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 School District Director of Personnel Services Jennifer Ninneman has resigned her position effective July 13, one year after being hired. Ninneman said she is leaving to complete the dissertation for her Ph.D. and will likely return to a career in higher education upon receiving her doctorate. Ninneman came to Hudson from the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota where she had served as lead human resources consultant. Prior to that, she worked as human resources manager at UW-River Falls.
The Board of Education gave preliminary approval to the latest schematic drawings for the district's new school, now officially named River Crest Elementary. Hoffman Architects of Appleton, who is designing the facility and the grounds surrounding it, made the presentation at last week's School Board meeting. Tom Cox of Hoffman advised the board that the company continues to be within budget and on schedule with the project.
The Hudson Board of Education voted last week to issue $9.5 million in bonds for the construction of River Crest Elementary School. The average interest rate on the 20-year general obligation bonds will be 4.31 percent. In a presentation by Brian Brewer -- director for R.W. Baird of Milwaukee, which is handling the transaction -- the board heard that the district's Aa2 credit rating from Moody's Investor Service helped secure the lower than anticipated interest rate. According to Brewer, a conservative rate of 5 percent was used in the original financing plan for the referendum.
The case for firing a former Hudson Police Department sergeant will not get a second hearing, according to a recent ruling by St. Croix County Judge Edward Vlack. Robert Oehmke of Hudson had appealed his dismissal -- from the department last December by the Police and Fire Commission -- to St. Croix County Circuit Court.
The judge in the wrongful death lawsuit brought by the family of murder victim James Ellison last week denied a petition by Bishop Raphael Fliss and the Diocese of Superior to have the case against them dismissed. Ellison was murdered at the O'Connell Family Funeral Home along with owner Dan O'Connell in February 2002. An investigation and hearing into the double homicide determined that the likely killer was the late Fr. Ryan Erickson, then an assistant pastor at St. Patrick's Church.
There are lots of days that I have felt I was in this motherhood thing all by myself.
River Crest is new school name for Hudson elementary Students across the Hudson School District have chosen the name River Crest for the new elementary school scheduled to open in fall 2008. The name was the favorite among the more than 2,700 students who voted districtwide. The other two choices were Evergreen and Red Cedar. The winning name was suggested by retired district grade school teacher Kathy Roberts. More than 160 names were submitted for consideration. That list was narrowed to 17 by a committee of representatives from the district's elementary schools.
This Mother's Day will be Michel Clausen Tigan's first as a parent. She and husband Matt became the parents of Emelia Bernadette last December. She is enjoying motherhood and believes it is because she has learned from the best -- her mother, Jean Gagnon Clausen, and her grandmother, the late Bernadette Gagnon. Although she was born and raised in Hudson, Tigan has been making a name for herself around town since she returned several years ago and took over leadership of Community Action, the local organization that focuses on programs, education and partnerships that benefit area youth.
Elmer Alling, familiar to many in Hudson as the man on the bike, was taken by ambulance to Hudson Hospital Thursday afternoon after being bitten by a pitbull in the 800 block of Sixth Street. According to the police report, the 72-year-old Alling, who lives at 1306 Sixth St., was bitten on both legs by the seven-year-old American Staffordshire pit bull terrier. The dog belongs to Erin Oldenburg, 28, who lives at 817 Sixth St. A neighbor heard Alling screaming, ran to her front yard at 824 Sixth St. saw Alling had been bitten and called 911.
When everyone sits down at next week's second Empty Bowls Dinner at the First Presbyterian Church, it will be the fulfillment of a commitment made by Community Action youth volunteers to raise awareness of poverty and hunger in and around their community. It will be that but also much more. In recent years, a delegation of teenagers, most Community Action volunteers, have participated in Peace Jam, an international organization with the mission of inspiring youth to be peacemakers in their own communities and the wider world -- with Nobel Peace Laureates as their inspiration.