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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Twelve-year-old Eva J. Wolbank, 2229 White Pine Drive, was struck by a car Wednesday evening, May 31, as she crossed Vine Street in front of St. Croix Valley YMCA. According to the Hudson Police Department, Mariana Avalos Parra, 20, of St. Paul was driving the 1995 Dodge Intrepid that hit Wolbank. She was ticketed for allegedly driving without a license and failing to yield the right of way to a pedestrian. The accident report says Wolbank was attempting to walk from the north to the south side of the busy street in a marked crosswalk when she was struck.
The restaurant and bar that provoked a contentious debate in the Hudson City Council over whether it should have a liquor license is closed after just under a year in operation. Co-owner Endre Govrik said last week that he shut down the Twisted Grille, 501 Second St., in mid-May because he is negotiating a sale of the business to new owners. "The concept is going to change, and the name.
The owners of 12.3 acres that used to be part of an I-94 interchange have petitioned for the third time to have the property annexed into the city of Hudson. DaMe Properties partners Dan Bauer and Jim Meffert may get their wish this time around if the city Plan Commission's reaction to their latest proposal is any indication. Commissioners Tim Caruso, Bob Mailloux and Bob Bieraugel all made comments indicating at least some level of support for the plan when architect Matt Frisbie and traffic engineer Jim Benshoof presented it to the commission May 25. Caruso said he likes bringing commerci
Rose Rasmus enjoys perusing the list of scholarship winners from the Hudson High School graduating class each year. One or more of her past students is almost always on the list. It's significant because the students Rasmus has taught at Willow River Elementary School for the past 16 years are labeled learning disabled. "That's exciting to see," she says of former students going on to college. "I know that kids in here struggle. Many struggle with reading.
A tire store and used car lot is the latest proposed use for the former Perkins Restaurant property on Crest View Drive. The Hudson Plan Commission thought enough of the proposal to approve the concept of the Tire Proz and Auto Proz service center moving onto the property at its May 25 meeting. The businessmen hoping to open the auto center -- Jay Andrews and Dan Routson -- will need to return to the Plan Commission with final development plans before moving ahead with the project. The Plan Commission reviews proposed development projects and makes a recommendation to the City Council on wh
Wisconsin National Guard Capt. Clinton Ronnestrand told a crowd of several hundred gathered in Willow River Cemetery for a Memorial Day service that he used to be like a lot of other Americans. Memorial Day, for him, meant a three-day weekend filled with boating, fishing and camping with family and friends. Then his National Guard unit, the 1-128th Infantry, was mobilized and deployed to the center of the Sunni Triangle for a year. He was lucky as the commander of the Alpha Company, he said. All of his soldiers came home alive and intact. His friend, Capt.
City officials are hopeful that construction of a shelter and toilets at the end of the Lakefront Park dike road will proceed late this summer. Jim Eulberg, Hudson's public works and parks director, said the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources appears receptive to giving the city approval to build the facility next to the St.
Gasoline was selling for the equivalent of nearly $6 a gallon in Copenhagen when I visited there earlier this month. No one was too worried about it -- as far as I could tell. The newspapers seemed more concerned about whether Denmark would adopt a new license plate design featuring the European Union logo than whether people could afford to pay for petrol. An economist quoted in the English-language version of the Copenhagen Post called the spike in oil prices "an historic opportunity." If the price of oil remains at its current level, he said, Denmark's North Sea oil reserves will bring
The congregation of Bethel Lutheran Church celebrated the long-awaited start of construction of a second church campus on Saturday. Standing on a wide expanse of sand where the Bethel Highlands facility will rise, church members participated in a "rite of laying a foundation." They praised God for his goodness and asked him to bless the ground upon which the 28,000-square-foot worship and educational facility will be built over the next year. Then young Brannan Jenkinson carried a box of written prayers into a trench and set it on the ground, symbolizing the petitions of the people being inc
The honor guard of veterans that carries our nation's colors in local parades and provides military honors at funerals of veterans is better dressed these days. Using $3,000 in funding from the city of Hudson over the past two years, the honor guard has purchased new uniforms to replace the mismatched outfits members used to wear. The money also paid for harnesses for carrying the flags and assorted accessories. "I wanted them to look sharp," said Mayor Jack Breault, who directed that $3,000 in city motel room tax revenue be used to fund the uniform purchases.