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 scene in the Hudson High School cafeteria Monday evening represented a major improvement in relations between seniors and freshmen. Between 80 and 90 members of the senior class showed up to welcome the freshmen to the school and help them find their way around the building. Contrast that to a few years ago when principals were warning seniors not to physically abuse freshmen during homecoming activities - or to the recent case in Hastings, Minn., where five 17-year-old boys are accused of beating at least nine incoming freshmen as part of a hazing tradition. T
Nobody watched the men's Olympic gymnastics competition with more interest or mixed emotions than Seaok An and Hwichul Kim, operators of Hudson School of Gymnastics. The couple are former world-class gymnasts with the South Korean national team. Kim was South Korea's all-around men's champion for 10 straight years. He also coached the South Korean men in 1987-88. One of Kim's gymnasts at the time was Changsun Youn, now a coach of the country's 2004 Olympic team.
The beginning of a new school year also means a new season of activities for the Hudson Moms Group. The organization's first weekly meeting of the new 2004-05 schedule is Thursday morning, Sept. 2, at St. Paul's Episcopal Church on County UU east of Hudson. Check-in starts at 9:15 a.m.
President George W. Bush's visit to Hudson didn't come about by chance. The invitation was extended long ago by local Republican Party leaders - and repeated often. "I have been beating this drum and saying to everyone who would listen to me, from Madison on down, that our area in western Wisconsin is becoming more and more critical," St.
North Hudson police and public works employees destroyed a large patch of marijuana last week that was growing wild in a new residential area north of Krattley Lane. Police didn't weigh the plants or count the number uprooted and then burned at the old landfill site east of the village. It was a substantial harvest though. Some of the plants stood eight or nine feet tall, and were beginning to produce seed buds.
The rain that fell Saturday afternoon and into the evening was a disappointment to members of the Hudson Boosters. The youth sports organization had moved the parade up to 11 a.m. and added to its musical lineup in the hope of keeping more people downtown for the fund-raiser. It appears that the strategy would have worked if the rain hadn't blown in. A big crowd lined Second Street for the hour-and-a-half parade.
Jim Eulberg doesn't put any stock in the old adage that you can't go home again. The city of Hudson's new public works superintendent/engineer says he's thrilled to be back. Returning to his hometown to work had been a dream of his throughout his 25-year civil engineering career, Eulberg said last Thursday after attending his first local function, a meeting of the Hudson Plan Commission. The City Council had granted Eulberg his wish the night before by voting to hire him to replace former Public Works Superintendent Steve Adams, who retired in March. Eulberg was pro
A Wisconsin Department of Transportation plan to subdivide and sell part of the state Visitor Information Center property between Crest View Drive and Interstate 94 drew a chilly response from the Hudson Plan Commission Thursday night of last week. The DOT sent James "Louie" Filkins of Ogden Engineering to the Plan Commission meeting with its plan to carve five acres off the east end of the 16-acre parcel.
Hudson has its Catholics, Lutherans, Methodists and Baptists - and then there are the Boosters. The youth sports organization might not be a religious denomination, but some of its members show as much devotion to it as a deacon does to his church. And the service tends to run in families. Troy Timm, 2004 Hudson Boosters president, is a prime example.
The Hudson City Council approved a revised plan for the future commercial development at the northeast corner of Vine Street (County UU) and Carmichael Road Monday night. When SSG Corp. first approached the city about annexing the former Robert and Marcia Hansen property at the corner, its proposal was to build a 26,000-square-foot office building and two retail buildings (17,230 square feet and 7,000 square feet in size) on the site.