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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It took a jury a little over three hours to reach a verdict in the case of Aaron Schaffhausen, the father who admitted he killed his three young daughters but said he was insane at the time. The jurors said that while they believed Schaffhausen, 35, suffers from mental illness, he knew what he was doing when he murdered his daughters by cutting their throats in their River Falls home in July 2012.
While the inclination may be to literally "hit the ground running," when it comes to making healthy choices, experts seem to agree that small changes are the best way to get lasting results. Hudson Hospital registered dietician Jean Weiler has her top suggestions for making changes that can have a healthy and lifelong impact. First up -- eat more fruits and vegetables. "This is harder than it sounds. It seems simple but most of us don't eat enough of either despite the fact that these days we have a wide variety of choices available throughout the year," said Weiler.
Hudson Police are looking for the person who threw a rock through a window at the Verizon store, 1027 Pearson Drive, stealing an undetermined amount of inventory. The incident happened around 5 a.m. Wednesday. HPD Chief Marty Jensen said the canine unit officer was in the Menard's parking lot where he was filling out paperwork from an earlier call and reached the store within minutes. Jensen said the police dog with his handler, along with other officers, searched the area but did not find the suspect. "We suspect that they had a vehicle waiting.
The father accused of killing his three young daughters in their River Falls home sat stone-faced and perfectly still at a two-hour hearing in St. Croix County Court on Wednesday, Nov. 21. Judge Howard Cameron heard a variety of motions filed by both the prosecution and the defense in the triple homicide and arson case against Schaffhausen. Schaffhausen, 35, is charged with three counts of first degree homicide and one count of attempted arson in the deaths of girls in the home they shared with their mother on July 10.
Representatives from five of the St. Croix Valley's education centers met Monday, April 25 to sign an agreement creating the St.
A 42-year-old Hudson woman was arrested Friday, April 22 on suspicion of theft from another school parent group. According to the Hudson Police Department and the St. Croix County Jail log, Brenda Lutovsky, 1906 Stone Creek, was released after being arrested and booked on a theft from the Hudson Middle School Parent Advisory Council. She is accused of stealing in excess of $16,000 from the group. According to police, more than $12,000 has been repaid but $3,800 is still outstanding. She faces a second charge involving the fraudulent use of a credit card from a Hudson business.
The North Hudson Police Department has a new patrol officer with a familiar name. Bobby Moody is a member of the Moody family of River Falls that has owned and operated a car dealership there for many years. He shares his name with his father, also Bobby Moody, and his mother, Kathy, is a nurse. But young Bobby chose a different career path. After graduating from UW-River Falls with a degree in music and biology, and completing paramedic training at Chippewa Valley Technical College in River Falls, he decided he wanted to be a police officer.
Authorities are investigating the deaths of a couple found dead in their Vadnais Heights, Minn. home Tuesday morning. Kalen Pohjonen, 21, and his wife, Katherine (Quam)Pohjonen, 19, were formerly from Hudson. Pohjonen was a member of the Hudson High School class of 2007. His wife graduated from HHS in 2009. Ramsey County Sheriff's deputies went to the couple's condominium after a co-worker reported that one of them had not shown up for work and could not be contacted. Investigators got to the residence around 10 a.m., looked through a window and found the couple dead inside.
Just a few months after finding a Hudson home and just a few weeks into the fall semester, the new UW-River Falls Hudson Center is the campus of choice for close to 100 students, most of them adults. At an open house at the center last week, the Hudson Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting to officially welcome the university to Hudson. "We are excited about establishing a facility to serve the St.
Four of the suspects in the vandalism at two Eau Claire high schools June 3-4 were scheduled to appear in court there this week. Making initial appearances in Eau Claire County court on Tuesday to hear the charges against them were Benjamin N. Leuhrs, 18, 718 Crosby Drive; Michael C. Van Ness, 20, 1733 Laurel Ave.; and Michael J. Zuehl, 18, 518 19th St. N. Samuel T. Wegleitner, 18, 1188 Sundance Pass, was scheduled to appear in court today. All four men face two counts each of misdemeanor criminal damage to property.