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 Middle School eighth-graders got some straight talk about alcohol and drugs from some young people not a whole lot older than they are. The speakers -- three college students and a recent college graduate -- shared their experiences as part of an annual presentation organized by Community Action. Using only a first name, the first student to speak was Josh, a 23-year-old who said he started to drink and smoke when he was about the same age as the students he was addressing. With an older brother showing him the ropes, Josh said he tried marijuana for the first time when he was 14.
I thought I might as well call a spade a spade right from the start here. That way, if you are one of those people who is organized, on task and never misses a deadline, you won't have to waste time reading this. You can immediately feel superior to me and the other hapless parents who just want to get their kids out from under -- for the good of all concerned. As if I don't have enough blown deadlines in my life as a newspaper person, now I have to add a whole new batch of dates that always seem to creep up at least two days late.
The public will have an opportunity to see the initial design and site plan for the new elementary school on Coulee Trail at a community information session on Tuesday, March 27 beginning at 7 p.m. in Lee Auditorium at Willow River Elementary School. The meeting was discussed at last week's Board of Education meeting. Along with board members and Hudson School Superintendent Mary Bowen-Eggebraaten, representatives from Hoffman Architects of Appleton, the school's designers, will be on hand to talk about their work to date.
Nervous and with shaking hands, Kathi O'Connell of Hudson spoke publicly for the first time about the murder of her brother Dan and his co-worker James Ellison at the hands of the late Fr. Ryan Erickson in February 2002. As hard as it was to do, she knew she was among friends and people who would understand what she was trying to do.
If time is money, then Community Action would be pretty well set after logging more than 4,000 community service hours in 2006. And while time doesn't translate into funds, the organization has managed to pull off some pretty impressive things on limited funds. Executive Director Michel Tigan believes that is because of the dedication and commitment of the more than 350 youth volunteers along with 125 adults who worked on more than two dozen service projects in the community last year that touched more than 7,000 adults and youth throughout the year.
The Hudson High School production of "The Butler Did It" has all the elements director Denise Baker was looking for in the annual spring play. Baker has directed several plays at HHS including last year's "Frankenstein." While she likes to stick to the classics, this year she was looking for something a little different. While checking into things like Sherlock Holmes, she stumbled across this script that features both comedy and drama and a whole host of characters based on old movie detectives like Charlie Chan, Nick and Nora Charles of "The Thin Man" series and Sherlock Holmes.
At last week's meeting, the Board of Education did not take any action on relocating district administration offices at last week's meeting. The agenda prior to the meeting Feb. 27 indicated that the board would go into closed session to discuss the options including the purchase of modular units and the purchase or lease of existing office space. According to Superintendent Mary Bowen-Eggebraaten, the board was not at a point where any action could be taken following the closed session so no vote was taken.
There will be a benefit dinner for Connor Dykes on Saturday, March 17, at the Valley House on Hwy. 35 near Houlton. Tickets for dinner, which are $25 each, must be purchased by March 9. Tickets are available at www.caringforconnor.com , the restaurant or by contacting Lori Linder at (612) 669-8731. Dinner is from 5-7 p.m. The meal will be followed by an auction, raffles and live music by Skidmarx, starting at 7 p.m. Tickets for that portion of the evening are $10 at the door. Anyone interested in donating raffle or auction items to the benefit can also contact Linder.
Barbara Rebhuhn took her new job at the Hudson School District already knowing quite a lot about the place. The fall semester in 2002 she filled in as associate to then Pupil Services Director Nancy Sweet. She had worked with Sweet before when both were involved in special education for the River Falls School District.
Today is Officer Steve Dunn's last day on the job with the Hudson Police Department. Dunn, 50, has been a full-time patrol officer since 1990 and prior to that worked part time for five years for the department. He has also served the community as an EMT and a 911 dispatcher. Dunn, who is a native of New Richmond and now lives there, said he liked the idea of police work because he could both help people and not spend his career sitting behind a desk. "I like the idea of being outside and being on my own and the fact that no two days are ever the same.