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 Hudson Police Department will add two full-time officers following approval from the Hudson City Council on Wednesday night, Nov. 5. Council members voted to add one patrol-level detective and one patrol officer to the department, increasing the roster to 21 officers.
Rick Kelley says the final work of his "American Freedom" series of paintings brought him back to his artistic roots. "I love landscapes," he said in a telephone interview from his home in Chanhassen, Minn.
A month and a half after A-1 Archery's purchase of St. Croix Taxidermy, the managers of the two businesses say the merger is meeting expectations. "Archery and taxidermy is really a good fit," said Dan Ellyson, general manager and co-owner of A-1 Archery, 1830 Webster St. Ellyson said he and partner Paul Korn bought Mark van de Sande's North Hudson taxidermy shop in order to provide their bow-hunting customers with yet another service. Customers would frequently ask where they could get a game animal mounted. Ellyson sent them to St. Croix Taxidermy, 705 St.
Tom O'Connell could use some help. When St. Croix Valley Habitat for Humanity finally recruited the retired River Falls contractor to be the organization's construction chairman, he thought it was a part-time position. Two years later, he's working nearly full-time at the volunteer job. This Tom O'Connell - not to be confused with the Hudson funeral home director with the same name - is from River Falls. He has ties to Hudson, however.
A committee of the Hudson Area Chamber of Commerce is revisiting past downtown development plans to assess what has been completed and what still needs to be done. Dennis Darnold, the city's community development director, spoke to the Chamber's Downtown Planning Committee on Thursday morning of last week. He reviewed past planning efforts and recommended that the committee of business owners study them in detail to decide what it wants to accomplish in the future. Darnold touched on the highlights of five previous planning documents dating back to 1967.
The extent of his losses was just starting to register with Howard Evans two days after fire destroyed his residence and all he owned. "I mean, you name it. Anything you think of, I lost it," he said as if he still didn't quite believe it himself. "A pair of pants and socks is all I had." All except for what is most dear to him - his children Raymond, 11, Caitlyn, 8, and Justin, 3, as well as his own life. The 36-year-old Evans was sound asleep in a second-floor bedroom of the duplex at 317 Fourth St. N. when he was awakened by a banging noise coming from the first floor.
City Administrator Devin Willi announced Monday night that delinquent water, sewer and garbage bills not paid before Oct. 25 will be added to homeowners' 2003 property taxes. A 10 percent penalty will be added to the bills to cover the administrative expense of the additional billing, he said. While putting delinquent water and sewer bills on the tax roll isn't new, city officials apparently wanted to remind residents of the practice in light of a recent change in the method of billing for sewer service that could result in more delinquent bills than normal.
Gov. Jim Doyle joined with General Motors, United Auto Workers, city of Hudson and Duke Construction officials to break ground for a new General Motors parts distribution center on Wednesday of last week. The governor also announced the details of a $1.15 million state incentive package that helped bring the facility to Hudson's St. Croix Business Park. The Wisconsin Department of Commerce will provide the city of Hudson with $850,000 to pay for land development and to establish a revolving loan fund to assist companies that locate in St. Croix Business Park.
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While personally disappointed with the Episcopal Church's decision to confirm an openly gay bishop, the Rev. John Rasmus, pastor of St. Paul's Episcopal Church of Hudson, isn't ready to break from the church over the issue. "There has always been a wrestle about truth in the church," Rasmus said in an interview Tuesday morning.