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 Secretary of State Doug La Follette paid a visit to Hudson last Thursday as part of a campaign swing through western Wisconsin. As a longtime incumbent and relative of a famous Wisconsin senator, La Follette hasn't had to do much campaigning to get re-elected in the past. This year is different because he is being challenged by a young firebrand in the Sept.
The city of Hudson will be fortunate if the amount it is allowed to increase its budget by for 2007 covers the increases in health insurance premiums and wages and salaries for city employees. City Administrator Devin Willi said last week that he expects the city to be able to increase its tax levy for 2007 by 3 percent, the amount its valuation increased over the past year because of new construction. Under a law adopted by the Legislature in 2005, municipalities are allowed to increase their tax levies only 2 percent a year, or by the percent their tax base grew because of new construction
The flash flood on Locust Street last Thursday, Aug. 24, was all over within a half-hour or so. But it would take the rest of the week and the weekend to dry out the water that found its way into some of the neighborhood businesses. By all accounts, it was a doozy of a storm. The rain started falling at around 4 p.m. from the moisture-laden clouds that blew in from southwestern Minnesota.
After negotiating behind closed doors with the owners of the old Hudson Medical Center property last week, the Hudson City Council returned to open session and voted to purchase the site for $1,050,000. Mayor Jack Breault said he and the rest of the council wanted to preserve the picturesque site at the top of a bluff overlooking the St. Croix River for future generations rather than have it used for residential development. The purchase will return to the city the bulk of 6.82 acres of parkland that it sold to Hudson Memorial Hospital for $1 in the early 1950s.
A group attempting to restore passenger rail service to Hudson and western Wisconsin met here Aug. 16 to encourage local officials to get on board the campaign. Members of the West Central Wisconsin Rail Coalition also updated Hudson officials and business leaders on their progress in a morning gathering at Hudson City Hall. They are working to return passenger service to a rail line that connects Hudson, Menomonie and Eau Claire to Minneapolis/St. Paul, Madison, Milwaukee, Chicago and beyond. The city of Hudson and village of North Hudson could advance the effort, said E.
The Hudson City Council on Monday night approved the design of a planned shelter at the end of the dike road in Lakefront Park and authorized the city staff to advertise for construction bids on the project. The open-sided shelter will have a 42- by 60-foot roof, with an enclosure for men's and women's restrooms at the center of the facility.
The Rev. Daniel Bruch, a former senior pastor at Hudson's Trinity Lutheran Church, used the time reserved for citizen comments at the beginning of the Hudson City Council's Aug. 7 meeting to ask the council to consider adopting resolutions calling for the impeachment of President George W. Bush and the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq. Bruch had asked his alderman, Lee Wyland, and Mayor Jack Breault to include a discussion of the resolutions on the meeting agenda, but neither supported the idea. Bruch, a co-chairman of the St.
A petition to annex 12.3 acres of a planned commercial development into the city of Hudson has been rejected for a third time. On Aug.
The Hudson City Council approved the first reading of an ordinance at its Aug.
It's back to Plan A for the intersection of Vine Street and Diamond Drive. Temporarily at least. On June 19, the Hudson City Council voted unanimously to make the intersection a four-way stop. The action followed an accident in which a 12-year-old girl was struck by a car as she crossed Vine Street on her way home from St.