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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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
The principals of Hudson High School and Hudson Middle School brought the Board of Education up to speed about how they plan to address overcrowding at their respective schools in the upcoming school year. Both schools are above capacity this year and expect enrollment to increase in the fall of 2013.
It would be easy to dismiss the plight of the heroine in "The Rainmaker" as dated and not politically correct. I did -- well at first. I admit to cringing a little when her brothers referred to low prospects for marriage, her description as "plain," and the necessity to "settle" for whatever man came her way in order to be happy. But it occurred to me that the situation of the Curry family, ranchers in a western state during a drought, isn't all that different than that of the Crawley's of "Downton Abbey" -- they're just a lot better dressed with cool accents.
The Hideaway Smoke Shop on Coulee Road received 52 separate citations Monday from the Hudson Police Department for allegedly having drug paraphernalia among their inventory . The fines total more than $12,400 and were issued to store owner Wael Sakallah. The items that generated the citations are glass pipes and "one-hitters," according to HPD Chief Marty Jensen. Since the shop opened late last year, the police have been checking in to see if the pipes or what what they consider drug paraphernalia were for sale at the store.
When the new season of "The Biggest Loser" television series debuted Sunday night, Lisa Rambo of Houlton was among the contestants on the popular weight loss show. Rambo, 37, lives with her husband Tony, pastor of River Community Church, and they are the parents of four active and athletic children. Rambo, who started the show at 246 pounds, said she wants to lose weight in order to be a good role model for her children. She hopes the program will give her a "toolbox" to radically change her lifestyle. She has already lost 16 pounds according to the show's website.