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 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.
The Hudson Plan Commission on a 3-2 vote has recommended that the city annex a 12.3-acre parcel between Stageline Road and I-94 at Old Hwy.
The fire Tuesday evening in an upstairs duplex unit at 724 Ninth St. in Hudson started in a futon or sofa in the living room, according to Hudson Fire Chief Jim Frye. Frye said Rachel Guidarelli reported that she was in the bathroom bathing when she smelled smoke and came out to find the couch on fire. Three children also were in the home when the fire started, Fry said. All of the occupants were able to escape the house unharmed. Guidarelli, believed to be the mother of the children, called 911 to report the blaze at 8:17 p.m.
The contrast between Hudson and Ashaiman, Ghana, was stark for the Rev. Sampson Dorkunor. "This place looks more like a mansion community," he tells a reporter two days after arriving in Hudson. The city of 150,000 people where he lives is a slum, Dorkunor says bluntly.
At one point during Monday night's Hudson City Council meeting, Council President Scot O'Malley joked that the ordinances dealing with liquor licenses, zoning and parking are the only ones that council members need to know. The agenda once again was heavy with beer and liquor license issues. The most perplexing - and embarrassing - for the council was the case of an indoor-golf business that was mistakenly issued a Class "B" beer license when it opened a couple of years ago. Mark Christoffersen, owner of All Seasons Golf Links, 2110 Webster St., learned that his license to serve beer wouldn
For the past 34 years, Booster Days has meant extra duty for Dick Trende, the recently retired chief of the Hudson Police Department. This year he can relax and enjoy the Fourth of July celebration. And he'll occupy a place of honor in the Booster Days parade on Second Street, beginning at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 1. Last week, Hudson Boosters president Jim Londo named Trende grand marshal of the parade.
The seven-game battle for the National Hockey League championship held special interest for Kelly and Scott Eichstadt of Hudson. Bret Hedican, a veteran defenseman for the Carolina Hurricanes, is Kelly's brother. Hedican and Scott were teammates at St. Cloud State University back in the early '90s. The Eichstadts moved to the town of Hudson three years ago because Scott, a native of Bemidji, Minn., was used to rural living and wanted a house with some open space around it. They came here from Oakdale, Minn. Bret and Kelly grew up in North St. Paul. They both went to St.
Members of the Hudson City Council took the Public Safety Committee's advice and voted unanimously Monday night to install a new set of stop signs on Vine Street at the YMCA and Diamond Drive. Council members acknowledged that the new stop signs would increase the travel time between the downtown and Carmichael Road, but said the intersection has become too dangerous to go without a four-way stop. Twelve-year-old Eva Wolbank was struck by a car while crossing Vine Street in front of the YMCA on May 31, renewing calls by neighborhood residents to make the intersection a four-way stop. The di
Aldi Inc., an international discount food retailer, is planning to build a 16,560-square-foot store at the corner of Carmichael and Hanley roads. A 14,400-square-foot strip mall also is part the company's plans for a 3.9-acre parcel at the northwest corner of the intersection. The Hudson Plan Commission approved the concept of the development June 8, with the qualification that it may require adding a turn lane to Hanley Road at the developer's expense. The Aldi Web site, www.aldi.us , describes the company as "an international retailer specializing in a limited assortment of private label,