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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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 ...
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.
Three Hudson Girl Scouts recently received the organization's highest award for Scouts ages 11-14. The only award that exceeds it is the Gold Award, the equivalent of Boy Scouting's Eagle Scout designation. Chelsea Walczak, 14, Jennifer Graetz, 15, and Kelsey Brathal, 15, have been together as Scouts since elementary school. Now all high school freshmen, the three began their pursuit of the Silver Award while still in middle school -- the recipient of their hard work. Together the girls coordinated the collection of General Mills box tops that earned close to $800.
A Roberts woman died Sunday night, just minutes after she'd completed her 3-11 p.m. shift as an evening manager at Hudson's County Market. Brenda Diercks, 25, 309 Ash St., Roberts, was pronounced dead shortly after her gray 2000 Jeep Cherokee left eastbound Interstate 94 and traveled some 800 feet before overturning in three-foot deep waters of the Kinnickinnic River. A motorist following Diercks' vehicle witnessed the crash and summoned help quickly or the crash might not have been discovered for some time, said State Patrol Trooper Bill Traynor. A St.
Amy Zinschlag Peterson brings more than a dozen years working with Sylvan Learning Centers to her new role as owner and director of the Hudson center. Zinschlag-Peterson and her husband, Eric Peterson, bought the center this spring which has been operating in Hudson since 2003. Zinschlag-Peterson has worked as a teacher and director of education at Sylvan centers in Woodbury, Maplewood and Menomonie in addition to Hudson. The director of education of the Hudson center is Emily Todd. The staff also includes 18 part-time certified teachers.
Charles Huddleson was just 5 years old when, in 1944, his father was killed after the Japanese prison ship he was being transported on was torpedoed and sunk by the Americans. He was 32. Major Clyde Huddleson was a native son of Hudson, and the entire town mourned the loss of the popular Hudson High School student and athletic star. He and his sister, June, were the children of Ray and Freda Huddleson.
Hudson High School students and staff had to be evacuated from the building last Thursday morning when a bomb threat was discovered on a bathroom wall. The threat written on a stall door was discovered around 11 a.m. and said that a bomb would go off around noon. The school contacted the Hudson Police Department and began an evacuation of all students to St. Patrick's Catholic Church located across from the school on Vine Street. According to Sgt. Marty Jensen of the Hudson Police Department, around 11:15 a.m.
After serving as master of ceremonies at HPD Chief Dick Trende's retirement party last week, Lt. Paul Larson has also stepped up to serve as acting chief of police for the Hudson Police Department until a permanent replacement has been named. Larson has been with the department since 1973, rising through the ranks from patrol officer to sergeant to detective for both juvenile and adult investigations. He was promoted to lieutenant in January 2004 and was second in command to Trende.
The Hudson Board of Education elected longtime board member Dan Tjornehoj as its new president at last week's school board meeting. Other officers elected were Richard Muenich, vice president; Mark Kaisersatt, treasurer; and Cindy Crimmins, secretary. The votes for all offices were unanimous. Tjornehoj has served 13 years and is the senior member of the school board. He most recently served as chairman of the finance committee and as board treasurer. He was first elected to the board in 1993.
The Hudson Board of Education approved a new $400,000 telephone system for the district and got its first look at a comprehensive communications plan at last week's school board meeting. The new phone system proposal was presented by district technology coordinator Nancy Toll. Toll said currently there are eight separate phone systems in use by the district, six of which were installed by a company that went out of business last year.