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 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.
The concept that has made owning a home affordable for many people can do the same for owners of small businesses, according to the developer of a business condominium going up in St. Croix Business Park. "If you consider how much effort and money it would take for a small business to build a stand-alone (building), it would be prohibitive," says John Wold, developer of the 28,800-square-foot St. Croix Business Center.
A discussion last week by the city's Park Board about acquiring a couple acres of property north of St.
A plan to build a pavilion and restrooms at the end of the dike road appears to be back on track. The construction won't happen this summer as originally planned, but officials indicate that the odds are good that it will be built next year. Hudson's Daybreak and Noon Rotary clubs initiated the project early last year, offering $50,000 toward the construction. The clubs hoped to build the pavilion in 2005 to commemorate Rotary International's 100th anniversary. Jim Eulberg, the city's director of parks and public works, indicated to the Park Board on Aug.
You might have mistaken the gathering in Michael and Tracy Walk's back yard on Saturday for an English barbecue. In fact, it practically was. A group of five British women that found each other as the result of stories that appeared in the Hudson Star-Observer got together again - this time along with their husbands and children, and a couple of other expatriate Brits they discovered residing in Hudson. "There were just all sorts of expressions coming out when we all got together," said hostess Tracy Walk. "Probably everybody's accents got thicker.