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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Burnett County Circuit Court Judge Mike Gableman was in Hudson last week to campaign for election to a seat on the Wisconsin Supreme Court. He is challenging incumbent Justice Louis Butler, who was appointed to the court in 2004 by Gov. Jim Doyle. Gableman has been a judge since 2002 and prior to that served as district attorney in Ashland County and as an assistant district attorney in both Marathon and Langlade counties.
Victoria Bear waived her right Wednesday morning to a preliminary hearing on a charge of homicide by negligent use of a vehicle in St Croix County Circuit Court on Wednesday. Bear is charged with causing the accident the killed Michael Strauch, 55, of Hudson on Sept. 23 on Coulee Road. Bear, formerly of Hudson, now St. Paul, was in court with her attorney Jamie Johnson of Hudson and with her ex-husband, former Hudson School Board member Peter Bear. Also in court were Strauch's widow Barbara and his children, Janna Neidermyer and Tim Strauch, along with extended family members.
Wendi Heuermann said she has found the job she has wanted all her life. Heuermann is the new executive director of Community Action, the Hudson-area, youth-based non-profit organization. Heuermann, who has lived in Hudson with her husband and teenage daughter for three years, replaces Michel Tigan, who accepted a position with Big Brothers/Big Sisters late last year. Heuermann said she has a long history of working with prevention programs for youth in both rural and urban settings from Illinois to Milwaukee to the Twin Cities. But she is excited to be working in Hudson.
The Hudson School District has filled the new position of human resources manager with a face that will be familiar to many students and parents. Before accepting the position in October, Debra Weisert worked in the district as a social studies teacher at Hudson High School and as a counselor at Hudson Middle School. She has lived in Hudson since 2001. Weisert said her experience in education as both a teacher and counselor is valuable in her new job.
I wouldn't work for free but the Star-Observer does have a fringe benefit that kind of amounts to a bonus every day, namely Willis Miller. I mention this because he has been absent of late, a condition that has occurred so rarely in the over 60 years he has been with the newspaper that things just seem a bit off around the place. Willis is recovering from pneumonia at Hudson Hospital and he is making progress, but it could be quicker -- from a purely selfish point of view. It was Willis who convinced me to apply for a job as a reporter at the newspaper 18 years ago.
Hudson Police Department veteran Sgt. Marty Jensen is the department's new chief. The Hudson Police and Fire Commission offered the job to Jensen who accepted at meeting early Friday morning. Jensen, a 21-year member of the HPD was chosen over one other candidate, The Jeff Cummins, police chief of Glencoe, Minn., a city of around 6,000 about an hour west of Minneapolis. This will mark the third time since spring of 2006 that the commission has chosen a new police chief. Eric Atkinson has been acting HPD chief since the resignation of Andrew Smith last August.
The Hudson Police and Fire Commission have scheduled a meeting early Friday morning to make a decision on who will be Hudson's next chief of police. The commission is considering two candidates -- HPD Sgt.
Nine months to the day after Hudson and New Richmond high schools were vandalized, eight of the 14 Hudson High School graduates accused in the case pleaded guilty and heard their sentences. After first rejecting a plea agreement presented by special prosecutor Rich White of the Eau Claire district attorney's office, Judge Scott Needham came up with his own sentence following the guilty pleas of Benjamin Luehrs, Samuel Wegleitner, Michael Perucca, Aaron Ludgatis, Travis Melcert, Andrew Olson, Jacob Walczak and Michael Vanness on 1 count each of misdemeanor criminal damage to property.
Jennifer Veenendall knows firsthand what it is like for children living with autism -- both for the students who are autistic and for their friends and peers in classrooms they share. Veendendall, a school-based occupational therapist in the Twin Cities, has written a book she believes will help promote an environment of acceptance and understanding of the students she works with everyday.
Picture this -- the Hudson Lakefront Library sharing a corner with The Phipps Center and the beautiful St. Croix River. For members of the Hudson Library Foundation and a growing number of supporters around the community, the idea seems like a perfect fit.