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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Sundar Imports is a new kind of business in Hudson. The pop-up boutique specializes in fashion and more that is fair trade, fairly made and eco-conscious. Co-owner Stefani Gerczak and Becky Turnbull also believe in giving back to the community that supports them. To that end, Turnbull, left, and Gerczak recently presented a check for $766 to Jean Schneider of The Source, the non-profit organization that works with those in the community looking for jobs and other community resources. The money was collected at Sundar's last sale. Their next sale is scheduled for Nov.
School board outlines plan for secondary school space The Hudson Board of Education approved a plan that will hopefully result in a plan for a long-term solution to the district's secondary space shortage sometime early next year. The tight timetable began with Tuesday night's meeting. The action plan includes posting the criteria and planning process on the district's website.
Hudson High School choral director Kari Heisler believes "The Music Man" and the talented students at Hudson High School are the perfect mix. It is one of the reasons she chose the show for this year's musical. "I have always loved the show. Both Rico (her husband and the show's choreographer) and I were in this show in high school. And because we have such amazing talent at Hudson High School I always try to pick a show that features a lot of students.
They say time heals all wounds but what a person does with the scars that remain is the real test. Mike Stahl has passed that test and then some. On Aug. 20, 2002, Stahl was 17, a local soccer star just about to begin his senior year at Hudson High School, when he lost control of his pickup truck on Hwy. 35 in St. Joseph Township. The vehicle rolled over and he was ejected. He sustained a severe head injury along with damage to his legs. He was in a coma for weeks which was followed by an intensive regimen of treatment and therapy.
I realized recently that it has been 40 years since I voted in my first presidential election. It was 1972 and I was 20. Those of us between 18-21 had only had that right for a year. It was a heady thing. But then those were heady times. The Vietnam War was still waging on and, even though the draft had been suspended by that fall, we worried. Kevin's draft lottery number was 14 and his official status was 1A. But there was light at the end of the tunnel it seemed. Even though my candidate, the late Sen.
Along with other states across the country, Wisconsin requested and got a waiver of the sometimes controversial federal government's No Child Left Behind annual assessment. In its place, the state developed a new school report card that looks at student achievement in a very different way. For the 2011-12 school year, using last year's WKCE (Wisconsin Knowledge and Concepts Examination) test scores in math and reading along with scores from the Wisconsin Alternate Assessment for Students with Disabilities, all Hudson schools scored in the "green zone," meeting or exceeding expectations.
It has been 34 years since Louie Anderson took the stage as a comedian on a dare and he hasn't looked back. Anderson will perform two shows aboard the Afton Hudson Cruise Line Laff Boat which will leave from Hudson on Friday, Oct. 19, at 6:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. Anderson has built a reputation on his regional humor that earns him laughs nationwide. "When I first got started around here, of course, everybody knew what I was talking about. But when I started to appear on national television and elsewhere around the country, they still got it.
With the city of Hudson's refusal to rezone the dog track for a secondary school site, the Hudson Board of Education gave its official approval to move ahead on a multi-phase plan that looks to find both short-term and longer term solutions to space needs at Hudson Middle School and Hudson High School. The plan was presented by Superintendent Mary Bowen-Eggebraaten at last week's school board meeting. Calling it an internal process, Phase 1 of the short-term plan is something that the district has already been working on.
This year marks the 40th anniversary of women being admitted to the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The late Robin Ahrens, HHS Class of 1970, was among those early women agents. She died in the line of duty in 1985. FBI agents came to Hudson High School last week to honor Ahrens and to present a scholarship in her name to be awarded to a female senior who is pursuing a career in criminal justice. The $1,500 scholarship was made possible through donations by fellow FBI agents around the country. After spending a few years as a teacher, Ahrens joined the FBI in 1984. On Oct.
Freed after 11 years in prison The name Glasbrenner is a familiar one to many in Hudson. The late John Glasbrenner was a teacher. The Glasbrenner children, Fred, Wayne, Gary and Audrey all attended school here. Audrey was the 1977 Pepper Fest queen. But it is what happened to Audrey almost 20 years later that seems like something out of a movie and very far from her Hudson roots. Audrey Glasbrenner Edmunds was tried and convicted of the reckless homicide of an infant in her care in 1997 in Dane County where she was living with her husband and three daughters.