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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Jenna Evenson, HHS Class of 2002, center, has been named Somerset High School Teacher of the Year for 2012-13 and has been nominated for the Kohl Teacher Fellowship. Evenson has been a counselor at the school since 2008. She holds a Master's of Science in education from UW-River Falls and a bachelor's degree in sociology and psychology from Winona State University. In addition to her duties as counselor, Evenson serves as advisor to the junior class and National Honor Society. The award recognizes several initiatives by Evenson, both in school and in the community.
Hudson police are investigating two break-ins on the hill in the early morning hours on Sunday. Burglars smashed the glass in doors at the both Kingdom Buffet, 2312 Crest View Drive, and at Smokedale, 1525 Coulee Road. Police believe the incidents happened around the same time, just after midnight on Sunday. HPD Det. Sgt. Geoff Willems said Monday that he did not have information yet on what property, if any, was taken. An investigation is underway. Kingdom Buffet is located at the south end of the shopping complex that includes County Market.
A Polk County man knew his rights and apparently believed they gave him permission not to cooperate with police just after midnight Sunday. But actions taken by the man have landed him in jail. James S. Meyer, 60, believed to be from St. Croix Falls, was taken into custody in Lakeland around 4 a.m. Sunday after he led police on a chase through the west side of North Hudson and onto the St. Croix River at Ferry Landing Park. According to a release from the North Hudson Police Department,at approximately 12:48 a.m. Sunday, a NHPD officer was patrolling the area of Fox Tree Lane N.
Andy Haase has been the director of Choral Activities at Hudson High School since 2001. He says that throughout his years teaching in Hudson he has had one guiding principle when it comes to the music he selects for performance: to expose his students to the highest level of musical literature, whether sacred or secular. Haase conducts the Chamber Choir, Concert Choir, Men's Choir and Exultate, as well as serving as the music director for the annual musical and the artistic director for the annual Home for the Holidays concert.
Jim Schrock will be the fourth candidate on the ballot for one of the two Hudson Board of Education seats that will be decided in the April 2 election. Schrock and Matthew Kari were tied following the primary on Feb. 19 with 244 votes each. They remained tied at 245 votes each following an official canvas of the votes at the district administrative center Tuesday morning. To break the tie, both candidates' names were put in a hat with one being drawn by Mark Kumlien, Financial Services manager.
It has been 20 years since Hudson business people, community members and teachers and students began their Junior Achievement collaboration. JA is the oldest and largest private initiative in economic education, according to information put out by JA of Hudson in 1994. Tim Chukel, now a Hudson Middle School math teacher, was with the JA organization back then and thought the program would be good for his hometown.
When I look back I don't think I have had a particularly surprising life. On the contrary, I generally I feel like my aversion to risk-taking and fear of failure have resulted in a pretty pedestrian existence. That sounds bad. I'm a pretty content person and happy and grateful but I wouldn't say surprising. But there have been some things along the way. I got a big surprise on Valentine's Day that didn't cost my husband Kevin a thing. Our son Cory got married in Boston. We knew he and his fiancée Rachel were likely going to go the simple route when it came to their wedding.
The Hudson Board of Education has voted to add an additional two options to the three already under consideration to increase secondary school space in the district. The two new options include: Construction of a new three-year high school for grades 10-12 and the conversion of the current high school and middle school to two schools for grades 6-9. Construction of a new school for grades 6-9, conversion of the current high school to grades 10-12, and the conversion of the current middle school to grades 6-9. The other options under consideration include: Constr
It will be Tuesday before it is decided who will be the fourth candidate for the two open seats on the Hudson Board of Education. Two candidates were tied for the fourth position in the school board race following the primary on Tuesday. Jim Schrock and Matthew Kari each received 244 votes . According to information from the Hudson School District, 60 ballots were requested by mail. The official canvas of the results will not take place until next Tuesday to allow any of those ballots to be received and counted.
The Hudson Board of Education voted to pay Superintendent Mary Bowen-Eggebraaten $159,480 for the 2012-13 school year at the school board meeting Tuesday night. The vote was 6-1. Board member Sandy Gehrke voted against the increase. Deliberations on the raise took place in closed session. They reconvened to open session to cast their votes. The raise represents about 9 percent increase over the superintendent's 2011-12 salary of $146,409.