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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Thanks to the observation and honesty of Hudson resident Daniel J. Richter, a Baldwin man has recovered the $600 he lost in the parking lot at Menards on March 25. Lyle H. Holldorf, 66, had taken the money out of the bank and came to Hudson to buy a new television set. He stopped at Menards after getting the money and thought he placed it in a coat pocket. He next stopped at Fleet Farm but discovered the money gone when he went to reach for it.
It seemed like a fairly simple task on the face of it, but selecting a firm to oversee the construction of the Hudson School District's new elementary school is more complicated than School Board members and administrators thought. Last week, two of the four companies interested in the job of construction manager were interviewed by the School Board's Facilities and Grounds Committee, headed by board Vice President Dick Muenich.
Eric Atkinson will be the Hudson Police Department's new patrol sergeant effective April 1. Atkinson who has been with the department seven years, holds a bachelor's degree from UW-River Falls. He earned a master's degree in police leadership, administration and education from the University of St. Thomas in the Twin Cities in 2005. He has served as the department's crime prevention coordinator for the past several years working with the public on such programs as Traffic Tamers, Neighborhood Watch and National Night Out. Atkinson and his wife live in Hudson and have a 2-year-old daughter.
Jessica Husmoen is the newest addition to the North Hudson Police Department. She was hired five months ago and has recently completed the department's field training program. "The program is one of the reasons I wanted to come to North Hudson. That and the people I met here. Everyone has been very welcoming and very encouraging," said the 23-year-old Blair native. She also liked the idea of working in a smaller department in a relatively small community, but one that is part of a much bigger and busier area.
Hudson Middle School eighth-graders got some straight talk about alcohol and drugs from some young people not a whole lot older than they are. The speakers -- three college students and a recent college graduate -- shared their experiences as part of an annual presentation organized by Community Action. Using only a first name, the first student to speak was Josh, a 23-year-old who said he started to drink and smoke when he was about the same age as the students he was addressing. With an older brother showing him the ropes, Josh said he tried marijuana for the first time when he was 14.
If time is money, then Community Action would be pretty well set after logging more than 4,000 community service hours in 2006. And while time doesn't translate into funds, the organization has managed to pull off some pretty impressive things on limited funds. Executive Director Michel Tigan believes that is because of the dedication and commitment of the more than 350 youth volunteers along with 125 adults who worked on more than two dozen service projects in the community last year that touched more than 7,000 adults and youth throughout the year.
I thought I might as well call a spade a spade right from the start here. That way, if you are one of those people who is organized, on task and never misses a deadline, you won't have to waste time reading this. You can immediately feel superior to me and the other hapless parents who just want to get their kids out from under -- for the good of all concerned. As if I don't have enough blown deadlines in my life as a newspaper person, now I have to add a whole new batch of dates that always seem to creep up at least two days late.
The public will have an opportunity to see the initial design and site plan for the new elementary school on Coulee Trail at a community information session on Tuesday, March 27 beginning at 7 p.m. in Lee Auditorium at Willow River Elementary School. The meeting was discussed at last week's Board of Education meeting. Along with board members and Hudson School Superintendent Mary Bowen-Eggebraaten, representatives from Hoffman Architects of Appleton, the school's designers, will be on hand to talk about their work to date.
Nervous and with shaking hands, Kathi O'Connell of Hudson spoke publicly for the first time about the murder of her brother Dan and his co-worker James Ellison at the hands of the late Fr. Ryan Erickson in February 2002. As hard as it was to do, she knew she was among friends and people who would understand what she was trying to do.
The Hudson High School production of "The Butler Did It" has all the elements director Denise Baker was looking for in the annual spring play. Baker has directed several plays at HHS including last year's "Frankenstein." While she likes to stick to the classics, this year she was looking for something a little different. While checking into things like Sherlock Holmes, she stumbled across this script that features both comedy and drama and a whole host of characters based on old movie detectives like Charlie Chan, Nick and Nora Charles of "The Thin Man" series and Sherlock Holmes.