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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Jerry Panning doesn't care to think about what would have happened if he had chosen to go jogging outside the morning of May 3. In all likelihood, he wouldn't be here to tell his story. As it happened, the 62-year-old North Hudson resident went to St.
The Hudson City Council approved more than $2.1 million worth of capital projects in 2004 when it met Monday evening. The good news is that for the second year in a row, the city won't have to issue general obligation bonds to pay for the street projects, utility improvements, equipment and building repairs.
Matthew Frank, secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Corrections, was on the phone last Thursday promoting Gov.
Developers of a proposed 41-room senior assisted living residence on Heggen Street received a setback from the City Council May 3. Architect Matt Frisbie, who appeared at the council meeting for Comforts of Home Assisted Living, was told there were too many concerns with plans for the facility that still needed to be addressed to grant a conditional use permit for it. Council President Scot O'Malley referred to six issues identified by the city's engineering firm, BRA Associates, that he said hadn't been taken care of, including storm water drainage and water main size. "I
A new bond schedule for violations of a city ordinance that prohibits tobacco sales to minors was approved by the Hudson City Council at its May 3 meeting. Municipal Judge Susan Gherty, who set the forfeiture amounts, presented them to the council for its approval. Gherty explained that a bond schedule wasn't attached to City Code Section 225-11 when the council adopted it in 2003. Under state law, the municipal judge establishes the bond schedule, but it is subject to council approval. Section 225-11 applies to retailers.
Jerry Hautala has resigned from the position of head girls basketball coach at Hudson High School and former coach Dave Johnson wants the job back. Hautala, the girls junior varsity coach at Hudson for three years previously, stepped in to guide the Raiders last season after Johnson left to coach the women's team at Augsburg College in Minneapolis. The Raider girls had a 17-5 overall record, under Hautala. They went 9-3 in the Big Rivers Conference, finishing in a second-place tie with Chippewa Falls.
Sister Bernadette likes to say that she got her vocation on the way to the chicken coop. It was on a Sunday afternoon 70 years ago that her mother asked her if she wanted to be a nun as they walked to the henhouse to collect eggs. "And I said, oh yes," Sister Bernadette recalls. "That finalized it and we started moving ahead." She was 13 years old. The country was in the depths of the Great Depression. Bernadette Kalscheur's mother, a devout woman, had long hoped that one of her 16 children would choose to become a priest or nun.
Sarah J. Andersen is my kind of corporate board chairman. While ex-corporate chiefs like Tyco's Dennis Kozlowski, Enron's Kenneth Lay and WorldCom's Bernie Ebbers were busy stealing from stockholders and defrauding the government at the dawn of the 21st century, Andersen was using her influence to make Andersen Corp.
A St. Paul company has plans to open a 41-room, assisted-living residence for senior citizens in Hudson. If approved by the Hudson City Council, the facility would be built on the west side of Heggen Street at Hosford Street, south of the Hudson post office. The company seeking to open the facility, Comforts of Home Assisted Living, already owns and operates similar residences at two locations in Chippewa Falls, two locations in St. Croix Falls, and at Baldwin. It plans to open two new homes in Hugo, Minn., and a renovated building in Frederic later this year.
Students at E.P. Rock Elementary School have energy to burn. Now, thanks to a parent-run fitness program, they have another outlet for all that pizazz. The Mileage Club encourages children to walk or run at recess. Parent volunteers and the school's playground supervisors keep track of their mileage. The kids earn tokens to attach to a key chain and other prizes as they rack up the miles. "It's amazing. Some of these kids are putting in up to three miles after eating lunch," says Principal Mike Callahan.