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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Chris Lownsbury of Hudson learned firsthand this summer what it is like to have a fantasy become reality when he participated in WaterSki magazine's Fantasy Camp Pro Am. Lownsbury, who is married to Hudson native Emily (Hutton) Lownsbury has been water-skiing since his family moved to a lake in Wilmar, Minn., when he was in the fifth grade. Being on the water immediately appealed to him. "It was both calm and quiet being on the water but fun and exciting to ski, all at the same time.
The process begins next month of deciding who will attend the new River Crest Elementary School and who will be teaching there when it opens in fall 2008. Deputy Superintendent Nancy Sweet gave the Hudson School Board a rundown of the process at last week's board meeting. Sweet said the process will begin in September with parent meetings at each of the district's elementary schools to discuss the current boundaries for attendance and the guidelines the district will use to redraw those boundaries.
Hudson Police Chief Andrew Smith resigned his post Wednesday after he was told that there could be no increase in the department's new budget. Smith, who became HPD chief March 1, said he felt he was unable to continue to lead the HPD under those conditions. Smith said that the department is seriously underfunded in terms of manpower, technology and equipment and that "a zero increase budget implies that we are where we need to be. That is just not true." He added that as a department, they have done as much as they can without increased funding and support.
No one who knows Roger Evenson -- and by some estimates that's just about everyone within a 30-mile radius of Hudson -- will be surprised to hear that he is this year's Pepper Fest Good Neighbor. By all accounts, whether by friends, family or customers, the title just fits. Evenson was born and raised in Hudson. In 1958, at age 22, he took over the family business, Evenson Plumbing, when his father, Palmer, died at the age of 42. The year before, he married a local girl, Pat Cameron, and together the couple raised five children, Rick, Laurie, Lisa, Cheryl and Julie.
Peg Shoemaker has been named to serve as acting principal at North Hudson Elementary School this year. She replaces Anissa Cravens, who resigned in June to take another position. Shoemaker, formerly principal of Houlton Elementary, was recently named to the new position of associate director of Learning Services, where she was in charge of staff development for teachers and administrators. She will remain in that role, but also spend 25 percent of her time at North Hudson. To assist her as principal, Houlton teacher Dolf Schmidt will serve as school manager at North Hudson.
The Hudson Board of Education recently released information about salary increases approved for Hudson School District administrators, principals and associate principals at a meeting earlier this month.
The 14 Hudson High School graduates suspected in the vandalism last month of five area high schools, including their own, will face felony charges in St. Croix County. The complaint naming them was filed in St. Croix County Court earlier this week by the special prosecutor in the case, Eau Claire County District Attorney Rich White. Ten of those charged face two felonies each for the damages at New Richmond High School and HHS June 3-4.
Gillian Yoerg and about two dozen of her newest friends will be stopping by Hudson July 31 on their way through to the East Coast. It will mark the half-way point on their 3,800-mile bike trip from the Pacific to the Atlantic oceans. Yoerg, 17, who will be a senior at Hudson High School this fall, made up her mind that she wanted to do a cycling trip last year and began to train. When she came upon the 10th Gear Web site and talked with the people involved, her mother, Caroline, says she knew she had found the right fit.
Despite its ages-long run in the Twin Cities, I never saw "I Do, I Do" until last Friday night at the opening of the new Phipps Center production. It is a nostalgic look at being married for the long haul, something only about half of us can say we experience in real life. For the other half, maybe if we sang more and fought less, those couples might have made it. In order to enjoy this play, which takes place entirely in the bedroom of marrieds Michael and Agnes, the audience has to let go of many post-1950s notions of marriage.
The Hudson Board of Education met last week and dealt with issues ranging from approving the footprint of the new elementary school to contracting the services of a communication specialist to an increase in the cost of hot lunch at school. This was the first meeting following the resignation of board member Tracy Habisch-Ahlin, who resigned June 19 in order to apply for position of communications specialist for the district. Habisch-Ahlin was among 15 candidates considered and three finalists for the contracted services position.