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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In the sea of faces that flows through the hall at Hudson High School, there aren't too many students of color but they are there. The school's Diversity Awareness Group is working to make sure that those students aren't lost in the crowd. Anne Moser is the described as the group's founding member, according to school counselor and group adviser Elizabeth Smith. Moser is Korean and was adopted. An active member of the student body, Moser still felt there was something invisible about her in the predominantly Caucasian student body. "You get judged before people even meet you.
Hudson playwright Donovan Stohlberg's new musical, "London in Springtime: A Musical," will premier next month as the first production at the recently renovated Mounds Theatre in St. Paul. Stohlberg's first musical, "Jack the Ripper," played to sold-out audiences at The Phipps Center in spring of 2001 and told the dark story in a production that included a large cast, elegant costumes and an elaborate set. "London in Springtime" is something entirely different, according to Stohlberg, a 1991 graduate of Hudson High School.
Kim Heinemann is the new president of the Hudson Area Chamber of Commerce and Tourism Bureau. Heinemann is leaving her position as manager of advertising and marketing at Nor-Lake to fill the position that was vacated by Mary Claire Olson in December. Olson is a vice president with the Minneapolis Chamber of Commerce. Heinemann and her family live in St. Joseph Township. She has been with Nor-Lake for 17 years. Prior to that she held a similar position with Niro Inc. in Hudson for 10 years.
Bob Staebell, like so many others in Hudson, knew Dan O'Connell and his family. Following O'Connell's murder and that of James Ellison at the O'Connell Funeral Home on Feb. 5, 2002, Staebell, a former detective, came out of retirement to work again as an investigator with the Hudson Police Department on the case and later was hired by the O'Connell family as a private investigator. Staebell is well known for his skills as an investigator by law enforcement agencies throughout the area and is respected for his ability to get information from a variety of sources.
North Hudson village trustees had mixed reactions to a two-page letter from treasurer Lana Rawson following her resignation on Jan. 8. Terri Richie, who is running unopposed for her second term on the board, spoke with Rawson after she heard about her resignation. Richie said she advised Rawson to write the followup letter after listening to her concerns about the way business is being conducted at village hall. "I told her to put it in writing. I want to know what's going on, and her opinion matters to me.
To look at 14-year-old Preston Wing, one would never know that he has a chronic illness. Wing lives with his parents, Brent and Toni, and his twin brothers in the Troy Burne subdivision just south of Hudson. He is in the eighth grade at Meyer Middle School in River Falls and he has Crohn's disease. When asked what Crohn's disease is, Wing said he uses the description his doctors gave him when he was first diagnosed two and a half years ago. "You know what canker sores are, like the ones you get in your mouth sometimes.
Unless something changes over the next few months, the Wisconsin Travel Information Center in Hudson will close on May 1. Since 1995, the center has been managed by Sonja Johnson of Hudson. She said the Department of Transportation, which operates the centers, has proposed closing 50 "waysides" like Hudson in an effort to deal with budget shortfalls. According to Johnson, the DOT cites the relatively low volume of traffic that stops at Hudson as the main reason it is being considered for close.
The Phipps Center for the Arts is in the midst of its 20th season and is pausing only briefly to look back before moving on into another decade of arts and entertainment. Much of the work that has gone on at The Phipps over the last 20 years is showcased in a new exhibit in the Galleries. It includes costumes, props and photographs of many of the Phipps productions over the last 20 years as well as displays on the center's music and visuals arts programs. The Phipps Center was dedicated and officially opened in March 1983.
What started out as sad news for three people has turned into something wonderful for them all - plus one. Rick and Laura Hunt of Hudson were only married about a year before they found out they could not have their own biological children.
If three times is the charm, the fourth time can only get better. Carol Palm and her husband, Bill, have already had three houses on the annual Chamber of Commerce Christmas Tour of Homes and they didn't hesitate to invite tourgoers into her new home at 1877 Twilight Lane. Carol enjoys everything about the event. The Palms' history with the tour started in 1991 with their home on Fourth Street.