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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Officer Jason Jacobson is the newest member of the North Hudson Police Department. He was hired earlier this year to fill a vacancy on the force and has recently completed the required on-the-job training. Jacobson, 24, is a native of Chippewa Falls and has a bachelor's degree in criminal justice from UW-Platteville. His minor was in psychology. He is also graduated from the Platteville Policy Academy. Prior to filling a vacancy at the NHPD, Jacobson worked for the Augusta Police Department and part time for departments in Fall Creek and Fairchild.
A week of campus and community activities culminates tomorrow with the Hudson High School Homecoming game against Eau Claire Memorial. There is a full schedule of events before and after the game also. The biggest change in this year's schedule is the 6:30 p.m. coronation of the Homecoming queen at Newton Field before the game. The half-time program will include a parade led by the queen and the other candidates and floats. There will also be the traditional performance by the Hudson High School Marching Band and the Raidaires dance team.
Vonnie St. Peter and the late Theodore W. Clymer have been named to join other distinguished Hudson High School alumni on the school's Wall of Fame. The two will be honored at a ceremony on Wednesday, Sept. 29, at the school beginning at 6 p.m. The ceremony is open to the public. A dinner for invited guests will follow. Dr. Theodore W. Clymer When Dr. Theodore Clymer died July 25, his obituary was featured not only in the Star-Observer but prominently in the New York Times.
For the local administrators and law enforcement closest to all the action, President George Bush's visit last week to Hudson was the experience of a lifetime. According to Assistant Fire Chief Dan Roeglin, "It ranks right up there with getting married and having my kids." Roeglin first got word of the visit when Mayor Jack Breault stopped by his house Friday evening, Aug. 13. Roeglin is parks director for the city and his job was to work closely with the Secret Service to secure Lakefront Park where Bush was to speak. Meetings with the Secret Service began Saturday morning.
In separate incidents Aug. 3, two women taking early-morning walks along Vine Street reported seeing a man with a pillowcase over his head staring at them. One of the women reported the man exposed himself to her. The other said the man stood over her on a retaining wall with a rock in his hand. The first incident happened around 5:30 a.m. near the intersection of Vine Street and Spruce Drive at the entrance to the Jacobson's Woods neighborhood. The woman was walking her dog along a retaining wall.
Motion-activated surveillance cameras caught the hour-long escapade of two burglars who broke into the Hudson Middle School last Thursday. According to the police report, Donald P. Jones Jr., 18, 2512 Burl Oak Curve, and Joseph M. Ramsay, 20, who has no permanent address, got into the school by pushing on an unlatched window in a conference room. The two had cut through several screens at Hudson Prairie Elementary School, which is adjacent to the middle school, but those windows were locked.
When Ken Heiser, president of the First National Bank of Hudson, found a strange briefcase sitting in his driveway, he decided to be safe rather than sorry. The briefcase was found around 5:30 p.m. on July 8 and Heiser did not know whose it was or where it came from. He alerted Hudson police who decided to contact the St. Paul Bomb Squad and ATF to investigate the contents of the briefcase. As a precaution, the neighborhood around the Heiser's was evacuated.
Shaking hands with the two young boys staying with the Hawksford family, they look like they belong there, about the age of brothers Max and Cal, all sitting together having morning cereal. But Dmitri Bondarev, 9, and Nikolai Fedrochenko, 11, are a long way from where they were born. The boys are here for a month as part of a program run by Reaching Arms International, an adoption service that matches American host families with Russian orphans ages 5-15. This summer there are about 20 children who are living with host families for three to five weeks.
It may not seem like Evy Nerbonne has slowed down much since her cancer diagnosis two years ago, but she swears she has. She's had no choice. Nerbonne is familiar to many in Hudson as the face of the Hot Air Affair and for her work around the community. She and her husband, John, have lived and worked in Hudson for almost 20 years. The bulk of her career has been spent in advertising. She currently works for the St. Paul Pioneer Press.
History was made over the weekend by a team of Hudson Middle School students who took first-place honors at the global finals of the Destination Imagination. Hudson students have been participating in the worldwide problem-solving competition for numerous years, but this is the first time any team has brought home a championship trophy from the world finals. The team included eighth-graders Adam Selon, Ashley Anunson, David Sjoberg, Emily Kepulis, Sydney Malanaphy and Josh Kock-Fogarty.