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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Spring break: That's how I would describe The Phipps Center's new production "Enchanted April." With this year's "sprinter" upon us, who among us can't understand the overwhelming desire to escape somewhere warm, sunny and spilling over with flowers? Lotty's lament over the weather and the idea of an escape to a castle in Italy seemed the perfect solution, even if it took the whole first act to get there.
The public got its first look at what the Hudson School District's new elementary school will look like at a public information meeting held last week at Willow River Elementary. Hoffman Architects of Appleton made the presentation describing the building that will be Hudson's first school to incorporate a sustainable, environmentally friendly design. The site plan from the presentation appears with this story, along with the school floor plan. Land planner Mark Boehlke said that the actual developed area of the 40-acre property would account for between eight and 10 acres.
Thanks to the observation and honesty of Hudson resident Daniel J. Richter, a Baldwin man has recovered the $600 he lost in the parking lot at Menards on March 25. Lyle H. Holldorf, 66, had taken the money out of the bank and came to Hudson to buy a new television set. He stopped at Menards after getting the money and thought he placed it in a coat pocket. He next stopped at Fleet Farm but discovered the money gone when he went to reach for it.
It seemed like a fairly simple task on the face of it, but selecting a firm to oversee the construction of the Hudson School District's new elementary school is more complicated than School Board members and administrators thought. Last week, two of the four companies interested in the job of construction manager were interviewed by the School Board's Facilities and Grounds Committee, headed by board Vice President Dick Muenich.
Eric Atkinson will be the Hudson Police Department's new patrol sergeant effective April 1. Atkinson who has been with the department seven years, holds a bachelor's degree from UW-River Falls. He earned a master's degree in police leadership, administration and education from the University of St. Thomas in the Twin Cities in 2005. He has served as the department's crime prevention coordinator for the past several years working with the public on such programs as Traffic Tamers, Neighborhood Watch and National Night Out. Atkinson and his wife live in Hudson and have a 2-year-old daughter.
Jessica Husmoen is the newest addition to the North Hudson Police Department. She was hired five months ago and has recently completed the department's field training program. "The program is one of the reasons I wanted to come to North Hudson. That and the people I met here. Everyone has been very welcoming and very encouraging," said the 23-year-old Blair native. She also liked the idea of working in a smaller department in a relatively small community, but one that is part of a much bigger and busier area.
Hudson Middle School eighth-graders got some straight talk about alcohol and drugs from some young people not a whole lot older than they are. The speakers -- three college students and a recent college graduate -- shared their experiences as part of an annual presentation organized by Community Action. Using only a first name, the first student to speak was Josh, a 23-year-old who said he started to drink and smoke when he was about the same age as the students he was addressing. With an older brother showing him the ropes, Josh said he tried marijuana for the first time when he was 14.
I thought I might as well call a spade a spade right from the start here. That way, if you are one of those people who is organized, on task and never misses a deadline, you won't have to waste time reading this. You can immediately feel superior to me and the other hapless parents who just want to get their kids out from under -- for the good of all concerned. As if I don't have enough blown deadlines in my life as a newspaper person, now I have to add a whole new batch of dates that always seem to creep up at least two days late.
The public will have an opportunity to see the initial design and site plan for the new elementary school on Coulee Trail at a community information session on Tuesday, March 27 beginning at 7 p.m. in Lee Auditorium at Willow River Elementary School. The meeting was discussed at last week's Board of Education meeting. Along with board members and Hudson School Superintendent Mary Bowen-Eggebraaten, representatives from Hoffman Architects of Appleton, the school's designers, will be on hand to talk about their work to date.
Nervous and with shaking hands, Kathi O'Connell of Hudson spoke publicly for the first time about the murder of her brother Dan and his co-worker James Ellison at the hands of the late Fr. Ryan Erickson in February 2002. As hard as it was to do, she knew she was among friends and people who would understand what she was trying to do.