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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This year marks lucky 13 for one of the Hudson Relay For Life's most successful teams. The Bethel Lights is the longest consecutive participating team at the event. Team captain Sheri Yonash estimates that they have raised in excess of $115,000 over the dozen years they have "relayed." She recalled her first relay. "I came to the track and was looking for the team. We didn't have a campsite or a tent back then. I finally found someone from the church who had a cooler and that was it.
At a special meeting May 29, the Hudson Board of Education voted to amend its purchase agreement with the owners of St. Croix Meadows dog track, extending the last possible closing date on the property to Dec. 31, 2012. The extension was necessary according to district Financial Services Director Tim Erickson to allow time for the City of Hudson to make its decision regarding the rezoning of the 126-acre property from commercial to public use.
Oh my--where to begin. My colleague's column last week has put me in mind of several things including the "Really ?" sketch from Saturday Night Live, some grim Wisconsin history and several old children's stories. Let's start with "Really?" I'm not thinking the communist threat is all that real and we really don't need to be all that worried considering that Russia and China both seem to be embracing capitalism, especially fast food and cars, in such a big way.
Rebecca Fowler has been promoting reading in the Hudson School District for the past 17 years and says she has enjoyed every minute of it. She will retire as River Crest Elementary's media specialist at the end of the school year. Fowler was a k-12 teacher when she came to the Hudson School District but shortly after coming to Houlton Elementary she became a certified media specialist. She spent three years there before moving onto Willow River Elementary for 10 years.
Carl Meincke is in a select group of teachers who have spent their entire teaching career in the Hudson School District. He will retire after 37 years as a band instructor at the end of school this year. Meincke grew up in Green Bay and attended college at UW-Eau Claire. The superintendent was Al Oglund when he was hired to teach junior high band in 1975. He has spent his career in middle school education. Meincke says there is lots to recommend students in that age group. "They have an energy and an excitement at that age.
Youth Action Hudson board member Ann Majerus knew all about the film "Miss Representation" when discussion started about screening the documentary in Hudson last winter. She was on board from the beginning. The film, an official selection of the 2011 Sundance Film Festival, explores the images of women and girls in the media and how that affects the presence of women in positions of power and influence. It will be presented at Hudson High School auditorium Thursday, May 31 at 6:30 p.m. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.
Craig Lewis has been the Hudson High School forensic coach every year since he was hired to teach in Hudson in 1979 but this year was his last season. He finishes on a high note, just like he has every year for the past 33. At this year's state contest HHS brought home 12 gold medals, nine silver, and five bronze medals.
The Hudson School District has asked to extend the June 15 closing date on the purchase of the St. Croix Meadows property that voters approved in the April 3 referendum. Superintendent Mary Bowen-Eggebraaten said in an interview last week that more time is necessary to gather the additional information requested by the city of Hudson Plan Commission. The sale is conditional on the rezoning of the property by the city from its current commercial to public use. At its first hearing before the plan commission April 12, the rezoning ran into some opposition.
A difference of opinion on what constitutes drug paraphernalia didn't stop Hudson police from seizing 25 "pipes " and other items from Left of Center in downtown Hudson. According to Chief Marty Jensen, police conducted the raid of the store at 609 Second St. on Monday. The store owner contends that the items confiscated are for tobacco use, not illegal drugs. Jensen said that in his 30 years in law enforcement, he has never seen the kind of pipes they seized used for ordinary tobacco smoking. Left of Center describes itself as an adult entertainment and tobacco shop.
Teachers can't always be sure of the impact they have on students but Hudson High School science teacher Vickie McLaughlin got a pretty good indication from one of hers. McLaughlin has been named a 2012 Claes Nobel Educator of Distinction by the National Society of High School Scholars, and yes, it was founded by a member of Nobel family famous for its awards to scientists, authors, statesmen and philosophers. She was nominated for the award by one of her former students, Ryan Mitchell, who was named a NSHSS scholar in 2011 and was last year's HHS valedictorian.