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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A small group of Hudsonites has organized to press local officials to preserve at least part of the county land between Grandview Drive and Carmichael Road as green space. They are Concerned Citizens for Responsible Planning and Development in Hudson. Two of its leaders stopped by the Star-Observer office last week in an effort to raise public awareness of the group. Beth Stidham lives with her husband, Jon, on Chestnut Drive, a couple of blocks away from the St. Croix County Government Center property.
Dennis Paulaha of Hudson has written a book to encourage children to make good decisions about money and life. The main character in "The Triangle and the Beautiful Circle" discovers an object that he greatly desires, but is unable to purchase it for a long time because he keeps spending his money on lesser items. The book, Paulaha says, "is about determining what is truly important; and about working to achieve our heart's desire. It is about choices, consequences, costs and constraints.
State Rep. Kitty Rhoades on occasion refers half-jokingly to this part of the state as Minneconsin or Winnesota or a similar melding of the Land of 10,000 Lakes and America's Dairyland. Her point is that here on the western edge of Dairyland, 240 miles from Madison and inside the Twin Cities media market, news from our state capitol can be scarce. Some people don't know whether their governor is Jim Doyle or Tim Pawlenty. I'd argue that it isn't that difficult to keep tabs on our state government if you really want to -- especially if you have Internet access.
The Hudson City Council adopted a resolution at its Sept.
Don's American Woods opened for business at its new location in Hudson on Monday. The company is a throwback in a day when much of the furniture sold in the United States is produced overseas. All of the handcrafted oak products in its showroom at 2000 O'Neil Road were either made in the back shop or came with when the company relocated from northern Minnesota. "You will hear sawing and sanding noises in the background. That's just us producing the product," said company owner Scott Wohlwend.
Public Works Director Jim Eulberg is working on a new form to provide to suppliers bidding for the city's gasoline and diesel fuel business. At its Aug.
Three law enforcement officials noted their concerns regarding a proposed ordinance restricting where registered sex offenders can live in Hudson at a Sept. 5 meeting of the City Council. Mike O'Keefe, supervisor of the St.
An investigation is under way to determine the cause of a fire Friday night that destroyed a house in the Red Cedar Canyon development. Only the shell remains of the Pat Rogers residence at 4 Fieldstone Bay following the hot-burning blaze that started at around 9 p.m.
The rumors that St. Croix Valley YMCA is considering another expansion are true, says Executive Director David Rodriguez, but anyone expecting an announcement of building plans in the near future will be disappointed. "At this point, we have a rough framework of a plan for when we want to have a formal proposal ready," he said.
A letter that District 4 Alderman Lee Wyland sent to constituents provides new information on the negotiations that preceded the city's purchase of the old hospital site. Wyland sent letters to about 80 households, mainly neighbors of the property that had opposed its being used for a townhouse development. As alderman for the area, he said he wanted constituents to hear directly from him about the purchase and the city's plans for the property. This wasn't the first mailing Wyland has sent out.