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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Last week was a tough one for the Hudson boys basketball team. They dropped their first two games in conference play - losing 50-46 to River Falls at home Tuesday and 53-50 at Eau Claire North Friday. The losses put the Raiders (5-2) half a game behind Eau Claire Memorial (6-2) in the Big Rivers standings. Hudson shares the second-place spot with Rice Lake (5-2) for the moment.
People employed in the St. Croix Ventures commercial building on Livingstone Road in Hudson got an unscheduled afternoon off from work Friday, Jan.
Plans for a pavilion and restrooms at the end of Hudson's old toll bridge dike were unveiled at a Thursday morning meeting of the Downtown Planning Committee of the Hudson Area Chamber of Commerce. Paul Gavic, a construction engineer and member of the Hudson Rotary clubs' Centennial Project, presented the plans for the structure that would sit on the site of the old tollbooth. The 36- by 72-foot pavilion roof would be supported by stone piers at the corners and a 16- by 24-foot restroom and vending structure in the middle.
The board of the Hudson Area Joint Library appears to have changed directions regarding expansion plans for the library. Alderman Dennis O'Connell, the Hudson City Council's representative on the board, said Monday night that the board now plans to investigate the feasibility of building a new library. O'Connell said the library board at its Jan. 12 meeting decided to update a space needs study completed in 1999.
A city official says Hudson has existing water and sewer facilities to serve a proposed resort and water park, and that a traffic analysis is being done to determine what roadway improvements would be needed for the development. "We feel pretty comfortable, from the staff's standpoint, that (the water and sewer utilities are) not going to be a negative impact on the proposal," said Community Development Director Dennis Darnold. He said the city staff evaluated the capacities of the city's water facilities and wastewater treatment plant after Dan Bauer and James Meffert, partners
Christmas around the Peter and Lori Bernard household is a bit empty compared to last year. The Rev. John Bofata, who was their houseguest last Christmas, has returned to his family and church in Kinshasa, capital city of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The Bernards are missing his rich, musical voice and hearty laugh that could warm a cold winter day. "He was a hard guy not to like and want to get to know," says Lori. "Without Pastor John, it's kind of lonely." The impact of the African's compassion and faith continues, however.
The Hudson City Council on Monday night accepted the resignation of Public Works Superintendent Steven Adams, effective March 13. Adams, a Hudson native, will be ending a 35-year career with the city. He has served as supervisor in the Public Works Department for the past 20 years. "It's time," the 56-year-old Adams said when contacted Tuesday morning about his retirement.
Developers unveiled plans Monday night for a Wisconsin Dells-style water park resort at Hudson. James Meffert, a partner in DaMe Properties, revealed the plans in a request for the city to annex 12.3 acres of former highway right of way that his company purchased from the state last summer. The site is the old I-94/Hwy. 35 interchange on the south side of the freeway that was vacated when Hwy. 35 was moved a quarter-mile to the west.
Matt Miller made Eau Claire North boys basketball coach Patrick Hammond pay for his decision to employ a zone defense in Hudson's conference opener Friday night. The Raiders' 5-foot-10 junior point guard drained six straight three-pointers to begin the game (five in the first quarter), as Hudson rolled to an easy 61-39 win on its home court. "Matt just found openings and gaps in the zone. The guys got him the ball, and he was just automatic," said Hudson coach Tim Scharfenberg.
What was to have been a joyous weekend came to an abrupt end Saturday morning for Mike and Evonne Ganz and their three children. They were at Mike's parents' house in Waupun celebrating an early Christmas with his sister visiting from Oregon when their neighbor called from the town of Troy to report that their house was burning. "We had four hours to think about it coming back," Evonne said. "And I thought, you know, it's not heart-wrenching. It's not like somebody died.