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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Hudson High School students and staff had to be evacuated from the building last Thursday morning when a bomb threat was discovered on a bathroom wall. The threat written on a stall door was discovered around 11 a.m. and said that a bomb would go off around noon. The school contacted the Hudson Police Department and began an evacuation of all students to St. Patrick's Catholic Church located across from the school on Vine Street. According to Sgt. Marty Jensen of the Hudson Police Department, around 11:15 a.m.
After serving as master of ceremonies at HPD Chief Dick Trende's retirement party last week, Lt. Paul Larson has also stepped up to serve as acting chief of police for the Hudson Police Department until a permanent replacement has been named. Larson has been with the department since 1973, rising through the ranks from patrol officer to sergeant to detective for both juvenile and adult investigations. He was promoted to lieutenant in January 2004 and was second in command to Trende.
The Hudson Board of Education elected longtime board member Dan Tjornehoj as its new president at last week's school board meeting. Other officers elected were Richard Muenich, vice president; Mark Kaisersatt, treasurer; and Cindy Crimmins, secretary. The votes for all offices were unanimous. Tjornehoj has served 13 years and is the senior member of the school board. He most recently served as chairman of the finance committee and as board treasurer. He was first elected to the board in 1993.
The Hudson Board of Education approved a new $400,000 telephone system for the district and got its first look at a comprehensive communications plan at last week's school board meeting. The new phone system proposal was presented by district technology coordinator Nancy Toll. Toll said currently there are eight separate phone systems in use by the district, six of which were installed by a company that went out of business last year.
Lori Skutt knows what it is like to run a small business. She has spent the past several years in the daycare business while raising her three young sons. With her oldest off to school soon, she has decided to leave daycare and put some of her other skills to work. As "The Business Assistant" Skutt can provide a whole range of services to small businesses at prices she says they can afford. She offers a wide array of deskstop publishing and word processing services. She can also create presentations including power points, transparencies and proposals.
It's been awhile since I last filled this space and I'm not the same woman I was when I was here last. I generally feel my life is kind of dull and I'm right. But even in an average sort of life, some springs are just more eventful than others. It's been a few weeks since prom but I'm still feeling a little giddy. Geez, my kids clean up good. I wouldn't have believed it except I have pictures - tons of them. And it wasn't just them. Generally I only see the backs of Bob, Sam and Tim as they head off down the stairs to meet Cory.
Katie Brokaw is the first student from Hudson to be recognized by the Prudential Spirit of Community Award program for her extensive volunteer service to school and community. The award was presented to the Hudson High School junior by HHS Principal Ed Lucas at the annual Community Action Volunteer Recognition Awards program. Brokaw is also an active CA volunteer. The program is a partnership between Prudential Financial and the National Association of Secondary School Principals.
Kathy Andrewson has spent most of her adult life around great books and teenagers, a combination that on the surface doesn't seem a natural. But Andrewson wouldn't agree. In her more than 33 years of teaching English at Hudson High School, the best days have been when those teenagers "get it" about a great read. "When everything clicks in a classroom, it's special. Nothing feels better. Boy, will I miss that." Andrewson will retire at the end of this school year. She grew up in St. Croix Falls and loved school.
The Hudson Board of Education voted unanimously to extend Superintendent Mary Bowen-Eggebraaten's contract for another year effective July 1. They also voted to give her a 3.8 percent increase in salary including benefits. Currently Bowen-Eggebraaten is paid $120,000. Her total package with benefits for her first year on the job was $156,531, according to fiscal director Arnie Fett. Fett said the new package has to be calculated based on insurance premiums that have gone up 19.6 percent for health insurance and 10.6 percent for dental coverage.
At last week's board of education meeting, the Hudson School District administration revealed its plan for how to deal with overcrowding at two of its elementary schools. But even if the plan is successful, the solution is only short term. The plan will require that some kindergarten students from both Rock and Hudson Prairie Elementary schools attend either North Hudson or Willow River schools next fall. The district is asking for volunteers. If not enough families volunteer their students, the district may have to resort to a non-voluntary method of determining who will be reassigned.