About This Project

The Hudson Star-Observer community weekly serves Hudson and its surrounding townships along the scenic St. Croix River in western Wisconsin. Just 15 miles east of downtown St. Paul, exurban Hudson is a regional retail center, summer boating mecca and at about 12,000 households, it’s the county seat and largest city in St. Croix County. St. Croix was Wisconsin’s fastest-growing county last year and growth is projected to continue until for next 20 years.



The community is 10 minutes from both Willow River and Kinnickinnic state parks and boasts a large YMCA, a showcase arts center and a thriving industrial park that has recently capitalized on the state’s attractive tax climate by wooing several Minnesota corporations across the border.



Despite its rapid growth, Hudson retains an intimate small-town flavor by carefully-shaped residential development and bike and walking trails. Its historic downtown has lots of colorful restaurants and coffee shops within a two-block radius of the waterfront. The 5,000-circulation Star Observer has regularly been judged among the best of Wisconsin’s largest weeklies. It regularly wins peer recognition for its editorial, photo and ad content. Along with its weekly newspaper, the Star Observer publishes a 18,000-circulation weekend shopper, an informative community guide, a county-wide economic development magazine and hosts a bridal show for the region each February.


Browse the Star-Observer’s website anytime for breaking news, sports and lifestyle stories, shopping information, classified advertising and lively reader exchange. The web site receives more than 10,000 unique visitors each week.


2815 Prairie Dr.
River Falls, WI 54022