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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Operation HELP's Campaign for Kids could use a little more support. As of Monday, the campaign has 15 families that are still in need of sponsors. The campaign is a cooperative effort between the organization and sponsors from throughout the community to provide gifts for children, from infants and toddlers through high school. The only requirement is that the family live in the Hudson School District. Families register to participate and give information about their children including sizes and a wish list.
Santa and his reindeer will make their annual visit to Hudson from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec.1 in Lakefront Park. The event is presented by Family Fresh Market and Rock and Tait Exteriors, LLC and other Hudson area businesses. Children can bring their letters to share with Santa, who will be sitting in his sleigh at the band shell amid brightly colored packages and a giant Christmas card. In addition to Santa, children can learn about nature programs, history and take home free ornaments and treats.
A Hudson police officer narrowly missed being injured during a high speed chase around 9 a.m. Friday morning at Carmichael Road at I94 exit 2. The incident began when Hudson police were called to assist a U. S. Marshall's task force in arresting a wanted fugitive who was about to leave the Super 8 motel on Crest View Drive just before 9 a.m. The fugitive was accompanied by another man. The two left the motel area just as police arrived and were believed to be heading to I94. Several police squads gave chase and attempted to stop the car on northbound Carmichael Road.
My husband is a big believer in Christmas lists. He's just a big believer period, especially at this time of year. He loves Christmas and harangues the kids every year to get their lists for "Santa." They balk at the idea for good reason. He never likes what they put on them. The year Cory put a paint gun on his, Kevin felt compelled to sit him down for a lengthy discussion of the whole firearms question. It didn't matter that the ammunition was water soluble and came in neon colors, Kevin saw it as a teachable moment.
Hudson Middle School teacher Chris Deleon's name has appeared in the Star-Observer numerous times over the past several years as his students have entered and consistently won numerous national science competitions. But this time around it is more personal. Deleon and his wife Hailey are in the process of adopting three children from Milwaukee -- Tannor, 1, Tristan, 3 and Trinity, 5. They will join the family that also includes their new siblings, Madison, 11 and Austin, 10. The Deleons were committed to their multiple child adoption. The children are siblings.
The father accused of killing his three young daughters in their River Falls home sat stone-faced and perfectly still at a two-hour hearing in St. Croix County Court on Wednesday, Nov. 21. Judge Howard Cameron heard a variety of motions filed by both the prosecution and the defense in the triple homicide and arson case against Schaffhausen. Schaffhausen, 35, is charged with three counts of first degree homicide and one count of attempted arson in the deaths of girls in the home they shared with their mother on July 10.
If it is the Friday night after Thanksgiving, then it must be Light-Up Night in Hudson, the official kick-off to the holiday season. Santa and some of his elves are scheduled to arrive in downtown Hudson around 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 23. The event was brought back by popular demand, after a brief hiatus, courtesy of the Celebrate Holidays Committee made up of some 50 local businesses.
Everybody, well everybody with a soul, loves "It's a Wonderful Life," the classic Frank Capra story brought to life by Jimmy Stewart and company. So when The Phipps made it part of their holiday schedule, you had to wonder what it would be like. What it was like -- was wonderful. It never occurred to me that I had never just sat down and watched the movie version. While I watch it several times a holiday season, I am usually cooking when I do it -- either Thanksgiving pies or Christmas cookies or food gifts for the family. That's what makes The Phipps production so much fun.
Perhaps no other residence on the Christmas Tour of Homes has created as much interest and anticipation as house at 321 St. Croix St. Built in 1875, the home has only had two owners. It was built by St. Patrick Catholic Church, Hudson's largest congregation, and served as the priests' rectory for more than 130 years before it was put up for sale. Jim and Kim Burns moved to Hudson and bought a house they liked but always wanted to find something historic they could restore.
Sundar Imports is a new kind of business in Hudson. The pop-up boutique specializes in fashion and more that is fair trade, fairly made and eco-conscious. Co-owner Stefani Gerczak and Becky Turnbull also believe in giving back to the community that supports them. To that end, Turnbull, left, and Gerczak recently presented a check for $766 to Jean Schneider of The Source, the non-profit organization that works with those in the community looking for jobs and other community resources. The money was collected at Sundar's last sale. Their next sale is scheduled for Nov.