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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When I look back I don't think I have had a particularly surprising life. On the contrary, I generally I feel like my aversion to risk-taking and fear of failure have resulted in a pretty pedestrian existence. That sounds bad. I'm a pretty content person and happy and grateful but I wouldn't say surprising. But there have been some things along the way. I got a big surprise on Valentine's Day that didn't cost my husband Kevin a thing. Our son Cory got married in Boston. We knew he and his fiancée Rachel were likely going to go the simple route when it came to their wedding.
The Hudson Board of Education has voted to add an additional two options to the three already under consideration to increase secondary school space in the district. The two new options include: Construction of a new three-year high school for grades 10-12 and the conversion of the current high school and middle school to two schools for grades 6-9. Construction of a new school for grades 6-9, conversion of the current high school to grades 10-12, and the conversion of the current middle school to grades 6-9. The other options under consideration include: Constr
It will be Tuesday before it is decided who will be the fourth candidate for the two open seats on the Hudson Board of Education. Two candidates were tied for the fourth position in the school board race following the primary on Tuesday. Jim Schrock and Matthew Kari each received 244 votes . According to information from the Hudson School District, 60 ballots were requested by mail. The official canvas of the results will not take place until next Tuesday to allow any of those ballots to be received and counted.
The Hudson Board of Education voted to pay Superintendent Mary Bowen-Eggebraaten $159,480 for the 2012-13 school year at the school board meeting Tuesday night. The vote was 6-1. Board member Sandy Gehrke voted against the increase. Deliberations on the raise took place in closed session. They reconvened to open session to cast their votes. The raise represents about 9 percent increase over the superintendent's 2011-12 salary of $146,409.
Wisconsin School Superintendent Tony Evers heard from students, teachers, and partners from the business community and higher education about career and technical education in the Hudson School District on a visit here Monday. Evers said he was impressed with what he heard and saw about CTE in Hudson, especially the collaborations between post-secondary schools like WITC and Chippewa Valley Technical College and with businesses and industry in the area that offer real world experience to Hudson students. Presentations included members of the Hudson Middle School science team that won the Sie
Hudson Prairie Elementary school counselor Max Hansen has been named as the Wisconsin School Counselor Association's Althea Brach Elementary Counselor of the Year. The announcement was made at a student and staff assembly at the school Friday. Hansen was not aware of the award prior to the announcement. On hand were Hansen's family, Superintendent Mary Bowen-Eggebraaten, school board member Pat German, Student Services Director Cory McIntyre and deputy superintendent and Director of Personnel Nancy Sweet.
"To bring about the beginning of..." That's the definition of inaugurate according to the dictionary and I'm ready to inaugurate a few things myself. First up, I'm ready to think, well at least hope, that maybe Congress can learn to live with short-term higher debt in order to eventually get to a better place without doing too much damage in the meantime. I had to do that. I assume that's what they wanted me to do when they started sending those "0" percent offers for budget transfers.
The first symptoms Arlie Auch started experiencing last summer didn't seem frightening at first. The 53-year-old elementary school teacher from Coon Rapids, Minn., wife and mother of three grown children, began to limp, then had trouble walking, started to shuffle and fall and had overwhelming fatigue. It was difficult to get a diagnosis at first but when it came, it was the worst news possible -- amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), often referred to as "Lou Gehrig's Disease." It is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord.
On Saturday, Jan. 25, Audrey Glasbrenner Edmunds will be at Chapter 2 Books on Second Street to talk about her book "It Happened to Audrey," which she co-authored with Jill Wellington. In 1995 Edmunds, a Hudson High School graduate and former Pepper Fest queen, was living near Madison with her husband and two children, and another child on the way, when a child in her care died, allegedly of Shaken Baby Syndrome at her hands. She was tried and convicted and spent 11 years in prison before her conviction was overturned. Glasbrenner's family still lives in the area.
By a vote of 3-2, the Board of Education voted to raise the salaries of a majority of Hudson School District employees to bring them closer to the median salary of other school districts of similar size across the state and in the Twin Cities metro area. The vote allocated that $441,577 be divided this school year over three groups of employees: --$425,825 to teachers, coordinators, counselors, psychologists, custodians, therapists, specialists, secretaries and other paraprofessionals. --$11,664 in nutrition service salaries --$4,088 for school age care supervisors and employees. District