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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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The two men removed from a June 14 meeting of the Hudson Board of Education have withdrawn their complaint to the Hudson Police and Fire Commission about the conduct of the police officers involved in the incident.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.
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
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.
A discussion last week by the city's Park Board about acquiring a couple acres of property north of St.
It appears that a retail center with room for up to seven businesses will be the first occupant of the Ban Tara commercial development. The Hudson City Council approved final plans for the 9,990-square-foot building Monday night. Starbucks Coffee will be the anchor tenant, and is the only tenant that has been announced so far, Community Development Director Dennis Darnold said in a written communication to council members. The developers of the 10-lot commercial subdivision, Ban Tara LLC partners David Robson and Brian Zeller, intend to retain ownership of the retail cente
The Hudson City Council voted July 18 to proceed with an estimated $60,000 worth of repairs to earthen embankments at the Lake Mallalieu Dam. The city is hoping that St.
Only nine homeowners, so far, have ignored efforts by the city to ensure that every residence in Hudson has address numbers. Rachel Aldrich, a summer employee of the Public Works Department, has been going house-to-house inspecting residences to make sure they have numbers on them that are visible from the street. Aldrich reported to the City Council's Public Works Committee on July 18 that she had visited 2,164 properties as of that date. She initially found 248 homes that weren't in compliance with a city ordinance requiring residences, businesses and public buildings to