving Grandma's house outside of Strasburg, N.D., has provided good pheasant hunting for a group of Hudson- and River Falls-area men. Now it will be featured on KARE-11 TV's "Minnesota Bound" program, hosted by Ron Schara. The segment is scheduled to air at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14, and Sunday night, Oct.
Conceptual plans for redevelopment of the River City Center in downtown Hudson show a three-level building on a basement, housing hotel rooms, retail shops, a restaurant and residential condominiums. Community Development Director Dennis Darnold said plans by GCI Builders Inc. of St. Cloud, Minn., arrived at his office Sept.
Having one hometown boy become a starter on a Division I college football team is reason enough to make a town proud.
City officials are asking for help in stopping a few individuals seemingly bent on destroying park property that most people greatly enjoy. Last Friday, Park Board Chairman Donald Gilbert, Public Works and Parks Director Jim Eulberg, acting Police Chief Paul Larson and Mayor Jack Breault sat down to talk about the problem. "Maybe if folks know the magnitude of the problem we can drum up some public support to help end it," said Eulberg. According to Eulberg, a group of teen-agers and young adults that hung around the bath house in Lakefront Park much of the summer has moved to Prospect Park
A task force appointed by Mayor Jack Breault will begin planning for construction of a new facility to house the city's police, fire and ambulance services following action of the City Council Monday night. "It's simply time to move this forward," said Alderman Paul Radermacher, chairman of the Public Safety Committee that recommended forming the task force. Radermacher said the Public Safety Building on Walnut Street in downtown Hudson is "bursting at the seams" as the home station for the Hudson Fire Department and St. Croix Emergency Medical Services.
A small group of Hudsonites has organized to press local officials to preserve at least part of the county land between Grandview Drive and Carmichael Road as green space. They are Concerned Citizens for Responsible Planning and Development in Hudson. Two of its leaders stopped by the Star-Observer office last week in an effort to raise public awareness of the group. Beth Stidham lives with her husband, Jon, on Chestnut Drive, a couple of blocks away from the St. Croix County Government Center property.