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 reactions vary when two young men in white short-sleeve shirts and ties ring the doorbells of Hudson-area residences. "Earlier today, we had somebody invite us in and give us a glass of water and talk to us," said Elder Troutner, a 20-year-old from Provo, Utah. "Other people..." "Slam the door in our face," said Elder Pingree, completing the sentence for his partner. "That's OK," Troutner continued cheerfully. "We don't really mind what happens -- what people say.
Andy Burton fairly bubbled with enthusiasm as he talked about his new job. "This is a huge move for me. I haven't been this excited about anything in a long time," he said a couple of days after joining the staff of Alternative Mortgage Options in downtown Hudson. "I want to live and work in Hudson. This is where my roots are." While some lament a cooling off of the once-hot real estate market, Burton is still optimistic about the business. Real estate sales haven't slowed as badly as people think, the burly 27-year-old said.
It's been a summer to remember for Tyler Fischer, a 17-year-old from the town of St.
On a walk down Krattley Lane the other evening, I happened upon a red fox. She froze in the shadow of a pine tree when she saw me coming - tail down and head lowered to the level of the wild grass around her. I kept my pace and pretended not to notice her, watching out of the corner of my eye as I drew nearer. She went along with the game, moving nary a muscle as I passed by 20 yards or so from her. I haven't seen many foxes - of the animal variety, at least. This regal gal was sleek and aloof. I'd never given any thought to why some members of the opposite sex are referred to as foxes.
A ban on outdoor burning in the area served by the Hudson Fire Department remains in effect in spite of the spotty rainfall parts of the area received Monday evening. The limited precipitation wasn't enough to eliminate the threat of wildfires spreading from intentionally set brush fires and campfires, according to Fire Chief Jim Frye. The ban applies to all outdoor burning except the use of charcoal grills for cooking purposes.
The city's plan to make more parking available for customers of downtown businesses hasn't gone as smoothly as was expected. As a result, the Hudson City Council is considering several recommendations from its Public Safety Committee on improving the plan. They include: Once more allowing permit parking in the Third Street lot behind the old post office, Adding signage at all the city-owned downtown lots, Delaying the installation of parking meters on First Street south of Walnut and north of Locust, Allowing eight-hour parking in the middle spaces of the Public Safety Bu
One of the more interesting revelations to come out of a Hudson City Council discussion July 17 regarding the possible annexation of 12.3 acres on the southeast side of the city had to do with the capacity of the city's wastewater treatment plant to accommodate future development. While the treatment plant could easily serve the DaMe Properties commercial development proposed for the north side of Stageline Road at Old Hwy.
Mike and Michele Frost's vacation in northern Minnesota came to an abrupt end early Wednesday morning, July 19. Shortly after 4 a.m. the Frosts were awakened by a phone call from John Richter, one of their neighbors on Crosby Drive in the town of Hudson. Richter told the Frosts that their house was on fire. He wanted to know if their daughters were inside of it. Michele thought they were. It took her 10 scary minutes on her cell phone to learn that 21-year-old Ashley and her 10-month-old baby were with Michele's mother in New Richmond.
Anita Penman's Vine Street Florist shop is the epitome of an independent, hometown business. Both Penman and the flower shop she's worked in for the past 30 years are steeped in Hudson history. She's a member of one of Hudson's old families - and the shop is located in one of the first (if not the first) buildings on Vine Street. It was in 1976 that Penman returned from a 10-year sojourn in California and took a job at what as then Ron Hartman's Plant Gallery. She enjoyed the work so much that 30 years later she's still at the shop at 527 Vine Street.
Aldi Inc., an international discount food retailer, received final approval Monday night of its plans for a 16,222-square-foot store at the northwest corner of Carmichael and Hanley roads. The City Council approved the plans on voice vote with no opposition. One council member had reservations about the development, however. Alderman Lee Wyland questioned the positioning of the Aldi store on its 1.85-acre lot and a 14,440-square-foot strip mall on an adjacent 2-acre lot. Both of the buildings will be tucked too close to lot lines to allow truck unloading at the rear of the buildings. A re