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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North Hudson Police Officer Andrew Vitalis believes he has found his career niche. Vitalis, 27, comes to law enforcement after a successful career in sports broadcasting. A native of Taylors Falls, Minn., is one of two officers who have recently joined the North Hudson Police Department. He graduated from St. Cloud State University in Minnesota with a degree in mass communications.
The Hudson Board of Education made this year's budget and school tax levy official at a special meeting last Thursday night at Willow River Elementary School. The board unanimously approved a levy of $$23,760,552, which translates to a mill rate of $7.77 per $1,000 of property valuation. That is down from last year's levy of $24,345,220 and a mill rate of $8.87, a decrease of 12.4 percent. The levy pays for that portion of the district's budget that is not covered by state aid and federal funds and other local sources. This year's school budget is $55,833,291.
I planned to start this out by saying I lost my mother last week but anybody who knew Mom might think that is actually what I did. My mom constantly moved at warp speed, and there was many a time when I did lose her at the mall or on the street or at a family gathering. Alas, this time she's gone for good. This was the first time I participated in a "wake" for an immediate family member. My brother Mike died several years ago, but his service was a memorial Mass in Aspen and didn't include the traditional visitation.
Around 11:30 p.m. on Monday, Hudson police were called to a violent domestic dispute at 1505 Ward Ave. A man had been stabbed. According to the initial report, a 16-year-old girl along with an adult female were arrested at the scene. The male victim was taken by ambulance to Regions Hospital in St. Paul where he was treated for a stab wound in the shoulder and released. Police said the juvenile will likely be charged with battery involving great bodily harm.
Customers in Hudson may have noticed a thank-you card as they unloaded their shopping bags recently. The recognition is just part of a yearlong campaign to raise awareness and patronage of Hudson's independent businesses. Ruth Misenko of Seasons on St.
It is a sign that summer is coming to an end when Lisa and Jeff Szumilas and their neighbors Mike and Becky Yurk schedule their weekend to make salsa. The timing kind of depends on when the tomatoes are ready from their favorite source. For several years now, retired farmer but active gardener Amos "Mick" Schultz has provided the almost three bushels of tomatoes the couples share.
The public could know the findings of the O'Connell/Ellison murder investigation by early next month. After meeting Monday with the families of murder victims Dan O'Connell and James Ellison, St. Croix County District Attorney Eric Johnson said a closed John Doe hearing has been scheduled for three days starting Oct. 4. The chief suspect in the case is the late Fr. Ryan Erickson, who was a priest at St.
If you see a lot of police officers and cars at Hudson High School next Thursday, don't be alarmed. It's only a drill. According to HPD Sgt. Marty Jensen, the department will stage what they call an "active shooter training" on Aug. 25 at HHS from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. The "simunition" will focus on how to find and remove an active shooter from the building. The shooter will be armed and firing with blanks. The officers will also be armed and will return fire when necessary using paintball cartridges attached to their weapons.
What began as a traffic stop in downtown Hudson ended in the arrest of a wanted felon early Friday morning. Erik Becerra was arrested following a chase that led from Second and Vine streets in Hudson to I-494 near Lake Drive in Woodbury, Minn. According to an outstanding California warrant, Becerra was wanted in connection with a robbery there and was considered armed and dangerous. Hudson police officer Nick Krueger saw Becerra at Second and Vine streets make an illegal U-turn and noticed that the muffler on the car was dragging.
Two oil paintings valued at close to $15,000 were stolen off the walls at Hudson Hospital two weeks ago. The oil paintings were by Hudson artist James Otis Burnley, whose work is well known regionally. Each was approximately 26 by 30 inches and were displayed in the hospital as part of the Healing Arts program with The Phipps Center for the Arts. According to Hudson Police Department Detective Jeff Knopps, the thief was caught on a surveillance camera but his face was not visible. The paintings were hung in the hospital hallway near the pharmacy.