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 owners of 12.3 acres that were once the site for ramps connecting Interstate 94 and Hwy. 35 are making another attempt to have the property annexed into the city of Hudson. DaMe Properties, led by Daniel R. Bauer, River Falls, filed a new petition for the city to annex the land on May 10. Monday night, the City Council referred the petition to the Plan Commission for it to review.
If you had to pick one word to describe Donna W. Petersen, it might be generous. But that wouldn't be adequate. She was loyal, too. And a lover of nature, music and learning. "She just had this thirst to learn more," said her nephew Marty Petersen of Plymouth, Minn. It didn't surprise Marty when his aunt left $40,203 to the Hudson Area Joint Library when she died Feb. 6 in Christian Community Home at the age of 89. "She just had a great appetite for reading, so I knew that was coming.
The Hudson City Council on Monday night authorized the city's consulting engineering firm to design lighting improvements for the dike road that extends across much of the St. Croix River from Lakefront Park. Jim Eulberg, director of Parks and Public Works, said more street lamps are needed to improve both the safety and esthetics of the dike. The new lights also will compliment other planned improvements for Lakefront Park, Eulberg said. Hudson's Daybreak and Noon Rotary clubs have plans to build a pavilion and restroom facility at the end of the dike in cooperation with the city.
Stucci's Italian Food & Spirits came away from Monday night's City Council meeting as the winner of a competition for a city-issued liquor license. Council members voted 4-1 to grant the new restaurant at 417 Second St.
It's been an enjoyable run, but 31 years of teaching English at Hudson High is enough, says Mary Britten, who will retire at the end of the school year. "Oh, it's time," she says with a hearty laugh when told about a Florida literature teacher who will retire this year at age 90. "I absolutely have loved and enjoyed the kids, almost every day," Britten says. "...But, 31 years, it's time for something else. I don't have anymore time for this now. I'm getting antsy.
The Hudson City Council on May 1 amended the Municipal Code to allow developers to restrict the number of tall free-standing signs in general business districts and on adjoining commercial lots. The new Section 202-5 of the Municipal Code will allow developers to draft master sign plans for commercial districts that permit not more than two freestanding signs 35 feet or less in height.
Alderman Randy Morrissette II told the Hudson City Council Monday night that he intends to push for an ordinance similar to one in Taylors Falls, Minn., that prohibits the most dangerous sexual offenders from living nearby places where children congregate. Morrissette had a copy of the Taylors Falls ordinance and had given one to City Attorney Catherine Munkittrick before the meeting started. He said he would bring the ordinance to the Public Safety Committee (of which he is a member) for it to review.
Hudson High School's annual junior prom came and went without local emergency services responding to a grisly automobile accident. It's impossible to say whether the exercise held three days before Saturday night's prom prevented any crashes, but it certainly may have influenced decisions made by teen-age drivers and passengers. Local emergency services, businesses and the high school teamed up to give a powerful demonstration on the consequences of drunken and careless driving. It began with police, fire and ambulance personnel responding to a mock head-on collision in a parking lot of St.
Buying a pair of shoes made in the USA turned out to be as difficult as getting a date to my high school prom. But I persisted and finally found a pair nearly as lovely as Cindy Morton - and infinitely more durable than that awkward encounter. It all started a couple of weeks ago when I decided I needed a good pair of walking shoes that I could wear every day during a trip to Scandinavia.
Monday night, the Hudson City Council on a 4-0 vote rejected the latest attempt to rezone the former Hudson Memorial Hospital site to allow the construction of multi-family housing. Council members acted despite a recommendation by Mayor Jack Breault and Community Development Director Dennis Darnold that they postpone the vote to allow the would-be developer, Comforts of Home Assisted Living, to meet again with neighbors regarding the proposed senior housing. "I would like to stop dangling these people on a string and be done with it," said District 5 Scot O'Malley, who moved to deny the req