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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Officials say the Wisconsin Department of Transportation has taken steps to improve traffic safety in the construction zone on Interstate 94 in St. Croix County, but ultimately, only motorists can reduce the number of crashes. The No. 1 reason for the rash of accidents involving serious injuries or fatalities has been driver inattentiveness, said Chris Ouellette, the regional communications manager for WisDOT. Ouellette reported that there were 13 crashes on the freeway between mileposts 4 and 16 from April 1 to Aug. 1 of this year.
The American Association of Retired Persons presented information and gathered opinions on proposals for reforming Social Security and Medicare in a forum at The Valley House north of Hudson on Wednesday, June 27. About 50 retired people attended the 90-minute program hosted by staff members from AARP's Wisconsin and Minnesota offices.
Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, the Democratic candidate for governor in the June 5 recall election, attacked Republican Gov.
The Hudson City Council voted unanimously Monday night to reject a new offer from St.
State Sen. Sheila Harsdorf heard from both supporters and critics in a listening session at the St. Croix County Government Center last Thursday, Jan. 12. Harsdorf, a River Falls Republican, began with a brief review of happenings in Madison over the past year. She said the state had faced a budget shortfall of more than $3 billion at the beginning of 2011. Gov.
Duke Uihlein welcomed dignitaries to the groundbreaking for a massive distribution center in Hudson by quipping that it was Uline Shipping Supply Specialists' version of occupy Wisconsin. The humorous reference to the Occupy Wall Street movement went over well with the friendly crowd of government and business leaders who laughed and applauded at the remark. The reason for the occupation, later speakers would emphasize, was Wisconsin's favorable business climate. Gov.
An investment group led by Hudson businessman David Robson has submitted the highest bid of $1,251,043 for the 16-acre tourism center property on Interstate 94 in Hudson. But the sale of the Wisconsin Department of Transportation property to Hudson Holdings LLC isn't a done deal yet. Anne Giese, real estate specialist for WisDOT's Northwest District, said Wednesday that Transportation Secretary Mark Gottlieb would meet with Gov.
A new Mexican restaurant will soon open in the Carmichael Centre building on Carmichael Road, just north of the Target Store. The Hudson City Council on Monday night granted German Duran of River Falls a Class C wine license for Fiesta Loca. Duran's son, Isaac, who accompanied him to the City Council meeting, said it will be a typical full-menu Mexican restaurant. Jill Duran, German's wife and vice president of the limited liability corporation that will operate the restaurant, was also at the meeting. The wine license is for the period from Nov. 1, 2011, to June 30, 2012.
Gov. Scott Walker came to Hudson Friday afternoon, June 24, to sign two bills into law. Before a group of around 100 supporters in the Valley House north of the city, the governor signed a bill freeing the state to spend up to $225 million for construction of a new bridge over the St.
A lightning strike Monday morning set fire to a town of Hudson house, resulting in major damage to the home. A thunderstorm was passing through the area when Christine Nielsen heard the bang and saw cupboard doors of the home shake open, according to a Hudson Fire Department report. Nielsen is said to have left the house and called 911 after smelling smoke. Hudson Fire Chief Jim Frye said the initial call to the Ryan and Christine Nielsen residence came at 8:11 a.m.