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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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...
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.
Bridget Relander cried when she got the phone call from Melissa "Missy" Crayford of Christmas Décor telling Relander that her family had been picked for the company's Decorated Families program. A crew from the River Falls business would be coming to the Relanders' North Hudson home and decorating the exterior with Christmas lights if Bridget wanted them to.
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.
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.