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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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.