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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When it comes to self-defense and protection, intuition is a woman's best friend. That's what self-defense instructor Mike Ellefson believes, and it applies to men as well as women. Ellefson is the chief instructor at Midwest Center for Movement at 1830C Hanley Place. He is a fourth degree black-belt in Aikido and a second degree black-belt in karate and trains both the public and law enforcement in personal safety techniques. Last week, a dozen women showed up for a self-defense seminar conducted by Ellefson with the assistance of some of his clients at Midwest Center.
Somewhere in Birkmose Park there's an albino squirrel who knows too much. I think some of you may be able to relate. I had a Thursday about a week ago that just went from bad to worse. I was feeling overwrought, underappreciated and generally taken for granted. And it was on all fronts -- family, work, all of it. It began with my husband encroaching on my day off. I'm OK with spending time with him but my Thursdays are kind of coveted. It's the day I usually clean, catch up on personal paperwork, watch a few soaps or do something with friends.
William Antonie Dontae Meadows will not be living on 11th St. S. That was the word from Hudson Police Chief Marty Jensen Wednesday night at a public information meeting about Meadows moving to Hudson. According to Jensen, a woman living with Meadows called the chief and said he would be moving out within the next two days. The woman also said that she and her two children would be moving out of the residence at the end of the month.
Michael Van Ness, 1733 Laurel Ave., is currently in St. Croix County Jail awaiting re-sentencing after he violated conditions of his probation for the second time in three weeks. Van Ness was on a home-monitoring device following his arrest June 24 for violating the absolute sobriety provision of his probation. Just a short time before that arrest, he was injured when he fell over Willow River Falls. Police suspected alcohol consumption contributed to that incident as well.
A Hudson woman almost landed on the pavement after she attempted to escape from a moving North Hudson police car early Tuesday morning. Jessica Ann King, 25, 511 Myrtle St., was arrested and jailed following an incident that began at Mudds and Sudds, a bar at 726 Sixth St. N. She is being charged with disorderly conduct, criminal damage to property, battery to a police officer and obstructing. According to the police report, the incident started with King at the bar drinking with a friend. At around 9 p.m., the bartender told King he would not serve her anymore because she was intoxicated.
Around 3 p.m. on Tuesday, local police were involved in a chase on I94 and Highway 35 that reached speeds in excess of 100 miles per hour. According to reports, an unidentified man crossed the I94 bridge eastbound in a stolen vehicle. The man proceeded on I94 to Highway 35 where he exited, driving south in a northbound lane. He went about two miles before he turned around and heading back to I94, westbound. Hudson Police followed the vehicle back through Hudson and for a short distance into Minnesota before law enforcement there took over the pursuit.
The Hudson Area Library Foundation is continuing to gather information and facts that they hope will persuade local governments and voters to support a new Hudson library at the corner of First and Vine streets in the former NMC building. Since the non-binding referendum in April that showed widespread support of the so-called "Lakefront Library," the foundation has been working on several fronts including negotiations with Xcel Energy to acquire the building, determining the cost to refit it for library use and operate it, and identifying philanthropic support for the project.
I know it's not supposed to be good for you, but "Grease" served Phipps-style seems just the kind of tonic for any mid-summer blues. The show is, of course, filled with music all of us baby-boomers remember and memories of John Travolta's first career and Olivia Newton John's hit-a-week status. But nothing beats seeing this show live on a stage. The high-energy cast is full of talented young people with excellent voices.
There are some seriously green thumbs at the Hudson Middle School. It's worth a trip this summer to stop by and see the garden at the front of the school at 1300 Carmichael Road. What used to be some grass and a few shrubs now includes a small waterfall and footbridge, a rose arbor and a wildflower bed as well as a composting station and some experimental features the students are trying. The garden took shape over the past few years under the guidance of HMS science teacher Cindy Landers.
For the second time in a week, former Hudson High School class president and football team captain Ben Luehrs found himself in front of a judge in his hometown. Luehrs, 19, who now lives in Eau Claire, pleaded guilty July 16 to driving while intoxicated last month. He appeared in Hudson Municipal Court in front of Judge Sue Gherty. On Monday, July 14, he appeared before St. Croix County Judge Scott Needham for violating his probation. Luehrs was one of 14 HHS graduates convicted of criminal damage to property for his part in vandalizing his own school as well as New Richmond High School.