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 newest street in Hudson's St. Croix Business Park will be named after longtime local newspaperman Willis H. Miller. When it is completed, Willis Miller Drive will run from Heiser Street to Tower Road just west of the new General Motors parts distribution center. Construction of the street began last fall. Noting that Miller wrote the personal column "Along Our Street with Willie" for nearly 40 years, Mayor Jack Breault said, "We might as well name a street after him." The Hudson City Council approved the street name at its Feb. 18 meeting.
You knew it was the Raiders' night when Nick Jepperson's shot from beyond the three-point arc hit the glass and banked through the hoop in the Hudson High gym Friday night. Only one second was left before halftime when Nate Zuehl's inbound pass from under the basket found Jepperson, and the senior guard launched the winner. The bucket gave the Hudson boys a 39-26 advantage over Eau Claire Memorial.
Pfc. James Jones won't forget his return to Fort Campbell, Ky., from Iraq on Jan. 15. "It was so cool," he says. "Just touching down. The brakes hit. And then the plane stops. And you look out the window and see this like sea of flashes." His wife, Madi, was part of the throng armed with cameras to capture the homecoming of 101st Airborne Division's 3-187th Infantry Regiment - the Iron Rakkasans. "They're all wearing helmets. From 100 yards away, you can't tell who is who," Madi says.
The Hudson girls got back on a winning track in Big Rivers Conference basketball action last week. The Raiders rolled to 76-49 win at Rice Lake Tuesday night and then overcame a stubborn Menomonie squad 59-47 at home Friday night. A strong third quarter was the key to both of the victories. After running up a 21-13 first-period lead against Rice Lake, the Raider offense sputtered in the second period and the half ended with Hudson holding onto a 29-26 advantage. The Raiders' shooting touch returned after the intermission and they poured in 26 points in the third per
Hudson High School student Waylon Meyer was suspended from the boys basketball team last week for an alleged violation of the school's athletic code. The suspension apparently is related to accusations that Meyer inappropriately touched a 14-year-old girl in 2001, when he was 15. He is accused of two counts of second-degree sexual assault in the case. Meyer didn't dress for Thursday night's home game with Rice Lake, but sat on the bench with the team.
A request that the city of Hudson annex 12.3 acres of land for development as part of a major hospitality complex was unanimously rejected by the Common Council Monday night. Council members said Douglas Rohde failed to convince them that the benefits of the proposed hotel, water park, shopping, restaurant and theater complex would outweigh the added congestion and burden on city infrastructure that it would bring. "I don't see anything (in the proposal) that really shows a net benefit to the city," said Alderman James Mayer, who along with alderpersons Ronald Troyer and Scot O'M
Last week was a tough one for the Hudson boys basketball team. They dropped their first two games in conference play - losing 50-46 to River Falls at home Tuesday and 53-50 at Eau Claire North Friday. The losses put the Raiders (5-2) half a game behind Eau Claire Memorial (6-2) in the Big Rivers standings. Hudson shares the second-place spot with Rice Lake (5-2) for the moment.
People employed in the St. Croix Ventures commercial building on Livingstone Road in Hudson got an unscheduled afternoon off from work Friday, Jan.
Plans for a pavilion and restrooms at the end of Hudson's old toll bridge dike were unveiled at a Thursday morning meeting of the Downtown Planning Committee of the Hudson Area Chamber of Commerce. Paul Gavic, a construction engineer and member of the Hudson Rotary clubs' Centennial Project, presented the plans for the structure that would sit on the site of the old tollbooth. The 36- by 72-foot pavilion roof would be supported by stone piers at the corners and a 16- by 24-foot restroom and vending structure in the middle.
The board of the Hudson Area Joint Library appears to have changed directions regarding expansion plans for the library. Alderman Dennis O'Connell, the Hudson City Council's representative on the board, said Monday night that the board now plans to investigate the feasibility of building a new library. O'Connell said the library board at its Jan. 12 meeting decided to update a space needs study completed in 1999.