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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For the past 34 years, Booster Days has meant extra duty for Dick Trende, the recently retired chief of the Hudson Police Department. This year he can relax and enjoy the Fourth of July celebration. And he'll occupy a place of honor in the Booster Days parade on Second Street, beginning at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 1. Last week, Hudson Boosters president Jim Londo named Trende grand marshal of the parade.
Members of the Hudson City Council took the Public Safety Committee's advice and voted unanimously Monday night to install a new set of stop signs on Vine Street at the YMCA and Diamond Drive. Council members acknowledged that the new stop signs would increase the travel time between the downtown and Carmichael Road, but said the intersection has become too dangerous to go without a four-way stop. Twelve-year-old Eva Wolbank was struck by a car while crossing Vine Street in front of the YMCA on May 31, renewing calls by neighborhood residents to make the intersection a four-way stop. The di
The seven-game battle for the National Hockey League championship held special interest for Kelly and Scott Eichstadt of Hudson. Bret Hedican, a veteran defenseman for the Carolina Hurricanes, is Kelly's brother. Hedican and Scott were teammates at St. Cloud State University back in the early '90s. The Eichstadts moved to the town of Hudson three years ago because Scott, a native of Bemidji, Minn., was used to rural living and wanted a house with some open space around it. They came here from Oakdale, Minn. Bret and Kelly grew up in North St. Paul. They both went to St.
Vine Street may soon have another stop sign as a consequence of a 12-year-old girl being struck by a car while crossing it two weeks ago. On June 7, the Hudson City Council's Public Safety Committee voted unanimously to recommend that stop signs be placed at Diamond Drive to prevent another accident like the one that injured Eva Wolbank. Eva was walking south across Vine Street in a marked crosswalk on her way home from the YMCA when a car driven by a 20-year-old St.
Aldi Inc., an international discount food retailer, is planning to build a 16,560-square-foot store at the corner of Carmichael and Hanley roads. A 14,400-square-foot strip mall also is part the company's plans for a 3.9-acre parcel at the northwest corner of the intersection. The Hudson Plan Commission approved the concept of the development June 8, with the qualification that it may require adding a turn lane to Hanley Road at the developer's expense. The Aldi Web site, www.aldi.us , describes the company as "an international retailer specializing in a limited assortment of private label,
The Class of 2006 was a good one, Principal Ed Lucas told the hundreds of family members and friends who attended Hudson High School's commencement ceremony Saturday evening at Newton Field. Eighty-nine members of the class graduated with honors - 39 as members of the National Honor Society. The class included a National Merit Scholarship winner (John Pribonic) and members of the school's first state championship mathematics team (Matt Cyrtmus, Aaron Knefelkamp and Braden Studelska).
What appeared to be about half of Hudson High School's graduating class attended a student-run baccalaureate service Wednesday evening, May 31, in the school's auditorium. Three student speakers - Ben Hilding, John Dolan and David Krause -- extolled their classmates to look to God to guide their futures. The Rev. Van Bredeson, associate pastor at Bethel Lutheran Church and father of graduate Megan Bredeson, followed with a parental response. Hilding used the analogy of Jesus being a bridge to carry graduates over the pitfalls of the world.
The city of Hudson got an excellent response from residents and businesses when it solicited their opinions about the community, according to the group that conducted the survey. Forty-eight percent (1,975) of the 4,125 households that received a questionnaire completed and returned it, David Trechter, head of the Survey Research Center at UW-River Falls, reported to the city's Plan Commission on May 25. Forty-one percent (228) of the city's 558 businesses answered the questionnaire. Trechter said the response gave an "unprecedented level of accuracy" to the survey results, compared to the
The city of Hudson is shopping for less expensive health insurance, but it will need the cooperation of its employees to switch from the current state-sponsored plan. Four representatives of Northwestern Mutual Financial Network attended Monday night's City Council meeting to answer questions about the health insurance plan they could offer. They came at the invitation of Alderman Paul Radermacher, who has been investigating alternatives to the current state-sponsored plan that he considers too expensive. Mark Bodine of Northwestern Mutual said a plan equal to the one provided by the state
Twelve-year-old Eva J. Wolbank, 2229 White Pine Drive, was struck by a car Wednesday evening, May 31, as she crossed Vine Street in front of St. Croix Valley YMCA. According to the Hudson Police Department, Mariana Avalos Parra, 20, of St. Paul was driving the 1995 Dodge Intrepid that hit Wolbank. She was ticketed for allegedly driving without a license and failing to yield the right of way to a pedestrian. The accident report says Wolbank was attempting to walk from the north to the south side of the busy street in a marked crosswalk when she was struck.