Meg Heaton has been a reporter with the Hudson Star Observer since 1990. She has a bachelor’s degree in anthropology and Native American Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.
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The Hudson School District has filled the new position of human resources manager with a face that will be familiar to many students and parents. Before accepting the position in October, Debra Weisert worked in the district as a social studies teacher at Hudson High School and as a counselor at Hudson Middle School. She has lived in Hudson since 2001. Weisert said her experience in education as both a teacher and counselor is valuable in her new job.
The Hudson Police and Fire Commission have scheduled a meeting early Friday morning to make a decision on who will be Hudson's next chief of police. The commission is considering two candidates -- HPD Sgt.
Nine months to the day after Hudson and New Richmond high schools were vandalized, eight of the 14 Hudson High School graduates accused in the case pleaded guilty and heard their sentences. After first rejecting a plea agreement presented by special prosecutor Rich White of the Eau Claire district attorney's office, Judge Scott Needham came up with his own sentence following the guilty pleas of Benjamin Luehrs, Samuel Wegleitner, Michael Perucca, Aaron Ludgatis, Travis Melcert, Andrew Olson, Jacob Walczak and Michael Vanness on 1 count each of misdemeanor criminal damage to property.
Jennifer Veenendall knows firsthand what it is like for children living with autism -- both for the students who are autistic and for their friends and peers in classrooms they share. Veendendall, a school-based occupational therapist in the Twin Cities, has written a book she believes will help promote an environment of acceptance and understanding of the students she works with everyday.
Picture this -- the Hudson Lakefront Library sharing a corner with The Phipps Center and the beautiful St. Croix River. For members of the Hudson Library Foundation and a growing number of supporters around the community, the idea seems like a perfect fit.
What happened when a group of middle school boys got what seemed like a wrong number on one of their cell phones could serve as a warning to other children and their parents. As a result of the incident that took place over several weeks in North Hudson in December, a 20-year-old Somerset man, Hector Antonio Linarez-Mata, has been charged with unlawful use of a telephone-harassment with obscenity, exposing genitals to a child and disorderly conduct, all misdemeanors.
By any measure, the Stand-by-Me mentorship program at Rock Elementary School would have to be judged a success. When it began 10 years ago, there were only a few upper-grade students, teachers and adult mentors involved. Today, there are more than 80 mentors from throughout the community that show up every week to meet with more than 90 Rock students from every grade level for some very special one-on-one time. The program was the idea of teacher Ann Siats, who has always believed that the more positive adults a child can have in their lives, the better.
The Hudson High School 2007 yearbook has been selected as the grand prize winner in the Best of Volumes competition conducted by Lifetouch Yearbooks. The award was presented to longtime yearbook adviser and teacher Deb Lee and her staff at last week's School Board meeting by a Lifetouch representative. Along with a framed collage of some of the best of last year's pages, the yearbook will receive $350.
School Board member Tom Holland resigned his office as treasurer of the board at its monthly meeting last week. Holland also gave up his seat as chairman of the board's finance committee. Board member and former treasurer Mark Kaisersatt was elected to take Holland's place as treasurer. A new committee chairman was not named at the meeting. Holland's seat on the board and his job as the vice president of financial development for the YMCA of Greater St.
Victoria Bear made her first appearance in St. Croix County criminal court on Thursday to face a charge of homicide by negligent use of a vehicle. Bear, 56, is accused of causing the death of Hudson man Michael Strauch. Strauch, 55, was killed after his motorcycle struck Bear's vehicle on Coulee Road, after she allegedly pulled out in front of him from 18th Street around 6 p.m. on Sept. 23.