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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City of Hudson voters will have the same choice for mayor as the last time they went to the polls to fill the office. Incumbent John D. "Jack" Breault is seeking his seventh two-year term as mayor, while James E. Mayer is challenging him for the position. In the April 2004 election, city residents returned Breault to office with 1,124 votes to Mayer's 757. The city's growth was a major issue of that race, with Breault touting what he said had been responsible development and Mayer claiming it was out of control. There also will be a race for District 4 alderperson.
The Hudson girls basketball team split a pair of games at the AAU Holiday Classic at Menomonie last week. The Raiders fell to Richland Center by a score of 50-45 on Wednesday, Dec. 28, but rebounded to defeat Minneapolis North 48-23 on Friday, Dec. 30. The week of non-conference action left the girls with a 4-6 overall record. Senior center Katie Layman led the Raiders in scoring in both games, tallying 16 points against Richland Center and 17 against Minneapolis North. She also grabbed a team-high 10 rebounds in the Richland Center game and six rebounds vs.
Undefeated Chippewa Falls continued its winning ways last week, defeating the visiting Hudson girls 56-34 in the final Big River Conference basketball game before the Christmas break. The Dec. 20 victory kept the Cardinals perched atop the conference standings at 3-0, while the Raider girls are still looking for their first win in the Big Rivers. The Cardinals got out to a 16-10 first quarter lead and increased it to 35-16 at halftime. They led 48-23 at the end of the third quarter. "We just had trouble scoring.
The residents of a five-unit townhouse complex remain homeless following a Dec.
A group of Hudson women is on a mission to build a playground that will literally be a place of children's dreams. The plan is for a certified designer to meet with local children Jan. 31 and use their ideas - along with suggestions from parents and other community members - to draw a picture of the $150,000 playground. While the specifics won't be known until then, the typical community-built playground has plenty of things on which to climb, slide and swing.
A little more than a year ago, Lisa Larson feared that the baby she was carrying wouldn't survive and that her own health wouldn't allow her to resume the active lifestyle she had come to enjoy. In three weeks, she'll run a half marathon in Arizona.
The Hudson boys basketball team improved to 2-1 in the Big Rivers Conference with a 49-40 victory at Eau Claire North Friday night. Tuesday of last week, the Raiders fell 72-67 to Shakopee, Minn., in a non-conference game on the road. They played both games without team leader Jay Langdon, who reaggravated a sprained ankle in the Dec. 9 win over Rice Lake.
A proposed bill expanding the ability of the Wisconsin Housing & Economic Development Authority to make loans will boost economic activity in the state by $500 million annually, WHEDA's executive director said in a call to the Star-Observer last week. The WHEDA "modernization" bill would increase income limits for borrowers and the amount of money the authority could raise through bonding to support economic development and multi-family housing construction, said Antonio Riley. He estimated the economic impact to St. Croix County at $8.8 million annually.
The Hudson boys basketball team is 1-1 in the Big Rivers Conference after the first week of action. The Raiders were defeated by River Falls 47-31 in the conference opener on the road Tuesday night of last week.
M&I Bank opened a new branch office on Hanley Road last week - the 16th bank location in the Hudson area. While the competition for customers has increased in recent years, M&I officials are optimistic about gaining a share of the banking business in the growing Hudson market. Indeed, M&I employees were busy starting checking accounts for customers Wednesday morning, Nov. 29, the first day of business for the branch office.