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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Gov. Jim Doyle visited Hudson Wednesday afternoon to promote his initiative to improve access to affordable health insurance for businesses and individuals. Speaking at City Hall to a group of about 25 business owners, health care and insurance providers, and community leaders, Doyle said the goal of his Healthy Wisconsin initiative is to reduce health insurance premiums by as much as 30 percent for businesses and cut in half the number of state residents without health insurance by 2010.
The Hudson City Council is rethinking its decision to make the intersection of Vine Street and Diamond Drive an all-way stop after getting an opinion from the city's engineers that another set of stop signs isn't warranted. Mayor Jack Breault cast the tie-breaking vote in a 4-3 decision to send the issue back to the Public Safety Committee when the council met July 5. The vote came after Angela Popenhagen of Bonestroo, Rosene, Anderlik & Associates presented the findings of an analysis of the intersection done by two of the firm's traffic engineers.
It's time to heap some overdue praise on a group of young Hudson patriots. I'm talking about the Hudson High School scholars who in early June won the Wisconsin Mathematics League Championship. Calling them patriots for their brainpower is a stretch, I suppose, but President Bush and plenty of other leaders in government, industry and education have had a lot to say lately about America's need for mathematicians and scientists.
A proposal to limit where sexual offenders can reside in the city of Hudson was on the agenda for discussion at the July 5 meeting of the City Council's Public Safety Committee. District 1 Alderman Randy Morrissette II called for an ordinance similar to one adopted in Taylors Falls, Minn., two months ago after police received new reports of a man exposing himself to women on the streets of Hudson. Around the same time, residents of a town of Hudson neighborhood were concerned about a registered sexual offender moving into the area. The Taylors Falls ordinance prohibits certain classes of co
City officials once again are hopeful about designating three left-turn lanes on Crest View Drive at Carmichael Road in order to speed traffic through the intersection. Jim Eulberg, the city's public works and parks director, said last week that the plans for the busy intersection have been forwarded to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation and will be implemented as soon as the department gives its approval. "We have no reason to believe that it won't be approved," Eulberg said. He said didn't know when the department might reach its decision. "It's a big deal to us ...
Downtown Hudson will soon have new digital parking meters following action by the City Council on June 19. The council approved the purchase of 340 remanufactured Duncan meters and related equipment from Parking Meter Services at a price of $40,465. Council members rejected two other bids that were higher by $5,880 and $15,375. The new rates for parking downtown also will go into effect when the new meters are installed.
The Hudson Plan Commission on June 22 postponed recommending whether a used car business should receive a conditional use permit to operate out of the former Perkins Restaurant property on Crest View Drive. Plan Commission members put off the vote after representatives of three nearby businesses argued the proposed used car lot would diminish the neighborhood. Dan Routson, the Stillwater, Minn., and Somerset car dealer seeking to open the Auto Proz business, was told to try to allay the neighbors' concerns about it. Carah Koch, the Plan Commission member who suggested that Routson meet with
Booster Days presents a unique opportunity. How often can you eat a chicken dinner, play some bingo, enjoy a beer and dance to a rock and roll band -- and be considered a community supporter for doing it? Hudson's annual Fourth of July celebration that starts Friday is more than just a party. It's the main fund-raiser of the year for the Hudson Boosters, the volunteer-run organization that provides summer baseball and softball programs for the community's youth. This summer, 1,150 boys and girls living within the Hudson School District are playing ball on one of 90 Booster teams.
The Hudson City Council approved $28,886 in repairs to Walnut Street at its June 19 meeting. The contract was awarded to Zappa Brothers without advertising for bids because council members were afraid that another storm might cause even more damage to the street than the one that collapsed about a 25-by-10-foot segment of pavement and sidewalk. "We believe we have an emergency situation on our hands," Council President Scot O'Malley, chairman of the Public Works Committee, said in recommending that the city ask Zappa Brothers to proceed with the work. A written proposal to the city from Zap
U.S. Rep. Ron Kind, D-La Crosse, announced last week that he was able to include $200,000 in funding for the Hudson Area Joint Library in a spending bill that passed the House of Representatives June 14. The funds are targeted for construction of a new library serving the city of Hudson, village of North Hudson and towns of Hudson and St. Joseph. The fiscal year 2007 Transportation/Treasury/ Housing and Urban Development spending bill now goes to the Senate.