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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Reporter's note: The Star-Observer first wrote about Richie Stokke in April 2001 when he was in kindergarten at Willow River Elementary and again in 2003 when he was in the second grade. Now a fourth-grader, we recently checked in with Richie and his older sister, Meghan, to see what life is like these days. On a recent after-school visit to his home, Richie Stokke, 10, was doing what a lot of kids do to unwind - having a snack and watching a movie with his older sister nearby. Meghan Stokke is 15 and she looks after her brother when her parents are at work.
Ask any of Marilyn Brisson's students from 30 years ago up to the present, and they will express surprise that she is retiring from teaching at the end of this school year. She's too young, they will say. That youthful persona and a powerful sense of humor may be among Brisson's greatest assets as she completes a 35-year career as a teacher, 31 of those years in the Hudson School District. She began her career in Hudson at Rock Elementary School but transferred to Hudson Middle School in 1992 when the district reorganized and the house concept was introduced for grades six-eight.
Despite some reports by Twin Cities television stations last week, the Hudson Police Department says it is not starting over in its investigation of the murders of Dan O'Connell and James Ellison three years ago. HPD Chief Dick Trende said some of the television reports following up on a press release from his department last Tuesday "left the impression that we were starting all over in our investigation." Trende said nothing could be further from the truth. The chief suspect in the case appears to be the late Father Ryan Erickson, who was a priest at St.
Along with other staffing requests, the Hudson Board of Education approved one full-time teacher for the district's new orchestra program at a special board meeting last Thursday. The program will begin this fall at the fourth- and fifth-grade level. The approval of the staff position was the last step in making the orchestra program a reality. Director of Personnel Bob Benoy said the staff requests for the upcoming school year were based on actual enrollment as of the current year and on this spring's kindergarten round-up numbers.
This Earth Day Cortney Hauschildt and Heidi Fett were busy recycling. It is both their passion and their business. The sisters-in-law, Fett is married to Hauschildt's brother, are the owners and creative minds behind Funky Junque. They collect other people's junk and cast-offs with an eye for making something new. That something new can be functional, decorative or just plain fun. It doesn't matter and usually sells. The two women work out of a large shed that triples as storage area, workshop and showroom in the town of Troy.
Only one obstacle remains to the establishment of a string orchestra program in the Hudson School District. The school board voted unanimously to add the program to the district's music curriculum provided there is money in the staffing budget to hire a full-time string music teacher. The school board will hold a special meeting April 21 to discuss staffing needs districtwide. Director of Instructional Services Dr. Chuck Sambs said he is optimistic that the staff position will be funded for the upcoming school year.
Come Sept. 12, individuals from the area will be part of the first Leadership Hudson program. Sponsored by the Hudson Area Chamber of Commerce and Tourism, the community leadership program is designed to bring together "current and emerging leaders from all sectors of the Hudson area ... to connect with other leaders, cultivate skills and knowledge ...
At its regular meeting last week, the Hudson School Board got the latest information about what it would cost to build a 10-12 high school and a four-section elementary school. Dick Muenich, the recently re-elected board member and chairman of the board's facilities committee, gave his report in response to a request from the board to get more specific information about the cost of the schools as recommended by the facilities task force.
The Hudson School District has earned the 2005 Team Award from the Consortium for School Networking. Hudson was the only district in the nation to win the honor, which recognizes the use of technology to promote student achievement in grades K-12. District Technology Coordinator Nancy Toll went to Washington, D.C. last month with district software trainer Celeste Nelson and Willow River media specialist Rebecca Fowler to receive the award and participate in CoSN's 10th annual K-12 Networking Conference. Toll was a panelist for a presentation on teamwork.
It has become one of the rites of spring at the Hudson Middle School. Each year Community Action youth volunteers descend on the school to present two-day workshops at all three grade levels. Sixth-grade students talk about bullying and teasing, seventh-graders about anger and conflict management, and eighth-graders about decision-making. The workshops began about five years ago with less than a dozen youth volunteers and only one topic, bullying and teasing.