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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Three North Hudson women have launched a business that helps people sell their homes and get the top dollar for them. In an increasingly tight real estate market, they can transform a house into a model home to shorten the time it remains on the market, say Set The Stage partners Tracy Chase, Tami Klabon and Diane Zais. The business' name also describes its main service.
The new Hwy. 35 and Hanley Road interchange on the east side of Hudson may be open to traffic by Friday if the weather cooperates and the remaining utility work is completed by then, a Wisconsin Department of Transportation official reported Monday. Paul Conlin, the DOT's supervisor for the $4 million project, said the construction has gone smoothly since its start last April. The unique features of the interchange are two traffic roundabouts on Hanley Road at the top of the Hwy.
To Jennie O'Connell, the heavy rain that fell Tuesday night and into Wednesday of last week was an act of God. It followed Monday's decision by Judge Eric Lundell that a former Hudson priest probably murdered her husband, Dan, three and a half years ago. "When it was pouring so hard, all I could think was that God was cleansing our area. He was washing away all the pain, all the sorrow, all the hurt," she said Friday.
Two men who say they were molested by priests as children held a news conference in front of Hudson City Hall last Thursday to demand that Catholic Church officials do more to end the victimization of children. "Our point is simple, Mr. O'Connell died because he tried to save other children from begin assaulted.
The addition of an obstetrics and gynecology specialist at the Hudson Health Campus is the beginning of a trend, says Christopher Cook, director of marketing for Hudson Hospital. "That is what the community has asked us to do in developing this facility - offer a higher level of specialty," Cook says. "This is one of the first things out of the chute. In the future, we hope to have that in cardiology and cancer care. ... This is the beginning of a large upswing of our qualifications." The present excitement is over the arrival of Dr.
Christin Casa De Calvo didn't have the kind of experience that organizers describe when promoting international youth exchange programs. She was supposed to return from India next spring feeling that the world is a friendly place, ready for a lifetime of international understanding. Instead, she arrived home Sept.
Hudson Fire Chief Jim Frye appealed to the City Council Monday night for construction of a second fire and ambulance station. The fire department and St. Croix Emergency Medical Services have outgrown their current facilities in the Public Safety Building in downtown Hudson and desperately need more space for offices and apparatus, Frye said in a written communication to the council. The memo outlined a schedule for construction of a second station that Frye said has been approved by the Hudson Area Joint Fire Advisory Board.
St. Croix County has a new tool for keeping retailers and their employees from selling tobacco products to minors. Last Thursday, the County Board amended the county ordinance banning tobacco sales to minors to include penalties for retailers and store clerks who knowingly violate the ordinance. The ordinance makes an individual who sells cigarettes or other tobacco products to someone under the age of 18 subject to a forfeiture of up to $500. The actual amount of the fine for the first offense hasn't been established yet, according to Sheriff Dennis Hillstead.
It's not just your imagination if you think you're noticing more signs in Hudson advertising cigarettes. When Minnesota increased its cigarette tax to $1.23 per pack on Aug. 1, local retailers decided to let our neighbors know they can buy their smokes for less here. Wisconsin's cigarette tax is 77 cents per pack.