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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Michael Van Ness, 1733 Laurel Ave., is currently in St. Croix County Jail awaiting re-sentencing after he violated conditions of his probation for the second time in three weeks. Van Ness was on a home-monitoring device following his arrest June 24 for violating the absolute sobriety provision of his probation. Just a short time before that arrest, he was injured when he fell over Willow River Falls. Police suspected alcohol consumption contributed to that incident as well.
A Hudson woman almost landed on the pavement after she attempted to escape from a moving North Hudson police car early Tuesday morning. Jessica Ann King, 25, 511 Myrtle St., was arrested and jailed following an incident that began at Mudds and Sudds, a bar at 726 Sixth St. N. She is being charged with disorderly conduct, criminal damage to property, battery to a police officer and obstructing. According to the police report, the incident started with King at the bar drinking with a friend. At around 9 p.m., the bartender told King he would not serve her anymore because she was intoxicated.
Around 3 p.m. on Tuesday, local police were involved in a chase on I94 and Highway 35 that reached speeds in excess of 100 miles per hour. According to reports, an unidentified man crossed the I94 bridge eastbound in a stolen vehicle. The man proceeded on I94 to Highway 35 where he exited, driving south in a northbound lane. He went about two miles before he turned around and heading back to I94, westbound. Hudson Police followed the vehicle back through Hudson and for a short distance into Minnesota before law enforcement there took over the pursuit.
The Hudson Area Library Foundation is continuing to gather information and facts that they hope will persuade local governments and voters to support a new Hudson library at the corner of First and Vine streets in the former NMC building. Since the non-binding referendum in April that showed widespread support of the so-called "Lakefront Library," the foundation has been working on several fronts including negotiations with Xcel Energy to acquire the building, determining the cost to refit it for library use and operate it, and identifying philanthropic support for the project.
I know it's not supposed to be good for you, but "Grease" served Phipps-style seems just the kind of tonic for any mid-summer blues. The show is, of course, filled with music all of us baby-boomers remember and memories of John Travolta's first career and Olivia Newton John's hit-a-week status. But nothing beats seeing this show live on a stage. The high-energy cast is full of talented young people with excellent voices.
There are some seriously green thumbs at the Hudson Middle School. It's worth a trip this summer to stop by and see the garden at the front of the school at 1300 Carmichael Road. What used to be some grass and a few shrubs now includes a small waterfall and footbridge, a rose arbor and a wildflower bed as well as a composting station and some experimental features the students are trying. The garden took shape over the past few years under the guidance of HMS science teacher Cindy Landers.
For the second time in a week, former Hudson High School class president and football team captain Ben Luehrs found himself in front of a judge in his hometown. Luehrs, 19, who now lives in Eau Claire, pleaded guilty July 16 to driving while intoxicated last month. He appeared in Hudson Municipal Court in front of Judge Sue Gherty. On Monday, July 14, he appeared before St. Croix County Judge Scott Needham for violating his probation. Luehrs was one of 14 HHS graduates convicted of criminal damage to property for his part in vandalizing his own school as well as New Richmond High School.
Instead of spending a year or less in county jail, Victoria Bear will now serve five years in prison. That was the sentence handed down by Judge Eric Lundell Friday afternoon after he vacated the original sentence he gave her just three weeks earlier. Bear, formerly of Hudson, was found guilty of causing the death of Michael Strauch of Hudson as a result of a car accident. Bear was sentenced by Lundell on July 2 and was allowed to remain free on probation until July 9 when she was to report to St. Croix County Jail to begin her sentence.
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.