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 Hudson City Council at its Nov. 21 meeting approved the purchase of $53,507 worth of playground equipment for Weitkamp Park, located at the corner of Hanley and O'Neil roads on the city's southeast side. MN/WI Playground Inc. submitted the low bid on furnishing and installing the equipment. The money for the equipment will come from impact fees paid by residential and commercial developers and designated for park development. In other action, the council: Approved the purchase of a 2006 Crown Victoria police car from Dave Holt Ford at a price of $20,575.
If you're one of the many who enjoy wandering through the aisles of hand-made furniture and home decor in The Country Store's barn and outbuildings at Roberts, you don't need to drive as far to do your dreaming anymore. Two weeks ago, The Country Store opened a second store in the Carmichael Centre in Hudson. Owners Cal and Jill Joski are friends of Lon and Brigitte Feia, developers of the attractive two-story business condominium building off Carmichael Road between the Target store and Culver's restaurant. The Feias told the Joskis about their plan for the building a
A competition is under way for a new Class B liquor and beer license that became available when the city of Hudson's estimated population reached 11,353. The City Council on Nov. 21 met the partners in two Minnesota restaurants who have applied for the license, but postponed consideration of their application after learning that another party also had applied for the license earlier in the day. The Municipal Code allows the city to issue one Class B liquor license for every 750 residents or fraction thereof.
Greater American Ribs of Woodbury, Minn., got an OK from members of Hudson's Plan Commission to proceed with plans to build a 15,300-square-foot facility in St. Croix Business Park. The Plan Commission unanimously approved concept development plans for the facility on Nov.
The 2005-06 Hudson girls basketball team won't have an easy time recapturing the Big Rivers Conference title that has eluded it in the years since Annie Nelson led the Raiders to a state championship in 2002. Chippewa Falls has all but one starter back from a team that advanced to last year's state tournament. And Megan Givens, the scoring leader on last year's Raider squad, has transferred to Breck School for her senior year. Still, Coach Dave Johnson expects this year's team to be in the thick of the battle for the Big Rivers crown. "Anybody is beatable.
Wisconsin first lady Jessica Doyle visited two Hudson schools last Thursday as part of a two-day tour highlighting education and tourism in the western part of the state. At Hudson High School, she visited a senior advanced placement literature and composition class taught by Jill Tammen and a freshman English class taught by Laura Johnson. Doyle then traveled to Hudson Middle School, where she met with sixth- and seventh-grade students in world studies classes taught by Tim Halvorson and Gayle Hoaglund. At the high school, Doyle promoted her online book club, Read On
Lisa Huftel of Hudson had the honor of introducing Paul Rusesabagina to an audience of 3,000 at UW-Eau Claire last week. Huftel was the student host for a Forum program that brought the former hotel manager from the African nation of Rwanda to the university. The gripping and popular film "Hotel Rwanda" tells the story of how Rusesabagina protected 1,200 people inside his hotel during 100 days of genocide in 1994.
The mild weather this fall has prompted the Hudson City Council to extend the tree leaf collection program by at least one week. Council members decided Monday night to keep the leaf drop-off site at the city garage at 1421 Second St. open through Saturday, Nov. 12 - and maybe longer if warranted. Leaves were late in falling this year, council members agreed, and some are still clinging to trees.
If you've lived in Hudson for any period of time, chances are that you've enjoyed a dessert baked by Joni Garbe. In 1981, she and her brother Gary Traeger opened the Old World Bake Shop in downtown Hudson. After selling the business nine years later, Garbe set up a professionally licensed kitchen in her home on St.
City of Hudson property owners will see an actual reduction in real estate taxes this year. The net 2005 mill rate for all taxing districts supported by city property owners will be $21.828 per $1,000 of assessed value, according to preliminary figures presented at Monday night's City Council meeting. That is 95.6 cents less than the 2004 total net mill rate of $22.784 per $1,000. The property tax bills issued each December are payable the following year.