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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For third time in less than two years, the Hudson Police and Fire Commission is interviewing candidates for the top job in the police department. According to commission chairman Tom O'Connell, they are considering five candidates and hope to have a new chief named by early December. The five were chosen from among 15 candidates applied from around the region and beyond. There is at least one HPD officer among the finalists but O'Connell declined to name that candidate. Acting Chief of Police Eric Atkinson is not among those being interviewed.
The Bardills of North Hudson have always enjoyed having guests in over the holidays but this year they are expecting a few more than usual. Their contemporary home in St. Croix Station is one of five private residences that are featured on this weekend's Chamber of Commerce Christmas Tour of Homes which is expected to draw more than 2,000 people to the Bardills and other tour homes. Nestled in woods running near the St. Croix River, what is beautiful outside is even more impressive once visitors are welcomed inside. "Welcome" is the right word for the home of Melissa and Robert Bardill.
Police and Fire Commission member Frank Rhoades resigned his position earlier this month citing work demands. He was appointed to the commission in April of 2001 and was reappointed in 2006. Mayor Jack Breault appointed former mayor Tom Redner to fulfill the remainder of Rhoades five-year term through 2011. The commission is currently in the process of interviewing and selecting a new chief for the Hudson Police Department.
Everybody needs a little help now and then and for close to ten years students in the Hudson area have been getting it from tutor Jean Marie Waddell. In recent years she has been joined by Donna Miller and together they tutor about 30 students in math, chemistry, science, history, English and writing during the school year. They also offer ACT and SAT test preparation workshops and help with study skills and time management. Both women are teachers but have chosen tutoring because they like dealing with students in a one-on-one relationship.
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.
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.
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.
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.