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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At a time when bad credit seems to be catching up with many Americans, that isn't the case for the Hudson School District. The Board of Education heard a report that the district's credit rating is among the best in the state and, as a result, it will get an interest rate of 3.35 percent on the refunding of $5,185,000 general obligation bonds. That will mean a savings -- after costs -- of $223,042 over the life of the bonds. The board approved the refunding unanimously. District Financial Services Director Tim Erickson told the board that the district received an Aa2 rating.
School hot lunch prices will go up when classes resume this fall. The increases will mean a dime more for student lunches, 20 cents for adult lunches and 20 cents for high school and adult breakfast. A fresh fruit and vegetable snack will be available at the elementary level starting this fall for 50 cents a day. The Board of Education approved the increase at its meeting last week. District Financial Services Director Tim Erickson said the increase was necessitated by several things, including a 25 percent increase in the district's price for milk and bread.
After what amounted to a verbal trip to the woodshed administered by Judge Scott Needham, Ben Luehrs will remain on probation but under closer scrutiny. Luehrs, 19, was among the 14 Hudson High School graduates convicted of vandalizing New Richmond and their own school last June. He pleaded guilty last March to criminal damage to property and was placed on probation for one year. Among the conditions of the probation were absolute sobriety and no criminal behavior.
There were some very special backstage guests at last month's Country Splash in Somerset. Thanks to their teacher at Willow River Elementary, country music fans Ben and Max Norris, twin 10-year-olds from Hudson, got the chance to meet singer Clint Black in person. The boys were both diagnosed as autistic when they were about a year old. They have been students of teacher Tara Tuchel for the past four years. When the boys started school, it was a difficult adjustment because they were highly sensitized to almost all movement and sound around them.
Victoria Bear spent part her last night of freedom for a year drinking at a Woodbury restaurant according to police there. Bear was sentenced last week in St. Croix County Court for her role in the accident that killed Michael Strauch of Hudson last September. On July 2 Judge Eric Lundell sentenced Bear to serve a year in St. Croix County Jail beginning July 9. She was released at that time but one of the conditions of her sentence was that she maintain absolute sobriety. Bear was spotted Tuesday evening at a Chili's restaurant in Woodbury by friends of the Strauch family.
A 50-year-old North Hudson man was found dead at his residence around 9:20 a.m. on July 3. Edward Lloyd Flynn, was found dead on the back patio of his home at 627 Tenth St. N. Police are not releasing any details about the cause of death, any of the circumstances surrounding it or who found the body. According to a press release from North Hudson Police Chief Mark Richert, an autopsy was conducted by the Ramsey County Medical Examiner's office on July 4. The final report from the medical examiner's office is not yet available and so a cause of death has not been released.
Nine people were cited in a two-hour period last Wednesday afternoon in Lakefront Park, all for alcohol-related violations. The Hudson Police Department has officers in the park undercover this summer. The violations included both possession of alcohol in the park and underage consumption of alcohol. There were also two arrests for probation violations. Chief Marty Jensen said officers saw violators attempting to bury beer cans in the sand as officers approached. The chief said the department will continue to patrol and monitor activity in the park and surrounding area for violations.
Victoria Bear, 57, will serve a year in St. Croix County Jail for causing the accident that killed Michael Strauch of Hudson on Coulee Road last September. The sentence was handed down by Judge Eric Lundell on Friday. Bear will be placed on probation for five years during which time she must maintain absolute sobriety. The sentence also included: --restitution of $16, 730 to the Strauch family for funeral and other expenses. --200 hours of community service. --revocation of her driver's license for a year and her passport. --participation with the Strauch family in the St.
Michael Van Ness, 21, 1733 Laurel Ave., was scheduled to be released from St. Croix County Jail Tuesday afternoon following his arrest June 24 for a probation violation in Hudson. According to Mike O'Keefe of the Department of Corrections in Hudson, Van Ness is being released with a home monitoring device and some additional restrictions "in hopes of getting better compliance with the conditions of his probation." Just the week before Van Ness suffered a broken wrist and other injuries when he fell 30 feet over the Willow River Falls on June 15.
Benjamin N. Luehrs, 19, 1247 Graham Ave., formerly of Hudson, and Michael C. Van Ness, 21, 1733 Laurel Ave., were both arrested following a traffic stop just after 10 p.m. June 24 on Vine Street near Diamond Drive. According to the police report, officers stopped the car Luehrs was driving after observing him swerve in his lane and then cross the center line. When asked, Luehrs denied that he had been drinking. VanNess, who was a passenger in the car, did admit to drinking earlier in a park. After administering field sobriety tests to Luehrs, he was arrested for driving while intoxicated.