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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The Rev. Gregg Heinsch is starting over. Twenty years ago, he founded a church in a meeting room of a Hudson motel that has grown to have an attendance some 1,100 people at its Sunday morning services. Today, Faith Community Church has a 27,000-square-foot building on a 12-acre campus on Carmichael Road, long-range goals that include a new auditorium and a new education wing, and daughter churches in neighboring communities. That kind of success attracted the attention of leaders in the Baptist General Conference, the denomination Faith Community is a part of.
Teachers and other employees at Willow River Elementary School will be able to continue to park on Fourth Street in front of the school after all. In September, the Hudson City Council established three zones where parking on the street is limited to adjacent homeowners during certain times of the day and year in response to complaints from homeowners about traffic congestion and a lack of places for themselves and their guests to park. One of the zones was a two-block area of Fourth Street from St.
The city of Hudson Park Board has unanimously rejected a Hudson businessman's plan for a luxury townhouse development on the site of the old Hudson Hospital. Board members weren't convinced that swapping roughly three acres of the former hospital property for a couple of acres closer to the bluff overlooking the St. Croix River valley was good for the city, according to Parks Superintendent Dan Roeglin. The vote came at the Park Board's Oct. 5 meeting. John Kremer had proposed constructing 70 condominium units in five buildings on the old hospital site.
Andy Burton was on his way to work at the benefit concert for Sports Club owner Kevin Smith on the morning of June 12 when his motorcycle went out from underneath him on River Road north of Hudson. "To be honest with you, I don't know how I crashed," Burton said from his parents' home in Hammond on Monday. "All I know is I came up over a hill and there was something in the road.
The city of Hudson's Plan Commission approved preliminary plans for one new facility and the expansion of another at its last meeting. One of the companies, Valley Cartage & Warehousing, is already a resident of St. Croix Business Park, and the other, Hulcher Services Inc., is moving there. The Plan Commission recommended approval of Hulcher Services' concept development plans for a 32,103-square-foot office and equipment storage and repair facility at 2300 Willis Miller Drive, south of the new General Motors parts distribution facility.
Hudson native Mark Olson survived a purge that ended with the firing of Atlanta Falcons Head Coach Dan Reeves, five of his assistants and an equal number of scouts. In fact, when the doors stopped swinging, the 30-year-old Olson had what amounted to a promotion. His new job with the National Football League team is college scout in the country's westernmost territory. Olson bought a condo in a suburb of Salt Lake City earlier this year and is now making regular visits to schools such as the University of Southern California, UCLA and the University of Washington.
The scene in the Hudson High School cafeteria Monday evening represented a major improvement in relations between seniors and freshmen. Between 80 and 90 members of the senior class showed up to welcome the freshmen to the school and help them find their way around the building. Contrast that to a few years ago when principals were warning seniors not to physically abuse freshmen during homecoming activities - or to the recent case in Hastings, Minn., where five 17-year-old boys are accused of beating at least nine incoming freshmen as part of a hazing tradition. T
Nobody watched the men's Olympic gymnastics competition with more interest or mixed emotions than Seaok An and Hwichul Kim, operators of Hudson School of Gymnastics. The couple are former world-class gymnasts with the South Korean national team. Kim was South Korea's all-around men's champion for 10 straight years. He also coached the South Korean men in 1987-88. One of Kim's gymnasts at the time was Changsun Youn, now a coach of the country's 2004 Olympic team.
The beginning of a new school year also means a new season of activities for the Hudson Moms Group. The organization's first weekly meeting of the new 2004-05 schedule is Thursday morning, Sept. 2, at St. Paul's Episcopal Church on County UU east of Hudson. Check-in starts at 9:15 a.m.
President George W. Bush's visit to Hudson didn't come about by chance. The invitation was extended long ago by local Republican Party leaders - and repeated often. "I have been beating this drum and saying to everyone who would listen to me, from Madison on down, that our area in western Wisconsin is becoming more and more critical," St.