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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Bryan Aumann would have graduated with the HHS Class of 2013. At this year's baccalaureate ceremony, his parents were presented with an honorary diploma, a yearbook which included a memorial to him and a graduation cap tassel. . It has been a little over two years since Bryan Aumann, a 16-year-old sophomore at Hudson High School, took his own life. His parents, Lena and Larry Aumann, said their son made his decision after living with the debilitating effects of cancer treatments for leukemia for three years and the prospect of more treatment ahead.
Last winter former Raider Davis Drewiske spent plenty of time skating with Hudson's boys' hockey team while waiting for the National Hockey League player lockout to end. There is no lockout this season, and Drewiske has since been traded from the Los Angeles Kings to the Montreal Canadiens, where he reports for training camp on Sept. 11. But he managed to squeeze in one day last week to help out his former high school teammate Brooks Lockwood at a Raider offseason workout.
It appears that the Hudson Area Library will remain a joint library following recent developments in Madison and locally. In the fall of 2012, the village of North Hudson and towns of Hudson and St. Joseph gave notice of their intent to leave the joint library at the end of 2013 if action wasn't taken to make them exempt from the county library levy. Earlier in 2012, the municipal partners in the joint library had learned that their property owners would have to pay the county library tax as well as fund their own library.
The main goal of a Group Study Exchange trip that Hudson Rotarian Rob Howard led to the Czech Republic and Slovakia earlier this year was to further international understanding. And that's what happened, according to Howard. The five-member team from Minnesota and Wisconsin learned about and experienced the culture of the two countries during the tour from May 10 to June 8. And they shared what life is like back here in the Twin Cities area and Hudson. There are similarities - and differences.
Youth soccer players ages 8 to 13 are invited to participate in the Hudson Ford Soccer Skills Challenge on Saturday morning, July 28, at the Hudson Soccer Complex. The free...
The turnout for last Thursday night's community forum on the heroin crisis in Hudson caught even the organizers by surprise. Fifteen minutes before the program was set to begin, the parking lot of First Presbyterian Church was filled and cars lined the nearby residential streets. An estimated 460 people attended the standing-room-only event, titled "Heroin in Hudson: A Community in Crisis." The audience filled the church sanctuary, narthex and two overflow rooms. It spilled into the dining room, where people listened to the speakers through an audio hook-up.
The River City Chorale, comprised of 170 singers from Hudson and surrounding communities, gave its first concert of the 2013 summer season Monday night in the Hudson High School Auditorium. The second performance will be 7 p.m. Thursday at the Lakefront Park band shell. The title of this year's program (the chorale's fifth) is "Making a Joyful Noise." The musical selections center around "songs of joy and psalms," according to conductor Andrew Haase.
Rich O'Connor reluctantly became president of the Hudson Area Joint Library Board at its meeting on July 16. "I guess if nobody else will do this, somebody has got to do it," O'Connor said after Dave Ostby nominated him for the position. O'Connor, who has represented the city of Hudson on the eight-member board since November 2011, was the only person nominated, and elected with no opposing votes. He returned the favor to Ostby, a town of Hudson representative, by nominating him for vice president. Ostby was elected to that position without any opposing votes, too.
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A fire early Monday morning caused structural damage to a three-car, detached garage at 359 Baer Drive and destroyed many of the household goods being stored inside. Passing motorists noticed...