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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To Jennie O'Connell, the heavy rain that fell Tuesday night and into Wednesday of last week was an act of God. It followed Monday's decision by Judge Eric Lundell that a former Hudson priest probably murdered her husband, Dan, three and a half years ago. "When it was pouring so hard, all I could think was that God was cleansing our area. He was washing away all the pain, all the sorrow, all the hurt," she said Friday.
Two men who say they were molested by priests as children held a news conference in front of Hudson City Hall last Thursday to demand that Catholic Church officials do more to end the victimization of children. "Our point is simple, Mr. O'Connell died because he tried to save other children from begin assaulted.
The addition of an obstetrics and gynecology specialist at the Hudson Health Campus is the beginning of a trend, says Christopher Cook, director of marketing for Hudson Hospital. "That is what the community has asked us to do in developing this facility - offer a higher level of specialty," Cook says. "This is one of the first things out of the chute. In the future, we hope to have that in cardiology and cancer care. ... This is the beginning of a large upswing of our qualifications." The present excitement is over the arrival of Dr.
Christin Casa De Calvo didn't have the kind of experience that organizers describe when promoting international youth exchange programs. She was supposed to return from India next spring feeling that the world is a friendly place, ready for a lifetime of international understanding. Instead, she arrived home Sept.
Hudson Fire Chief Jim Frye appealed to the City Council Monday night for construction of a second fire and ambulance station. The fire department and St. Croix Emergency Medical Services have outgrown their current facilities in the Public Safety Building in downtown Hudson and desperately need more space for offices and apparatus, Frye said in a written communication to the council. The memo outlined a schedule for construction of a second station that Frye said has been approved by the Hudson Area Joint Fire Advisory Board.
St. Croix County has a new tool for keeping retailers and their employees from selling tobacco products to minors. Last Thursday, the County Board amended the county ordinance banning tobacco sales to minors to include penalties for retailers and store clerks who knowingly violate the ordinance. The ordinance makes an individual who sells cigarettes or other tobacco products to someone under the age of 18 subject to a forfeiture of up to $500. The actual amount of the fine for the first offense hasn't been established yet, according to Sheriff Dennis Hillstead.
It's not just your imagination if you think you're noticing more signs in Hudson advertising cigarettes. When Minnesota increased its cigarette tax to $1.23 per pack on Aug. 1, local retailers decided to let our neighbors know they can buy their smokes for less here. Wisconsin's cigarette tax is 77 cents per pack.
A bloody life-or-death struggle took place inside Lil' Honey's Boutique Tuesday morning of last week while unsuspecting neighbors went about their business and motorists passed by on Second Street. For 15 minutes or more, 5-foot-2, 120-some pound Mary Johnson used every self-defense tactic she could recall to fight off an apparently psychotic 23-year-old man who later told police he had set out that day to kill someone. "She saved her life. I am convinced of that," said Hudson Police Chief Richard Trende.
The city of Hudson will give financial backing to two initiatives aimed at encouraging people to shop and eat at Hudson's locally owned businesses following action at Monday night's City Council meeting. The council agreed to pay $500 for a membership in the new Hudson Independent Business Association and to contribute $195 for a billboard on Interstate 94 in Minnesota that will direct motorists to downtown Hudson. Sandee Madigan, owner of the Elan clothing shop, and Shelli Erck, owner of Hudson Flower Shop, described the objectives of the new business association prior to the vote
The two men removed from a June 14 meeting of the Hudson Board of Education have withdrawn their complaint to the Hudson Police and Fire Commission about the conduct of the police officers involved in the incident. Instead, Curt Weese and Marion Shaw and four of their supporters - James Baker, Mark Pribonic, William Danielson and Steve Hermsen - are opting for an internal police investigation of the matter. The group decided to pursue their complaint through the police department at an Aug. 10 meeting of the Police and Fire Commission, according to chairman Thomas P.