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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Arson is the suspected cause of a fire that damaged 20 or more recreational vehicles - including ATVs, motorcycles and personal watercraft - at Mondus Motor Sports early Friday morning. The equipment that burned was in a fenced outdoor storage yard on the back side of the Mondus building at 1401 Gateway Circle. A company that monitors the alarm system at the motorcycle and ATV dealership notified authorities of the blaze at 3:51 a.m. "This was a spectacular fire.
The work of a police officer is difficult enough without having to search for the residence he's dispatched to. Yet that has been a problem in the city of Hudson, where address numbers are too often missing from homes - or not clearly visible from the street. To correct the situation, Rachel Aldrich, a summer employee of the city Public Works Department, is canvassing neighborhoods, noting the houses with missing or hidden numbers and reporting them to city Compliance Officer David Krupich. Hudson City Code requires that all single-family residences have address numbers at
You won't find many young men who look forward to spending two weeks with mom, dad and the younger siblings, but Andrew Redd isn't your typical 20-year-old. The Wisconsin Army National Guard specialist was home recently for two weeks of rest and relaxation midway through at least a year-long tour of duty in Iraq. "I'd like to spend a lot of time with my family. That's what I miss the most," he said at the start of his R&R.
The popular Civil War history unit taught each year at Houlton Elementary School culminated last week with an open house and performances by re-enactment groups. Thursday evening, Houlton fifth-graders put their three-dimensional projects on display in the school multi-purpose room for their parents and the public to see. Afterwards, they went outside to visit with members of the 2nd Minnesota River Valley Rangers and the 4th U.S. Infantry and Medical Battery that set up camp on the grassy meadow next to the school. Ordnance specialist Ken Martens of 4th U.S.
James Stephens and his wife didn't have a problem until they pulled off I-94 at Hudson Friday afternoon, said Assistant Fire Chief Dan Roeglin. They parked in the lot at the Associated Bank on Second Street to take a break from the road and call their friends in Minneapolis to let them know they would be arriving soon. But when they stopped, the Stephenses noticed smoke coming from the engine compartment of their 2003 Coachmen motor home.
Eagle Packaging Inc. and M&I Bank are two of the latest businesses to undertake building projects in the city of Hudson. Last month, the City Council approved final development plans for a 20,340-square-foot facility that Eagle Packaging intends to build at 2251 Willis Miller Drive in St. Croix Business Park.
A team of city of Hudson officials and financial consultants flew to Chicago April 28 to meet with a panel of analysts from Moody's Investors Service in an attempt to win a higher bond rating for the city. "It went really well," said City Finance Officer Betty Caruso, who made the day-long trip with Community Development Director Dennis Darnold, auditor Steve Tracey and financial adviser Steve Apfelbacher. The city is seeking to improve its current bond rating of A2. A higher bond rating would make bonds the city issued more sought after, thereby reducing the interest it h
Community Development Director Dennis Darnold and City Attorney Catherine Munkittrick are working on possible revisions to the city ordinance that requires business owners to provide additional off-street parking if they expand their businesses. Darnold told the City Council on April 18 that he would like to exempt owners of downtown businesses from the ordinance if the changes they make result in demand for only a few more parking spaces.
The Hudson City Council last week authorized soliciting bids for $2,515,000 in general obligation promissory notes that will be used to finance the city's 2005 and 2006 capital improvement projects, vehicle and equipment purchases. In a related action, the council decided to use special assessments and impact fees it has collected from developers to redeem a total of $3,195,000 in outstanding general obligation notes and bonds issued in 1997, 1998 and 2001. The net effect will be to reduce city total general fund debt, which at the beginning of 2005 stood at $8,265,000. The c
George Armstrong had a quick reply when asked what he enjoys about the DayAway Club. "The people," he said without hesitation, then added, "and the people that are the boss here." Program Coordinator Angie Nadeau, according to Armstrong, is a "very good gal." The genial, retired postal superintendent has a kind face, eyes that twinkle and a ready smile for the visitor.