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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If you've lived in Hudson for any period of time, chances are that you've enjoyed a dessert baked by Joni Garbe. In 1981, she and her brother Gary Traeger opened the Old World Bake Shop in downtown Hudson. After selling the business nine years later, Garbe set up a professionally licensed kitchen in her home on St.
The mild weather this fall has prompted the Hudson City Council to extend the tree leaf collection program by at least one week. Council members decided Monday night to keep the leaf drop-off site at the city garage at 1421 Second St. open through Saturday, Nov. 12 - and maybe longer if warranted. Leaves were late in falling this year, council members agreed, and some are still clinging to trees.
City of Hudson property owners will see an actual reduction in real estate taxes this year. The net 2005 mill rate for all taxing districts supported by city property owners will be $21.828 per $1,000 of assessed value, according to preliminary figures presented at Monday night's City Council meeting. That is 95.6 cents less than the 2004 total net mill rate of $22.784 per $1,000. The property tax bills issued each December are payable the following year.
Lisa Huftel of Hudson had the honor of introducing Paul Rusesabagina to an audience of 3,000 at UW-Eau Claire last week. Huftel was the student host for a Forum program that brought the former hotel manager from the African nation of Rwanda to the university. The gripping and popular film "Hotel Rwanda" tells the story of how Rusesabagina protected 1,200 people inside his hotel during 100 days of genocide in 1994.
Two months after the hurricane that turned their worlds upside-down, Hudson natives Kelly Butler and Becky Gherty are settling into life outside of New Orleans. Kelly, her husband, Julius, and their two sons are residing in a rented house in a suburb of Jackson, Miss. Julius Butler, a respiratory therapist at the New Orleans Veterans Administration Hospital when Hurricane Katrina hit, has been transferred to the Jackson VA hospital. Kelly is taking a graduate-level social planning course online from the University of New Orleans, as well as looking after 2-year-old
Michael Arndt has a new idea for encouraging the redevelopment of industrially zoned properties along First Street in Hudson. In a visit to the Star-Observer last week, Arndt said he is in the process of forming a limited liability corporation to develop his property at the corner of First and Commercial streets and purchase other development properties. The 53-year-old owner of the former Hudson Elevator property said local residents would be able to purchase stock in the development company. "I'm talking about selling shares in not only the deed to my property, but o
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.