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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The Star-Observer has obtained a copy of the charges facing veteran Hudson police officer Sgt. Robert Oehmke as a result of arrests he made in March outside of Dick's Bar and Grill at 111 Walnut St. The charges are part of a formal complaint against Oehmke sent to the city of Hudson Police and Fire Commission by acting HPD Chief Paul Larson. In the complaint, Larson recommends that Oehmke's "employment with the city of Hudson be terminated." The complaint states that on March 25 at approximately 2 a.m., Sgt.
Residents of the Hudson School District will vote Tuesday, Dec. 12th on whether or not to build a new elementary school on Coulee Trail, south of Interstate 94. The referendum asks voters to authorize $12,040,000 in bonds for the construction of the K-5 school for 588 students that will also include room for special and early childhood programs. The cost of construction for the school has been estimated at between $15-16 million. The Board of Education voted earlier this fall to take $3.5 million from the district's capital projects fund and apply it to the cost of the new school.
Twenty-four Hudson High School students received up to three-day suspensions for participating in a class walk-out on Friday morning. A group of about 60 students gathered on campus before school started on Friday to protest on behalf of Nichole Frye. Frye, a junior at the school who has cystic fibrosis, has been unable to attend classes at the school without getting sick. She and her family believe the air quality at the school is to blame.
I've worked with Doug Stohlberg for almost 17 years, and I think he's taken, maybe, one sick day since I've known him, so it was kind of a shock when he landed in the hospital last week, a Tuesday deadline day no less. That kind of work ethic, along with the fact that nobody seems to retire from the Star-Observer, sets the bar pretty high around here. But it's a bar worth reaching for. After successful surgery, Doug is recuperating, but we here at the HSO will have to muddle on without him for a while.
It's been a lot of years since I attended a Christmas pageant, but thanks to The Phipps I got another chance. "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever" is familiar to almost everybody and has been seen before by a lot of us, but that doesn't mean you should let this latest production slip by. This is what community theater is all about, and the community shouldn't miss it. I was struck this time by how familiar all the second-guessing and opinion flying seemed in the play -- it reminded me of the banter around Hudson these days.
Hudson High School was evacuated for about an hour last Wednesday after a bomb threat was left in one of the school restrooms. According to Principal Ed Lucas, the threat was found the night before by a janitor. The message written on a wall provided the date and a time for the threat. The high school and police conducted a thorough search of the building and nothing was found. Lucas said students were allowed to attend school but were released prior to the time of the threat as a precaution.
Jaclyn Zimmerman is the newest Americorps worker at Community Action in Hudson. She has been on the job since September and with fellow Americorps worker Jenna Evenson has already been in the same circles as the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu. Zimmerman is also hard at work closer to home with CA teens doing everything from raking leaves to learning how to be effective leaders. Zimmerman is a "local," having graduated from Hudson High School in 2001.
"There's a hole in the dike now. Let's hope it keeps going." That's how Tom O'Connell characterized the news last week that Delaware Bishop Michael Saltarelli would make public the names of 20 priests who have been found to have sexually abused children or who have admitted to sexual abuse. The move was the first since the O'Connell family filed a lawsuit last August against the bishops of all 194 Catholic dioceses across the country demanding that the names of predatory priests be made public. Dan O'Connell and James Ellison were shot to death at the O'Connell Family Funeral Home in 2002.
The Hudson Board of Education and administrators are looking for the public's ideas about how to handle the shortage of space at Hudson High School. All suggestions can be made online at the district's Web site at www.hudson.k12.wi.us . Superintendent Mary Bowen-Eggebraaten stressed that the board is looking for ideas about short-term solutions to the space problems at this time. The board is not asking for input on a long term-solution at this time, but will be asking for public input on that issue in the future.
Surrounded by their children, many of whom are just a few years away from starting school, several members of the Hudson Moms Group recently offered their support of the upcoming bond referendum to build a new elementary school on Coulee Trail. While the group did not officially endorse the referendum, 10 mothers pledged their support after hearing a presentation by the Friends of Hudson Public Education, a citizens group that is working for passage of the $12 million referendum that will go before voters on Dec. 12.