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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Hudson Police Detective Shawn Pettee says he feels stronger now about solving the O'Connell/Ellison murders than he has since the case began almost three years ago. Pettee is assigned to the murder investigation along with Detective Jeff Knopps.
When the Hudson School District Facilities Task Force makes its report to the school board next week, the recommendation will include construction of a new 10-12 high school and a new elementary school south of I-94. The report concludes six months of work by the 23-member group that was charged with analyzing the district's facilities in light of current enrollment and projected enrollment over the next seven years. The plan that the task force agreed to present to the school board as its No.
In a marathon six-hour session Monday night, the Hudson School District Facilities Planning Task Force narrowed its choices to three options to deal with growing enrollment. The task force began with 30 proposals that have included everything from building new schools, to constructing additions to existing schools, to increasing campus sizes by use of eminent domain. But the 23 group members reached consensus Monday on what they believe are the three best options to deal with future enrollment growth and current overcrowding at some schools.
Hudson Middle School sixth-graders will be balancing their checkbooks this week to see if they have avoided that dreaded grown-up problem of being overdrawn. That and a lot of other adult-type concerns and issues have been on the minds of these students for weeks now as they prepared for their turn at running Exchange City on Nov. 17. Exchange City is part of a program designed by the Junior Achievement organization to help young people understand the free enterprise system. The city is located in a large building on White Bear Avenue in St. Paul.
There's a new CD out for this holiday season that's a little different from the usual collection of Christmas music. "Music and Meditations for Christmas" is the first release of Suite Afton Productions, a recording company formed by friends Linda Kelsey, Deb Clayton, Patty Matthews and Lee Baker. According to Kelsey, who lives in Hudson, the women wanted to do something together and "make a difference." "We have all made it in our respective careers and felt we were at time in our lives when we wanted to give back.
The Hudson Board of Education met Nov. 9 immediately following a public presentation by the School Facilities Task Force. The task force detailed enrollment history and projections, as well as space needs in the district from the present through 2015. A separate story on the task force's presentation appears on page 3A in this week's newspaper. The meeting began with several citizens' requests to speak to the board including comments from Curt Weese, who took issue with board member Dick Muenich regarding property taxes in the school district.
Whooping cough is one of those diseases most people believe they've been vaccinated against, but last week a letter went home to parents in the Hudson School District saying at least one case of the disease has been confirmed at the high school. According to St. Croix County Public Health Nurse Barb Nelson, there have been six recent cases of whooping cough reported in the county involving adolescents and adults. There has been one case identified in Hudson.
After several months of gathering information, touring facilities and looking into the future of the Hudson schools, the Hudson School District Facilities Planning Task Force has begun to talk about what to do to make room for growing student enrollment. The group's facilitator, Linda Schroeder, described the Oct. 26 meeting as a "brainstorming session" where no idea was dismissed. The members of the group responded, and before the first round of discussion was completed, the members had posted about 30 options for how to address space needs at all grade levels across the district.
The Hudson Board of Education heard reports from two groups working on the district's strategic plan priorities adopted earlier this year. Fiscal Operations Director Arnie Fett updated board members on the work of the Facilities Task Force charged with evaluating and, if necessary, coming up with a plan to provide facilities that accommodate desired class size and create a sound educational environment.
After hearing a professional demographer's report spelling out continued growth in the Hudson School District, the Hudson Facilities Planning Task Force sought confirmation from someone familiar with the specifics of growth in St. Croix County. County Planner Dave Fodroczi said the report he saw from Hazel Reinhardt "fits in with what we're seeing, and you can use it with confidence." Fodroczi said the Hudson School District is not uniform when it comes to population but includes a mix of city and more rural areas, similar to the county as a whole.