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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When everyone sits down at next week's second Empty Bowls Dinner at the First Presbyterian Church, it will be the fulfillment of a commitment made by Community Action youth volunteers to raise awareness of poverty and hunger in and around their community. It will be that but also much more. In recent years, a delegation of teenagers, most Community Action volunteers, have participated in Peace Jam, an international organization with the mission of inspiring youth to be peacemakers in their own communities and the wider world -- with Nobel Peace Laureates as their inspiration.
By all accounts, things at the Hudson Police Department are going pretty well these days under the leadership of the new Chief of Police Andrew Smith. It's been two months since the former Minneapolis Police Department captain took over the HPD's top job, and some changes have already been made with more on the way. Smith said getting to know the officers he commands has been the best part of his job so far. "The quality and commitment of the officers has impressed me.
The Hudson Board of Education gave its approval last week to a new administrative position, associate director of Learning Services. The job will go to Peg Shoemaker, who this year has been acting as both principal of Houlton Elementary School and staff development coordinator for the district. A new principal will be chosen for Houlton. While the entire board supported the creation of the position, there was some dissent when it came to the proposed salary of $95,000.
The Hudson Board of Education will hold a special meeting Tuesday night, April 24, to get approval from district voters to purchase a building in the town of Hudson to house its administrative offices. The board voted unanimously two weeks ago to put the $1.45 million purchase before voters at an electors meeting as is required under state statute. The meeting will be conducted in the same manner as the district's annual meeting. It will be held at the Hudson High School auditorium at 1401 Vine St. beginning at 7 p.m. All voting will occur at the special meeting of the electors.
The Hudson Board of Education is seeking approval from district voters to purchase a building in the town of Hudson to house its administrative offices. The board voted unanimously last week to put the $1.45 million purchase before voters on April 24 at a special electors meeting as is required under state statute. The meeting will be conducted in the same manner as the district's annual meeting. It will be held at the Hudson High School auditorium at 1401 Vine St. beginning at 7 p.m. A voice vote is all that is required.
The Hudson Board of Education voted unanimously last week to hire Total Project Management of Hoffman LLC, Appleton, to oversee the building of the district's new elementary school on Coulee Trail at a cost of $490,000. TPM's cost includes the construction management fee, an onsite field supervisor and associated field office costs. In addition, if there are project cost savings that result from their work, the fee could be increased to a maximum amount of $60,000.
The Hudson Police Department's newest full-time officer has a familiar face and name. Robert Larson began his field training with the department on Sunday. He is a 1999 Hudson High School graduate who has been working with the HPD part time for the last two years. He is also the son of HPD Lt. Paul Larson. In addition to his work with the HPD, Officer Larson has also worked for a year and a half as a jailer with the St. Croix County Sheriff's Department and is a member of the Hudson Fire Department.
Judy Evans will retire from her position as media specialist at Hudson Prairie Elementary School at the end of this school year. She has been with the district for 22 years. Evans began her career in education as a high school English and Latin teacher in Michigan. But after moving to Wisconsin, Evans went in a different direction. She earned her library and media certification at UW-River Falls and became a librarian and media specialist for the Hudson School District.
Spring break: That's how I would describe The Phipps Center's new production "Enchanted April." With this year's "sprinter" upon us, who among us can't understand the overwhelming desire to escape somewhere warm, sunny and spilling over with flowers? Lotty's lament over the weather and the idea of an escape to a castle in Italy seemed the perfect solution, even if it took the whole first act to get there.
The public got its first look at what the Hudson School District's new elementary school will look like at a public information meeting held last week at Willow River Elementary. Hoffman Architects of Appleton made the presentation describing the building that will be Hudson's first school to incorporate a sustainable, environmentally friendly design. The site plan from the presentation appears with this story, along with the school floor plan. Land planner Mark Boehlke said that the actual developed area of the 40-acre property would account for between eight and 10 acres.