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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Only one obstacle remains to the establishment of a string orchestra program in the Hudson School District. The school board voted unanimously to add the program to the district's music curriculum provided there is money in the staffing budget to hire a full-time string music teacher. The school board will hold a special meeting April 21 to discuss staffing needs districtwide. Director of Instructional Services Dr. Chuck Sambs said he is optimistic that the staff position will be funded for the upcoming school year.
Come Sept. 12, individuals from the area will be part of the first Leadership Hudson program. Sponsored by the Hudson Area Chamber of Commerce and Tourism, the community leadership program is designed to bring together "current and emerging leaders from all sectors of the Hudson area ... to connect with other leaders, cultivate skills and knowledge ...
At its regular meeting last week, the Hudson School Board got the latest information about what it would cost to build a 10-12 high school and a four-section elementary school. Dick Muenich, the recently re-elected board member and chairman of the board's facilities committee, gave his report in response to a request from the board to get more specific information about the cost of the schools as recommended by the facilities task force.
It has become one of the rites of spring at the Hudson Middle School. Each year Community Action youth volunteers descend on the school to present two-day workshops at all three grade levels. Sixth-grade students talk about bullying and teasing, seventh-graders about anger and conflict management, and eighth-graders about decision-making. The workshops began about five years ago with less than a dozen youth volunteers and only one topic, bullying and teasing.
The cast of The Phipps' latest production "Charley's Aunt" is multi-talented not only as actors adept at haughty British accents but also as dance hall singers and dancers. The show opens at the Rose and Crown Music Hall with a bit of fun, song and dance before the old faithful comic story of mistaken identity begins. It took me a little while to get over my initial dislike of the upper-crust frat boys in the leads and their bad behavior toward the butler, but I did.
The Hudson School District has earned the 2005 Team Award from the Consortium for School Networking. Hudson was the only district in the nation to win the honor, which recognizes the use of technology to promote student achievement in grades K-12. District Technology Coordinator Nancy Toll went to Washington, D.C. last month with district software trainer Celeste Nelson and Willow River media specialist Rebecca Fowler to receive the award and participate in CoSN's 10th annual K-12 Networking Conference. Toll was a panelist for a presentation on teamwork.
Mary Bowen-Eggebraaten will likely become Hudson's new superintendent of schools this week. The district has been in negotiations with her since last week and the school board was expected to approve a contract with her at its meeting Tuesday night. Bowen-Eggebraaten will replace Dr. Ron Bernth, who is retiring at the end of June after 17 years as superintendent. Eggebraaten is currently assistant superintendent for the Kimberly Area School District in southeastern Wisconsin, which is slightly smaller than Hudson in student enrollment and facilities.
Of the two finalists being considered for the job of Hudson school superintendent, only one remained in the running on Monday. The board is considering Mary Bowen-Eggebraaten, currently the assistant superintendent for the Kimberly Area School District in southeastern Wisconsin. Candidate Thomas Hughes of Valders withdrew his name from consideration Monday morning in a conversation with district personnel director Bob Benoy.
It seems the fake police officer who stopped a Roberts woman on Crest View Drive on March 27 was a real cop - from the Hudson Police Department - after all. According to records at both the Hudson Police Department and the 911 dispatch office and from the officer himself, Emily Dunn, 23, was pulled over on a traffic stop around 2:30 that morning. Just as the woman indicated in her initial report, the officer did take her license and run a check of her registration, and there was a woman in his squad car, a part-time officer who was riding with him that morning.
The police officer who pulled a Roberts woman over on Crest View Drive early Sunday morning may not have been a cop. According to Hudson Police Sgt. Ed Rankin, the woman was pulled over around 2:30 a.m. by what she believed was a police car. The officer approached her vehicle and asked if she had been drinking. The woman said no, that she was serving as the designated driver for the two passengers in her car who had been drinking.