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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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
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
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.
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.
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
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
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