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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If the nine Hudson High School seniors interviewed for this story are any measure, the class of 2007 is one that cares. Their concerns spread far beyond high school and Hudson to issues like homelessness, poverty, race, peace and the environment. As one of them put it, "What I do won't save the world, but it could make a difference if enough of us try." Ge Moua Ge Moua is finishing his time at Hudson High School a much different person than he was as a freshman. Moua, 18, describes himself as childish back then. "It was just about letting life go by. Nothing mattered.
Hudson High School is offering a $250 reward for information leading to the conviction of the persons responsible for the graffiti found Monday at the school. The person may remain anonymous. To provide information call HHS at 715-377-3800 and ask for Officer Mark Crimmins or contact Det. Jeff Knopps of the Hudson Police Department at 715-386-4771.
It took less than five minutes for vandals to do an estimated $10,000 worth of damage at Hudson High School Monday just after midnight. The Hudson Police Department is investigating the vandalism, which consists primarily of graffiti, some profane, painted on the south and east sides of the school building, on windows, some outbuildings and on the adjacent athletic field including the scoreboard. Several positive references are made to the River Falls Wildcats in the graffiti, but it is not clear if the vandalism was done by students of River Falls High School or residents of the city.
Apologies to those of you who fall into any of the following categories: people with no kids; people with kids who are grown, moved away and gainfully employed; and parents of perfect children - that elusive species of offspring who love, honor and respect you despite the fact that they know everything, and you are old. I had another one of those "mother with child about to graduate from high school" experiences this week -- college registration. It was a full-day event complete with a snack in both the morning and afternoon.
While she's aware that school hot lunch sometimes gets a bad rap, Joan Allen will have none of it. As child nutrition coordinator for the Hudson School District, she is nothing but proud of what she and her staff feeds students every day. Allen will retire from her position in June after 28 years with the district. A graduate of UW-Stout, Allen worked as home economist for Hunt Wesson Foods and as a food service supervisor for the Minneapolis School System before coming to work in Hudson in 1979. "I like the school lunch program.
Police "ride-alongs" are something reporters do occasionally to get a feel for what officers do on a daily basis. I've been covering the Hudson Police Department for the Star-Observer since 1999, but for some reason never did a ride-along. But the subject came up recently in an interview with Chief Andy Smith and I mentioned I'd like to go on one. While I was anticipating an evening shift that with any luck included a little excitement downtown as the bars closed, I was surprised when the call came from the chief to see if I was available last Wednesday morning.
Agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms with assistance from the Hudson Police Department searched a Hudson home Wednesday looking for evidence of illegal gun trafficking. The agents and officers spent several hours searching the town home on Bridgewater Trail in the Lighthouse development off Stageline Road. Not at the residence when they first arrived, officers served the warrant on the man when he did come home about a half hour after police were on the scene.
Ken didn't mince any words when he told his story to the more than 200 people at the Salvation Army breakfast at the Hudson Golf Club last week. The event, entitled "A New Beginning," was held to raise awareness about Grace Place, the shelter in Somerset where Ken lived for about two months a year ago. Also featured were Salvation Army's other shelters -- House of Blessings in Osceola and Faith House in New Richmond -- and the other programs and assistance SA provides countywide. Ken told the audience that he had made a series of bad decisions in his life that led to prison.
Hudson School District Director of Personnel Services Jennifer Ninneman has resigned her position effective July 13, one year after being hired. Ninneman said she is leaving to complete the dissertation for her Ph.D. and will likely return to a career in higher education upon receiving her doctorate. Ninneman came to Hudson from the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota where she had served as lead human resources consultant. Prior to that, she worked as human resources manager at UW-River Falls.
The Board of Education gave preliminary approval to the latest schematic drawings for the district's new school, now officially named River Crest Elementary. Hoffman Architects of Appleton, who is designing the facility and the grounds surrounding it, made the presentation at last week's School Board meeting. Tom Cox of Hoffman advised the board that the company continues to be within budget and on schedule with the project.