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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For the second time within a year, an automated external defibrillator and quick action by staff members at St. Croix Valley YMCA have saved a person's life. This time, the heart of an unnamed older man was shocked back into rhythm after he suffered cardiac arrest while using an exercise cycle. The YMCA won't release the man's name without his permission and was unable to contact him before this report went to press. Aquatics Director Ashley Rohlman was the manager on duty when the episode happened Sunday afternoon, Feb. 27.
Many American males admire public television's Red Green for his humor and ingenuity with duct tape, but to Taylor Roby he's a role model. Inspired by Green's innovative uses for duct tape on his show, the 14-year-old boy from Lakeland Shores, Minn., has created a veritable line of duct tape products. One of them - a wallet - is on the market even, and producing some sales. Taylor decided to try making a wallet from duct tape two years ago after watching an episode of the "Red Green Show." It took about a month of experimenting and a couple of rolls of duct
Ellen Lewison, 1127 Third St., has announced her candidacy for the District 5 City Council seat currently held by Scot O'Malley. Because she decided only recently to run for office, her name won't appear on the April 5 ballot. In a call to the Star-Observer, Lewison said she decided to seek the position after tuning into a cable telecast of the council meeting in which the Twisted Grille's application for a liquor license was first discussed, and was disappointed with what she heard. The city attorney didn't know how many liquor licenses were available, she said, and the comm
The Hudson City Council voted 5-1 Monday nght to annex 22.6 acres of residential property for redevelopment as a commercial center. The new city territory is the Ban Tara subdivision, located on the east side of Carmichael Road between Stageline Road and the Hudson Chrysler dealership. Ban Tara LLC, a group headed by Hudson Chrysler general manager David Robson and real estate agent Brian Zeller, has plans to develop the property for commercial use, selling lots as sites for restaurants, offices, a small retail center, a bank, a pharmacy and other businesses. Monday ni
Indications are that Michelle Doody will do well in her dream career. Last week, the Hudson High School senior won a poster design competition held to showcase the best high school talent in the field of graphic design. Her poster depicting the theme "Art is a global language" was judged the best of 33 that made it into the final round of the contest sponsored by The Art Institutes International Minnesota and Americans for the Arts. First place brought with it a $3,000 scholarship to the college and entry in The Art Institutes' national competition, in which she co
Stacy Mitchell, the featured speaker at Friday's Good Morning Hudson program sponsored by the Hudson Area Chamber of Commerce, encouraged the community to celebrate its independents. Independent, locally owned businesses, that is. Mitchell, a researcher with the Institute for Local Self-Reliance and author of the book "The Hometown Advantage," said studies show that locally owned businesses are better for the local economy than big-box, national chain retailers. She said a recent study showed that $54 of every $100 that hometown businesses is returned to the local economy,
The Hudson Plan Commission has again recommended against waiving off-street parking requirements to allow for an expansion of Pudge's Bar. The exact vote on owner Michael Murphy's latest proposal was unclear, but three of the five commissioners present at the March 10 meeting opposed the waiver. After a motion by Tim Caruso and second by Fred Yoerg to recommend that the City Council deny the waiver request, Mayor Jack Breault, chairman of the Plan Commission, called for a voice vote.
No one needs to convince Shelly Evenson of the value of first aid training. In the past year, she's used it twice in the course of her duties at North Hudson Elementary School, where she worked in the lunchroom for nine years before recently taking a position as an educational assistant. She was on lunchroom supervisory duty on Feb.
The Hudson boys basketball team reeled off 21 points in a row in the second and third quarters and went on to defeat Eau Claire Memorial 56-29 in its opening game of the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association tournament. Justin Hertz of the Old Abes completed a three-point play early in the second quarter to give Memorial a brief 14-13 lead in the regional final played Saturday afternoon in Hudson's gym.
The Raider boys took care of business Friday night, rolling over last-place Chippewa Falls 63-45 to earn a share of the Big Rivers Conference 2004-5 basketball championship. Hudson and River Falls each finished the conference schedule with 11-1 records. Now the Raiders have turned their attention to the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association tournament that for them starts at 1:30 p.m.