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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Voters passed Tuesday's $12 million school bond referendum by a margin of only 129 votes. Turnout was heavy with more than 6,400 voting in the single-issue election. See chart (bottom of article) for vote totals by municipality. The issue passed in the towns of Troy and Hudson and in the city. It was defeated in North Hudson and Town of St. Joseph. This was the first bond referendum for Superintendent Mary Bowen-Eggebraaten and she waited anxiously with other district administrators at Hudson High School for the results that finally came in just before 11 p.m.
Donna Bennett of Hudson is a woman on a mission. It began when her then 4-year-old daughter, Surreia, was diagnosed with autism. She and her husband, Eric, knew little of the condition before Surreia's diagnosis but have spent the last five years learning as much as they could about it. According to information on their Web site, www.surreiasplace.org , autism is at an epidemic stage in America.
Connie Goldman believes experience is a good teacher when it comes to relationships, and the more of it the better. In her latest book, "Late Life Love: Romance and New Relationships in Later Years," Goldman writes from her own experience and from more than 25 years of interviewing and talking to people from all walks of life -- people she describes as both ordinary and extraordinary. Goldman has lived in Hudson for five years. She is a native of Minneapolis and has lived in California and Washington, D.C., where she was a producer and interviewer for National Public Radio.
The professional fate of Hudson Police Department Sgt.
The Star-Observer has obtained a copy of the charges facing veteran Hudson police officer Sgt. Robert Oehmke as a result of arrests he made in March outside of Dick's Bar and Grill at 111 Walnut St. The charges are part of a formal complaint against Oehmke sent to the city of Hudson Police and Fire Commission by acting HPD Chief Paul Larson. In the complaint, Larson recommends that Oehmke's "employment with the city of Hudson be terminated." The complaint states that on March 25 at approximately 2 a.m., Sgt.
Residents of the Hudson School District will vote Tuesday, Dec. 12th on whether or not to build a new elementary school on Coulee Trail, south of Interstate 94. The referendum asks voters to authorize $12,040,000 in bonds for the construction of the K-5 school for 588 students that will also include room for special and early childhood programs. The cost of construction for the school has been estimated at between $15-16 million. The Board of Education voted earlier this fall to take $3.5 million from the district's capital projects fund and apply it to the cost of the new school.
Twenty-four Hudson High School students received up to three-day suspensions for participating in a class walk-out on Friday morning. A group of about 60 students gathered on campus before school started on Friday to protest on behalf of Nichole Frye. Frye, a junior at the school who has cystic fibrosis, has been unable to attend classes at the school without getting sick. She and her family believe the air quality at the school is to blame.
I've worked with Doug Stohlberg for almost 17 years, and I think he's taken, maybe, one sick day since I've known him, so it was kind of a shock when he landed in the hospital last week, a Tuesday deadline day no less. That kind of work ethic, along with the fact that nobody seems to retire from the Star-Observer, sets the bar pretty high around here. But it's a bar worth reaching for. After successful surgery, Doug is recuperating, but we here at the HSO will have to muddle on without him for a while.
It's been a lot of years since I attended a Christmas pageant, but thanks to The Phipps I got another chance. "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever" is familiar to almost everybody and has been seen before by a lot of us, but that doesn't mean you should let this latest production slip by. This is what community theater is all about, and the community shouldn't miss it. I was struck this time by how familiar all the second-guessing and opinion flying seemed in the play -- it reminded me of the banter around Hudson these days.
Hudson High School was evacuated for about an hour last Wednesday after a bomb threat was left in one of the school restrooms. According to Principal Ed Lucas, the threat was found the night before by a janitor. The message written on a wall provided the date and a time for the threat. The high school and police conducted a thorough search of the building and nothing was found. Lucas said students were allowed to attend school but were released prior to the time of the threat as a precaution.