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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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.
If you see a lot of police officers and cars at Hudson High School next Thursday, don't be alarmed. It's only a drill. According to HPD Sgt. Marty Jensen, the department will stage what they call an "active shooter training" on Aug. 25 at HHS from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. The "simunition" will focus on how to find and remove an active shooter from the building. The shooter will be armed and firing with blanks. The officers will also be armed and will return fire when necessary using paintball cartridges attached to their weapons.
What began as a traffic stop in downtown Hudson ended in the arrest of a wanted felon early Friday morning. Erik Becerra was arrested following a chase that led from Second and Vine streets in Hudson to I-494 near Lake Drive in Woodbury, Minn. According to an outstanding California warrant, Becerra was wanted in connection with a robbery there and was considered armed and dangerous. Hudson police officer Nick Krueger saw Becerra at Second and Vine streets make an illegal U-turn and noticed that the muffler on the car was dragging.
Two oil paintings valued at close to $15,000 were stolen off the walls at Hudson Hospital two weeks ago. The oil paintings were by Hudson artist James Otis Burnley, whose work is well known regionally. Each was approximately 26 by 30 inches and were displayed in the hospital as part of the Healing Arts program with The Phipps Center for the Arts. According to Hudson Police Department Detective Jeff Knopps, the thief was caught on a surveillance camera but his face was not visible. The paintings were hung in the hospital hallway near the pharmacy.
Mary Bowen Eggebraaten knows what it's like to be the new kid on the block these days. On July 1 she took over as Hudson's new superintendent of schools. She sees her mission as clear. "When you are already very good, the challenge is to make things great.
The armed man who robbed the First National Bank Crest View branch Friday afternoon first took time to do a little shopping at the nearby Wal-Mart. Around 5 p.m. the man entered the bank, presented a demand note to a teller and displayed a handgun. A witness to the robbery saw the man exit the bank, cross the parking lot, cut behind the Citizens bank next door and head toward the Wal-Mart parking lot.
City Administrator Devin Willi received a letter Friday that threatened his job and his family if he doesn't take steps to "fire the police chief and the officers who are harassing us..." The letter was sent to Willi at City Hall and was among the mail he received on his desk Friday. Willi opened the hand-addressed envelope, read the letter and immediately contacted Hudson Police Chief Dick Trende.
Hudson police officers escorted two men out of last week's school board meeting at Hudson High School after some angry words during the public comment section of the June 14 meeting at Hudson High School. School board president Annette Cook asked officers to remove Marion Shaw from the meeting for not coming to order and being disrespectful in his comments. After several minutes of discussion with him in the auditorium, police also escorted Curt Weese from the meeting.