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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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, 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.
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.