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 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.
Students returned to Hudson Middle School Tuesday morning after an unexpected five-day break resulting from a fire last week in a science lab. Classes for the school's 1,107 students were cancelled Thursday and Friday of last week, and again on Monday, to allow crews from a professional restoration company to clean up after the Wednesday night fire. A school custodian discovered the fire at about 10:45 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 25, after smelling smoke coming from a science lab in the Camelot House complex of classrooms.
Travis Gustafson returned from a weeklong rebuilding mission to a suburb of New Orleans with a new appreciation for what he has. Every day in a house with four walls, a roof and dry floor is a good day, he says. The 28-year-old Hudson resident spent the first week of 2006 in Kenner, La., helping repair two houses and remove fallen trees at three other residences. He traveled there with a group from Woodland Wesleyan Church - his boyhood church in the tiny northern Wisconsin village of Dairyland, located on Hwy.
The First Presbyterian congregation has moved to higher ground. Two Sundays ago, members began their worship service in the 134-year-old, Gothic-like sanctuary at the corner of Third and Orange streets. They sang hymns, listened to the Rev. David Liddle's sermon titled "A Moveable Feast" and participated in a short liturgy to formally leave the building. Church members then got in their cars and traveled in a caravan led by a city police car up the hill to their new building at 1901 Vine St.
The Hudson City Council decided Monday night to mail questionnaires to all of the city's approximately 4,400 households seeking input on development issues before a new city plan is drafted. The Survey Research Center at UW-River Falls initially proposed sending surveys to 1,065 randomly selected individuals, saying that number would be enough to provide a relatively accurate picture of residents' wishes. But council members agreed with the Plan Commission's recommendation that all households be surveyed. Mayor Jack Breault said the commission didn't want any resident to feel
The Hudson girls basketball team's problems in conference action continued Friday night when visiting Eau Claire Memorial handed them a 38-28 defeat. The Raiders did a good job of containing the Old Abes' offense, but they couldn't score enough points of their own to earn their first Big Rivers victory. "Our defense is good enough to win. We just make some bad decisions (on offense). We're still turning the ball over too much," said Raiders coach Dave Johnson. The Raiders dropped to 0-5 in conference play. They're 5-7 overall.
Hudson restaurateur Pete Foster is once again a managing partner of the San Pedro Cafe in downtown Hudson. This time, Foster has teamed with Michael Goodman, the former chef and general manager of a popular downtown St. Paul restaurant. Together, they'll operate the Caribbean-themed restaurant at 426 Second St. that Foster opened with Robert Wasmund in March of 2000. Goodman, as the executive chef, will work to restore pizzazz to a menu that the partners say had grown a little tired.
A Hudson man sometimes at odds with the city over the condition of his property considered a run for mayor. Robert Kobylarczyk, 817 Third St., came to City Hall just before the 5 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 3, candidate filing deadline with nomination papers and what appeared to be enough city residents' signatures to have his name placed on the April 4 ballot, according to City Clerk Nancy Norvold. He decided against turning in the papers, however, when he learned that James E. Mayer, 606 Sixth St., had already filed to challenge incumbent John D. "Jack" Breault in the spring election.
Samantha Bluhm, a former staff member of the Hudson Area Chamber of Commerce and Tourism Bureau, approached the City Council Jan. 3 with a proposal for a four-day music, comedy and film festival in Lakefront Park next September. "It is anticipated that the Wild River Music, Comedy and Film Festival will be to Hudson what the Sundance Film Festival is to Park City, Utah, and what the Bayfront Blues Festival is to Duluth, Minn.," said a written request for approval of the festival. It said the festival would feature outside performances by a total of 35 bands over the four days.