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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Hudson High School choral director Kari Heisler thinks this time of year everybody could use a good laugh. That's why she chose "Lend Me a Tenor" for the annual spring play. "I laughed all the way through it when I saw it, and ever since I've wanted to stage it. It is just a great show for a high school cast and fun from beginning to end for the audience," said Heisler, who is directing the production.
Floriane Robins-Brown knows what it feels like to be a child and alone. Growing up in Rwanda without her biological mother and in an abusive home, she said it was like growing up without parents. She made up her mind when she was 8 years old that when she grew up she would find a way to help children like her. Robins-Brown moved to River Falls 20 years ago. She was married to a professor at UW-River Falls and the couple had two children. Following a divorce, she moved to Hudson and has worked for 3M, Pillsbury and Dain Rauscher over the years.
About 50 people turned out for an information meeting about a new library for Hudson. The information was provided by the Hudson Library Foundation, an independent body that raises funds to support capital improvements for the library. They believe they have hit on the best and ultimate improvement in the form of the now-for-sale NMC building at the corner of First and Vine streets. The foundation, headed by President Susie Gilbert, has been spearheading the information campaign in support of the new "Lakefront Library" and for a yes vote on the non-binding advisory referendum April 1.
The Hudson Board of Education unanimously approved the appointment of new principals for Willow River and Hudson Prairie elementary schools at last week's meeting. David Grambow, who has been a teacher in the Hudson district for 13 years, will assume leadership of Willow River in June. Susan Prather, who currently on staff at Lincoln Center Elementary School in South St. Paul, will be the new principal at Hudson Prairie. They will begin their new jobs this summer. Grambow is currently an emotional behavior disorder teacher at E.P.Rock. He has also taught third and fifth grades.
If the experts are to be believed, the Hudson School District will continue to see increase enrollment despite the housing crisis and stalled U.S. economy, it just won't be as dramatic as in recent years. That was the message from demographer Hazel Reinhardt in a report to the Hudson Board of Education at last week's school board meeting. Reinhardt has made several enrollment projection studies for the district, the most recent in 2005.
The five candidates running for three seats on the Hudson Board of Education addressed a variety of issues from district growth to the need for a new high school at a forum held last Thursday at Willow River Elementary School. The slate of candidates includes incumbent board president Dan Tjornehoj, incumbent Erika Cherrier, second-time candidate Phillip Kotoski and first-time candidates Lynn Robson and Barb VanLoenen.
By a unanimous vote the Hudson Board of Education voted at their meeting last Tuesday to approve the final design of an underpass under County F between the new River Crest Elementary School and Camp St. Croix. Work on the tunnel will be done while road improvements on County F are being completed this spring. The cost of the project is estimated at $250,000. The YMCA has committed to paying half of that cost if the school district pays the other half. The cost estimate was compiled by Stevens Engineering of Hudson.
The elderly man who died yesterday from an apparent suicide outside the North Hudson Village Hall has been identified as Thomas Hines, 80, a retired U.S. Treasury agent who lived in the village with his wife of 58 years. According to information from village Police Chief Mark Richert, Hines used a handgun to shoot himself around 12:15 p.m. near the south entrance to the Village Hall. That is the door closest to the police department.
Promising to continue his support of Community Action, retiring Mayor Jack Breault was the featured speaker at the organization's annual meeting on Monday. "You should change the name to the 'Action Force' because that is what you are in our community -- a real force that gets things done," said Breault. The mayor complimented programs like Coffee House Live, the music venue held in partnership with the YMCA that "provides a safe and fun place for our teenagers to go." He also recognized the group's service projects like Helping Hands that provides lawn-raking and other assistance to senior
After almost two years of touch-and-go leadership at the Hudson Police Department, the new chief of police says he is here to stay. Late last week the Police and Fire Commission offered the job to Sgt. Marty Jensen, a 21-year veteran of the department, and he accepted. Jensen is the HPD's third chief in two years. He was among the applicants in the summer of 2006 after the retirement of Chief Dick Trende. Former Whitewater Chief Jim Coan got the job then but only lasted a few weeks.