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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I recall the first time over 30 years ago that I saw a performance of "Inherit the Wind," the fictional account of the Scopes so-called "monkey trial." It seemed then like it was a long time ago that the theory of evolution was up for debate. But here we are in 2008, and the whole thing is an issue again, only this time it's called "intelligent design." That's what makes the performance at The Phipps Center Black Box so timely.
There are three new faces among the five School Board candidates for the three seats on the Hudson Board of Education that will be decided in the spring election. The two incumbents running -- Dan Tjornehoj (board president) and Erika Cherrier (appointed to fill a one-year vacancy) -- are being challenged by Lynn Robson, Barbara VanLoenen and Philip Kotoski. This is Kotoski's second campaign. He ran unsuccessfully for a board seat last spring.
The Hudson Board of Education voted at its meeting last week to award the sanitary sewer contract for the new River Crest Elementary School to Albrightson Excavating Inc. of Woodville. Their bid of $315,403.25 was the lowest of the seven submitted. The next closet bid was from F&K Trucking of River Falls with a bid of $316,282.60. Board member Dick Muenich, chairman of the board's building and grounds committee, reported that the River Crest project is both on budget and on schedule, citing that recent good weather has helped the project.
By a vote of 4-2, the Hudson Board of Education approved an expenditure of $8,000 to prepare a topographical map and create a design for an underpass at County F between the new River Crest Elementary School and Camp St. Croix. The underpass was discussed by the board last fall. The cost of construction, which is not part of the budget for the new school, would be paid through private fund-raising. The district had proposed the underpass to facilitate educational opportunities between the school district and Camp St.
The Hudson Board of Education approved new but adjusted elementary school attendance boundaries at their meeting Tuesday night. After a two-hour discussion, members voted 4-2 to adopt the new boundaries with two exceptions. Around 50 students living in the so-called Tanney West area, north of McCutcheon Road, were slated to leave Hudson Prairie and attend Houlton Elementary under the district plan. Neighborhood parents made their case before the board at a Monday night listening session and the board agreed.
About 100 people turned out for a "listening session" in front of the Hudson Board of Education at Willow River Elementary Monday night. Board members heard from 29 parents concerned that their children would be changing elementary schools as a result of the boundary changes proposed for the Hudson School District.
A judge in Washburn County has dismissed a lawsuit brought by the family of the late Dan O'Connell that sought the names of all U.S. Catholic clergy accused of abuse. Judge Eugene Harrington said the O'Connell suit against the Conference of Catholic Bishops "had no foundation under Wisconsin law" and that to force the church to release the names would infringe upon its First Amendment rights. The family brought the lawsuit after investigators uncovered information about the late Fr. Ryan Erickson, a priest at St.
Two current police chiefs and a current member of the Hudson Police Department are among the candidates being considered for the top job at the HPD. The Hudson Police and Fire Commission released the names of three of the candidates Tuesday. They are HPD Sgt. Marty Jensen; Glencoe, Minn., Police Chief Jeff Cummins; and Kohler Police Chief William Rutten. A fourth candidate had not been notified at press time. Hudson City Administrator Devin Willi said that before interviewing, the commission will do background and reference checks on the candidates.
St. Croix County District Attorney Eric Johnson said he is holding a meeting this week to discuss what's next in the case of a Hudson man's death following an accident on Coulee Road last September. Michael Strauch, 55, was killed after his motorcycle struck a vehicle driven by Victoria Bear, 56, also of Hudson, after she allegedly pulled out in front of him from 18th Street around 6 p.m. on Sept. 23.
Hudson may not be all things to all people, but it has more than Lucie Singh ever bargained for. Singh moved from a condominium in Chicago onto historic Hudson's Third Street with her standard poodle, Blitzen, and her very independent black cat in September. But her journey wasn't exactly a straight shot. Singh is a writer who has earned her living writing everything from language arts textbooks to fiction to grants.