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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Gov. Jim Doyle asked people to urge their state legislators to approve a statewide smoking ban in all public places during a stop at Pier 500 restaurant in Hudson Wednesday morning. "Whether you like the ban or don't like the ban, it is going to happen," he said. "The entire United States will be smoke-free at some time." Doyle said he would prefer an immediate ban on indoor public smoking to the gradual ban that passed the state Senate Committee on Public Health by a 3-2 vote on Tuesday. The ban approved by the Senate committee wouldn't apply to bars and restaurants until January 2010.
Former Hudson Raider football players Eric VandenHeuvel and Kraig Urbik figured prominently into a recent Madison newspaper story speculating on who will replace Joe Thomas as the Badgers' left offensive tackle next season. Thomas is expected to be a top pick in the coming National Football League draft. He also is the fiancé of Hudson's Annie Nelson, a former player for the Wisconsin women's basketball team. The March 7 Capital Times quoted Badgers offensive line coach Bob Palcic as saying, "Who knows?
Wisconsin Secretary of State Doug La Follette paid a visit to Hudson last Thursday as part of a campaign swing through western Wisconsin. As a longtime incumbent and relative of a famous Wisconsin senator, La Follette hasn't had to do much campaigning to get re-elected in the past. This year is different because he is being challenged by a young firebrand in the Sept.
The Hudson City Council approved the first reading of an ordinance at its Aug. 7 meeting that would restrict where convicted sexual offenders can reside in the city. The ordinance proposed by Alderman Randy Morrissette II would bar specified registered sexual offenders from residing within 2,000 feet of schools, daycare centers, public libraries, parks and playgrounds or within 1,000 feet of school bus stops, churches and other places where children congregate.