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 native Mike Casanova has made it to the top in the world of professional snowboard riding. On March 3, the 21-year-old claimed $15,000 in prize money for winning the Vans Cup Rail Jam at Lake Tahoe, Calif. "Yes indeed, Mike 'Nova' Casanova crushed the competition at Friday night's rail event," the online Transworld Snowboarding magazine reported. "It was evident from the get-go that Casanova would win.
The city of Hudson received some welcome news from the firm that does most of its engineering work. Angela Popenhagen of Bonestroo, Rosene, Anderlik & Associates told the City Council Monday night that the firm would limit its 2006 rate increases to 2 percent for the city. The firm earlier had proposed rate increases of 3 to 7 percent for the various types of work it does. The City Council protested the rate increases at its Feb. 23 meeting.
The late Craig Wolff was named as Firefighter of the Year for 2005 by members of the Hudson Fire Department at their annual awards banquet Feb. 11. It was a unanimous vote for the 15-year member of the department who died of leukemia on July 2, 2005. Two other firefighters - Steve Powers and Bob Schmitz - declined nomination for the honor out of respect for Wolff. Fire Chief Jim Frye said Wolff organized the fire department's first golf tournament, which has become the department's biggest fund-raiser of the year.
Hudson Police Chief Richard Trende is reminding city residents that there are rules where they can place political campaign signs - and how many they can have. The regulations are spelled out in Chapter 202 of the Hudson Municipal Code.
A Hudson native is a prominent figure in a new book about television personality and lifestyle virtuoso Martha Stewart. Author Lloyd Allen begins "Being Martha: The Inside Story of Martha Stewart and Her Amazing Life" by recreating one of Stewart's first visits to Beverly Bronfeld's antique shop in Westport, Conn. Beverly, a 1956 graduate of Hudson High School, is the daughter of the late Albert P.J.
Area muscians are donating their talents to help a member of First Baptist Church who is in need of a fourth kidney transplant. A concert, dinner and silent auction to benefit Lisa Brandt and her husband, Keith, is planned for Sunday, Feb. 26, at the church at the corner of Third and Vine streets. The musical line-up planned for the event includes a UW-River Falls sax quartet (noon-12:40 p.m.); vocalist Colleen Raye and her son Trey Zehr Grimm (12:40-1:20 p.m.); the St.
The Hudson boys basketball team got roughed up in games with two of Minnesota's best high school teams last week. Tuesday night at Hudson, Cretin-Derham Hall defeated the Raiders 70-53. The win improved the visitors' record to 18-1 on the season. Cretin-Derham Hall is ranked as the sixth-best Class 4A boys team in Minnesota. No. 1-ranked Hopkins overpowered the visiting Raiders 90-55 Friday night.
A lack of offense in the early-going resulted in two losses for the Hudson girls basketball team last week. Each was dealt by a leading team in the Big Rivers Conference. Hudson made a game of it in the second half Tuesday night at Eau Claire North before falling 51-46. Chippewa Falls, the No.
A recently completed study found little evidence to suggest that parking in downtown Hudson has become more difficult. Ninety-six percent of visitors to the downtown interviewed over three days last August reported being satisfied with how close their parking spot was to their destination, David Trechter, head of the Survey Research Center at UW-River Falls, told the City Council Monday night. The council commissioned the research center to conduct the study as a follow-up to a 2001 study.
The Hudson girls basketball team got its first win of the season in Big Rivers Conference play Friday night, defeating the visitors from Rice Lake 49-41. The Raiders used a productive second quarter to take a 26-14 lead at halftime and were able to protect it the rest of the way. They outscored the Warriors 18-5 in the second period. "We played a pretty darned good game. It was a big win for us," said coach Dave Johnson.