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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Scot O'Malley was re-elected president of the Hudson City Council on a two-thirds vote of its alderpersons during the council's annual organizational meeting April 18. District 2 Alderman Dennis O'Connell nominated O'Malley for the position he has held for the past several years. This year, he wasn't the only candidate, however. New elected District 1 Alderman Randy Morrissette II nominated District 3 Alderman Paul Radermacher for the job. If Radermacher hadn't voted for O'Malley when Mayor Jack Breault asked council members who favored O'Malley to raise their hands, the mayor might have b
Lisa Piccolo, teen director at St. Croix Valley YMCA, has a message for the community. The youth room at the back of the facility isn't just for YMCA members anymore. Any teen-ager looking for a place to socialize, play a game and maybe have a snack is welcome. "It's a place to come after school; hang out; get food; play ping pong; pool, whatever," says Piccolo, a 25-year-old with an understanding of things that appeal to today's teen-agers. The Y's teen center will have a grand re-opening from 4 to 6 p.m.
The Wanken family of North Hudson can testify to the value of having an identification microchip embedded in the skin of family pets. They gave their yellow lab Charlie up for adoption in 2002 when they moved into a new townhouse that didn't have a place for him to romp. It was supposed to be an open adoption, allowing Carolyn and Jay to visit Charlie from time to time.
East Coast natives are telling Daniel Meyers that he's succeeded in making the quintessential New York-style pizza. They're glad that Meyers and partners Pat and Megan Brendel took time to perfect the equipment and product before opening Patrizio's Pizzeria two weeks ago. "It sounds cliche, but people have been raving," says Meyers. "In fact, I've had a lot of East Coasters who are very particular about their pizza raving about it.
The closing of the Old World Bake Shop on Second Street in downtown Hudson has initiated another competition for a city-issued liquor license. Monday night, the City Council voted 4-2 to postpone deciding what to do with the available license in order to allow one of four businesses vying for it to submit a proper application. Sharon Horne-Ellstrom applied for the liquor license as an individual, City Attorney Catherine Munkittrick said, but the information she submitted showed that she wouldn't be operating the business. Instead, it appeared that a limited liability company named Sharon Ho
With little fanfare, the Hudson City Council on Monday night banned the feeding of ducks, geese, deer and other wildlife within the city. The measure passed on a voice vote with one council member, District 6 Alderwoman Carah Koch, opposing it. "I can't support the ordinance. It's a very emotional issue for a lot of people.
The latest plan to redevelop the site of the old Hudson Medical Center was presented to the Hudson Plan Commission and a roomful of neighborhood residents Thursday night, April 13. It calls for construction of a 40-unit assisted living residence for the elderly, as well as 12 townhouse units and 16 twin home units for senior citizens able to live independently. Comforts of Home Assisted Living, which within the past year opened an assisted living residence on Heggen Street, is seeking approval for the project. The company needs the city to rezone the roughly 6.5-acre site at the west end of
Fire Chief Jim Frye on Monday declared a ban on outdoor burning in the municipalities served by the Hudson Fire Department. The ban, Frye said, will remain in effect until the area receives enough rainfall to turn the landscape green and reduce the risk of debris fires getting away from people. Hudson firefighters have been called to put out about a dozen debris fires that have gotten out of control this spring, the fire chief said. "Nothing is greening up, and we keep missing the rain showers that are predicted for here," he said.
Hudson native Davis Drewiske is a member of the University of Wisconsin men's hockey team that won a national championship by defeating Boston College 2-1 at the Bradley Center in Milwaukee Saturday night. "It's been a wonderful year," said his father, David Drewiske, who was in Milwaukee for the Frozen Four last weekend, along with his wife, Karen, and Davis' two sisters, Maddie, 12, and Kit, 9. Davis' brother, Jake, couldn't be there because he's in the playoffs with his Sioux Falls, S.D., Junior A hockey team. Davis is a 2003 graduate of Hudson High School.
Kathy and Gary Benson think of their new light-manufacturing facility in St. Croix Business Park as an investment. They could have put up a building for less money someplace else, but they wanted to be in a city that cares about how its industrial property looks. "We picked this for our retirement," says Kathy, president of Eagle Packaging Inc. "We feel that many years down the road this park is still going to look very, very nice. We're looking at the long term." In the meantime, the new 20,340-square-foot building the company moved into Dec.