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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Hudson Prairie Elementary Principal Melissa Gould has resigned her position, effective June 30, according to district communications specialist Tracy Habisch-Ahlin. Gould is in her second year as principal at the school, the largest elementary in the district, with an enrollment of approximately 660 students. Gould, who had done her student teaching at Rock School prior to graduating from UW-River Falls, was hired in 2006 to replace Cathy Shimon who left to become superintendent of schools in Clayton.
When I'm "served" something, I like it to fall into one of three categories -- appetizer, entrée or dessert. But that wasn't the case recently when I was called up front at the office, and a less-than-professional-looking young man in a baseball cap served me up none of the above, but rather a subpoena. It was a Monday and I was already in something of a bad temper so a summons to testify in federal court didn't help.
The experience is far from what most of them know, but that's why Community Action teen volunteers do it. For the third consecutive year, a contingent of Hudson students traveled to Chicago to lend a hand to those less fortunate, and just like all those who have done it before them, all agree it was worth the long trip. The group included 23 students and six adult chaperones. They traveled in several vans, and the trip down was used to get to know each other better and talk about their expectations of the trip.
A fairy tale about a family fallen on hard times and a magical solution to it all sound pretty good these days. And that is only one of the reasons to see the new Phipps Children's Theater production of "East of the Sun and West of the Moon." Adapted from a Norwegian short story along the lines of "Beauty and the Beast," the play has all the elements it needs for an entertaining evening, no matter what the weather is outside.
In the first ceremony of its kind, 17 members of the Hudson Police Department were recognized for their service with everything from medals of valor to certificates of commendation. Acting Police Chief Eric Atkinson told the gathering of officers and their families that during his tenure as chief the last six months of 2007, officers of the HPD distinguished themselves at numerous incidents, demonstrating their bravery and courage in service to the community.
A homicide charge was filed late Friday afternoon against Victoria M. Bear of Hudson in connection with an accident in September that killed a Hudson man. The St. Croix County District Attorney's office has charged Bear, 56, with one count of homicide by negligent use of a vehicle, a felony. The victim, Michael Strauch, 55, was killed after his motorcycle struck Bear's vehicle, after she allegedly pulled out in front of him from 18th Street around 6 p.m. on Sept. 23.
There are lots of familiar names in the recently released "The Ultimate Teen Book Guide," and it makes Laura Gajdostik, their English teacher at Hudson High School, very proud. The guide, which covers more than 700 books, features 19 reviews by Gajdostik's students and others at HHS. Along with the reviews, the book contains a short biography of each of the reviewers. Hudson students are among the largest number represented in the guide.
There were about a dozen extra adults around last Tuesday to welcome Hudson High School students back for the second semester. Waiting at every entrance, the adults were part of Community Action's "Reach Out" program, and they were there to shake as many hands as they could. This is the third second-semester "Reach Out," the brainchild of Jim Mitchell, youth coordinator for Community Action, and HHS principal Ed Lucas. Along with letting students know that adults in their community care, Mitchell and Lucas wanted the event students' own turf.
The Hudson Police and Fire Commission will interview three candidates Feb. 12 for the position of Hudson police chief. The candidates are Hudson Police Department Sgt. Marty Jensen; Glencoe, Minn., Police Chief Jeff Cummins; and Kohler Police Chief William Rutten. Commission president Tom O'Connell expects that a new chief will be named by the end of February. Eric Atkinson has been acting HPD chief since the resignation of Andrew Smith last August.
Some decision on what, if any, charges will be brought against Victoria Bear for her role in an accident that killed a Hudson man in September should be made by the end of this week. That was the message from the St. Croix County District Attorney's office to the Star-Observer earlier this week. Michael Strauch, 55, was killed on Coulee Road after his motorcycle struck a vehicle driven by Victoria Bear, 56, also of Hudson, after she allegedly pulled out in front of him from 18th Street around 6 p.m. Sept. 23.