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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Many of the school's best and brightest play an instrument, directors say The band members at Hudson High School don't get a lot of publicity - at least not for their musical accomplishments. But that's no reflection on them, according to their directors. "Our kids are great. Our kids are fantastic," Aaron Hilden pronounces enthusiastically. "They're hard-working, they're dedicated, they're fun and they're funny. They're energetic and creative.
Wyland: Downtown deserves attention Lee Wyland says it was the Boy Scout in him that caused him to enter the race for the District 2 City Council seat when he heard that incumbent Roger Riedel wasn't seeking another term. "Part of being a Boy Scout is citizenship in the community, nation and the world - and I've always been interested in the community," says Wyland, a 45-year-old software engineer and technology manager who has resided in the old town neighborhood of Hudson since 1995. He and wife, Laurie, restored the historic home at 719 Fifth St.
The Hudson City Council went on record Monday night in opposition to limits on local governments' ability to levy property taxes as proposed by two Republican legislators. The so-called Taxpayer Protection Amendment introduced by State Sen. Glen Frothman and Rep. Jeff Woods would limit a municipality's annual growth in revenue from property taxes and fees.
Hudson native Mike Casanova has made it to the top in the world of professional snowboard riding. On March 3, the 21-year-old claimed $15,000 in prize money for winning the Vans Cup Rail Jam at Lake Tahoe, Calif. "Yes indeed, Mike 'Nova' Casanova crushed the competition at Friday night's rail event," the online Transworld Snowboarding magazine reported. "It was evident from the get-go that Casanova would win.
The city of Hudson received some welcome news from the firm that does most of its engineering work. Angela Popenhagen of Bonestroo, Rosene, Anderlik & Associates told the City Council Monday night that the firm would limit its 2006 rate increases to 2 percent for the city. The firm earlier had proposed rate increases of 3 to 7 percent for the various types of work it does. The City Council protested the rate increases at its Feb. 23 meeting.
The late Craig Wolff was named as Firefighter of the Year for 2005 by members of the Hudson Fire Department at their annual awards banquet Feb. 11. It was a unanimous vote for the 15-year member of the department who died of leukemia on July 2, 2005. Two other firefighters - Steve Powers and Bob Schmitz - declined nomination for the honor out of respect for Wolff. Fire Chief Jim Frye said Wolff organized the fire department's first golf tournament, which has become the department's biggest fund-raiser of the year.
Hudson Police Chief Richard Trende is reminding city residents that there are rules where they can place political campaign signs - and how many they can have. The regulations are spelled out in Chapter 202 of the Hudson Municipal Code.
A Hudson native is a prominent figure in a new book about television personality and lifestyle virtuoso Martha Stewart. Author Lloyd Allen begins "Being Martha: The Inside Story of Martha Stewart and Her Amazing Life" by recreating one of Stewart's first visits to Beverly Bronfeld's antique shop in Westport, Conn. Beverly, a 1956 graduate of Hudson High School, is the daughter of the late Albert P.J.
Area muscians are donating their talents to help a member of First Baptist Church who is in need of a fourth kidney transplant. A concert, dinner and silent auction to benefit Lisa Brandt and her husband, Keith, is planned for Sunday, Feb. 26, at the church at the corner of Third and Vine streets. The musical line-up planned for the event includes a UW-River Falls sax quartet (noon-12:40 p.m.); vocalist Colleen Raye and her son Trey Zehr Grimm (12:40-1:20 p.m.); the St.
The Hudson boys basketball team got roughed up in games with two of Minnesota's best high school teams last week. Tuesday night at Hudson, Cretin-Derham Hall defeated the Raiders 70-53. The win improved the visitors' record to 18-1 on the season. Cretin-Derham Hall is ranked as the sixth-best Class 4A boys team in Minnesota. No. 1-ranked Hopkins overpowered the visiting Raiders 90-55 Friday night.