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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Hudson restaurateur Pete Foster is once again a managing partner of the San Pedro Cafe in downtown Hudson. This time, Foster has teamed with Michael Goodman, the former chef and general manager of a popular downtown St. Paul restaurant. Together, they'll operate the Caribbean-themed restaurant at 426 Second St. that Foster opened with Robert Wasmund in March of 2000. Goodman, as the executive chef, will work to restore pizzazz to a menu that the partners say had grown a little tired.
Samantha Bluhm, a former staff member of the Hudson Area Chamber of Commerce and Tourism Bureau, approached the City Council Jan. 3 with a proposal for a four-day music, comedy and film festival in Lakefront Park next September. "It is anticipated that the Wild River Music, Comedy and Film Festival will be to Hudson what the Sundance Film Festival is to Park City, Utah, and what the Bayfront Blues Festival is to Duluth, Minn.," said a written request for approval of the festival. It said the festival would feature outside performances by a total of 35 bands over the four days.
The Raider girls basketball team got off to a good start at Red Wing, Minn., last Friday night and hung on in the second half for a 33-31 victory. "It wasn't a pretty game, but the girls hung in there," said Hudson coach Dave Johnson. "It's good to win those tough ones on the road." It was the fifth non-conference win of the season for the Hudson girls, who improved their overall record to 5-6. They are still looking for their win in Big Rivers Conference action, and hope to get it when the Eau Claire Memorial girls (3-2 in the conference) come to town Friday night (Jan. 13).
The Hudson boys basketball team stayed in the race for a Big Rivers Conference title with a 63-61 overtime victory at Chippewa Falls Friday night. Tuesday night of last week, they lost a non-conference game at home to a tough Stillwater, Minn., team. The score of that contest was 67-41. Raider senior guard Logan Wenzel sank a three-pointer with 25 seconds left in overtime of Friday night's game to tie the score. After a missed three-point attempt by a Chippewa Falls guard, Hudson freshman Seth Stanchik got the rebound and was fouled with five seconds remaining.
City of Hudson voters will have the same choice for mayor as the last time they went to the polls to fill the office. Incumbent John D. "Jack" Breault is seeking his seventh two-year term as mayor, while James E. Mayer is challenging him for the position. In the April 2004 election, city residents returned Breault to office with 1,124 votes to Mayer's 757. The city's growth was a major issue of that race, with Breault touting what he said had been responsible development and Mayer claiming it was out of control. There also will be a race for District 4 alderperson.
The Hudson girls basketball team split a pair of games at the AAU Holiday Classic at Menomonie last week. The Raiders fell to Richland Center by a score of 50-45 on Wednesday, Dec. 28, but rebounded to defeat Minneapolis North 48-23 on Friday, Dec. 30. The week of non-conference action left the girls with a 4-6 overall record. Senior center Katie Layman led the Raiders in scoring in both games, tallying 16 points against Richland Center and 17 against Minneapolis North. She also grabbed a team-high 10 rebounds in the Richland Center game and six rebounds vs.
Undefeated Chippewa Falls continued its winning ways last week, defeating the visiting Hudson girls 56-34 in the final Big River Conference basketball game before the Christmas break. The Dec. 20 victory kept the Cardinals perched atop the conference standings at 3-0, while the Raider girls are still looking for their first win in the Big Rivers. The Cardinals got out to a 16-10 first quarter lead and increased it to 35-16 at halftime. They led 48-23 at the end of the third quarter. "We just had trouble scoring.
The residents of a five-unit townhouse complex remain homeless following a Dec.
A little more than a year ago, Lisa Larson feared that the baby she was carrying wouldn't survive and that her own health wouldn't allow her to resume the active lifestyle she had come to enjoy. In three weeks, she'll run a half marathon in Arizona.
A group of Hudson women is on a mission to build a playground that will literally be a place of children's dreams. The plan is for a certified designer to meet with local children Jan. 31 and use their ideas - along with suggestions from parents and other community members - to draw a picture of the $150,000 playground. While the specifics won't be known until then, the typical community-built playground has plenty of things on which to climb, slide and swing.