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 elderly man who died yesterday from an apparent suicide outside the North Hudson Village Hall has been identified as Thomas Hines, 80, a retired U.S. Treasury agent who lived in the village with his wife of 58 years. According to information from village Police Chief Mark Richert, Hines used a handgun to shoot himself around 12:15 p.m. near the south entrance to the Village Hall. That is the door closest to the police department.
Promising to continue his support of Community Action, retiring Mayor Jack Breault was the featured speaker at the organization's annual meeting on Monday. "You should change the name to the 'Action Force' because that is what you are in our community -- a real force that gets things done," said Breault. The mayor complimented programs like Coffee House Live, the music venue held in partnership with the YMCA that "provides a safe and fun place for our teenagers to go." He also recognized the group's service projects like Helping Hands that provides lawn-raking and other assistance to senior
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.
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.
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.
After almost two years of touch-and-go leadership at the Hudson Police Department, the new chief of police says he is here to stay. Late last week the Police and Fire Commission offered the job to Sgt. Marty Jensen, a 21-year veteran of the department, and he accepted. Jensen is the HPD's third chief in two years. He was among the applicants in the summer of 2006 after the retirement of Chief Dick Trende. Former Whitewater Chief Jim Coan got the job then but only lasted a few weeks.
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 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.
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.