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 city of Hudson and its clerical and public works employees have agreed on new labor contracts that give employees 2.5 percent wage increases in each of the three years of the contract. The City Council approved the deal after discussing it in a closed session near the end of its June 20 meeting. Members of Teamsters General Union, Local 662, had ratified the contracts earlier this year. Liz Moline, leader of the local clerical and library workers, said they came to a mediated agreement with the city a few months ago and have been waiting for the City Council to approve
The Fischer family of the town of St. Joseph returned Monday from ESPN's Great Outdoor Games in Lakeland, Fla., with prize money in their pockets and tales to tell of Hurricane Dennis. Forty-three-year-old Chris Fischer, his daughter, Tanya, and son, Tyler, qualified to compete in timber events of the annual Outdoor Games sponsored by the cable TV sports network. They were joined by nephew and cousin Jamie Fischer of Stillwater, Minn., a log-rolling instructor at St.
The Hudson City Council has taken steps to get around property tax limits on local governments that could be imposed as part of the 2005-7 state budget. At its June 20 meeting, the City Council authorized borrowing slightly more than $12 million to fund possible building and street construction, parking improvements, park development and heavy equipment purchases in case levy limits favored by Republican legislators become law. The state budget adopted by the Republican-controlled Legislature would tie municipalities' tax levy increases to the amount of new construction in their
An orchestra wouldn't be very interesting if it played just one note, said Robert Kobylarczyk, standing in the shade of the wildly overgrown arborvitae trees that hide the front of his house. It was a steamy summer afternoon.
Hudson's Mimbach quarry has been added to a list of possible disposal sites for fly ash from the Allen S. King power plant at Bayport, Minn., Community Development Director Dennis Darnold reported to the City Council Monday night. Darnold said the Mimbach quarry was put on the list of eight possible disposal sites after a Lake Elmo, Minn., site was dropped from consideration.
It's hard to argue with the Hudson Boosters' selection of Terry Rowan to be grand marshal of the 2005 Booster Days parade. In 14 years of volunteering with the local youth sports organization, Rowan has held just about every job it has to offer. He's coached softball, baseball and football teams, served on the baseball committee, coordinated the girls softball traveling program, been the baseball commissioner, and worked as both baseball and football equipment manager for 10 years.
Arson is the suspected cause of a fire that damaged 20 or more recreational vehicles - including ATVs, motorcycles and personal watercraft - at Mondus Motor Sports early Friday morning. The equipment that burned was in a fenced outdoor storage yard on the back side of the Mondus building at 1401 Gateway Circle. A company that monitors the alarm system at the motorcycle and ATV dealership notified authorities of the blaze at 3:51 a.m. "This was a spectacular fire.
The work of a police officer is difficult enough without having to search for the residence he's dispatched to. Yet that has been a problem in the city of Hudson, where address numbers are too often missing from homes - or not clearly visible from the street. To correct the situation, Rachel Aldrich, a summer employee of the city Public Works Department, is canvassing neighborhoods, noting the houses with missing or hidden numbers and reporting them to city Compliance Officer David Krupich. Hudson City Code requires that all single-family residences have address numbers at
You won't find many young men who look forward to spending two weeks with mom, dad and the younger siblings, but Andrew Redd isn't your typical 20-year-old. The Wisconsin Army National Guard specialist was home recently for two weeks of rest and relaxation midway through at least a year-long tour of duty in Iraq. "I'd like to spend a lot of time with my family. That's what I miss the most," he said at the start of his R&R.
The popular Civil War history unit taught each year at Houlton Elementary School culminated last week with an open house and performances by re-enactment groups. Thursday evening, Houlton fifth-graders put their three-dimensional projects on display in the school multi-purpose room for their parents and the public to see. Afterwards, they went outside to visit with members of the 2nd Minnesota River Valley Rangers and the 4th U.S. Infantry and Medical Battery that set up camp on the grassy meadow next to the school. Ordnance specialist Ken Martens of 4th U.S.