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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Conceptual plans for redevelopment of the River City Center in downtown Hudson show a three-level building on a basement, housing hotel rooms, retail shops, a restaurant and residential condominiums. Community Development Director Dennis Darnold said plans by GCI Builders Inc. of St. Cloud, Minn., arrived at his office Sept.
Having one hometown boy become a starter on a Division I college football team is reason enough to make a town proud.
City officials are asking for help in stopping a few individuals seemingly bent on destroying park property that most people greatly enjoy. Last Friday, Park Board Chairman Donald Gilbert, Public Works and Parks Director Jim Eulberg, acting Police Chief Paul Larson and Mayor Jack Breault sat down to talk about the problem. "Maybe if folks know the magnitude of the problem we can drum up some public support to help end it," said Eulberg. According to Eulberg, a group of teen-agers and young adults that hung around the bath house in Lakefront Park much of the summer has moved to Prospect Park
A task force appointed by Mayor Jack Breault will begin planning for construction of a new facility to house the city's police, fire and ambulance services following action of the City Council Monday night. "It's simply time to move this forward," said Alderman Paul Radermacher, chairman of the Public Safety Committee that recommended forming the task force. Radermacher said the Public Safety Building on Walnut Street in downtown Hudson is "bursting at the seams" as the home station for the Hudson Fire Department and St. Croix Emergency Medical Services.
A small group of Hudsonites has organized to press local officials to preserve at least part of the county land between Grandview Drive and Carmichael Road as green space. They are Concerned Citizens for Responsible Planning and Development in Hudson. Two of its leaders stopped by the Star-Observer office last week in an effort to raise public awareness of the group. Beth Stidham lives with her husband, Jon, on Chestnut Drive, a couple of blocks away from the St. Croix County Government Center property.
Dennis Paulaha of Hudson has written a book to encourage children to make good decisions about money and life. The main character in "The Triangle and the Beautiful Circle" discovers an object that he greatly desires, but is unable to purchase it for a long time because he keeps spending his money on lesser items. The book, Paulaha says, "is about determining what is truly important; and about working to achieve our heart's desire. It is about choices, consequences, costs and constraints.
State Rep. Kitty Rhoades on occasion refers half-jokingly to this part of the state as Minneconsin or Winnesota or a similar melding of the Land of 10,000 Lakes and America's Dairyland. Her point is that here on the western edge of Dairyland, 240 miles from Madison and inside the Twin Cities media market, news from our state capitol can be scarce. Some people don't know whether their governor is Jim Doyle or Tim Pawlenty. I'd argue that it isn't that difficult to keep tabs on our state government if you really want to -- especially if you have Internet access.
The Hudson City Council adopted a resolution at its Sept.
Don's American Woods opened for business at its new location in Hudson on Monday. The company is a throwback in a day when much of the furniture sold in the United States is produced overseas. All of the handcrafted oak products in its showroom at 2000 O'Neil Road were either made in the back shop or came with when the company relocated from northern Minnesota. "You will hear sawing and sanding noises in the background. That's just us producing the product," said company owner Scott Wohlwend.
Public Works Director Jim Eulberg is working on a new form to provide to suppliers bidding for the city's gasoline and diesel fuel business. At its Aug.