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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Only nine homeowners, so far, have ignored efforts by the city to ensure that every residence in Hudson has address numbers. Rachel Aldrich, a summer employee of the Public Works Department, has been going house-to-house inspecting residences to make sure they have numbers on them that are visible from the street. Aldrich reported to the City Council's Public Works Committee on July 18 that she had visited 2,164 properties as of that date. She initially found 248 homes that weren't in compliance with a city ordinance requiring residences, businesses and public buildings to
The current value of land and buildings in St. Croix Business Park is $69.2 million, according to the firm that handles publicity for the park. 3D Strategies Inc.
A number of people have come forward with offers to help Robert Kobylarczyk fix up his house so that a court doesn't condemn it to be either sold or razed. "We have had an overwhelming response from the community, including individuals and businesses," said Ryan Cari, the attorney representing Kobylarczyk in a lawsuit brought by the city of Hudson. "...One thing I can say for Bob is that he was very touched by the amount of help that has been offered by the community and the number of people that care about him. I've been amazed, too.
Travel Explorers is better prepared than ever to meet the needs of the traveling public, according to owner William Beyer. Last month, the travel agency merged with another Hudson agency and moved into a 2,200-square-foot office suite on the second floor of the new WESTconsin Credit Union building at the corner of Carmichael and Hanley roads. Hudson Travel, the agency Linda Anderson established and operated in downtown Hudson for 21 years, is the latest to come under the Travel Explorers roof.
The city of Hudson and its clerical and public works employees have agreed on new labor contracts that give employees 2.5 percent wage increases in each of the three years of the contract. The City Council approved the deal after discussing it in a closed session near the end of its June 20 meeting. Members of Teamsters General Union, Local 662, had ratified the contracts earlier this year. Liz Moline, leader of the local clerical and library workers, said they came to a mediated agreement with the city a few months ago and have been waiting for the City Council to approve
The Hudson City Council has taken steps to get around property tax limits on local governments that could be imposed as part of the 2005-7 state budget. At its June 20 meeting, the City Council authorized borrowing slightly more than $12 million to fund possible building and street construction, parking improvements, park development and heavy equipment purchases in case levy limits favored by Republican legislators become law. The state budget adopted by the Republican-controlled Legislature would tie municipalities' tax levy increases to the amount of new construction in their
The Fischer family of the town of St. Joseph returned Monday from ESPN's Great Outdoor Games in Lakeland, Fla., with prize money in their pockets and tales to tell of Hurricane Dennis. Forty-three-year-old Chris Fischer, his daughter, Tanya, and son, Tyler, qualified to compete in timber events of the annual Outdoor Games sponsored by the cable TV sports network. They were joined by nephew and cousin Jamie Fischer of Stillwater, Minn., a log-rolling instructor at St.
An orchestra wouldn't be very interesting if it played just one note, said Robert Kobylarczyk, standing in the shade of the wildly overgrown arborvitae trees that hide the front of his house. It was a steamy summer afternoon.
Hudson's Mimbach quarry has been added to a list of possible disposal sites for fly ash from the Allen S. King power plant at Bayport, Minn., Community Development Director Dennis Darnold reported to the City Council Monday night. Darnold said the Mimbach quarry was put on the list of eight possible disposal sites after a Lake Elmo, Minn., site was dropped from consideration.
It's hard to argue with the Hudson Boosters' selection of Terry Rowan to be grand marshal of the 2005 Booster Days parade. In 14 years of volunteering with the local youth sports organization, Rowan has held just about every job it has to offer. He's coached softball, baseball and football teams, served on the baseball committee, coordinated the girls softball traveling program, been the baseball commissioner, and worked as both baseball and football equipment manager for 10 years.