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 case for firing a former Hudson Police Department sergeant will not get a second hearing, according to a recent ruling by St. Croix County Judge Edward Vlack. Robert Oehmke of Hudson had appealed his dismissal -- from the department last December by the Police and Fire Commission -- to St. Croix County Circuit Court.
The judge in the wrongful death lawsuit brought by the family of murder victim James Ellison last week denied a petition by Bishop Raphael Fliss and the Diocese of Superior to have the case against them dismissed. Ellison was murdered at the O'Connell Family Funeral Home along with owner Dan O'Connell in February 2002. An investigation and hearing into the double homicide determined that the likely killer was the late Fr. Ryan Erickson, then an assistant pastor at St. Patrick's Church.
There are lots of days that I have felt I was in this motherhood thing all by myself.
River Crest is new school name for Hudson elementary Students across the Hudson School District have chosen the name River Crest for the new elementary school scheduled to open in fall 2008. The name was the favorite among the more than 2,700 students who voted districtwide. The other two choices were Evergreen and Red Cedar. The winning name was suggested by retired district grade school teacher Kathy Roberts. More than 160 names were submitted for consideration. That list was narrowed to 17 by a committee of representatives from the district's elementary schools.
This Mother's Day will be Michel Clausen Tigan's first as a parent. She and husband Matt became the parents of Emelia Bernadette last December. She is enjoying motherhood and believes it is because she has learned from the best -- her mother, Jean Gagnon Clausen, and her grandmother, the late Bernadette Gagnon. Although she was born and raised in Hudson, Tigan has been making a name for herself around town since she returned several years ago and took over leadership of Community Action, the local organization that focuses on programs, education and partnerships that benefit area youth.
When everyone sits down at next week's second Empty Bowls Dinner at the First Presbyterian Church, it will be the fulfillment of a commitment made by Community Action youth volunteers to raise awareness of poverty and hunger in and around their community. It will be that but also much more. In recent years, a delegation of teenagers, most Community Action volunteers, have participated in Peace Jam, an international organization with the mission of inspiring youth to be peacemakers in their own communities and the wider world -- with Nobel Peace Laureates as their inspiration.
Elmer Alling, familiar to many in Hudson as the man on the bike, was taken by ambulance to Hudson Hospital Thursday afternoon after being bitten by a pitbull in the 800 block of Sixth Street. According to the police report, the 72-year-old Alling, who lives at 1306 Sixth St., was bitten on both legs by the seven-year-old American Staffordshire pit bull terrier. The dog belongs to Erin Oldenburg, 28, who lives at 817 Sixth St. A neighbor heard Alling screaming, ran to her front yard at 824 Sixth St. saw Alling had been bitten and called 911.
By all accounts, things at the Hudson Police Department are going pretty well these days under the leadership of the new Chief of Police Andrew Smith. It's been two months since the former Minneapolis Police Department captain took over the HPD's top job, and some changes have already been made with more on the way. Smith said getting to know the officers he commands has been the best part of his job so far. "The quality and commitment of the officers has impressed me.
The Hudson Board of Education gave its approval last week to a new administrative position, associate director of Learning Services. The job will go to Peg Shoemaker, who this year has been acting as both principal of Houlton Elementary School and staff development coordinator for the district. A new principal will be chosen for Houlton. While the entire board supported the creation of the position, there was some dissent when it came to the proposed salary of $95,000.
The Hudson Board of Education will hold a special meeting Tuesday night, April 24, to get approval from district voters to purchase a building in the town of Hudson to house its administrative offices. The board voted unanimously two weeks ago to put the $1.45 million purchase before voters at an electors meeting as is required under state statute. The meeting will be conducted in the same manner as the district's annual meeting. It will be held at the Hudson High School auditorium at 1401 Vine St. beginning at 7 p.m. All voting will occur at the special meeting of the electors.