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 Raider boys basketball team proved that it's ready to defend its Big Rivers Conference title. They opened the new season with two victories last week, defeating River Falls 63-45 at home on Tuesday before traveling to Eau Claire North on Friday, where they collared the Huskies 54-28. The defeat of the rival River Falls squad is perhaps the best reason to be optimistic about the season ahead since the Wildcats also were a preseason favorite to win the 2004-05 conference crown.
It could be that the Raiders looked past River Falls in anticipation of Friday night's match-up with the Eau Claire North Huskies, the defending Big Rivers Conference girls basketball champions. Instead of rolling over the Wildcats like they've grown accustomed to, the Raiders had a fight on their hands when they visited River Falls last Friday (Dec.
For any of you fellows who are starting to think about the rapidly approaching gifting day, here's a plan. Do the unusual and encourage your wife, girlfriend or teen-age daughter to participate in tonight's (Thursday, Dec. 9) Girls' Nite Out in downtown Hudson. A number of downtown merchants are giving women the opportunity to fill out wish lists. The idea is for your sweetheart to wander through the shops, jot down items she likes, and leave the lists with the shopkeepers. You come trailing along when the time is right (hopefully, before Dec.
Her new job will be a challenge, but one that she is ready for and looking forward to, Nancy Norvold says. Norvold, the city of Hudson's accounts receivable clerk for the past nine years, was selected last month by the City Council to succeed Patricia Dotseth as city clerk. She will assume the office when Dotseth, city clerk for the past eight years, retires Dec. 17. "I know mostly what goes on in that office," said Norvold.
The Raider girls basketball team fell victim to two Minnesota teams in their Thanksgiving Classic, losing 64-59 to Minnehaha Academy in overtime Friday night and 77-62 to Holy Angels Academy Saturday night. The defeats didn't discourage Hudson girls basketball coach Dave Johnson, however. "Minnesota is always ahead of us early because the coaches get to work with them all June and July," said Johnson.
Wage and benefit increases for city employees - plus higher costs for property assessment and fire and ambulance services - are the main reasons for a 3.6 percent increase in the city of Hudson's general fund budget for 2005. The City Council adopted the $7,396,281 budget at its Nov. 15 meeting. City Administrator Devin Willi said the $254,648 increase in spending next year is conservative when you consider the amount of growth in the city. "The increase is small when compared to what a lot of municipalities are looking at to maintain current city services," Willi said.
Five of Hudson's sons are bound for Iraq, part of the first overseas operational deployment of a state National Guard combat arms unit since World War II. A send-off for the 1st Battalion, 128th Infantry of the Wisconsin National Guard took place on Veterans Day at Camp Shelby, Miss. Among the 680 Wisconsin soldiers applauded were Spc.
The General Motors parts distribution facility in Hudson's St. Croix Business Park has begun operations. According to Plant Manager Tim O'Neil, the facility started shipping vehicle parts to GM car and truck dealers in five states on Oct. 11. It's currently handling 20 percent of the shipping business from the Edina, Minn., warehouse that it will eventually replace, he said. Operations at the Hudson facility will increase in waves through Jan.
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.
The municipalities served by the Hudson Fire Department that don't already do it are considering billing property owners for fire calls. The Advisory Joint Fire Board reportedly began discussing the idea as a way to keep property taxes levied to fund the fire department in check. At a meeting last week, the fire board asked fire department officials to start providing the municipalities with run reports so the municipalities can review whether they want to bill property owners for the calls. "It is up to each municipality to decide what they want to do," said Roger Riedel,