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 stop signs on Vine Street at Diamond Drive will soon be gone, following action by the Hudson City Council on Jan. 15. Mayor Jack Breault once more cast the tie-breaking vote, a 4-3 decision to remove the signs that were installed last August out of concern for the safety of pedestrians crossing Vine Street. Neighborhood residents had called for the four-way stop after a 12-year-old girl was struck by a car while crossing Vine Street on her way home from St.
Interested community members got their first peak at what Marc Putman of Putman Planning & Design has been doing by attending an informational meeting at St. Croix Marina last Thursday. The community room of the marina clubhouse was close to its 70-person capacity when Putman started the 4:30 p.m.
The candidates for City Council in Hudson's District 1 are familiar to anyone who has paid attention to city politics in recent years. The incumbent is Randy Morrissette II, the district's alderman since being appointed to the council a year ago. Morrissette's challenger is the council member he was selected to replace, Mike Laatsch. Laatsch moved to Woodbury, Minn., a year ago so the son of his new wife, Debbie, could continue to attend high school there.
The Hudson boys held Menomonie to nine points in the first half of their basketball game Friday night and went on to defeat the home team 49-37. The victory broke a six-game losing streak for the Raiders and, at 3-3, kept them in the chase for a Big Rivers Conference title. They improved their overall record to 4-8. Menomonie is 1-5 in the Big Rivers, but has come close to victory in three of its losses.
Hudson girls basketball coach Dave Johnson was hoping his team was on a roll after a 54-42 non-conference win at Ellsworth Jan. 16. The victory was the Raiders' third in a five-game stretch.
City Council President Scot O'Malley hasn't given up on stopping the city from extending a sewer line to the planned River Walk Shelter at the end of the dike road. Monday night, O'Malley asked the City Council to discuss holding a referendum on the issue in the April 3 election. The proposed referendum will be on the agenda of the council's Feb. 5 meeting. O'Malley said many city residents have told him they are opposed to the city building shelter.
The city of Hudson has at least temporarily suspended the practice of allowing nonprofit groups to hang banners over Second Street that advertise events. The controversy sparked by a banner put up by a group supporting the bond issue for a new elementary school is what led to the grounding. The banner was up less than a day prior to the Dec.
A December fund-raiser at Hudson Middle School helped a lot of needy families have a happy holiday. A "Money Wars" game organized by the Kids Who Care Club brought in $5,911 that was used to purchase Christmas gifts for children in low-income families. Here's how it worked.
It was another difficult week for the Hudson boys basketball team. Friday night, the visiting Eau Claire Memorial Old Abes handed the Raiders a 50-41 defeat. Saturday evening, the Woodbury, Minn., Royals came to town and inflicted a 76-50 loss on the local boys. The loss to Memorial dropped the Raiders to 2-3 in the Big Rivers Conference.
The Hudson girls basketball team scored just six points in the second half and fell 53-27 to Eau Claire Memorial in its return to conference play at Eau Claire Friday night. The loss kept the Raiders winless in the Big Rivers Conference with a 0-5 record. They are 3-7 overall. The Raiders played the Old Abes to a 12-12 draw in the first quarter and trailed 28-21 at halftime. "Their defense shut us down in the second half and we couldn't score," Hudson coach Dave Johnson explained. Junior forward Emily Rose was the exception in a Raider line-up that had trouble finding the rim.