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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A Somerset woman says she suffered an electrical shock from lightning at the St. Croix County Government Center in Hudson Dec. 16. Lisa Stambaugh, 43, was on her way into the government center holding an umbrella for protection against the mix of rain and sleet that was falling when the lightning flashed at about 9:45 a.m. “I’m kind of rushing to get in the door, and just before I stepped up onto the curb, I (saw) it hit the top of the umbrella,” Stambaugh said in a phone call Monday afternoon.
An erratic driver who led police on a chase through Hudson and North Hudson Friday morning was apprehended after crashing into another vehicle on Hwy. 35 in the town of...
Massive is the adjective that comes to mind when viewing the St. Croix Crossing Bridge from the construction site. The new four-lane bridge will stretch for nearly a mile between...
Katie Thurmes of Somerset has won the Democratic primary for St. Croix County clerk of court, earning a spot on the Nov. 4 general election ballot, when her opponent will be departed Republican Clerk of Court Lori Meyer. Thurmes received 700 write-in votes to 509 write-in votes for Kristi Severson, the current acting clerk of court, in the Aug. 12 primary. Meyer resigned in June after 22 years in the clerk of court’s position to take the job of court administrator for Anoka County, Minn.
The driver of a pickup truck lost control of the vehicle on a small bridge on County Road E crossing the Willow River Thurday morning. The westbound truck spun around and rolled onto its roof in the eastbound ditch. The driver suffered cuts on one of his hands, but otherwise didn't appear to be seriously injured. He was standing next to an unmarked St. Croix County Sheriff's Department car, waiting for a tow truck to arrive about 15 or 20 minutes after the accident. A St.
The Washington County, Minn., Sheriff’s Office has confirmed that a 38-year-old Maplewood, Minn., man jumped to his death from the Interstate 94 bridge over the St. Croix River on the afternoon of New Year’s Eve. Commander Jerry Cusick of the sheriff’s office said the effort to recover the man’s body is still under way, and will intensify when the weather warms. Cusick said a side-scan sonar and a remote-operated vehicle would be dropped into the water in the area where the man jumped from the bridge.
The Democrat hoping to unseat incumbent Sean Duffy in the mid-term congressional election next November brought her announcement tour to Hudson last Friday. “I’m running for Congress because I believe that regular people need real representation in Washington,” Kelly Westlund told a small group gathered in the second-floor meeting room of the Hudson Area Library. “I don’t think we are getting that from our current representative,” Westlund continued.
A home at 316 Edgewood Drive in the town of Hudson is a near complete loss following a fire Thursday afternoon, July 18. The Hudson Fire Department was dispatched to the split-level house owned by Mark and Jennifer Lukas at 3:20 p.m. after a motorist passing by noticed smoke and flames and called 911. Firefighters from seven departments were eventually called to battle the blaze in 90-degree-plus heat.
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.
The business climate in Wisconsin has improved significantly since Gov. Scott Walker came into office in January 2011, Department of Revenue Secretary Richard Chandler told members of the St. Croix Economic Development Corp. in a meeting last week. Chandler highlighted the major tax changes adopted by the Legislature and signed into law by Walker as part of the state budget and a special session on jobs. "Traditionally, in Wisconsin we have had a reputation for having an outstanding workforce and a very good education system.