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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Fourth Street resident Tony Bol hosted a celebration in his front lawn on Oct. 17 to welcome a new thing. It’s a Peace Pole wedded with a Little Free Library. Bol’s brother Todd is the founder of the Little Free Libraries that people put up in front of their homes and businesses. They’re book exchanges where neighbors can take one and leave one. Tony Bol got the idea of combining a Little Free Library with a Peace Pole. A Peace Pole is hand-crafted monument that displays the message and prayer “May Peace Prevail on Earth” in multiple languages on each of its sides.
Steve King considers himself a lucky guy. It was by chance that a friend went overseas to visit his sister who was a teacher in a school for children of U.S. military members. King was in his first year of teaching at a Catholic girls’ high school in Pasadena, Calif., when the friend returned and told him: “You’ve got to think about this. You can teach, travel, and the schools are real nice.” He did think about it.
It was a gorgeous morning to be on the river, and to top it off, the participants in the annual Hudson Booster Days Kids’ Fishing Contest caught fish. Reid Roettger of River Falls landed the biggest one, a 3-pound, 4-ounce sheepshead.
The Wisconsin Department of Transportation unveiled plans last week for the addition of traffic and ramp lanes on Interstate 94 and Hwy. 35 at Hudson. The construction is scheduled for 2017. “The big reason for the project is that there are traffic issues with capacity, mostly on westbound (lanes),” Greg Weyandt of the engineering firm Short Elliott Hendrickson Inc.
The Rev. Erin Nelson is the new pastor at Mount Zion Lutheran Church in Hudson. It’s practically a homecoming for Nelson, who grew up in River Falls and whose father, David Wilhelm, is still a doctor there. But familiarity with the area isn’t the only reason Nelson is looking forward to her ministry in Hudson. “I’ve learned that this congregation is very passionate about outreach and social justice issues.
Hudson police used a stun gun to subdue a 26-year-old River Falls man who allegedly interfered with a traffic stop on Carmichael Road in Hudson on the night of Feb...
Massive is the adjective that comes to mind when viewing the St. Croix Crossing Bridge from the construction site. The new four-lane bridge will stretch for nearly a mile between the town of St. Joseph in Wisconsin and Oak Park Heights, Minn. About 1,000 pre-cast concrete segments will be used to make the bridge deck. The typical pre-cast segment is close to two stories tall (18 feet) by 48 feet wide and 10 feet deep.
Editor's note: This story is from October 2014.
Katie Thurmes of Somerset has won the Democratic primary for St. Croix County clerk of court, earning a spot on the Nov. 4 general election ballot, when her opponent will be departed Republican Clerk of Court Lori Meyer. Thurmes received 700 write-in votes to 509 write-in votes for Kristi Severson, the current acting clerk of court, in the Aug. 12 primary. Meyer resigned in June after 22 years in the clerk of court’s position to take the job of court administrator for Anoka County, Minn.
The Stillwater Lift Bridge was closed to traffic Monday morning because of the rising level of the St.