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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Wisconsin National Guard Capt. Clinton Ronnestrand told a crowd of several hundred gathered in Willow River Cemetery for a Memorial Day service that he used to be like a lot of other Americans. Memorial Day, for him, meant a three-day weekend filled with boating, fishing and camping with family and friends. Then his National Guard unit, the 1-128th Infantry, was mobilized and deployed to the center of the Sunni Triangle for a year. He was lucky as the commander of the Alpha Company, he said. All of his soldiers came home alive and intact. His friend, Capt.
The honor guard of veterans that carries our nation's colors in local parades and provides military honors at funerals of veterans is better dressed these days. Using $3,000 in funding from the city of Hudson over the past two years, the honor guard has purchased new uniforms to replace the mismatched outfits members used to wear. The money also paid for harnesses for carrying the flags and assorted accessories. "I wanted them to look sharp," said Mayor Jack Breault, who directed that $3,000 in city motel room tax revenue be used to fund the uniform purchases.
The congregation of Bethel Lutheran Church celebrated the long-awaited start of construction of a second church campus on Saturday. Standing on a wide expanse of sand where the Bethel Highlands facility will rise, church members participated in a "rite of laying a foundation." They praised God for his goodness and asked him to bless the ground upon which the 28,000-square-foot worship and educational facility will be built over the next year. Then young Brannan Jenkinson carried a box of written prayers into a trench and set it on the ground, symbolizing the petitions of the people being inc
Gasoline was selling for the equivalent of nearly $6 a gallon in Copenhagen when I visited there earlier this month. No one was too worried about it -- as far as I could tell. The newspapers seemed more concerned about whether Denmark would adopt a new license plate design featuring the European Union logo than whether people could afford to pay for petrol. An economist quoted in the English-language version of the Copenhagen Post called the spike in oil prices "an historic opportunity." If the price of oil remains at its current level, he said, Denmark's North Sea oil reserves will bring
City officials are hopeful that construction of a shelter and toilets at the end of the Lakefront Park dike road will proceed late this summer. Jim Eulberg, Hudson's public works and parks director, said the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources appears receptive to giving the city approval to build the facility next to the St.
The owners of 12.3 acres that were once the site for ramps connecting Interstate 94 and Hwy. 35 are making another attempt to have the property annexed into the city of Hudson. DaMe Properties, led by Daniel R. Bauer, River Falls, filed a new petition for the city to annex the land on May 10. Monday night, the City Council referred the petition to the Plan Commission for it to review.
If you had to pick one word to describe Donna W. Petersen, it might be generous. But that wouldn't be adequate. She was loyal, too. And a lover of nature, music and learning. "She just had this thirst to learn more," said her nephew Marty Petersen of Plymouth, Minn. It didn't surprise Marty when his aunt left $40,203 to the Hudson Area Joint Library when she died Feb. 6 in Christian Community Home at the age of 89. "She just had a great appetite for reading, so I knew that was coming.
The Hudson City Council on Monday night authorized the city's consulting engineering firm to design lighting improvements for the dike road that extends across much of the St. Croix River from Lakefront Park. Jim Eulberg, director of Parks and Public Works, said more street lamps are needed to improve both the safety and esthetics of the dike. The new lights also will compliment other planned improvements for Lakefront Park, Eulberg said. Hudson's Daybreak and Noon Rotary clubs have plans to build a pavilion and restroom facility at the end of the dike in cooperation with the city.
Stucci's Italian Food & Spirits came away from Monday night's City Council meeting as the winner of a competition for a city-issued liquor license. Council members voted 4-1 to grant the new restaurant at 417 Second St.
It's been an enjoyable run, but 31 years of teaching English at Hudson High is enough, says Mary Britten, who will retire at the end of the school year. "Oh, it's time," she says with a hearty laugh when told about a Florida literature teacher who will retire this year at age 90. "I absolutely have loved and enjoyed the kids, almost every day," Britten says. "...But, 31 years, it's time for something else. I don't have anymore time for this now. I'm getting antsy.