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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Construction on the new River Crest Elementary School on Coulee Trail is scheduled to be completed by Aug. 4 according to Hudson School District Superintendent Mary Bowen-Eggebraaten. The superintendent ran down the moving in schedule at last week's Board of Education meeting.
Noelle Huftel was just 20 years old when she went to her doctor to see what was causing her abdominal pain and fatigue. When she left the doctor's office with her diagnosis, she had to ask her mother who was in the waiting room what the word "malignant" meant and just what an oncologist did. That's how Jill Huftel got the news that her daughter had ovarian cancer. That was in November of 2006. Just a little over a year later in December 2007, Jill would be told that she had breast cancer.
Celebrate. Remember. Fight back. That's the mantra for the American Cancer Society's biggest fundraising effort, the Relay For Life. Connie Fisk will be doing all three of those things when she takes the stage at the closing "Fight Back" ceremony at this weekend's Hudson Relay For Life. Fisk began her personal fight against cancer when her husband Bill was diagnosed in the early 1990s. She was his primary caregiver in their home right up until the time of his death in 2003.
Among the end-of-the-school-year gatherings was the HHS Diversity Club picnic at Williams Park recently. Looking around at the more than 20 students present, it can't be said that Hudson High School has a lot of ethnic diversity, but it does seem clear the face of the school is gradually changing. The group started with just a few members, most Asian, but today's club includes African Americans, Asians, Hispanics, Caucasians and others.
Someone stole four classroom projectors valued at $2,800 last week from River Crest Elementary School, now under construction at County F and Coulee Trail. The theft was discovered on June 5 and reported by Curt Thiel, construction manager of the project for Hoffman Total Project Management. According to the police report, the projectors were purchased by the school district and were mounted on the ceiling for use with the "Smart Boards" in the classrooms in the "D wing," or northeast corner of the new school.
These students are among the more than 400 who have successfully completed their educations at Hudson High School. They recently shared some thoughts on the experiences that brought them to this point and what they think the future might hold. Dan Dodge Dan Dodge, 18, has attended Hudson schools since the second grade. There are lots of things he will miss about school and his hometown but he is looking forward to life after high school. Dodge said maturity is the biggest thing he has gained in his four years at HHS.
The Hudson Board of Education voted unanimously to approve HSD 2025, a new strategic plan for the school district aimed at preparing Hudson graduates to compete on a global level. One by one, board members praised the work done by the HSD 2025 team which included representatives from the School Board, school administrators, teachers, staff, students, parents and community members.
What began in a small office space at Holy Family Hospital in New Richmond 20 years ago has become Hudson's longest running family therapy practice with offices in both cities and eight therapists on staff. The practice was started by Dr. Christopher Babbitt and his wife, Peg Audley, a clinical social worker. Babbitt has built a reputation working with children. He recalls that there were few child therapists back then, and his work with them has only grown over the years.
The Hudson Board of Education gave its final approval to an agreement between the Hudson School District and the YMCA to share the maintenance, upkeep and any related expenses of the so-called "Gateway" that will go under County F and link Camp St. Croix and the campus of River Crest Elementary. District Financial Services Director Tim Erickson said the agreement spelled out that the maintenance and upkeep of the tunnel and the approaches to it on either side would be split 50/50 between the district and the YMCA as previously agreed upon.
Hudson Police Chief Marty Jensen thinks there is a lesson to be learned from some personal experience last week. Jensen's truck, along with nine other vehicles in and around his neighborhood, were broken into overnight on May 20. The vehicles were in the Oakridge development adjacent to the Government Center and the north end of Grandview Drive. Other vehicles were also targeted on Mont Croix Street and in Hazelcrest. Jensen said his vehicle was locked and parked in his driveway, right next to his unmarked squad car, but on the seat a laptop computer in a case was in clear sight.