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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Claudia Kell may be retiring this month but she isn't leaving education and probably never will. "I am just choosing to change the atmosphere a little." Kell has been a fifth-grade teacher at Hudson Prairie Elementary since it opened 15 years ago. Prior to that she worked in the learning disabilities program at Hudson Middle School for two years. She taught kindergarten and first grade for a short time after college but when she and husband Dave began their family, she decided to be a stay-at-home mom.
I had thought the day when I found myself in a cloud, I would be dead, resting in peace somewhere. Instead here I am working in one every day -- just wishing I was. It happened a couple of months back. The Star-Observer is being created in "the cloud," or at least I think it is. I am just old enough to be skeptical of all this stuff and actually catch myself picturing some guy in the middle of North Dakota, hiding behind a curtain, pulling levers like crazy to make believers out of us -- something like the great and powerful Google wizard. It's not that I dislike technology.
Early Monday morning an unidentified person drove his or her vehicle into the front of the Wisconsin Community Corrections office and then lobbed a device into the office to start a fire. The person is also suspected of slashing the tires on several state vehicles parked outside of the office which is located at 2100 O'Neil Road in the St. Croix Business Park. According to the Hudson Police Department the incident took place sometime between 5:10 a.m.
Hudson School District's Director of Student Services, Cory McIntyre, submitted his letter of resignation on May 16. McIntyre has been recruited for the position of Director of Special Services with Independent School District 622 which serves North St. Paul, Maplewood, and Oakdale in Minnesota. He has been in Hudson since July 2009.
Judy Meincke began her teaching career in Hudson in 1976. That very first year after graduating from the University of Minnesota-Duluth, she took a job as a kindergarten teacher at the then Fourth Street School, now the site of Willow River Elementary. This June she finishes her career at that same site. In between Meincke, 58, taught first and third grade at North Hudson Elementary for 10 years. She resigned when she and now retired teacher Carl Meincke began their family of four boys.
It is a story this Hudson family never thought they would be telling -- the addiction of their son to heroin. But what they have learned over the past nine months has convinced them that their experience is just another case of what is becoming an epidemic for middle class America. Their son was an athlete in high school with a solid group of friends. He was heading to college after graduation.
The body found on the shore of the St. Croix River in Lakeland, Minn., on Tuesday, May 14 has been identified as Donald Duane Marklowitz Jr., 55. According to the Washington County Sheriff's office, Marklowitz was last seen in Hudson on April 1. The exact cause of death is still under investigation. At this time, neither the Washington County Sheriff's Office nor Wisconsin authorities are looking for anyone in relation to this case and there is no threat to the public.
A badly decomposed body was found on the shore of the St. Croix River in Lakeland, Minn. on Tuesday, May 14 around 11:30 a.m. According to the Washington County Sheriff's Office, the body was reported found near the 900 block of Quentin Ave. S.. Deputies found the body and reported that it appeared to have been in the water for a long period of time. Deputies were not able to determine the identity of the person on scene. The body was transferred to the custody of the Ramsey County Medical Examiners Office in St. Paul. There are no further details available in this ongoing investigation.
Bobbi Sinnett has been a part of middle school education since Hudson's first middle school opened 39 years ago. She has taught sixth grade the entire time. She was hired by the newly appointed middle school principal Bill Hickox to replace him. She was just out of college. "In those years, you taught everything -- all the subjects. Middle school was a new concept and it was exciting to be part of something so groundbreaking." Sinnett said they just kept working with the concept, trying new things as they came up and building on their success.
The Hudson Police Department wants the public to be aware of an internet scam that has been reported by several residents over the past few days. According to Chief Marty Jensen, people have reported seeing listings on Craig's List for homes and townhomes available for rent in Hudson. The listings include photos and ask for those interested to send a security deposit and the first month's rent.