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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St. Croix Animal Friends Inc. is ready for action, the leaders say. Seven years after the nonprofit corporation formed to establish a shelter for dogs and cats, it is preparing to embark on a major capital campaign in the fall. "We want to strongly state to the public that we are moving forward," Diana Neubarth, founder and president of the organization, told the Star-Observer last Friday. Neubarth and St.
The Rev. Van V. Bredeson will give his final sermon as a member of the staff at Bethel Lutheran Church on Sunday. After 22 years as the church's education, family and youth pastor, Bredeson is looking for his next call. "The sky's the limit, I guess," he said with a laugh on Monday, the day after a well-attended farewell program for him at the Bethel Highlands Church. Hundreds of parishioners and friends came to bid him farewell in the hour-and-a-half program that included music, videos, skits, speakers and a lot of laughter and tears. "It was quite an honor.
The City Council renewed Hudson Golf Club's liquor license Monday night after withholding approval last month. Council members were satisfied with a statement from Jeff Redmon, attorney for Hanson Brothers Golf Holdings, that the club intends to be open for business at least three consecutive days per 90-day period next winter. The golf club can put a message on its sign for three days next winter saying the bar is open, if it needs to, Redmon said. Last month, the council removed the golf club's license renewal application from the 39 up for consideration after Council President Rich Vanse
Funeral services for George O. Hoel will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, June 10, at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Hudson. The longtime Hudson community leader and Andersen Corp. executive died Tuesday at Boutwells Landing in Oak Park Heights, Minn. He was 89 years old. Hoel and his wife, Mary, moved to the retirement home in 2010, after selling their house on Stageline Road to Hudson Hospital & Clinics. Mary died in October 2011, also at the age of 89. George Hoel was active in many community organizations and fundraising campaigns over his more than 40 years in Hudson.
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.
The five-year financial plan for Hudson's public safety departments includes $2 million for the purchase of a site for a new public safety building in 2015. The City Council decided on May 23 to include the figure in the plan after an extended discussion about the potential cost of a new building, and the possibility of sharing a facility with St.
A group is pressing the city of Hudson to permit residents to keep up to five laying hens in their backyards. Hudson Urban Chickens, established by Jen Heriot, is expected to present its proposal to the City Council at its next meeting. The group is hoping the full council will see the issue differently than the Public Safety Committee, which voted 2-1 against its request. "I love chickens.
The reason for Memorial Day certainly is to honor the memories of all those who have given their lives in the nation's wars and military campaigns, says retired Chaplain Lt. Col. Lane Stockeland. "And you honor and remember the family of that military member, and those of the family who remain, because they need our support," he adds. "It's often the families of the military person that have really difficult challenges." Stockeland speaks from experience. In 27-plus years with the U.S. Army, he was twice deployed overseas for a year at a time.
A memorial service was held Tuesday evening, May 14, in the Hudson High School auditorium to honor the nation's law enforcement officers who have died in the line of duty. U.S. Marshal Dallas Neville, who serves the Western District of Wisconsin, was the keynote speaker for the service commemorating national Police Memorial Day. It was organized by St.
Hudson can now boast of being home to not only an astronaut -- but a Hall of Fame astronaut. Space shuttle commander Curt Brown was inducted into the U.S.