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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Hudson's girls basketball team fell to Chippewa Falls 45-42 in its final Big Rivers Conference game of the season. But the result on the Cardinals' home floor was a big improvement from the 28-point defeat the Raiders suffered at Hudson a month ago, and it gave them some confidence going into tournament play. "We had them on the ropes. It was a moral victory more than anything," said Hudson coach Dave Johnson. "We know we can play with them." The Raiders got off to a 14-8 first-quarter lead and were up 23-19 at halftime.
Supporters of a plan by a Taylors Falls, Minn., couple to open a restaurant and music club in downtown Hudson expressed their views to the Hudson City Council Monday night. Half a dozen people told council members the business would be an asset to the downtown. They included Endre Govrik, who wants to open the Twisted Grille and Red Line Music Club, and Mellissa Dahl and her husband, Jeff Johnson, part owners of the building at 501 Second St. where the establishment would be located. CocoBello shop owner Marianne Buckman, attorney Rob Wertheimer and town of Hudson resident Dr.
The Hudson boys basketball team stayed atop the Big Rivers Conference standings with victories last week over Rice Lake and Menomonie. Neither came easily. Sophomore Michael Zuehl's three-pointer at the buzzer lifted the Raiders to a 66-63 win at Rice Lake Thursday night. Saturday night's contest at Hudson also was deadlocked until the fourth quarter, when the Raiders rallied to defeat Menomonie 64-52. The week ended with Hudson and River Falls still tied for first place in the conference standings, each with 9-1 records.
After an encouraging 46-32 non-conference win at Shakopee, Minn., on Tuesday of last week, the Hudson girls basketball team was dealt a disappointing 61-33 loss at home against Chippewa Falls on Friday. The loss to the league-leading Cardinals (6-0) dropped the Raiders (4-2, 7-6) into third place in the Big Rivers Conference. "They're undefeated for a reason," said Hudson coach Dave Johnson of the Chippewa Falls squad. "They have a very good team. (They have) good size.
Dr. Anthony Sanchez believes he has a better way of delivering basic dental care to people. While some dentists are increasingly specialized and hard to schedule an appointment with, the mission of his new Sm:)e dental clinic is to make it easy and affordable for people to get their teeth clean, healthy and white. Sanchez began seeing patients in his new clinic at 596 Outpost Circle A earlier this month.
Edina, Minn., police on Monday arrested two 18-year-old men suspected of snatching purses from First Baptist Church of Hudson the previous day. Apprehended at the Southdale shopping mall after trying to pass stolen and forged checks were Matthew Zajic and Dylan Steeves, both of whom were said to live at the same Eagan, Minn., address. Molly Anderson, the public information officer for the Edina Police Department, said Zajic tried passing a check at an Ulta Cosmetics store, and Steeves attempted to make a purchase with a stolen check at an Apple Computer store. Store employ
A Taylors Falls, Minn., businessman who was denied a liquor license for a restaurant and music club that he hopes to open in downtown Hudson says he will challenge the decision. In a telephone call to the Star-Observer on Thursday of last week, Endre Govrik said he views the Jan.
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