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 residents of a five-unit townhouse complex remain homeless following a Dec.
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.
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.
The Hudson boys basketball team improved to 2-1 in the Big Rivers Conference with a 49-40 victory at Eau Claire North Friday night. Tuesday of last week, the Raiders fell 72-67 to Shakopee, Minn., in a non-conference game on the road. They played both games without team leader Jay Langdon, who reaggravated a sprained ankle in the Dec. 9 win over Rice Lake.
A proposed bill expanding the ability of the Wisconsin Housing & Economic Development Authority to make loans will boost economic activity in the state by $500 million annually, WHEDA's executive director said in a call to the Star-Observer last week. The WHEDA "modernization" bill would increase income limits for borrowers and the amount of money the authority could raise through bonding to support economic development and multi-family housing construction, said Antonio Riley. He estimated the economic impact to St. Croix County at $8.8 million annually.
The Hudson boys basketball team is 1-1 in the Big Rivers Conference after the first week of action. The Raiders were defeated by River Falls 47-31 in the conference opener on the road Tuesday night of last week.
A major sports bar franchise will take over the Perkins Restaurant building on Crest View after Perkins moves to a new location, if the city gives the sports bar a liquor license, the Hudson City Council was told Monday night. Attorney Ryan Cari related the plans for the Perkins building to the council in the absence of Dennis Lovold, who has applied for a reserve Class B liquor and beer license for the proposed establishment. At its Nov.
M&I Bank opened a new branch office on Hanley Road last week - the 16th bank location in the Hudson area. While the competition for customers has increased in recent years, M&I officials are optimistic about gaining a share of the banking business in the growing Hudson market. Indeed, M&I employees were busy starting checking accounts for customers Wednesday morning, Nov. 29, the first day of business for the branch office.
The River Falls girls basketball team made enough free throws and grabbed key offensive rebounds in the final minute of Friday night's game at Hudson to earn their first victory on the Raiders' home court in more than a decade. The final score was River Falls 45, Hudson 39. "They've paid their dues. They've worked hard and they've got a pretty decent team," Hudson coach Dave Johnson said of the victorious Wildcats. He couldn't remember the last time the River Falls girls had defeated the Raiders at Hudson. "I thought we did OK.
A second-half rally by the Hudson High School boys basketball team proved to be too little, too late in a 50-47 season-opening loss at New Richmond last Thursday. The Raiders trailed 32-17 at halftime before mounting a comeback in the second half that brought them to within two points of the Tigers in the closing minutes. A missed three-pointer at the buzzer would have sent the game into overtime. The Hudson boys were without the services senior guard/forward Jay Langdon for the non-conference game.