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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Final development plans for a 100-unit hotel next to the former Hudson golf course clubhouse received the endorsement of the Hudson Plan Commission on May 26. The recommendation came with...
U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson made the Smilin' Moose Lodge Bar & Grill in Hudson one of the spots where he officially announced his campaign for re-election to the U.S. Senate on Tuesday. The Oshkosh Republican had a beer and visited with supporters in the establishment's outdoor bar before delivering a short speech about why he's seeking a second six-year term in the Senate.
The media advisory said U.S. Senate candidate Russ Feingold would be discussing the importance of bringing high-quality broadband internet access to all Wisconsin communities when he visited with owners of two Hudson companies on Thursday, April 21. But Hudson's St. Croix Business Park already has broadband service, and Kathy Enerson, owner of Twin Rivers, and Joseph Ward, a partner in RJA Dispersions, were more interested in talking about other things.
A funeral service for Chief Petty Officer Duff Gordon was held in Hudson on Wednesday, March 30, more than 74 years after he died aboard the USS Oklahoma in the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Rear Admiral Thomas Luscher, deputy chief of the U.S. Navy Reserve, headed a list of military officers who spoke at the hourlong service at O'Connell Family Funeral home. Many veterans and active service members were in attendance, along community members wanting to pay their respect to a patriot who gave the ultimate sacrifice for his country.
A North Hudson family is without a home after fire ravaged their two-story residence at the corner of Summit and Krattley lanes on Monday evening. “I would say that the home is a total loss,” said Assistant Hudson Fire Chief Bill Wanner, who directed the firefighting operation. Cory and Shelly Duncan are the owners of the house at 818 Summit Lane N. that was destroyed in the blaze. The Hudson Fire Department was able to save the house next door, although the inferno melted the siding on the north side of David and Deborah Breen’s home at 814 Summit Lane N.
The Hudson Plan Commission will review a plan for a hotel and banquet center on the site of the vacant golf clubhouse on Carmichael Road when it meets Thursday night. LHR Hospitality, a company led by Hudson resident Douglas Rohde, is proposing to build the Holiday Inn Express hotel and use the existing clubhouse for the banquet facility. The five-story hotel would have 95 rooms. In a phone call Tuesday afternoon, Rohde said his company feels there is a latent demand in Hudson for the type of hospitality center being proposed.
Colin O’Brien is like a lot of the other members of Hudson Fire Explorer Post 9516. “I joined because my dad is a firefighter,” he said during a recent Tuesday evening meeting at the fire station. “It’s always interested me as something I could do in the future. Everything about it in all aspects is cool to me -- and interesting and fun.” The Hudson High School junior’s father in Sean O’Brien, a veteran Hudson firefighter.
The Wisconsin Lottery announced on Sunday that a $50,000 winning ticket from the Jan. 9 Powerball drawing was sold at the Holiday SSG station-store at the corner of Second Street and Coulee Road in Hudson. Powerball fever is running high as the jackpot for the Jan. 13 drawing has grown to about $1.5 billion.
A 33-year-old Minnesota man is in the St. Croix County Jail facing drug charges after crashing a pickup truck into a Hwy. 35 guardrail on New Year’s Eve. Justin J. Tranby of Bloomington is accused of two felony counts of being a repeat offender in possession of methamphetamine and cocaine, with the intent to deliver it. Hudson police allegedly found the drugs inside the GMC Sierra he was driving. Tranby also was cited for allegedly driving without a license and failure to have insurance.
There’s a baleen whale in the Pacific Ocean that sings in a different key than any other known whale. It’s called the 52-Hertz whale for the frequency it was communicating at when it was first recorded by a nuclear submarine in 1988. Most whales communicate in a frequency of 15 to 25 Hertz. “The scientists speculate that other whales either can’t hear it, or they hear it and they don’t know what it is. So in other words, it doesn’t have its own pod. It’s a lonely whale,” says Matt Dahl, a writer and English teacher.