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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Scot O'Malley was re-elected president of the Hudson City Council on a two-thirds vote of its alderpersons during the council's annual organizational meeting April 18. District 2 Alderman Dennis O'Connell nominated O'Malley for the position he has held for the past several years. This year, he wasn't the only candidate, however. New elected District 1 Alderman Randy Morrissette II nominated District 3 Alderman Paul Radermacher for the job. If Radermacher hadn't voted for O'Malley when Mayor Jack Breault asked council members who favored O'Malley to raise their hands, the mayor might have b
Monday night, the Hudson City Council on a 4-0 vote rejected the latest attempt to rezone the former Hudson Memorial Hospital site to allow the construction of multi-family housing. Council members acted despite a recommendation by Mayor Jack Breault and Community Development Director Dennis Darnold that they postpone the vote to allow the would-be developer, Comforts of Home Assisted Living, to meet again with neighbors regarding the proposed senior housing. "I would like to stop dangling these people on a string and be done with it," said District 5 Scot O'Malley, who moved to deny the req
Buying a pair of shoes made in the USA turned out to be as difficult as getting a date to my high school prom. But I persisted and finally found a pair nearly as lovely as Cindy Morton - and infinitely more durable than that awkward encounter. It all started a couple of weeks ago when I decided I needed a good pair of walking shoes that I could wear every day during a trip to Scandinavia.
Hudson High School's annual junior prom came and went without local emergency services responding to a grisly automobile accident. It's impossible to say whether the exercise held three days before Saturday night's prom prevented any crashes, but it certainly may have influenced decisions made by teen-age drivers and passengers. Local emergency services, businesses and the high school teamed up to give a powerful demonstration on the consequences of drunken and careless driving. It began with police, fire and ambulance personnel responding to a mock head-on collision in a parking lot of St.
Alderman Randy Morrissette II told the Hudson City Council Monday night that he intends to push for an ordinance similar to one in Taylors Falls, Minn., that prohibits the most dangerous sexual offenders from living nearby places where children congregate. Morrissette had a copy of the Taylors Falls ordinance and had given one to City Attorney Catherine Munkittrick before the meeting started. He said he would bring the ordinance to the Public Safety Committee (of which he is a member) for it to review.
East Coast natives are telling Daniel Meyers that he's succeeded in making the quintessential New York-style pizza. They're glad that Meyers and partners Pat and Megan Brendel took time to perfect the equipment and product before opening Patrizio's Pizzeria two weeks ago. "It sounds cliche, but people have been raving," says Meyers. "In fact, I've had a lot of East Coasters who are very particular about their pizza raving about it.
The Wanken family of North Hudson can testify to the value of having an identification microchip embedded in the skin of family pets. They gave their yellow lab Charlie up for adoption in 2002 when they moved into a new townhouse that didn't have a place for him to romp. It was supposed to be an open adoption, allowing Carolyn and Jay to visit Charlie from time to time.
With little fanfare, the Hudson City Council on Monday night banned the feeding of ducks, geese, deer and other wildlife within the city. The measure passed on a voice vote with one council member, District 6 Alderwoman Carah Koch, opposing it. "I can't support the ordinance. It's a very emotional issue for a lot of people.
The latest plan to redevelop the site of the old Hudson Medical Center was presented to the Hudson Plan Commission and a roomful of neighborhood residents Thursday night, April 13. It calls for construction of a 40-unit assisted living residence for the elderly, as well as 12 townhouse units and 16 twin home units for senior citizens able to live independently. Comforts of Home Assisted Living, which within the past year opened an assisted living residence on Heggen Street, is seeking approval for the project. The company needs the city to rezone the roughly 6.5-acre site at the west end of
The closing of the Old World Bake Shop on Second Street in downtown Hudson has initiated another competition for a city-issued liquor license. Monday night, the City Council voted 4-2 to postpone deciding what to do with the available license in order to allow one of four businesses vying for it to submit a proper application. Sharon Horne-Ellstrom applied for the liquor license as an individual, City Attorney Catherine Munkittrick said, but the information she submitted showed that she wouldn't be operating the business. Instead, it appeared that a limited liability company named Sharon Ho