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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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.
Hudson High School is filled to overflowing with students but short on space and technology according to Principal Ed Lucas. Lucas spoke before the Hudson School Board at their meeting earlier this month and presented a detailed report of what he entitled the "Hudson High School: Current and Future Program Concerns and Challenges." The problem, according to Lucas, who has been principal at the school since 2001, is not only in the over capacity enrollment of almost 1,700, but also in the lack of "quality of classroom space and equipment that is up-to-date to support our curriculum." Lucas s
It might be a first for Hudson High School and definitely something to be proud of - the graduation this spring of four HHS alumni from medical school. The new doctors are Jon Barlow, Jeremy Cook, Bill Schmitt and Kari Nelson Schneider. Barlow and Schmitt graduated from UW-Madison Medical School and both are going onto residency programs at Mayo Clinic in Rochester. Schneider graduated from Washington University Medical School in St. Louis and will do her residency at St. Louis Children's Hospital.
Construction on the new River Crest Elementary School on Coulee Trail is scheduled to be completed by Aug. 4 according to Hudson School District Superintendent Mary Bowen-Eggebraaten. The superintendent ran down the moving in schedule at last week's Board of Education meeting.
Noelle Huftel was just 20 years old when she went to her doctor to see what was causing her abdominal pain and fatigue. When she left the doctor's office with her diagnosis, she had to ask her mother who was in the waiting room what the word "malignant" meant and just what an oncologist did. That's how Jill Huftel got the news that her daughter had ovarian cancer. That was in November of 2006. Just a little over a year later in December 2007, Jill would be told that she had breast cancer.
Celebrate. Remember. Fight back. That's the mantra for the American Cancer Society's biggest fundraising effort, the Relay For Life. Connie Fisk will be doing all three of those things when she takes the stage at the closing "Fight Back" ceremony at this weekend's Hudson Relay For Life. Fisk began her personal fight against cancer when her husband Bill was diagnosed in the early 1990s. She was his primary caregiver in their home right up until the time of his death in 2003.
Among the end-of-the-school-year gatherings was the HHS Diversity Club picnic at Williams Park recently. Looking around at the more than 20 students present, it can't be said that Hudson High School has a lot of ethnic diversity, but it does seem clear the face of the school is gradually changing. The group started with just a few members, most Asian, but today's club includes African Americans, Asians, Hispanics, Caucasians and others.
Someone stole four classroom projectors valued at $2,800 last week from River Crest Elementary School, now under construction at County F and Coulee Trail. The theft was discovered on June 5 and reported by Curt Thiel, construction manager of the project for Hoffman Total Project Management. According to the police report, the projectors were purchased by the school district and were mounted on the ceiling for use with the "Smart Boards" in the classrooms in the "D wing," or northeast corner of the new school.
These students are among the more than 400 who have successfully completed their educations at Hudson High School. They recently shared some thoughts on the experiences that brought them to this point and what they think the future might hold. Dan Dodge Dan Dodge, 18, has attended Hudson schools since the second grade. There are lots of things he will miss about school and his hometown but he is looking forward to life after high school. Dodge said maturity is the biggest thing he has gained in his four years at HHS.
The Hudson Board of Education voted unanimously to approve HSD 2025, a new strategic plan for the school district aimed at preparing Hudson graduates to compete on a global level. One by one, board members praised the work done by the HSD 2025 team which included representatives from the School Board, school administrators, teachers, staff, students, parents and community members.