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 losses to two tough opponents, the Hudson boys basketball team got back on the winning track Friday night, defeating Eau Claire North 52-45. The home-court victory improved the Raiders to 2-1 in Big Rivers Conference play, a game back of league-leading Rice Lake (3-0). The win came as a relief to Hudson coach Jason Swavely after the Raiders lost by 19 to Shakopee, Minn., at home on Dec. 12, and by 21 at Rice Lake on Dec. 8. "I think we're starting to come together as a team a little more," Swavely said. "(We're) starting to understand our roles a little bit better.
The Raiders trailed 22-3 at the end of the first quarter and 39-9 at halftime. They outscored the Huskies 24-15 in the second half, but it was too little, too late. The Hudson girls remain winless in the Big Rivers Conference at 0-3, while North stayed undefeated at 2-0. Rice Lake was 3-0 in conference play going into Tuesday night's games. The Raider girls traveled to Chippewa Falls (0-2) Tuesday night (Dec. 19) for their last game before the holiday break. Amy Frye led Hudson in scoring against North with seven points. Tara Schuknecht and Kaitlyn Haag each scored six points.
Hudson-area voters just participated in two elections, but another one is around the corner. On Tuesday, April 3, citizens will be choosing people to fill school board, village and town board, and city council positions -- as well as electing a St. Croix County Circuit Court judge, a state Supreme Court justice and a Wisconsin Court of Appeals judge. Anyone seeking a position on the Hudson Board of Education, North Hudson Village Board or Hudson City Council needs to file nomination papers by the end of business hours on Tuesday, Jan.
The Finance Committee of the Hudson City Council on Monday night recommended a 2007 capital projects budget that doesn't include funding for sewer service to the planned picnic pavilion and restrooms at the end of the dike road. The decision followed a spirited discussion in which Park Board Chairman Donald Gilbert and Alderman Paul Radermacher argued for extending sewer and water service to the pavilion, while Mayor Jack Breault and Council President Scot O'Malley said they don't believe city residents think it is a wise use of tax dollars. Alderman Dennis O'Connell, also a member of the Fi
Monica Jensen said she was overwhelmed by the number of friends and family members who attended a benefit in her honor on Saturday. "It's very humbling," the young wife and mother of three girls said of the 250 or more people who attended the event, hosted by her neighbors, Brian and Lynne Peterson. Paul Jensen, Monica's husband, echoed his wife's sentiments. "We're thankful for so many things, but when you see this many friends and family (members), it is humbling. It's great ...
The School District of Hudson is willing to pay for a study of traffic issues involved with the proposed construction of a new elementary school on Coulee Trail, school board member Dick Muenich told the city's Plan Commission last Thursday. Muenich and school district Finance Director Tim Erickson attended the meeting to support the district's petition for the city to annex the 42-acre school site currently in the town of Troy. City Development Director Dennis Darnold said the Plan Commission needed to identify issues for the city staff to look into regarding the requested annexation. Darn
The Hudson boys basketball team opened conference play with a 52-41 victory over River Falls at home Dec. 5. The Raiders weren't able to savor the win for long, however.
The Hudson City Council on Monday night voted unanimously to hire Putman Planning & Design of Hudson to assist the city in preparing architectural standards for new buildings in the downtown. The work is expected to cost $46,120.
Don Linehan has made good on a promise. Over the years since graduating from Hudson High School in 1960 and playing basketball for the Minnesota Gophers -- while enjoying a career with 3M Co. that took him to Europe and beyond -- his siblings would tell him he needed to write a book about their days together on the 200-acre family farm on County U outside of Hudson. "Through the years, they always said: 'Don, you've got to write this. Remember this story when you write your book. Put this story in.' It just went on for years, putting the pressure on me to do this," he says.
Hudson's hometown business people would like you to consider shopping locally this Christmas season. The reasons for keeping your dollars at home are many, they say. Not only will you spare yourself the frustration of fighting mall traffic and crowds, you'll have the satisfaction of knowing that much of the money you spend will remain in Hudson, making it an even better community in which to live. Add to that the joy of visiting shops in a charmingly decorated downtown, where the clerks just might know you by name, and the hometown advantage is all the greater. In 2005, many of Hudson's lo