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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On Tuesday the Hudson Police Department released a DVD of its last interview with Ryan Erickson, the priest believed responsible for the murders of Dan O'Connell and James Ellison in February 2002. The written transcript of the interview was released last month. Erickson committed suicide Dec. 19 at St. Mary's Church in Hurley. At a hearing Oct. 3, St. Croix County Judge Eric Lundell ruled that there was probable cause to believe Erickson shot both men in an office at the O'Connell Family Funeral Home.
This will be the first Thanksgiving for Mark Andres Channing Anderson, Mac for short, and he will likely get more attention than the best-cooked turkey could ever hope for. Mac is the son of Paul and Helene Anderson of rural Hudson. The couple, both 41, adopted him in June through Crossroad's Adoption from an orphanage in Bogota, Colombia when he was 4 months old. Helene's brother Charles had adopted two children from Colombia, and through their family became acquainted with Friends of Fana, a group of families who have all adopted from the Fana orphanage in Bogota.
In a letter to Curt Weese and Marion Shaw, Hudson Police Chief Richard Trende said there was no basis for removing the two men from a school board meeting in June. At their request, Trende investigated a complaint by the two men that alleged inappropriate conduct by two HPD officers at the June 14 meeting. Both men were removed from the meeting by the officers.
North Hudson Police Officer Andrew Vitalis believes he has found his career niche. Vitalis, 27, comes to law enforcement after a successful career in sports broadcasting. A native of Taylors Falls, Minn., is one of two officers who have recently joined the North Hudson Police Department. He graduated from St. Cloud State University in Minnesota with a degree in mass communications.
The Hudson Board of Education made this year's budget and school tax levy official at a special meeting last Thursday night at Willow River Elementary School. The board unanimously approved a levy of $$23,760,552, which translates to a mill rate of $7.77 per $1,000 of property valuation. That is down from last year's levy of $24,345,220 and a mill rate of $8.87, a decrease of 12.4 percent. The levy pays for that portion of the district's budget that is not covered by state aid and federal funds and other local sources. This year's school budget is $55,833,291.
I planned to start this out by saying I lost my mother last week but anybody who knew Mom might think that is actually what I did. My mom constantly moved at warp speed, and there was many a time when I did lose her at the mall or on the street or at a family gathering. Alas, this time she's gone for good. This was the first time I participated in a "wake" for an immediate family member. My brother Mike died several years ago, but his service was a memorial Mass in Aspen and didn't include the traditional visitation.
Around 11:30 p.m. on Monday, Hudson police were called to a violent domestic dispute at 1505 Ward Ave. A man had been stabbed. According to the initial report, a 16-year-old girl along with an adult female were arrested at the scene. The male victim was taken by ambulance to Regions Hospital in St. Paul where he was treated for a stab wound in the shoulder and released. Police said the juvenile will likely be charged with battery involving great bodily harm.
Customers in Hudson may have noticed a thank-you card as they unloaded their shopping bags recently. The recognition is just part of a yearlong campaign to raise awareness and patronage of Hudson's independent businesses. Ruth Misenko of Seasons on St.
It is a sign that summer is coming to an end when Lisa and Jeff Szumilas and their neighbors Mike and Becky Yurk schedule their weekend to make salsa. The timing kind of depends on when the tomatoes are ready from their favorite source. For several years now, retired farmer but active gardener Amos "Mick" Schultz has provided the almost three bushels of tomatoes the couples share.
The public could know the findings of the O'Connell/Ellison murder investigation by early next month. After meeting Monday with the families of murder victims Dan O'Connell and James Ellison, St. Croix County District Attorney Eric Johnson said a closed John Doe hearing has been scheduled for three days starting Oct. 4. The chief suspect in the case is the late Fr. Ryan Erickson, who was a priest at St.