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 Class of 2006 was a good one, Principal Ed Lucas told the hundreds of family members and friends who attended Hudson High School's commencement ceremony Saturday evening at Newton Field. Eighty-nine members of the class graduated with honors - 39 as members of the National Honor Society. The class included a National Merit Scholarship winner (John Pribonic) and members of the school's first state championship mathematics team (Matt Cyrtmus, Aaron Knefelkamp and Braden Studelska).
What appeared to be about half of Hudson High School's graduating class attended a student-run baccalaureate service Wednesday evening, May 31, in the school's auditorium. Three student speakers - Ben Hilding, John Dolan and David Krause -- extolled their classmates to look to God to guide their futures. The Rev. Van Bredeson, associate pastor at Bethel Lutheran Church and father of graduate Megan Bredeson, followed with a parental response. Hilding used the analogy of Jesus being a bridge to carry graduates over the pitfalls of the world.
The city of Hudson got an excellent response from residents and businesses when it solicited their opinions about the community, according to the group that conducted the survey. Forty-eight percent (1,975) of the 4,125 households that received a questionnaire completed and returned it, David Trechter, head of the Survey Research Center at UW-River Falls, reported to the city's Plan Commission on May 25. Forty-one percent (228) of the city's 558 businesses answered the questionnaire. Trechter said the response gave an "unprecedented level of accuracy" to the survey results, compared to the
The city of Hudson is shopping for less expensive health insurance, but it will need the cooperation of its employees to switch from the current state-sponsored plan. Four representatives of Northwestern Mutual Financial Network attended Monday night's City Council meeting to answer questions about the health insurance plan they could offer. They came at the invitation of Alderman Paul Radermacher, who has been investigating alternatives to the current state-sponsored plan that he considers too expensive. Mark Bodine of Northwestern Mutual said a plan equal to the one provided by the state
Twelve-year-old Eva J. Wolbank, 2229 White Pine Drive, was struck by a car Wednesday evening, May 31, as she crossed Vine Street in front of St. Croix Valley YMCA. According to the Hudson Police Department, Mariana Avalos Parra, 20, of St. Paul was driving the 1995 Dodge Intrepid that hit Wolbank. She was ticketed for allegedly driving without a license and failing to yield the right of way to a pedestrian. The accident report says Wolbank was attempting to walk from the north to the south side of the busy street in a marked crosswalk when she was struck.
By Randy Hanson The Twisted Grille in downtown Hudson will reopen soon under new ownership. The owners of the building that houses the restaurant and bar have purchased the business from Endre and Erin Govrik, who started it a year ago. Monday night, the Hudson City Council approved the transfer of the establishment's liquor license to J L & M Inc., contingent on approval from the Wisconsin Department of Revenue. The company's shareholders include Jeffrey T. Johnson, his wife, Mellissa Dahl, and partner George Lange, owners of the two-floor restaurant space at 501 Second St.
Maya Lorenz, the five-year-old daughter of Eric and Rebecca Lorenz of rural Hudson, drowned Tuesday afternoon in a swimming pool in Stillwater Township, Minn. The Washington County (Minn.) Sheriff's Office reports that Maya was in the pool at the John and Jill Fallin residence with three siblings and two Fallin children when the tragedy occurred at about 1:30 p.m. According to a sheriff's office report, Rebecca Lorenz and Jill Fallin were sitting at a table near the shallow end of the pool when Maya somehow made her way to the deep end of the pool without them noticing.
The restaurant and bar that provoked a contentious debate in the Hudson City Council over whether it should have a liquor license is closed after just under a year in operation. Co-owner Endre Govrik said last week that he shut down the Twisted Grille, 501 Second St., in mid-May because he is negotiating a sale of the business to new owners. "The concept is going to change, and the name.
The owners of 12.3 acres that used to be part of an I-94 interchange have petitioned for the third time to have the property annexed into the city of Hudson. DaMe Properties partners Dan Bauer and Jim Meffert may get their wish this time around if the city Plan Commission's reaction to their latest proposal is any indication. Commissioners Tim Caruso, Bob Mailloux and Bob Bieraugel all made comments indicating at least some level of support for the plan when architect Matt Frisbie and traffic engineer Jim Benshoof presented it to the commission May 25. Caruso said he likes bringing commerci
Rose Rasmus enjoys perusing the list of scholarship winners from the Hudson High School graduating class each year. One or more of her past students is almost always on the list. It's significant because the students Rasmus has taught at Willow River Elementary School for the past 16 years are labeled learning disabled. "That's exciting to see," she says of former students going on to college. "I know that kids in here struggle. Many struggle with reading.