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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About 100 people turned out for a "listening session" in front of the Hudson Board of Education at Willow River Elementary Monday night. Board members heard from 29 parents concerned that their children would be changing elementary schools as a result of the boundary changes proposed for the Hudson School District.
A judge in Washburn County has dismissed a lawsuit brought by the family of the late Dan O'Connell that sought the names of all U.S. Catholic clergy accused of abuse. Judge Eugene Harrington said the O'Connell suit against the Conference of Catholic Bishops "had no foundation under Wisconsin law" and that to force the church to release the names would infringe upon its First Amendment rights. The family brought the lawsuit after investigators uncovered information about the late Fr. Ryan Erickson, a priest at St.
Two current police chiefs and a current member of the Hudson Police Department are among the candidates being considered for the top job at the HPD. The Hudson Police and Fire Commission released the names of three of the candidates Tuesday. They are HPD Sgt. Marty Jensen; Glencoe, Minn., Police Chief Jeff Cummins; and Kohler Police Chief William Rutten. A fourth candidate had not been notified at press time. Hudson City Administrator Devin Willi said that before interviewing, the commission will do background and reference checks on the candidates.
St. Croix County District Attorney Eric Johnson said he is holding a meeting this week to discuss what's next in the case of a Hudson man's death following an accident on Coulee Road last September. Michael Strauch, 55, was killed after his motorcycle struck a vehicle driven by Victoria Bear, 56, also of Hudson, after she allegedly pulled out in front of him from 18th Street around 6 p.m. on Sept. 23.
Hudson may not be all things to all people, but it has more than Lucie Singh ever bargained for. Singh moved from a condominium in Chicago onto historic Hudson's Third Street with her standard poodle, Blitzen, and her very independent black cat in September. But her journey wasn't exactly a straight shot. Singh is a writer who has earned her living writing everything from language arts textbooks to fiction to grants.
There will be five candidates for three seats on the Hudson Board of Education in the April election. The candidates include incumbent school board president Dan Tjornehoj,104 13th St., incumbent Erika Cherrier, 323 12th St. S., former candidate Philip Kotoski, 1123 Fourth St., and newcomers Barbara Van Loenen, 1101 Maple Drive, and Lynn Robson, 1274 Highway 35. Two-term incumbent Dick Muenich is not seeking re-election. The top two voter-getters will take the two three-year term seats on the board.
Two of the Hudson High School graduates charged for vandalizing Hudson High School on June 3-4 have been bound over for trial before St. Croix County Judge Scott Needham. The two, Colin Courtney and Travis Melchert, made their first appearance before Needham on Friday. Needham was assigned to the case last month after all 14 of the defendants requested a substitution following Judge Edward Vlack's refusal to accept a plea agreement that would reduce the charges against all of the defendants from felonies to misdemeanors in November.
A lot has changed at the bank where Ginger Spinks has worked for almost 30 years, but the biggest change for her is just around the corner. Spinks, who began as a drive-up teller at First National Bank (now Associated) in 1978, will retire at the end of this week as a senior vice president and Associated's downtown Hudson branch manager. Spinks grew up in Glenwood City, one of nine children. She graduated from UW-Eau Claire and worked for a while at 3M Co. in St. Paul before heading to California with some college friends.
Daniel Ziegler is the newest member of the North Hudson Police Department. He completed his field training this fall and serves as a patrol officer. Ziegler grew up in Wisconsin Rapids and graduated with a degree in criminal justice from UW-Oshkosh. He said he has wanted to be a police officer since he was a boy. "I looked up to them as a kid and knew that was something I wanted to do. I believe it is a noble and honorable job," said Ziegler. Ziegler has been on the job for several months and said there haven't been any real surprises.
While the student body of 1,710 at Hudson High School is over the school's official capacity, there's a little more breathing room this year at the district's largest facility. With the departure of the district's administration offices from the west end of the building late last summer, seven rooms became available for use as classrooms, a computer lab and additional technology space. The move also means fewer outside adults in the building and 40-50 less vehicles on campus every day, which frees up some much-needed parking space and cuts down on traffic congestion around the school.