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 competition is under way for a new Class B liquor and beer license that became available when the city of Hudson's estimated population reached 11,353. The City Council on Nov. 21 met the partners in two Minnesota restaurants who have applied for the license, but postponed consideration of their application after learning that another party also had applied for the license earlier in the day. The Municipal Code allows the city to issue one Class B liquor license for every 750 residents or fraction thereof.
Greater American Ribs of Woodbury, Minn., got an OK from members of Hudson's Plan Commission to proceed with plans to build a 15,300-square-foot facility in St. Croix Business Park. The Plan Commission unanimously approved concept development plans for the facility on Nov.
The 2005-06 Hudson girls basketball team won't have an easy time recapturing the Big Rivers Conference title that has eluded it in the years since Annie Nelson led the Raiders to a state championship in 2002. Chippewa Falls has all but one starter back from a team that advanced to last year's state tournament. And Megan Givens, the scoring leader on last year's Raider squad, has transferred to Breck School for her senior year. Still, Coach Dave Johnson expects this year's team to be in the thick of the battle for the Big Rivers crown. "Anybody is beatable.
Wisconsin first lady Jessica Doyle visited two Hudson schools last Thursday as part of a two-day tour highlighting education and tourism in the western part of the state. At Hudson High School, she visited a senior advanced placement literature and composition class taught by Jill Tammen and a freshman English class taught by Laura Johnson. Doyle then traveled to Hudson Middle School, where she met with sixth- and seventh-grade students in world studies classes taught by Tim Halvorson and Gayle Hoaglund. At the high school, Doyle promoted her online book club, Read On
City of Hudson property owners will see an actual reduction in real estate taxes this year. The net 2005 mill rate for all taxing districts supported by city property owners will be $21.828 per $1,000 of assessed value, according to preliminary figures presented at Monday night's City Council meeting. That is 95.6 cents less than the 2004 total net mill rate of $22.784 per $1,000. The property tax bills issued each December are payable the following year.
If you've lived in Hudson for any period of time, chances are that you've enjoyed a dessert baked by Joni Garbe. In 1981, she and her brother Gary Traeger opened the Old World Bake Shop in downtown Hudson. After selling the business nine years later, Garbe set up a professionally licensed kitchen in her home on St.
The mild weather this fall has prompted the Hudson City Council to extend the tree leaf collection program by at least one week. Council members decided Monday night to keep the leaf drop-off site at the city garage at 1421 Second St. open through Saturday, Nov. 12 - and maybe longer if warranted. Leaves were late in falling this year, council members agreed, and some are still clinging to trees.
Lisa Huftel of Hudson had the honor of introducing Paul Rusesabagina to an audience of 3,000 at UW-Eau Claire last week. Huftel was the student host for a Forum program that brought the former hotel manager from the African nation of Rwanda to the university. The gripping and popular film "Hotel Rwanda" tells the story of how Rusesabagina protected 1,200 people inside his hotel during 100 days of genocide in 1994.
Two months after the hurricane that turned their worlds upside-down, Hudson natives Kelly Butler and Becky Gherty are settling into life outside of New Orleans. Kelly, her husband, Julius, and their two sons are residing in a rented house in a suburb of Jackson, Miss. Julius Butler, a respiratory therapist at the New Orleans Veterans Administration Hospital when Hurricane Katrina hit, has been transferred to the Jackson VA hospital. Kelly is taking a graduate-level social planning course online from the University of New Orleans, as well as looking after 2-year-old
Michael Arndt has a new idea for encouraging the redevelopment of industrially zoned properties along First Street in Hudson. In a visit to the Star-Observer last week, Arndt said he is in the process of forming a limited liability corporation to develop his property at the corner of First and Commercial streets and purchase other development properties. The 53-year-old owner of the former Hudson Elevator property said local residents would be able to purchase stock in the development company. "I'm talking about selling shares in not only the deed to my property, but o