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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Threatening weather Friday night didn't dampen spirits at the seventh annual Hudson Relay For Life, where approximately 800 participants raised $172,117 for the fight against cancer. Severe weather warnings, thunder and lightning did necessitate moving the 10 p.m. luminary ceremony inside the adjacent Rock Elementary School gym, but beyond that the event went forward as planned. Opening ceremonies began with an address by event chairman and cancer survivor Mike Yell.
The Hudson Board of Education approved the hiring of several new administrators including a new director of personnel services, Jennifer Ninneman. Ninneman comes to the job from the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota, where she has served as lead human resources consultant for the past year.
Mike Yell is about to begin a four-year commitment with the National Council for Social Studies that will likely take him all over the country and beyond. Yell will become the vice president of the group on July 1 for a year. That will be followed by a year as president elect, a year as president and another as past president. The NCSS has members in 50 states and 69 foreign countries. Yell has lots of experience with the professional organization, having served on its board of directors for the past several years.
Wisconsin Act 25 was passed unanimously at last week's Hudson Board of Education meeting, resulting in an increase of about $49,000 in state aids to Hudson public schools. The act is designed to address the impact of "negative aids" on district's like Hudson where high property valuation has negatively impacted the amount of state school aids the district gets. The resolution allows for money from the fund balance to pay the district's debt for the unfunded pension liability with the Wisconsin Retirement System.
More details of Hudson accident released By Meg Heaton A 31-year-old Hudson woman was airlifted to Regions Hospital, St. Paul, from the scene of a vehicle accident at Hanley Road and Industrial Street last week. She is listed in serious condition but is expected to recover. According to the Hudson Police Department report, the accident took place on June 13 around 5 p.m.
I interviewed a group of this year's graduates for the Star-Observer this week and, as always, it forced me to revisit my own high school graduation back in 1970. There are lots of ways these kids have it over on me as 18-year-olds. Of course, I went to an all-girls boarding school. There were 22 young women in my graduating class, and most everything I had learned to date I had learned from nuns. That's not to say the sisters didn't know a lot about a lot of things. It's just that we didn't exactly know what questions to ask and, even if we did, asking them might get us expelled.
Hudson High School will award diplomas to students in ceremonies at Newton Field on Saturday evening. The Star-Observer recently spoke with nine of the graduates about their high school experience, what they will miss and remember about it, and what their hopes are for the future. Sam Turner Sam Turner remembers feeling sick the night before she started her freshman year at HHS. It seemed so big, she didn't know her way around and nobody likes freshmen. But that feeling didn't last. "I calmed down after awhile ...
When Skinny's Saints take to the track at this year's Hudson Relay For Life, it will mark a decade of dedication to a cause -- the fight against cancer. To date, the team remains one of the most successful in area Relay history, having raised more than $55,000 for the American Cancer Society during the past 10 years. The team is made up of the family and friends of John (Skinny) Kinney, the Hudson man who died of testicular cancer in December 1997. He was 27 years old.
Three Hudson Girl Scouts recently received the organization's highest award for Scouts ages 11-14. The only award that exceeds it is the Gold Award, the equivalent of Boy Scouting's Eagle Scout designation. Chelsea Walczak, 14, Jennifer Graetz, 15, and Kelsey Brathal, 15, have been together as Scouts since elementary school. Now all high school freshmen, the three began their pursuit of the Silver Award while still in middle school -- the recipient of their hard work. Together the girls coordinated the collection of General Mills box tops that earned close to $800.
A Roberts woman died Sunday night, just minutes after she'd completed her 3-11 p.m. shift as an evening manager at Hudson's County Market. Brenda Diercks, 25, 309 Ash St., Roberts, was pronounced dead shortly after her gray 2000 Jeep Cherokee left eastbound Interstate 94 and traveled some 800 feet before overturning in three-foot deep waters of the Kinnickinnic River. A motorist following Diercks' vehicle witnessed the crash and summoned help quickly or the crash might not have been discovered for some time, said State Patrol Trooper Bill Traynor. A St.