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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Physical fitness enthusiasts have another option for places to exercise in Hudson. On Oct. 9, St. Croix Body Zone Fitness & Tan center opened in the Carmichael Centre, just north of the Target store on Carmichael Road. The new fitness center offers 24-hour access, seven days a week, plus the assistance of personal trainers six days a week. The business is a venture of town of St.
Five Twin Cities partners are the current owners of River City Center at the northwest corner of Second and Buckeye streets in downtown Hudson, the Star-Observer has learned through a search of public records. Three of the owners -- Pat Smith, John Stiehm and Ken C. Peterson, all of Minneapolis -- each have 25 percent stakes in the now vacant grocery store and adjacent strip mall. Brian Lawton, Minneapolis, and Daniel W.
The congregation of Emmanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church is saying good-bye to its pastor for half of the church's history. A farewell pot-luck dinner honoring the Rev. Thomas Kutz and his wife, Debra, is planned for Sunday, Oct. 22, following the worship service and Sunday school classes. The congregation of Grace Lutheran Church of rural Osceola, which Kutz also serves, will join the Hudson congregation for the farewell service and dinner. Pastor Kutz will preach his last sermon to the Emmanuel congregation on Oct.
Michael Leverty isn't the kind of person who wants to escape his hometown. After a productive experience at Hudson High School and earning a bachelor's degree in finance and risk management from the University of Minnesota, Leverty wanted to return here to start his career. He's done that in a big way, opening a new office for the Bohannon group of Northwestern Mutual Financial Network offices. "I always wanted to come back to Hudson," he said last Thursday, the morning after celebrating the grand opening of his 2,500-square-foot office at 816 Dominion Drive. "I don't think a lot of studen
The Hudson Plan Commission has again postponed recommending whether or not a used car sales business should be allowed on the former Perkins Restaurant property on Crest View Drive at Dominion Drive. This time, the commission said it needs a legal opinion on the number of off-street parking spaces required for the business before it can act. City Attorney Catherine Munkittrick didn't attend the Thursday, Oct.
The Hudson Plan Commission, in a meeting Thursday evening, Oct. 5, declined to take immediate action on a developer's request to acquire about a third of an acre of First Street right of way. GCI Builders Inc. of St. Cloud, Minn., says it needs the property to redevelop the River City Center on the south end of Hudson's downtown.
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.