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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After 20 years of involvement in orthotics and prosthetics manufacturing, Bill Wilcox is offering what he learned to other companies. "I got so good that I decided, why not give my expertise to the rest of the manufacturing world?" he said, explaining his decision to start Custom Fit Manufacturing Advisors. The 54-year-old lifelong Hudson resident hopes to share what he knows about lean manufacturing, work center efficiency, inventory control, eliminating backlogs and improving product quality and the need for rework with manufacturing firms in the St.
Tim Hart says he's got the perfect job for reducing mid-life waistline spread. The new city of Hudson parking monitor walks between four and five miles each workday, checking to see if vehicles are legally parked in the downtown. "It's good exercise.
Seventeen-year-old logroller Tyler Fischer demonstrated his sport in front of a national audience last Thursday morning, Aug.
Continuing vandalism to the Lakefront Park bath house has members of the Hudson Park Board considering a new exterior for the facility. "You can't believe how much time park employees spend rebuilding things," Public Works and Parks Director Jim Eulberg said in a phone call Friday. "It makes you nuts, because you try and have something nice to provide good facilities and...," he said, failing to complete the sentence. Eulberg said it appears that vandals have even used wrenches to pull apart the plumbing in the restrooms.
The reactions vary when two young men in white short-sleeve shirts and ties ring the doorbells of Hudson-area residences. "Earlier today, we had somebody invite us in and give us a glass of water and talk to us," said Elder Troutner, a 20-year-old from Provo, Utah. "Other people..." "Slam the door in our face," said Elder Pingree, completing the sentence for his partner. "That's OK," Troutner continued cheerfully. "We don't really mind what happens -- what people say.
Andy Burton fairly bubbled with enthusiasm as he talked about his new job. "This is a huge move for me. I haven't been this excited about anything in a long time," he said a couple of days after joining the staff of Alternative Mortgage Options in downtown Hudson. "I want to live and work in Hudson. This is where my roots are." While some lament a cooling off of the once-hot real estate market, Burton is still optimistic about the business. Real estate sales haven't slowed as badly as people think, the burly 27-year-old said.
It's been a summer to remember for Tyler Fischer, a 17-year-old from the town of St.
On a walk down Krattley Lane the other evening, I happened upon a red fox. She froze in the shadow of a pine tree when she saw me coming - tail down and head lowered to the level of the wild grass around her. I kept my pace and pretended not to notice her, watching out of the corner of my eye as I drew nearer. She went along with the game, moving nary a muscle as I passed by 20 yards or so from her. I haven't seen many foxes - of the animal variety, at least. This regal gal was sleek and aloof. I'd never given any thought to why some members of the opposite sex are referred to as foxes.
A ban on outdoor burning in the area served by the Hudson Fire Department remains in effect in spite of the spotty rainfall parts of the area received Monday evening. The limited precipitation wasn't enough to eliminate the threat of wildfires spreading from intentionally set brush fires and campfires, according to Fire Chief Jim Frye. The ban applies to all outdoor burning except the use of charcoal grills for cooking purposes.
The city's plan to make more parking available for customers of downtown businesses hasn't gone as smoothly as was expected. As a result, the Hudson City Council is considering several recommendations from its Public Safety Committee on improving the plan. They include: Once more allowing permit parking in the Third Street lot behind the old post office, Adding signage at all the city-owned downtown lots, Delaying the installation of parking meters on First Street south of Walnut and north of Locust, Allowing eight-hour parking in the middle spaces of the Public Safety Bu