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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One of the more interesting revelations to come out of a Hudson City Council discussion July 17 regarding the possible annexation of 12.3 acres on the southeast side of the city had to do with the capacity of the city's wastewater treatment plant to accommodate future development. While the treatment plant could easily serve the DaMe Properties commercial development proposed for the north side of Stageline Road at Old Hwy.
Mike and Michele Frost's vacation in northern Minnesota came to an abrupt end early Wednesday morning, July 19. Shortly after 4 a.m. the Frosts were awakened by a phone call from John Richter, one of their neighbors on Crosby Drive in the town of Hudson. Richter told the Frosts that their house was on fire. He wanted to know if their daughters were inside of it. Michele thought they were. It took her 10 scary minutes on her cell phone to learn that 21-year-old Ashley and her 10-month-old baby were with Michele's mother in New Richmond.
Aldi Inc., an international discount food retailer, received final approval Monday night of its plans for a 16,222-square-foot store at the northwest corner of Carmichael and Hanley roads. The City Council approved the plans on voice vote with no opposition. One council member had reservations about the development, however. Alderman Lee Wyland questioned the positioning of the Aldi store on its 1.85-acre lot and a 14,440-square-foot strip mall on an adjacent 2-acre lot. Both of the buildings will be tucked too close to lot lines to allow truck unloading at the rear of the buildings. A re
Anita Penman's Vine Street Florist shop is the epitome of an independent, hometown business. Both Penman and the flower shop she's worked in for the past 30 years are steeped in Hudson history. She's a member of one of Hudson's old families - and the shop is located in one of the first (if not the first) buildings on Vine Street. It was in 1976 that Penman returned from a 10-year sojourn in California and took a job at what as then Ron Hartman's Plant Gallery. She enjoyed the work so much that 30 years later she's still at the shop at 527 Vine Street.
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.