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 Hudson boys basketball team defended their home court well last week, sending a pair of opponents away with bruised egos. Tuesday night, the Raiders walloped Eau Claire Memorial 61-27. They followed up that lopsided win with a 72-43 non-conference victory over New Richmond. "I liked our mindset going into both of those games," said Hudson coach Tim Scharfenberg. "Our guys are giving an outstanding effort on the defensive end.
A planned 25,000-square-foot auto body repair facility in St. Croix Business Park will double the amount of space in Hudson available for body work, according to the entrepreneur behind the project. "We've done good market study and there's a tremendous amount of repair work that is being forced over to the Minnesota side (of the St. Croix River)," said Dennis Kennealy, a Hudson resident with 20 years of experience in auto body repair.
Former Raider and current Wisconsin Badger Annie Nelson is having a breakout year, according to the women's basketball team Web site. After playing in just 20 games (91 career minutes) in her first two seasons with the team, Nelson has played in every game this season -- and started the past nine games. She is the team's leading rebounder, averaging 7.5 per game, and ranks fourth in the Big Ten Conference for offensive rebounds with 2.8 per game. Her most productive games on offense so far this season have come at Iowa State, where she scored 13 points, and at home against UW
The Hudson girls defeated Milwaukee Vincent 53-43 in their opening game of the AAU Holiday Basketball Classic at UW-Stout last week, then fell to Minneapolis North by a score of 42-28 the following day. Junior center Katie Layman made nine of 12 shots from the floor and two of three free throws for a team-high 20 points against Vincent.
The Hudson Plan Commission on a 3-2 vote recommended against revising the city's sign ordinance to allow Hudson High School to erect an electronic message sign on Vine Street. Opposing the school district's request to allow message signs in residential districts were Plan Commission chairman Jack Breault and commissioners Don Mailloux and Bob Bieraugel. Commissioners Don Gilbert and Carah Koch favored amending the ordinance to allow message signs in residential districts upon approval of a conditional use permit for the sign.
The thought of going back to work the day after Christmas is foreign to Felicity Plansky. The day after Christmas, after all, is Boxing Day. In her native England, it rivals the blessed day itself in importance.
Hudson improved to 3-0 in the Big Rivers boys basketball standings with a 59-44 victory over Rice Lake at home Friday night. Earlier last week, the boys lost by a single point to Shakopee, Minn., in a nonconference game on their home court. Friday night's game was close until the third quarter, when three Hudson players connected on three-pointers to give the Raiders some breathing room. They led 45-36 at the end of the third quarter and widened the gap in the fourth, outscoring Rice Lake 14-8. Junior guard/forward Jay Langdon paced the Raiders with 18 points.
A roadblock to smoother-flowing traffic on Carmichael Road between the north and south sides of I-94 appears to have been removed. Early this month, Bryant Ficek, a traffic engineer for BRA & Associates, informed city officials that the city has the power to re-time the traffic signals at I-94 off- and on-ramps that are believed to be slowing traffic over the freeway. Ficek said that in conversations with Wisconsin Department of Transportation Traffic Engineer Greg Helgeson, he learned that an agreement the DOT and city signed when the traffic signals were installed in 1996 allow
The Raider boys basketball team proved that it's ready to defend its Big Rivers Conference title. They opened the new season with two victories last week, defeating River Falls 63-45 at home on Tuesday before traveling to Eau Claire North on Friday, where they collared the Huskies 54-28. The defeat of the rival River Falls squad is perhaps the best reason to be optimistic about the season ahead since the Wildcats also were a preseason favorite to win the 2004-05 conference crown.
For any of you fellows who are starting to think about the rapidly approaching gifting day, here's a plan. Do the unusual and encourage your wife, girlfriend or teen-age daughter to participate in tonight's (Thursday, Dec. 9) Girls' Nite Out in downtown Hudson. A number of downtown merchants are giving women the opportunity to fill out wish lists. The idea is for your sweetheart to wander through the shops, jot down items she likes, and leave the lists with the shopkeepers. You come trailing along when the time is right (hopefully, before Dec.