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.
- Member for
- 1 year 2 weeks
A new bond schedule for violations of a city ordinance that prohibits tobacco sales to minors was approved by the Hudson City Council at its May 3 meeting. Municipal Judge Susan Gherty, who set the forfeiture amounts, presented them to the council for its approval. Gherty explained that a bond schedule wasn't attached to City Code Section 225-11 when the council adopted it in 2003. Under state law, the municipal judge establishes the bond schedule, but it is subject to council approval. Section 225-11 applies to retailers.
Jerry Hautala has resigned from the position of head girls basketball coach at Hudson High School and former coach Dave Johnson wants the job back. Hautala, the girls junior varsity coach at Hudson for three years previously, stepped in to guide the Raiders last season after Johnson left to coach the women's team at Augsburg College in Minneapolis. The Raider girls had a 17-5 overall record, under Hautala. They went 9-3 in the Big Rivers Conference, finishing in a second-place tie with Chippewa Falls.
Sister Bernadette likes to say that she got her vocation on the way to the chicken coop. It was on a Sunday afternoon 70 years ago that her mother asked her if she wanted to be a nun as they walked to the henhouse to collect eggs. "And I said, oh yes," Sister Bernadette recalls. "That finalized it and we started moving ahead." She was 13 years old. The country was in the depths of the Great Depression. Bernadette Kalscheur's mother, a devout woman, had long hoped that one of her 16 children would choose to become a priest or nun.
Sarah J. Andersen is my kind of corporate board chairman. While ex-corporate chiefs like Tyco's Dennis Kozlowski, Enron's Kenneth Lay and WorldCom's Bernie Ebbers were busy stealing from stockholders and defrauding the government at the dawn of the 21st century, Andersen was using her influence to make Andersen Corp.
A St. Paul company has plans to open a 41-room, assisted-living residence for senior citizens in Hudson. If approved by the Hudson City Council, the facility would be built on the west side of Heggen Street at Hosford Street, south of the Hudson post office. The company seeking to open the facility, Comforts of Home Assisted Living, already owns and operates similar residences at two locations in Chippewa Falls, two locations in St. Croix Falls, and at Baldwin. It plans to open two new homes in Hugo, Minn., and a renovated building in Frederic later this year.
Students at E.P. Rock Elementary School have energy to burn. Now, thanks to a parent-run fitness program, they have another outlet for all that pizazz. The Mileage Club encourages children to walk or run at recess. Parent volunteers and the school's playground supervisors keep track of their mileage. The kids earn tokens to attach to a key chain and other prizes as they rack up the miles. "It's amazing. Some of these kids are putting in up to three miles after eating lunch," says Principal Mike Callahan.
Newly elected aldermen Paul Radermacher and Roger Riedel have a pretty good idea of what their constituents expect from them. Both men went door to door, talking to their neighbors, in the days leading up to the April 6 election. And both came away with a clear understanding that Hudson residents want them to keep city property taxes in check. Radermacher knocked on doors in District 3, bounded roughly by 13th Street on the west, Vine Street on the north, Carmichael Road on the east and I-94 on the south.
The person hired to replace city of Hudson benefits specialist Darlene Fraser will have a different title than Fraser had. The City Council last week approved the job description for a city human resources coordinator and authorized City Administrator Devin Willi to begin the recruitment process to fill the position. Fraser retired at the end of March after 26 years with the city. Willi said Fraser did some of the work of a human resources coordinator while other staff members took care of other HR duties. "We're upgrading to more of a coordinator position to handle
James E. Mayer isn't impressed with Hudson's growth over the past decade. He recommends that people take a drive from one end of the city to the other during rush hour, listen to the traffic complaints presented at a Public Safety Committee meeting and have a look at their property tax bills from the past 10 years. Then they can decide whether they've really received any net benefit from the residential and commercial expansion that has taken place, he says. "The current mayor takes credit for and is proud of Hudson's hurried expansion.
The city of Hudson is considering changing a requirement that planned residential developments be at least 10 acres in size. A public hearing on the issue is scheduled for 6:55 p.m. Wednesday, April 7, at City Hall, 505 Third St. It will take place prior to the regular City Council meeting, which was rescheduled to Wednesday night in order to allow the council chamber to be set up as a polling place for the April 6 election.