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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For those of us who never get closer to opera than flicking by it on PBS, the new Hudson High School production of "Lend Me A Tenor" might just be the ticket.
Hudson Police Chief Marty Jensen has announced the promotion of officers Brad Kusmirek and Jason Muenich to the rank of sergeant. They will be sworn in along with the new mayor and City Council members on April 15 at City Hall. Both men have 11 years of experience in law enforcement. Muenich, 37, is a 1989 Hudson High School graduate. He joined the Hudson Police Department in October 1999. Prior to that he was a member of the Milwaukee Police Department. Kurmirek, 34, joined the HPD in 2002. Prior to that he was an officer in Price County in north central Wisconsin.
With 70 percent of voters in last week's election saying they would support the purchase of a new home for the Hudson Area Joint Library, the real work of the proposal now begins. That's how members of the Hudson Library Foundation, the organization spearheading the effort, are describing what's ahead for the plan to make the NMC building at 700 First St. the new library. Bye Barsness, vice president of the foundation, said they had hoped for at least 60 percent approval in the non-binding advisory referendum. "We definitely got more than we hoped for.
Four more Hudson High School graduates recently pleaded guilty to vandalizing their own school as well as New Richmond High School last June. They were among 14 former HHS students who were charged in the case. Nine of the students have already been convicted and sentenced. Joining them are: Nathan T. Kovatch, 18, 345 Cove Road, Nicholas P. Filipiak, 19, 416 Brookwood Dr., Peter J. Maki, 19, 520 Joseph Circle and Michael J. Zuehl, 18, 518 10th St. N. Just like their co-defendants, all four were sentenced to a year of probation and ordered to complete 70 hours of community service.
Hudson High School choral director Kari Heisler thinks this time of year everybody could use a good laugh. That's why she chose "Lend Me a Tenor" for the annual spring play. "I laughed all the way through it when I saw it, and ever since I've wanted to stage it. It is just a great show for a high school cast and fun from beginning to end for the audience," said Heisler, who is directing the production.
Floriane Robins-Brown knows what it feels like to be a child and alone. Growing up in Rwanda without her biological mother and in an abusive home, she said it was like growing up without parents. She made up her mind when she was 8 years old that when she grew up she would find a way to help children like her. Robins-Brown moved to River Falls 20 years ago. She was married to a professor at UW-River Falls and the couple had two children. Following a divorce, she moved to Hudson and has worked for 3M, Pillsbury and Dain Rauscher over the years.
About 50 people turned out for an information meeting about a new library for Hudson. The information was provided by the Hudson Library Foundation, an independent body that raises funds to support capital improvements for the library. They believe they have hit on the best and ultimate improvement in the form of the now-for-sale NMC building at the corner of First and Vine streets. The foundation, headed by President Susie Gilbert, has been spearheading the information campaign in support of the new "Lakefront Library" and for a yes vote on the non-binding advisory referendum April 1.
If the experts are to be believed, the Hudson School District will continue to see increase enrollment despite the housing crisis and stalled U.S. economy, it just won't be as dramatic as in recent years. That was the message from demographer Hazel Reinhardt in a report to the Hudson Board of Education at last week's school board meeting. Reinhardt has made several enrollment projection studies for the district, the most recent in 2005.
The Hudson Board of Education unanimously approved the appointment of new principals for Willow River and Hudson Prairie elementary schools at last week's meeting. David Grambow, who has been a teacher in the Hudson district for 13 years, will assume leadership of Willow River in June. Susan Prather, who currently on staff at Lincoln Center Elementary School in South St. Paul, will be the new principal at Hudson Prairie. They will begin their new jobs this summer. Grambow is currently an emotional behavior disorder teacher at E.P.Rock. He has also taught third and fifth grades.
The five candidates running for three seats on the Hudson Board of Education addressed a variety of issues from district growth to the need for a new high school at a forum held last Thursday at Willow River Elementary School. The slate of candidates includes incumbent board president Dan Tjornehoj, incumbent Erika Cherrier, second-time candidate Phillip Kotoski and first-time candidates Lynn Robson and Barb VanLoenen.