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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Stucci's Italian Food & Spirits came away from Monday night's City Council meeting as the winner of a competition for a city-issued liquor license. Council members voted 4-1 to grant the new restaurant at 417 Second St.
It's been an enjoyable run, but 31 years of teaching English at Hudson High is enough, says Mary Britten, who will retire at the end of the school year. "Oh, it's time," she says with a hearty laugh when told about a Florida literature teacher who will retire this year at age 90. "I absolutely have loved and enjoyed the kids, almost every day," Britten says. "...But, 31 years, it's time for something else. I don't have anymore time for this now. I'm getting antsy.
The Hudson City Council on May 1 amended the Municipal Code to allow developers to restrict the number of tall free-standing signs in general business districts and on adjoining commercial lots. The new Section 202-5 of the Municipal Code will allow developers to draft master sign plans for commercial districts that permit not more than two freestanding signs 35 feet or less in height.
Alderman Randy Morrissette II told the Hudson City Council Monday night that he intends to push for an ordinance similar to one in Taylors Falls, Minn., that prohibits the most dangerous sexual offenders from living nearby places where children congregate. Morrissette had a copy of the Taylors Falls ordinance and had given one to City Attorney Catherine Munkittrick before the meeting started. He said he would bring the ordinance to the Public Safety Committee (of which he is a member) for it to review.
Hudson High School's annual junior prom came and went without local emergency services responding to a grisly automobile accident. It's impossible to say whether the exercise held three days before Saturday night's prom prevented any crashes, but it certainly may have influenced decisions made by teen-age drivers and passengers. Local emergency services, businesses and the high school teamed up to give a powerful demonstration on the consequences of drunken and careless driving. It began with police, fire and ambulance personnel responding to a mock head-on collision in a parking lot of St.
Buying a pair of shoes made in the USA turned out to be as difficult as getting a date to my high school prom. But I persisted and finally found a pair nearly as lovely as Cindy Morton - and infinitely more durable than that awkward encounter. It all started a couple of weeks ago when I decided I needed a good pair of walking shoes that I could wear every day during a trip to Scandinavia.
Monday night, the Hudson City Council on a 4-0 vote rejected the latest attempt to rezone the former Hudson Memorial Hospital site to allow the construction of multi-family housing. Council members acted despite a recommendation by Mayor Jack Breault and Community Development Director Dennis Darnold that they postpone the vote to allow the would-be developer, Comforts of Home Assisted Living, to meet again with neighbors regarding the proposed senior housing. "I would like to stop dangling these people on a string and be done with it," said District 5 Scot O'Malley, who moved to deny the req
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.