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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June Motzer is afraid that the Hudson massage school she started as the realization of a dream will be harmed by a similar program that Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College will offer at its New Richmond campus in the fall. The new 17-credit, one-semester program at WITC-New Richmond will provide entry-level training for students seeking a career in massage therapy, according to a college catalog. Tuition for program will be $1,700. Motzer says the program she offers at St. Croix Center for the Healing Arts is superior to what WITC will offer.
What appeared to be a divided Hudson City Council on Monday night approved the first reading of an ordinance annexing 12.3 acres into the city. The parcel is part of a 32.9-acre site that DaMe Properties proposes to develop for commercial use. The site is located between Stageline Road and Interstate 94 at Old Hwy.
A fire caused extensive damage to the Michael and Michele Frost house at 708 Crosby Drive in the town of Hudson early Wednesday morning, July 19. No one was home at the Frost house when a neighbor noticed it on fire shortly before 4 a.m. Wednesday, according to Hudson Fire Chief Frye. Frye said that Ron Daulton reported seeing an orange glow through his bedroom window blinds when he got up to let the family dogs go outdoors. Daulton looked outside, saw flames leaping from the Frost residence at 708 Crosby Drive, and phoned 911.
A Chipotle Mexican Grill and a full-service U.S. Bank branch are among the future tenants of the Ban Tara commercial development on Carmichael Road south of Stageline Road. The Chipotle restaurant will be moving into 2,200 square feet of a 7,000-square-foot building immediately south of Starbucks that is currently under construction. The U.S. Bank building at the southeast corner of Carmichael and Center Drive also is under construction. Chipotle is a Colorado-based restaurant chain known for its large burritos that customers are able to choose the fillings for.
After working in spas that could offer people only short-term remedies, Lori Sandmon wanted to make more long-lasting improvements in their skin, bodies and lives. Two years ago, she began Rejuvenate Medi-Spa, working next to Dr. Eileen Reardon in St. Croix Women's Center obstetrics and gynecology clinic. Now Sandmon has moved into a spa of her own, hired a staff and expanded the services she has to offer. Rejuvenate Medi-Spa relocated to a 1,400-square-foot suite on the second floor of the Carmichael Centre building north of the Target store on May 1.
Hudson Fire Chief Jim Frye on Monday ordered a ban on outdoor burning in the city of Hudson, village of North Hudson and towns of Hudson and Troy. Dry conditions have greatly increased the danger of wildfires spreading from brush fires and outdoor fireplaces, Frye said, noting that the ban applied to all outdoor burning except the use of charcoal in grills for cooking purposes. He asked persons to use extreme caution when using fireworks or discarding cigarettes.
Dean Truhler is amazed by the measure of community support his family has received since his 9-year-old son Grant was diagnosed with a rare form of brain cancer on March 8. The Hudson wrestling club organized a tournament in Grant's honor. His teachers and classmates at Houlton Elementary School have held programs and benefit events for him.
Restaurants will continue to be the only Hudson businesses eligible to hold Class "B" beer licenses following action by the City Council at its July 5 meeting. The council had considered allowing businesses other than restaurants to hold licenses to serve beer on their premises after learning in June that the requirement had forced All Seasons Golf Links to give up its beer license. A city staffer recognized that the golf simulation business didn't meet the restaurant requirement for a Class B license when owner Mark Christoffersen applied for the annual renewal of the license last month. C
Gov. Jim Doyle visited Hudson Wednesday afternoon to promote his initiative to improve access to affordable health insurance for businesses and individuals. Speaking at City Hall to a group of about 25 business owners, health care and insurance providers, and community leaders, Doyle said the goal of his Healthy Wisconsin initiative is to reduce health insurance premiums by as much as 30 percent for businesses and cut in half the number of state residents without health insurance by 2010.
The Hudson City Council is rethinking its decision to make the intersection of Vine Street and Diamond Drive an all-way stop after getting an opinion from the city's engineers that another set of stop signs isn't warranted. Mayor Jack Breault cast the tie-breaking vote in a 4-3 decision to send the issue back to the Public Safety Committee when the council met July 5. The vote came after Angela Popenhagen of Bonestroo, Rosene, Anderlik & Associates presented the findings of an analysis of the intersection done by two of the firm's traffic engineers.