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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By any measure, the Stand-by-Me mentorship program at Rock Elementary School would have to be judged a success. When it began 10 years ago, there were only a few upper-grade students, teachers and adult mentors involved. Today, there are more than 80 mentors from throughout the community that show up every week to meet with more than 90 Rock students from every grade level for some very special one-on-one time. The program was the idea of teacher Ann Siats, who has always believed that the more positive adults a child can have in their lives, the better.
The teachers and Hudson Board of Education have agreed on a new two-year contract. The agreement was approved Feb. 12. The agreement calls for a salary increase of 3.24 percent for the current school year and a 3.73 percent increase in 2008-09. National Board Certified teachers will receive an additional stipend. The agreement also puts a cap on the amount the Hudson School District will pay toward health insurance premiums. Should premiums rise above the cap during the contract period, the district will not be required to cover the increase.
School Board member Tom Holland resigned his office as treasurer of the board at its monthly meeting last week. Holland also gave up his seat as chairman of the board's finance committee. Board member and former treasurer Mark Kaisersatt was elected to take Holland's place as treasurer. A new committee chairman was not named at the meeting. Holland's seat on the board and his job as the vice president of financial development for the YMCA of Greater St.
Victoria Bear made her first appearance in St. Croix County criminal court on Thursday to face a charge of homicide by negligent use of a vehicle. Bear, 56, is accused of causing the death of Hudson man Michael Strauch. Strauch, 55, was killed after his motorcycle struck Bear's vehicle on Coulee Road, after she allegedly pulled out in front of him from 18th Street around 6 p.m. on Sept. 23.
By a vote of 5-1, the Hudson Board of Education agreed to take up to $125,000 from the school district's general fund to cover half the cost of an underpass on County F to connect the River Crest Elementary campus and Camp St. Croix. The total cost of the project is estimated at $250,000. The YMCA has committed to paying half of that cost if the school district pays the other half.
Annual meeting of Operation HELP will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 26, at 7 p.m. at St. Paul's Episcopal church, 502 County UU. The meeting is open to the public. Operation HELP is a non-profit organization that provides emergency assistance for individuals and families in need in the area throughout the year. In addition to the annual clothing drive, HELP distributes food and gifts to families during the holiday season. The organization is funded by the United Way and other foundations along with support and donations from area businesses and individuals.
Hudson Prairie Elementary Principal Melissa Gould has resigned her position, effective June 30, according to district communications specialist Tracy Habisch-Ahlin. Gould is in her second year as principal at the school, the largest elementary in the district, with an enrollment of approximately 660 students. Gould, who had done her student teaching at Rock School prior to graduating from UW-River Falls, was hired in 2006 to replace Cathy Shimon who left to become superintendent of schools in Clayton.
The experience is far from what most of them know, but that's why Community Action teen volunteers do it. For the third consecutive year, a contingent of Hudson students traveled to Chicago to lend a hand to those less fortunate, and just like all those who have done it before them, all agree it was worth the long trip. The group included 23 students and six adult chaperones. They traveled in several vans, and the trip down was used to get to know each other better and talk about their expectations of the trip.
When I'm "served" something, I like it to fall into one of three categories -- appetizer, entrée or dessert. But that wasn't the case recently when I was called up front at the office, and a less-than-professional-looking young man in a baseball cap served me up none of the above, but rather a subpoena. It was a Monday and I was already in something of a bad temper so a summons to testify in federal court didn't help.
A fairy tale about a family fallen on hard times and a magical solution to it all sound pretty good these days. And that is only one of the reasons to see the new Phipps Children's Theater production of "East of the Sun and West of the Moon." Adapted from a Norwegian short story along the lines of "Beauty and the Beast," the play has all the elements it needs for an entertaining evening, no matter what the weather is outside.