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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An education logistics firm will provide some pretty detailed help to the Hudson School District in redrawing its school boundaries in anticipation of the opening of a new elementary school south of I-94. The contract with Edulog of Missoula, Mont. will cost the district $9,000 plus on-site staff expenses of $1,250 per day and travel expenses. The contract was approved by a vote of 5-1.
It's been a long, hot summer and a weird, wet fall. You owe it to yourself to get a lift before the winter sets in and the best way to do that in Hudson for the next couple of weeks is by getting a ticket to "Suessical." The new Phipps Center production opened last week and is based on the work of the offbeat but wonderful tales of Dr. Seuss, primarily "Horton Hears a Who," a story about friendship and self-esteem that is not only timeless but ageless.
There are lots of things I hate doing or even thinking about. The list keeps getting longer the older I get. First and most frivolous I suppose would have to be what I weigh. I have always hated that about myself, I just hate it for different reasons than I used to. I've always thought I was fat, it's just that I'm right about it now and I wasn't when I was 16 and weighed 135 pounds. I can't imagine thinking that was overweight back in 1967 but I did. I think I had more of a fat head in those days and I just kind of ate my way into it.
It seemed like a repeat of the first day of school when the students arrived at E.P.Rock Elementary on Monday morning after a week of unscheduled vacation. The school was closed all of last week following a small fire in a boiler room that created major smoke and soot damage throughout the entire east wing of the school. According to information from Hudson School Superintendent Mary Bowen-Eggebraaten, a report by the city's fire inspector lists the cause of the fire as undetermined but also says there is no indication of a suspicious cause.
The yellow brick road takes a couple of interesting turns in the Hudson High School production of "The Wizard of Oz" that opens for two weekends beginning Nov. 9. The stage musical will include all of the songs and scenes made famous in the 1939 movie starring Judy Garland. But it will also include several songs and production numbers that were edited out of the film. All of this combines to make the production something new and fresh not just for audiences but for the cast as well. Kelsey Hansen plays Dorothy and she says she is quite comfortable in those very special shoes.
Everything is more fun when you add a cheesehead, and that classic tale about the night before Christmas is no exception. Along with some pretty creative writing, "The Cheesehead Night Before Christmas" gets a lot of its charm and laughs from the illustrations of Amanda Baker, a 2002 graduate of Hudson High School. Baker, now 23, went on to UW-Stevens Point, where she majored in art and theater.
Some Hudsonites might remember when the enclosed courtyard on the west side of Hudson High School was used for smoke breaks. All that changed years ago, and the courtyard has been pretty much empty except for a lawn mower every once in a while. But a group of HHS students hope to change that and transform the courtyard into some much-needed greenspace on the campus. The students, Nico Fassino, Adam Selon, Katie Cumming and Austin Fassino, are members of the school's Student Leadership Team and that group's Sustainability Board.
With the state budget finally passed, school districts across the state can officially set the levy for the taxpayers' share of the annual school budget. According to information from the Hudson School District's Office of Financial Services, the district will be receiving $24,386,773 in state education aid toward its $49.3 million 2007-08 school budget. The school tax levy for property owners in the district will be $24,960,714. The levy translates into a mill rate of $7.12 per $1,000 of valuation or $1,424 on a $200,000 home.
Hudson teachers crossed paths this summer a long way from home. On separate missions, they learned about Korea up close and personal. Mike Yell, Hudson Middle School social studies teacher and president-elect of the National Council of the Social Studies, led a delegation of 36 professionals to South Korea. The trip was sponsored by the Korea Society of New York City and is designed to promote understanding of the country among other countries.
Except for the small oxygen hose he wears, Owen Nygaard looks like any other healthy newborn. But at four months, he's already been through more than most babies ever experience and demonstrated a fighting spirit that has finally brought him home. Owen is the son of Sasha and Jason Nygaard of Hudson. Born June 14, he is the couple's first child and arrived three and a half months premature. Sasha developed a critical condition that meant Owen had to be delivered by Caesarian section at 26 weeks.