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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The Hudson Board of Education heard reports from two groups working on the district's strategic plan priorities adopted earlier this year. Fiscal Operations Director Arnie Fett updated board members on the work of the Facilities Task Force charged with evaluating and, if necessary, coming up with a plan to provide facilities that accommodate desired class size and create a sound educational environment.
After hearing a professional demographer's report spelling out continued growth in the Hudson School District, the Hudson Facilities Planning Task Force sought confirmation from someone familiar with the specifics of growth in St. Croix County. County Planner Dave Fodroczi said the report he saw from Hazel Reinhardt "fits in with what we're seeing, and you can use it with confidence." Fodroczi said the Hudson School District is not uniform when it comes to population but includes a mix of city and more rural areas, similar to the county as a whole.
Property owners in the city of Hudson are required to keep their property well-maintained and free of trash, junk vehicles and overgrown grass. It's the law. The city's municipal code uses very specific language, but Hudson Chief of Police Dick Trende says the real intent of the laws governing the maintenance and care of property is to ensure that people are good neighbors. "The truth is most of it is common sense, and the code helps reinforce what most people already know is the right thing to do.
Officer Jason Jacobson is the newest member of the North Hudson Police Department. He was hired earlier this year to fill a vacancy on the force and has recently completed the required on-the-job training. Jacobson, 24, is a native of Chippewa Falls and has a bachelor's degree in criminal justice from UW-Platteville. His minor was in psychology. He is also graduated from the Platteville Policy Academy. Prior to filling a vacancy at the NHPD, Jacobson worked for the Augusta Police Department and part time for departments in Fall Creek and Fairchild.
A week of campus and community activities culminates tomorrow with the Hudson High School Homecoming game against Eau Claire Memorial. There is a full schedule of events before and after the game also. The biggest change in this year's schedule is the 6:30 p.m. coronation of the Homecoming queen at Newton Field before the game. The half-time program will include a parade led by the queen and the other candidates and floats. There will also be the traditional performance by the Hudson High School Marching Band and the Raidaires dance team.
Vonnie St. Peter and the late Theodore W. Clymer have been named to join other distinguished Hudson High School alumni on the school's Wall of Fame. The two will be honored at a ceremony on Wednesday, Sept. 29, at the school beginning at 6 p.m. The ceremony is open to the public. A dinner for invited guests will follow. Dr. Theodore W. Clymer When Dr. Theodore Clymer died July 25, his obituary was featured not only in the Star-Observer but prominently in the New York Times.
For the local administrators and law enforcement closest to all the action, President George Bush's visit last week to Hudson was the experience of a lifetime. According to Assistant Fire Chief Dan Roeglin, "It ranks right up there with getting married and having my kids." Roeglin first got word of the visit when Mayor Jack Breault stopped by his house Friday evening, Aug. 13. Roeglin is parks director for the city and his job was to work closely with the Secret Service to secure Lakefront Park where Bush was to speak. Meetings with the Secret Service began Saturday morning.
In separate incidents Aug. 3, two women taking early-morning walks along Vine Street reported seeing a man with a pillowcase over his head staring at them. One of the women reported the man exposed himself to her. The other said the man stood over her on a retaining wall with a rock in his hand. The first incident happened around 5:30 a.m. near the intersection of Vine Street and Spruce Drive at the entrance to the Jacobson's Woods neighborhood. The woman was walking her dog along a retaining wall.
Motion-activated surveillance cameras caught the hour-long escapade of two burglars who broke into the Hudson Middle School last Thursday. According to the police report, Donald P. Jones Jr., 18, 2512 Burl Oak Curve, and Joseph M. Ramsay, 20, who has no permanent address, got into the school by pushing on an unlatched window in a conference room. The two had cut through several screens at Hudson Prairie Elementary School, which is adjacent to the middle school, but those windows were locked.
When Ken Heiser, president of the First National Bank of Hudson, found a strange briefcase sitting in his driveway, he decided to be safe rather than sorry. The briefcase was found around 5:30 p.m. on July 8 and Heiser did not know whose it was or where it came from. He alerted Hudson police who decided to contact the St. Paul Bomb Squad and ATF to investigate the contents of the briefcase. As a precaution, the neighborhood around the Heiser's was evacuated.