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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Organizers of the effort to recall state Sen. Sheila Harsdorf announced in a Monday evening rally that they have collected more than enough signatures to force an election. A crowd of about 150 volunteer petition circulators yelled joyfully and applauded when Scott Herron, a New Richmond High School teacher, made the announcement in front of the St.
St. Croix County Circuit Judge Eric J. Lundell has filed a $1,432 claim against the city of Hudson for damage done to a family car when it hit a pothole in Coulee Road last January. In the written claim filed with the city on Feb. 23, Lundell said his stepson was driving the 2004 Audi when it hit a "very deep" pothole in front of the Associated Bank building on the morning of Jan.
Jon Hanson is looking forward to 2011. This has been a year of transition for the Hudson Golf Club, says the club's president and general manager. "People will be able to see more of the finished product next year." Hanson's family bought the golf club at the beginning of April. A few weeks later, Hanson Bros.
A new park will be established following a 3-2 decision by the Hudson City Council on July 6. The 10-acre park on the east side of Hwy. 35 south of Stageline Road will be maintained mostly as a natural area. The park also will have a picnic pavilion, a mowed area of up to two acres, a trail, an upgraded driveway and three vehicle parking spaces. The city agreed to provide most of the amenities when the Hudson Water Utility acquired the land from the Hudson Meadows Homeowners Association in February 2006. The Water Utility wanted the 14.1-acre parcel for development of a city well.
Paul Steiner is enthusiastic about the solar water-heating system his company installed last week on a house at 927 Eighth St. "The thing that's so cool about these is that when you look at the house you don't know that they're solar panels," Steiner said of the Velux brand panels on the roof of Lee and Lori Kisling's house. One of the drawbacks to solar energy, from Steiner's perspective, is that some people consider the solar arrays unattractive. Velux, which began as a Danish skylight company, has solved that problem by making an esthetically pleasing panel that lies flat on the roof. J
A Hudson man is organizing a golf tournament to raise funds for the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation. Scott J. Nelson, a captain with the Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport Fire Department, is hoping to enlist community support for the cause. One hundred fourteen firefighters died in the line of duty across the United States in 2008, Nelson says.
Tenth State Senate District candidate Alison Page announced her support for a plan to close tax loopholes and invest the money in highway projects and higher education during stops at western Wisconsin newspapers and television stations on Wednesday of last week. "Wisconsin needs to make a serious investment in our economy to get it moving again," Page said during a visit to the Star-Observer office. "This is a job creation plan.
Lt. Gov. Barbara Lawton made a swing through the 10th Wisconsin Senate District on Monday, campaigning with Alison Page, the Democratic challenger to incumbent Republican Sen.
Things are back to where they should be. Kraig Urbik will be at right guard, and Eric VandenHeuvel, at right tackle, when the University of Wisconsin Badgers open the 2008 football season against Akron University in Madison's Camp Randall Stadium on Saturday. The two Hudson natives had good success opening holes for running backs and protecting the quarterback on the right side of the offensive line last season until VandenHeuvel went down with a leg injury in the Nov.
The St. Croix Valley Drug Task Force that has been at the forefront of the battle against methamphetamine trafficking is in jeopardy of being disbanded. Federal and state budget cuts reduced the task force's funding to $56,185 for 2008, and officials are worried that no federal money will be available for 2009. "The indication we are getting from the Office of Justice Assistance in Madison is that next year there will be no funding for the task force," St. Croix County Sheriff Dennis Hillstead said last month. Does that bother him? "Well, yeah. It does," he said.