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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Melissa Gould will be the next principal of Hudson Prairie Elementary School. Gould replaces Cathy Shimon, who resigned to become the superintendent of the Clayton School District. Gould is no stranger to the Hudson School District or the area. She did her undergraduate work at UW-River Falls and her student teaching at Rock Elementary in 1993 with Carol Kellogg Pevovar. Gould is currently the principal of Land O'Lakes Elementary School and curriculum director of the Northland Pines School District in Eagle River.
The internal investigation of an incident involving Hudson Police Department Sgt. Bob Oehmke is nearing completion. The 15-year veteran of the department has been on paid administrative leave since early spring. According to acting chief of police Lt. Paul Larson, the findings of the investigation are being reviewed by the city's labor attorney, Steve Weld of Eau Claire, and will also be reviewed by a police union representative. Larson could not comment on the investigation or the incident that prompted it.
Jim Coan of Whitewater has been hired as the new chief of the Hudson Police Department. The announcement came in a press release from the Hudson Police and Fire Commission last week. Coan has been chief of the Whitewater Police Department for 14 years. Prior to that he was with the Appleton Police Department for 14 years and rose to the rank of captain during that time. The Whitewater Police Department has 23 officers. Coan was among 100 officers with the Appleton Police Department. HPD has 21 full-time officers.
Threatening weather Friday night didn't dampen spirits at the seventh annual Hudson Relay For Life, where approximately 800 participants raised $172,117 for the fight against cancer. Severe weather warnings, thunder and lightning did necessitate moving the 10 p.m. luminary ceremony inside the adjacent Rock Elementary School gym, but beyond that the event went forward as planned. Opening ceremonies began with an address by event chairman and cancer survivor Mike Yell.
The Hudson Board of Education approved the hiring of several new administrators including a new director of personnel services, Jennifer Ninneman. Ninneman comes to the job from the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota, where she has served as lead human resources consultant for the past year.
Mike Yell is about to begin a four-year commitment with the National Council for Social Studies that will likely take him all over the country and beyond. Yell will become the vice president of the group on July 1 for a year. That will be followed by a year as president elect, a year as president and another as past president. The NCSS has members in 50 states and 69 foreign countries. Yell has lots of experience with the professional organization, having served on its board of directors for the past several years.
Wisconsin Act 25 was passed unanimously at last week's Hudson Board of Education meeting, resulting in an increase of about $49,000 in state aids to Hudson public schools. The act is designed to address the impact of "negative aids" on district's like Hudson where high property valuation has negatively impacted the amount of state school aids the district gets. The resolution allows for money from the fund balance to pay the district's debt for the unfunded pension liability with the Wisconsin Retirement System.
More details of Hudson accident released By Meg Heaton A 31-year-old Hudson woman was airlifted to Regions Hospital, St. Paul, from the scene of a vehicle accident at Hanley Road and Industrial Street last week. She is listed in serious condition but is expected to recover. According to the Hudson Police Department report, the accident took place on June 13 around 5 p.m.
I interviewed a group of this year's graduates for the Star-Observer this week and, as always, it forced me to revisit my own high school graduation back in 1970. There are lots of ways these kids have it over on me as 18-year-olds. Of course, I went to an all-girls boarding school. There were 22 young women in my graduating class, and most everything I had learned to date I had learned from nuns. That's not to say the sisters didn't know a lot about a lot of things. It's just that we didn't exactly know what questions to ask and, even if we did, asking them might get us expelled.
Hudson High School will award diplomas to students in ceremonies at Newton Field on Saturday evening. The Star-Observer recently spoke with nine of the graduates about their high school experience, what they will miss and remember about it, and what their hopes are for the future. Sam Turner Sam Turner remembers feeling sick the night before she started her freshman year at HHS. It seemed so big, she didn't know her way around and nobody likes freshmen. But that feeling didn't last. "I calmed down after awhile ...