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 latest plan to redevelop the site of the old Hudson Medical Center was presented to the Hudson Plan Commission and a roomful of neighborhood residents Thursday night, April 13. It calls for construction of a 40-unit assisted living residence for the elderly, as well as 12 townhouse units and 16 twin home units for senior citizens able to live independently. Comforts of Home Assisted Living, which within the past year opened an assisted living residence on Heggen Street, is seeking approval for the project. The company needs the city to rezone the roughly 6.5-acre site at the west end of
The closing of the Old World Bake Shop on Second Street in downtown Hudson has initiated another competition for a city-issued liquor license. Monday night, the City Council voted 4-2 to postpone deciding what to do with the available license in order to allow one of four businesses vying for it to submit a proper application. Sharon Horne-Ellstrom applied for the liquor license as an individual, City Attorney Catherine Munkittrick said, but the information she submitted showed that she wouldn't be operating the business. Instead, it appeared that a limited liability company named Sharon Ho
With little fanfare, the Hudson City Council on Monday night banned the feeding of ducks, geese, deer and other wildlife within the city. The measure passed on a voice vote with one council member, District 6 Alderwoman Carah Koch, opposing it. "I can't support the ordinance. It's a very emotional issue for a lot of people.
Fire Chief Jim Frye on Monday declared a ban on outdoor burning in the municipalities served by the Hudson Fire Department. The ban, Frye said, will remain in effect until the area receives enough rainfall to turn the landscape green and reduce the risk of debris fires getting away from people. Hudson firefighters have been called to put out about a dozen debris fires that have gotten out of control this spring, the fire chief said. "Nothing is greening up, and we keep missing the rain showers that are predicted for here," he said.
The Hudson City Council gave preliminary approval last week to an ordinance setting new rules and rates for parking downtown. The council also authorized city officials to seek bids on five hand-held computer devices that will be used to issue parking tickets and new parking meters to replace outdated meters in the downtown. The revised Municipal Parking System Ordinance, Article II of Chapter 235 in the Municipal Code, includes changes in where motorists can park, how much they'll pay for it and how much they'll be fined if they violate the rules. Under the system scheduled to go into effe
Kathy and Gary Benson think of their new light-manufacturing facility in St. Croix Business Park as an investment. They could have put up a building for less money someplace else, but they wanted to be in a city that cares about how its industrial property looks. "We picked this for our retirement," says Kathy, president of Eagle Packaging Inc. "We feel that many years down the road this park is still going to look very, very nice. We're looking at the long term." In the meantime, the new 20,340-square-foot building the company moved into Dec.
Hudson native Davis Drewiske is a member of the University of Wisconsin men's hockey team that won a national championship by defeating Boston College 2-1 at the Bradley Center in Milwaukee Saturday night. "It's been a wonderful year," said his father, David Drewiske, who was in Milwaukee for the Frozen Four last weekend, along with his wife, Karen, and Davis' two sisters, Maddie, 12, and Kit, 9. Davis' brother, Jake, couldn't be there because he's in the playoffs with his Sioux Falls, S.D., Junior A hockey team. Davis is a 2003 graduate of Hudson High School.
The Hudson City Council on April 5 approved replacement of the Municipal Building's boiler furnace at a cost of $61,085. The base bid from Johnson Controls Inc. on replacing the furnace was $45,155, but the council accepted Public Works Director Jim Eulberg's recommendation to spend another $15,930 for high-efficiency boilers. Eulberg said the boilers would pay for themselves in energy savings over a three-year period. Honeywell Inc. also responded to the city's invitation for bids on replacing the furnace.
The Hudson Community Daycare Center, currently located in a former church building at 816 Fourth St., will undergo a major expansion under a plan approved last week by the City Council. The daycare is preparing to build an addition to the residence next door at 824 Fourth St. and move into the renovated facility. When the new facility is completed, the existing daycare will be demolished and the space it occupied will be used for a play area. The existing rambler-style house on the corner of Fourth and Orange streets was once the residence of the St. Croix County sheriff.
Many of the school's best and brightest play an instrument, directors say The band members at Hudson High School don't get a lot of publicity - at least not for their musical accomplishments. But that's no reflection on them, according to their directors. "Our kids are great. Our kids are fantastic," Aaron Hilden pronounces enthusiastically. "They're hard-working, they're dedicated, they're fun and they're funny. They're energetic and creative.