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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A program at First American Bank in Hudson that has benefited numerous local organizations and charities is going citywide on Friday, March 28. Businesses are being encouraged to allow their employees to wear “Denim with a Cause” that day for a donation of $5 or more. The money will go to YMCA Camp St. Croix’s capital campaign –- specifically for a welcome center at the Camp DayCroix site that the Y hopes to build in 2015. The welcome center will serve multiple purposes.
The Washington County, Minn., Sheriff’s Office has confirmed that a 38-year-old Maplewood, Minn., man jumped to his death from the Interstate 94 bridge over the St. Croix River on the afternoon of New Year’s Eve. Commander Jerry Cusick of the sheriff’s office said the effort to recover the man’s body is still under way, and will intensify when the weather warms. Cusick said a side-scan sonar and a remote-operated vehicle would be dropped into the water in the area where the man jumped from the bridge.
The effort to raise a 60-foot houseboat that sank in the St. Croix River at Hudson early Friday morning, Aug.
Many residents are cleaning up their yards and making arrangement to remove down trees after a strong thunderstorm moved through the Hudson area beginning at about 4:15 a.m. The storm knocked out power to much or all of the area for varying lengths of time, and kept the Hudson Fire Department and Xcel Energy repair crews on the run responding to downed lines and exploding transformers. KSTP-TV reported that the storm produced 50-70 mph winds and one-half to one-and-a-half inches of rain.
Maybe it was fate. Monday, June 3, was National Egg Day, the spokespersons for Hudson Urban Chickens said at the start of their presentation to the City Council that evening. Half an hour later, members of the group seeking permission to keep laying hens in their backyards erupted in applause when the council voted 5-1 to grant their request for a trial one-year period. The issue will first go to the council's Public Safety Committee, which will draft proposed regulations and a permit system for the backyard coops.
State Rep. Dean Knudson told the small group of people who attended his listening session Saturday at the Hudson Area Library that he expects a modest increase in state funding for schools in the 2013-15 budget. The Hudson Republican said he expects the increase to be in the range of $100 to $150 per student -- maybe as high as $200. Gov.
Day 8 in the jury trial to determine if Aaron Schaffhausen was legally insane when he murdered his three young daughters brought testimony from a man who dated Schaffhausen's ex-wife and the man's mother. Both Josh Flanders and his mother, Judith Flanders, said they received what they considered to be threatening phone calls from the 35-year-old Schaffhausen between the time he separated from Jessica Schaffhausen and the murders of his daughters on July 10, 2012. Josh Flanders said Schaffhausen told him that bad things would happen if he continued to see Jessica Schaffhausen and that he shou
U.S. Rep. Sean Duffy opened a town hall meeting in Hudson late Monday afternoon by explaining his vote against the measure that prevented the country from going over the so-called fiscal cliff. The House of Representatives passed the bill on a 257-167 vote on Jan. 2. The measure preserved the income tax cuts adopted during George W.
Herbert H. Kohl says he figured out early on in his 24 years in the U.S. Senate that he didn't want to be an ideologue of any sort. "Wisconsin is a state of tremendous diversity, and dozens and dozens and dozens of legitimate interests -- some of which might be called Democrat, some Republican, but all of them legitimate," Kohl said in a visit to Hudson last week. The 77-year-old senator will be retiring from public office at the end of the year. He came to Hudson Wednesday evening, Oct. 17, to help raise money for fellow Democrat Pat Kreitlow's campaign for the U.S.
Deal unlikely for 2013 tax year It appears that 2014 is now the earliest that a tax reciprocity agreement between Wisconsin and Minnesota can be reinstated. Last week, 17 western Wisconsin legislators sent a letter to their counterparts in eastern Minnesota asking them to urge the Minnesota Department of Revenue to drop a new demand. The Wisconsin legislators said the states needed to reach an agreement by Oct. 1 for reciprocity to be in place for the 2013 tax year.