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 Community Daycare Center, currently located in a former church building at 816 Fourth St., will undergo a major expansion under a plan approved last week by the City Council. The daycare is preparing to build an addition to the residence next door at 824 Fourth St. and move into the renovated facility. When the new facility is completed, the existing daycare will be demolished and the space it occupied will be used for a play area. The existing rambler-style house on the corner of Fourth and Orange streets was once the residence of the St. Croix County sheriff.
Hudson native Davis Drewiske is a member of the University of Wisconsin men's hockey team that won a national championship by defeating Boston College 2-1 at the Bradley Center in Milwaukee Saturday night. "It's been a wonderful year," said his father, David Drewiske, who was in Milwaukee for the Frozen Four last weekend, along with his wife, Karen, and Davis' two sisters, Maddie, 12, and Kit, 9. Davis' brother, Jake, couldn't be there because he's in the playoffs with his Sioux Falls, S.D., Junior A hockey team. Davis is a 2003 graduate of Hudson High School.
Kathy and Gary Benson think of their new light-manufacturing facility in St. Croix Business Park as an investment. They could have put up a building for less money someplace else, but they wanted to be in a city that cares about how its industrial property looks. "We picked this for our retirement," says Kathy, president of Eagle Packaging Inc. "We feel that many years down the road this park is still going to look very, very nice. We're looking at the long term." In the meantime, the new 20,340-square-foot building the company moved into Dec.
Many of the school's best and brightest play an instrument, directors say The band members at Hudson High School don't get a lot of publicity - at least not for their musical accomplishments. But that's no reflection on them, according to their directors. "Our kids are great. Our kids are fantastic," Aaron Hilden pronounces enthusiastically. "They're hard-working, they're dedicated, they're fun and they're funny. They're energetic and creative.
Nineteen members of Hudson's Bethel Lutheran Church delivered a state-of-the-art sound system to a sister church in the African country of Tanzania last month. They pooled their unspent travel money at the end of the two-week visit and also bought 10 bicycles and a used car for the church staff to use. But the Rev.
The Hudson City Council went on record Monday night in opposition to limits on local governments' ability to levy property taxes as proposed by two Republican legislators. The so-called Taxpayer Protection Amendment introduced by State Sen. Glen Frothman and Rep. Jeff Woods would limit a municipality's annual growth in revenue from property taxes and fees.
Wyland: Downtown deserves attention Lee Wyland says it was the Boy Scout in him that caused him to enter the race for the District 2 City Council seat when he heard that incumbent Roger Riedel wasn't seeking another term. "Part of being a Boy Scout is citizenship in the community, nation and the world - and I've always been interested in the community," says Wyland, a 45-year-old software engineer and technology manager who has resided in the old town neighborhood of Hudson since 1995. He and wife, Laurie, restored the historic home at 719 Fifth St.
Hudson native Mike Casanova has made it to the top in the world of professional snowboard riding. On March 3, the 21-year-old claimed $15,000 in prize money for winning the Vans Cup Rail Jam at Lake Tahoe, Calif. "Yes indeed, Mike 'Nova' Casanova crushed the competition at Friday night's rail event," the online Transworld Snowboarding magazine reported. "It was evident from the get-go that Casanova would win.
The late Craig Wolff was named as Firefighter of the Year for 2005 by members of the Hudson Fire Department at their annual awards banquet Feb. 11. It was a unanimous vote for the 15-year member of the department who died of leukemia on July 2, 2005. Two other firefighters - Steve Powers and Bob Schmitz - declined nomination for the honor out of respect for Wolff. Fire Chief Jim Frye said Wolff organized the fire department's first golf tournament, which has become the department's biggest fund-raiser of the year.
The city of Hudson received some welcome news from the firm that does most of its engineering work. Angela Popenhagen of Bonestroo, Rosene, Anderlik & Associates told the City Council Monday night that the firm would limit its 2006 rate increases to 2 percent for the city. The firm earlier had proposed rate increases of 3 to 7 percent for the various types of work it does. The City Council protested the rate increases at its Feb. 23 meeting.