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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The Hudson School District says the best place for a new secondary school is the former St. Croix Meadows dog track. That's the conclusion contained in a 63-page report to the City of Hudson Plan Commission delivered last week. The report addresses a series of questions the commission had back in April about the district's request to rezone the dog track from commercial to public use. They also asked the district to compare the dog track to other properties for the school that the school board had previously dismissed as suitable, primarily based on size and location.
The city of Hudson Plan Commission will discuss the feasibility and cost of extending utilities to the three sites they have asked the school district to consider as secondary school sites at its meeting Thursday, Aug. 23, at 7 p.m. at City Hall. The district has requested that the city rezone the former St. Croix Meadows dog track from commercial to public use. The purchase of the property was approved by voters in a referendum in April. The purchase agreement contains the rezoning as a contingency of the sale.
Five citizens took the opportunity to voice their opinions on the pending city decision to rezone the former St. Croix Meadows dog track as a school site at last week's school board meeting. The "Citizens Request to Speak" is a regular agenda item at board meetings but it was reserved specifically for comments about the dog track at the Aug. 14 meeting. That prompted the first speaker, Sharon Norton-Bauman of Hudson, to question the appropriateness of the comment section.
The news was mostly good when it came to the results of a teacher salary/benefit comparability study presented to the Hudson Board of Education at last week's meeting. Deputy Superintendent and Director of Personnel Nancy Sweet said the district continues to attract and hire top candidates for open teaching positions. The study compared salaries from beginning teachers to those with master's degrees and experience in comparably sized districts in both Wisconsin and Minnesota. In the Wisconsin comparison which included 14 districts, the median base salary is $36,059.
This year's Christmas Tour of Homes, the Chamber of Commerce's biggest fundraiser of the year, includes the following homes: Kim and Jim Burns 321 St. Croix Street Carol and Brant Worrell 1200 Tenth St. N. Brian and Patti Lorence 749 Summit Lane N. Kay Timm 714 Third St.
Despite what some may have us believe, mistakes are a part of life for all of us, even the all-knowing bloggers of this world. I know this only too well. I've had my share of gaffes over the last 20-some years with the Star-Observer. I have always tried to take responsibility for them, it always smacks to do it in front of 6,000 readers. But as my older sister says, "it's a personal growth opportunity" and who can't use those from time to time. My mistakes are bad enough but are on a very small scale compared to what goes on at the Olympics.
St. Croix County Jail Capt. Karen Humphrey believes in the mission of the American Cancer Society and that is why she wants her Hudson area friends, family and community members to participate in ACS Cancer Prevention Study 3. Humphrey spoke last week at a breakfast meeting hosted by Hudson Hospital who is also joining the effort to recruit several hundred local people for the study. The hope is to get 300,000 people from 32 states to participate.
Bob Atkins said he knew the first time he saw his wife Phyllis that she was something special. It was February 1942 and Bob and his friends were a "girl short" for a kind of group date to go to the movies in St. Paul. One of the girls said she knew someone to call. Phyllis, just 17, agreed to go. "But I didn't think it was any big deal. In fact I think I was wearing a kerchief on my head because my hair was wet. I didn't think he noticed me. I was kind of quiet and shy." But notice her he did and he wasted no time in calling her the next day for a real date.
Liz Cooksey has known she wanted to be a veterinarian since she was a young girl and she is willing to go the distance to achieve that goal. That distance has taken her a long way from her Hudson roots to St. Georges University in Grenada in the southeastern Caribbean Sea. Following her graduation from UW-Madison with a degree in bio-chemistry, Cooksey knew what her next step would be. But competition to get into the less than 30 veterinary schools in the United States is very stiff so when she learned of the accredited program at St.
Enrollment in the Hudson School District is in a state of flux. Stressing that the "numbers are preliminary and subject to change," district deputy superintendent Nancy Sweet reported to school board members at their July meeting that student enrollment is up at both the middle and high school level as compared with enrollments last fall. Preliminary elementary enrollment is down from the start of school last year.