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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A 22-year-old Menomonie man was seriously injured when he was thrown from his vehicle as it rolled over on I94 eastbound at exit 2 around 5 a.m. Tuesday. Daniel Melstrom was transported from the scene of the accident to Regions Hospital in St. Paul where he was listed in serious condition Tuesday afternoon. A Hudson police officer was the first on the scene around 5:13 a.m. followed by Wisconsin State Patrol. The State Patrol is investigating the accident and is working with HPD to determine the cause of the crash.
Barbara Rebhuhn has been named the Hudson School District's new associate director of Student Services. She replaces Thomas Hellmers who will be lead psychologist at Hudson High School.
It's true. I kept looking at Amy all through this weekend's baby shower at our house and I wondered where the time has gone. I also wished I had paid more attention along the way. Amy became our baby-sitter when we moved to Hudson 17 years ago. She was 15, I was 37 and the twins were just about 2. I remember the day we met clearly. It was a sublime ambush engineered by her mother and my now close friend, JoAnn. It was the morning of May 5, 1990, the kids' second birthday.
Melissa Gould will be the next principal of Hudson Prairie Elementary School. Gould replaces Cathy Shimon, who resigned to become the superintendent of the Clayton School District. Gould is no stranger to the Hudson School District or the area. She did her undergraduate work at UW-River Falls and her student teaching at Rock Elementary in 1993 with Carol Kellogg Pevovar. Gould is currently the principal of Land O'Lakes Elementary School and curriculum director of the Northland Pines School District in Eagle River.
The internal investigation of an incident involving Hudson Police Department Sgt. Bob Oehmke is nearing completion. The 15-year veteran of the department has been on paid administrative leave since early spring. According to acting chief of police Lt. Paul Larson, the findings of the investigation are being reviewed by the city's labor attorney, Steve Weld of Eau Claire, and will also be reviewed by a police union representative. Larson could not comment on the investigation or the incident that prompted it.
Jim Coan of Whitewater has been hired as the new chief of the Hudson Police Department. The announcement came in a press release from the Hudson Police and Fire Commission last week. Coan has been chief of the Whitewater Police Department for 14 years. Prior to that he was with the Appleton Police Department for 14 years and rose to the rank of captain during that time. The Whitewater Police Department has 23 officers. Coan was among 100 officers with the Appleton Police Department. HPD has 21 full-time officers.
Wisconsin Act 25 was passed unanimously at last week's Hudson Board of Education meeting, resulting in an increase of about $49,000 in state aids to Hudson public schools. The act is designed to address the impact of "negative aids" on district's like Hudson where high property valuation has negatively impacted the amount of state school aids the district gets. The resolution allows for money from the fund balance to pay the district's debt for the unfunded pension liability with the Wisconsin Retirement System.
Threatening weather Friday night didn't dampen spirits at the seventh annual Hudson Relay For Life, where approximately 800 participants raised $172,117 for the fight against cancer. Severe weather warnings, thunder and lightning did necessitate moving the 10 p.m. luminary ceremony inside the adjacent Rock Elementary School gym, but beyond that the event went forward as planned. Opening ceremonies began with an address by event chairman and cancer survivor Mike Yell.
Mike Yell is about to begin a four-year commitment with the National Council for Social Studies that will likely take him all over the country and beyond. Yell will become the vice president of the group on July 1 for a year. That will be followed by a year as president elect, a year as president and another as past president. The NCSS has members in 50 states and 69 foreign countries. Yell has lots of experience with the professional organization, having served on its board of directors for the past several years.
The Hudson Board of Education approved the hiring of several new administrators including a new director of personnel services, Jennifer Ninneman. Ninneman comes to the job from the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota, where she has served as lead human resources consultant for the past year.