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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Downtown Hudson will soon have new digital parking meters following action by the City Council on June 19. The council approved the purchase of 340 remanufactured Duncan meters and related equipment from Parking Meter Services at a price of $40,465. Council members rejected two other bids that were higher by $5,880 and $15,375. The new rates for parking downtown also will go into effect when the new meters are installed.
The Hudson Plan Commission on June 22 postponed recommending whether a used car business should receive a conditional use permit to operate out of the former Perkins Restaurant property on Crest View Drive. Plan Commission members put off the vote after representatives of three nearby businesses argued the proposed used car lot would diminish the neighborhood. Dan Routson, the Stillwater, Minn., and Somerset car dealer seeking to open the Auto Proz business, was told to try to allay the neighbors' concerns about it. Carah Koch, the Plan Commission member who suggested that Routson meet with
Booster Days presents a unique opportunity. How often can you eat a chicken dinner, play some bingo, enjoy a beer and dance to a rock and roll band -- and be considered a community supporter for doing it? Hudson's annual Fourth of July celebration that starts Friday is more than just a party. It's the main fund-raiser of the year for the Hudson Boosters, the volunteer-run organization that provides summer baseball and softball programs for the community's youth. This summer, 1,150 boys and girls living within the Hudson School District are playing ball on one of 90 Booster teams.
The Hudson City Council approved $28,886 in repairs to Walnut Street at its June 19 meeting. The contract was awarded to Zappa Brothers without advertising for bids because council members were afraid that another storm might cause even more damage to the street than the one that collapsed about a 25-by-10-foot segment of pavement and sidewalk. "We believe we have an emergency situation on our hands," Council President Scot O'Malley, chairman of the Public Works Committee, said in recommending that the city ask Zappa Brothers to proceed with the work. A written proposal to the city from Zap
U.S. Rep. Ron Kind, D-La Crosse, announced last week that he was able to include $200,000 in funding for the Hudson Area Joint Library in a spending bill that passed the House of Representatives June 14. The funds are targeted for construction of a new library serving the city of Hudson, village of North Hudson and towns of Hudson and St. Joseph. The fiscal year 2007 Transportation/Treasury/ Housing and Urban Development spending bill now goes to the Senate.
The Hudson Plan Commission on a 3-2 vote has recommended that the city annex a 12.3-acre parcel between Stageline Road and I-94 at Old Hwy.
The fire Tuesday evening in an upstairs duplex unit at 724 Ninth St. in Hudson started in a futon or sofa in the living room, according to Hudson Fire Chief Jim Frye. Frye said Rachel Guidarelli reported that she was in the bathroom bathing when she smelled smoke and came out to find the couch on fire. Three children also were in the home when the fire started, Fry said. All of the occupants were able to escape the house unharmed. Guidarelli, believed to be the mother of the children, called 911 to report the blaze at 8:17 p.m.
The contrast between Hudson and Ashaiman, Ghana, was stark for the Rev. Sampson Dorkunor. "This place looks more like a mansion community," he tells a reporter two days after arriving in Hudson. The city of 150,000 people where he lives is a slum, Dorkunor says bluntly.
At one point during Monday night's Hudson City Council meeting, Council President Scot O'Malley joked that the ordinances dealing with liquor licenses, zoning and parking are the only ones that council members need to know. The agenda once again was heavy with beer and liquor license issues. The most perplexing - and embarrassing - for the council was the case of an indoor-golf business that was mistakenly issued a Class "B" beer license when it opened a couple of years ago. Mark Christoffersen, owner of All Seasons Golf Links, 2110 Webster St., learned that his license to serve beer wouldn
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.