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's former Pontiac, Oldsmobile and GMC dealership is now one of the biggest used vehicle businesses in western Wisconsin, according to its managers. Minnesota car dealer Denny Hecker recently sold the new car franchise to the Luther automotive group, but kept the property at 1621 Coulee Road as a place to sell trade-ins from his many Twin Cities area dealerships.
Spc. Jim Worley and Sgt. Ben Tracey are back on American soil after having completed their second yearlong tours of duty in Iraq. Worley returned Sept.
A garage door accident that cost a cat its tail was the inspiration for a Hudson man's invention that could well save the fingers of countless children. The cat was inside the garage, with its tail poking through a hole in the garage door track, when someone pushed a button to raise the door.
The Hudson Plan Commission in a split decision Thursday, Oct. 26, recommended postponing a decision on whether the city should sell First Street right of way that a developer says he needs to redevelop the River City Center property. Then in an unexpected move, the commission recommended that the City Council impose a 90-day moratorium on applications for development in the downtown business district. The purpose of the moratorium, commissioners said, would be to give the city time to draft design standards for new buildings in the downtown.
I'm sensing a shift in the political wind concerning health care. The Hudson City Council isn't the first group that comes to my mind when people talk about progressive coalitions, but there it was in the Sept. 29 online version of The Capital Times: Hudson is part of a progressive grassroots movement asking the state Legislature to make health care insurance accessible and affordable. The City Council passed a resolution at its Sept.
The resemblance is remarkable. Hudson natives probably do a double-take when they see Mike O'Keefe on the street. With his cherubic grin and neatly cropped silvery hair, O'Keefe is a near slip-image of his father, Thomas O'Keefe, the former Hudson public works director and St. Croix County highway commissioner who died 16 years ago. Tom O'Keefe was beloved by the community for his public service -- both as an infrastructure expert and on the human level. After turning his life around as a young man, Tom devoted his last two decades to befriending and encouraging recovering alcoholics.
Mayor Jack Breault unveiled a proposal for addressing the city's police, fire and ambulance facility needs in a meeting Thursday afternoon, Oct. 12, with the heads of those departments. After reviewing the departments' and the Hudson Area Joint Library's desires for new facilities, the mayor suggested a plan of action that he said might satisfy their needs and make use of the city's existing buildings. He suggested building a two-story addition to the Public Safety Building, with offices for the fire department on the second floor and more bays for fire engines on the ground floor.
The Hudson City Council accepted bids on installing irrigation systems at Lakefront and Grandview parks at its meeting Monday night. RainMaster Lawn Systems of Eau Claire was the only company to bid on the project, offering to install the Lakefront Park system for $32,270 and the Grandview Park system for $24,670. Public Works and Parks Director Jim Eulberg said he expects both systems to be installed this fall. The Lakefront Park system will irrigate the lawn in the area of the band shell, from the bathhouse to Walnut Street. Eulberg said it will use water from the St.
The Hudson Plan Commission held a special meeting Thursday morning, Oct. 12, to inspect the property at the corner of First and Buckeye streets that a developer wants to acquire to make room for a new four-level hotel, retail and condo complex. Hudson Community Development Director Dennis Darnold pointed out the red markings that had been spray-painted on the truck-docking and parking area behind the existing River City Center to show the footprint of the proposed new building. Al Keller, president of GCI Builders Inc., and building designer Chass Rising, both of St.