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 Chief Richard Trende retires early next month, he will have been a member of the Hudson Police Department for almost 34 years. It is where he began his career as a police officer and where he will complete it on May 5. Trende was hired at HPD in July 1972, just after finishing college at Southwest State in Marshall, Minn. Trende grew up in Silver Bay, Minn., and his interest in police work took root in high school when he became acquainted with an officer who was a friend of his father. "He was very approachable. I met some other officers in college and they impressed me as well.
Supporters of Community Action honored the work of youth volunteers and set their goals for 2006 at their annual meeting last week at the Hudson Golf Club.
Frankenstein is the scientist, not the creature he creates. It's a common misconception that should be put to rest when audiences see the Hudson High School production of "Frankenstein 1930" that opens March 31. The play was adapted by Fred Carmichael from the famous book by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley and tells the story of a scientist obsessed with creating a human life in a laboratory from body parts stolen from nearby graves. Director Denise Baker has directed two previous plays at HHS, both comedies.
Passionate is the word Priscilla Wyeth uses to describe how she feels about her work as a member of the Hudson Board of Education. She is seeking re-election to a third term in the April 4 election. As part of the board for the past six years, Wyeth has come under fire from district critics, but it doesn't dissuade her from running again. "The education of our children is a great asset for our community and for our society at large. I like being part of the effort. That's what gets me to the meetings and the committees.
Editor's note: The Star-Observer will publish interviews with all school board candidates over the next three weeks.
Bob Benoy's very first experience with public education began on his first day of school at what was then Fourth Street Elementary School. He will finish out his career in public education just a short distance and a couple of buildings away this June when he officially retires as the Hudson School District's director of personnel. Benoy, 56, was born and raised in Hudson, one of Alton and Delores Benoy's six sons. Along with attending Fourth Street Elementary, he was in the first freshman class to attend the Hudson Junior High School.
Sami Rasouli, an Iraqi-born U.S. citizen, shared some of his experiences from recent trips to Iraq as a member of Muslim and Christian peacemaker teams with a small audience at Bethel Lutheran Church on Sunday. Rasouli, 54, was born and raised in Iraq and became a math teacher. But he left in 1976 when there was a nationwide move to make everyone a member of the Bath party. He went first to the United Arab Emirates, then on to Germany and finally up in the Twin Cities in 1986.
For more than 10 years and 200,000 miles, Carl Warren's 1995 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo served him well, but it all went up in flames Sunday afternoon in the Target parking lot. Warren and his wife, who live in River Falls, were in Hudson running errands. Warren had parked the car in the Target lot and crossed the lot to do some shopping at Econofoods. When he had finished, he started the Jeep and began to move toward Target's front entrance to pick up his wife. "I noticed right after starting it that the whole vehicle began shaking.
The Hudson Middle School is pretty much back to normal operations following a fire on Jan. 25 that closed the school to students for three days. The exact cause of the fire is still being investigated but it appears to have been caused by an electrical cord that malfunctioned. The cause did not appear to involve any of the electrical wiring in the building itself. Principal Dan Koch said the school has a crisis plan in place and, while no emergency fits exactly, it did what it was supposed to do.
A Twin Cities woman met her match on Monday when she attempted to steal from St. Croix County Dry Goods on Locust Street. According to Hudson Police Officer Pete Schultz, the woman came into the shop around 11:20 a.m. and proceeded to fill an empty purse with merchandise from the store. She might have gotten away with it if she hadn't also snatched the owner's purse from behind the corner before running from the store. Owner Eydie Campbell was waiting on a customer when the woman grabbed the purse and fled.