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 Hudson Board of Education will hold a special meeting Tuesday night, April 24, to get approval from district voters to purchase a building in the town of Hudson to house its administrative offices. The board voted unanimously two weeks ago to put the $1.45 million purchase before voters at an electors meeting as is required under state statute. The meeting will be conducted in the same manner as the district's annual meeting. It will be held at the Hudson High School auditorium at 1401 Vine St. beginning at 7 p.m. All voting will occur at the special meeting of the electors.
Spring break: That's how I would describe The Phipps Center's new production "Enchanted April." With this year's "sprinter" upon us, who among us can't understand the overwhelming desire to escape somewhere warm, sunny and spilling over with flowers? Lotty's lament over the weather and the idea of an escape to a castle in Italy seemed the perfect solution, even if it took the whole first act to get there.
Judy Evans will retire from her position as media specialist at Hudson Prairie Elementary School at the end of this school year. She has been with the district for 22 years. Evans began her career in education as a high school English and Latin teacher in Michigan. But after moving to Wisconsin, Evans went in a different direction. She earned her library and media certification at UW-River Falls and became a librarian and media specialist for the Hudson School District.
The Hudson Police Department's newest full-time officer has a familiar face and name. Robert Larson began his field training with the department on Sunday. He is a 1999 Hudson High School graduate who has been working with the HPD part time for the last two years. He is also the son of HPD Lt. Paul Larson. In addition to his work with the HPD, Officer Larson has also worked for a year and a half as a jailer with the St. Croix County Sheriff's Department and is a member of the Hudson Fire Department.
The Hudson Board of Education voted unanimously last week to hire Total Project Management of Hoffman LLC, Appleton, to oversee the building of the district's new elementary school on Coulee Trail at a cost of $490,000. TPM's cost includes the construction management fee, an onsite field supervisor and associated field office costs. In addition, if there are project cost savings that result from their work, the fee could be increased to a maximum amount of $60,000.
The Hudson Board of Education is seeking approval from district voters to purchase a building in the town of Hudson to house its administrative offices. The board voted unanimously last week to put the $1.45 million purchase before voters on April 24 at a special electors meeting as is required under state statute. The meeting will be conducted in the same manner as the district's annual meeting. It will be held at the Hudson High School auditorium at 1401 Vine St. beginning at 7 p.m. A voice vote is all that is required.
The public got its first look at what the Hudson School District's new elementary school will look like at a public information meeting held last week at Willow River Elementary. Hoffman Architects of Appleton made the presentation describing the building that will be Hudson's first school to incorporate a sustainable, environmentally friendly design. The site plan from the presentation appears with this story, along with the school floor plan. Land planner Mark Boehlke said that the actual developed area of the 40-acre property would account for between eight and 10 acres.
Thanks to the observation and honesty of Hudson resident Daniel J. Richter, a Baldwin man has recovered the $600 he lost in the parking lot at Menards on March 25. Lyle H. Holldorf, 66, had taken the money out of the bank and came to Hudson to buy a new television set. He stopped at Menards after getting the money and thought he placed it in a coat pocket. He next stopped at Fleet Farm but discovered the money gone when he went to reach for it.
Hudson Middle School eighth-graders got some straight talk about alcohol and drugs from some young people not a whole lot older than they are. The speakers -- three college students and a recent college graduate -- shared their experiences as part of an annual presentation organized by Community Action. Using only a first name, the first student to speak was Josh, a 23-year-old who said he started to drink and smoke when he was about the same age as the students he was addressing. With an older brother showing him the ropes, Josh said he tried marijuana for the first time when he was 14.
Jessica Husmoen is the newest addition to the North Hudson Police Department. She was hired five months ago and has recently completed the department's field training program. "The program is one of the reasons I wanted to come to North Hudson. That and the people I met here. Everyone has been very welcoming and very encouraging," said the 23-year-old Blair native. She also liked the idea of working in a smaller department in a relatively small community, but one that is part of a much bigger and busier area.