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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The 14 Hudson High School graduates suspected in the vandalism last month of five area high schools, including their own, will face felony charges in St. Croix County. The complaint naming them was filed in St. Croix County Court earlier this week by the special prosecutor in the case, Eau Claire County District Attorney Rich White. Ten of those charged face two felonies each for the damages at New Richmond High School and HHS June 3-4.
Gillian Yoerg and about two dozen of her newest friends will be stopping by Hudson July 31 on their way through to the East Coast. It will mark the half-way point on their 3,800-mile bike trip from the Pacific to the Atlantic oceans. Yoerg, 17, who will be a senior at Hudson High School this fall, made up her mind that she wanted to do a cycling trip last year and began to train. When she came upon the 10th Gear Web site and talked with the people involved, her mother, Caroline, says she knew she had found the right fit.
Despite its ages-long run in the Twin Cities, I never saw "I Do, I Do" until last Friday night at the opening of the new Phipps Center production. It is a nostalgic look at being married for the long haul, something only about half of us can say we experience in real life. For the other half, maybe if we sang more and fought less, those couples might have made it. In order to enjoy this play, which takes place entirely in the bedroom of marrieds Michael and Agnes, the audience has to let go of many post-1950s notions of marriage.
The Hudson Board of Education met last week and dealt with issues ranging from approving the footprint of the new elementary school to contracting the services of a communication specialist to an increase in the cost of hot lunch at school. This was the first meeting following the resignation of board member Tracy Habisch-Ahlin, who resigned June 19 in order to apply for position of communications specialist for the district. Habisch-Ahlin was among 15 candidates considered and three finalists for the contracted services position.
For Tracy Habisch-Ahlin, her new job as communication specialist for the Hudson School District is a return to familiar work. For the last six years, the Hudson resident has operated Cove Country School, a preschool program. While her own children were in elementary school, the schedule was a perfect fit, but now that the last one has left that level, she was ready for a change. Habisch-Ahlin resigned her seat on the Hudson School Board on June 19 in order to apply for the contract position of communication specialist.
Four of the suspects in the vandalism at two Eau Claire high schools June 3-4 were scheduled to appear in court there this week. Making initial appearances in Eau Claire County court on Tuesday to hear the charges against them were Benjamin N. Leuhrs, 18, 718 Crosby Drive, Michael C. Van Ness, 20, 1733 Laurel Ave., and Michael J. Zuehl, 18, 518 Tenth St. N. Samuel T. Wegleitner, 18, 1188 Sundance Pass, was scheduled to appear in court today. All four men face two counts each of misdemeanor criminal damage to property.
Two 15-year-old Hudson girls were sitting on a bench in Lakefront Park when they were approached by a man with a message. According to the police report, the man approached the girls and said he had a message for them. He said, "The only thing that matters is God" and then handed one of the girls a $100 bill. The man talked for a few more minutes and then left the park and drove off in a dark-colored Lexus. The man is described as white, 5'11," medium build and bald, wearing a gray shirt. The girls said they had never seen the man in the park before.
Three of the suspects involved in vandalism at North and Memorial high schools in Eau Claire appeared in criminal court there yesterday and were charged with two counts each of criminal damage to property. Benjamin Luehrs, 18, Michael Van Ness, 20, both of Hudson, and Michael Zuehl, 18, North Hudson, were in court on Tuesday to hear the misdemeanor charges. They were released on $1,000 signature bonds and were ordered to stay off school property. Samuel Weigleitner, 18, from Hudson is expected to be in court on Thursday to face the same charges.
The Hudson Police Department is asking the public's help in tracking down who stole more than $20,000 in copper wire from AT&T sometime between 3 p.m. July 12 and 7:30 a.m. July 13. According to the police report, the company's installing and repair manager found the chainlink fence on the west side of the building at 801 Second St. cut. The thieves then entered the storage area and removed 135 spools of service wire. According to the manager, each spool weighed 85 pounds and is valued at $150. Each spool contained black-colored, insulated, 22-gauge copper wire.
A 38-year-old man was prevented from committing suicide by several members of the Hudson Police Department on July 4. Police went to the residence in the 1500 block of Heggen Street around 10:30 p.m. after the man's wife called 911 saying her husband was going to kill himself either by overdosing or by cutting himself. HPD officers Bob Larson, Jason Muenich and Geoff Willems accompanied by Sgt. Eric Atkinson went to the man's apartment. Atkinson and Larson knocked on the door but got no response.