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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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.
The Hudson Police Department officials were scheduled to meet with St. Croix County District Attorney Eric Johnson Wednesday morning to present the results of their two-week investigation into the involvement of approximately 40 Hudson High School students in the vandalism of five schools, including Hudson, on June 3. According to lead investigator Detective Jeff Knopps, the department is recommending that 13 of the students be charged with felonies and the remaining 23 with related misdemeanors. Knopps said they had spoken with most of the suspects, some through their attorneys.
Hudson School District Superintendent Mary Bowen-Eggebraaten read a statement to a small group of reporters at a press conference Friday at Hudson High School. HHS Principal Ed Lucas also made a statement. Neither took questions citing the ongoing police investigation and student privacy guidelines.
The vandalism that was discovered at five Big Rivers Conference schools last week, including Hudson High School, appears to be the work of Hudson students. According to the Hudson Police Department, 17 students were involved in the vandalism itself with as many as 26 playing a part in the planning of the crimes. The other schools hit around midnight on June 3 were New Richmond, Menomonie, Eau Claire North and Eau Claire Memorial. Investigators believe the suspects divided into two groups with one group dispatched to New Richmond and Hudson and a second group to Eau Claire and Menomonie.
Hudson High School is offering a $250 reward for information leading to the conviction of the persons responsible for the graffiti found Monday at the school. The person may remain anonymous. To provide information call HHS at 715-377-3800 and ask for Officer Mark Crimmins or contact Det. Jeff Knopps of the Hudson Police Department at 715-386-4771.
Stephanie Johnson says, in her experience, expectant mothers don't generally hear very positive things about the process of giving birth. She'd like to change that for women in the Hudson area. Johnson is a certified nurse midwife and the director of the KinniSide Women's Health Care Center in River Falls. She is also on staff at Hudson Hospital. Among her satisfied clients are Crystal and Tony Howard of Hudson. Johnson delivered their fourth son, Eli, earlier this year, and Crystal said the experience was the best she'd ever had as a mother.
A 22-year-old Menomonie man was seriously injured when he was thrown from his vehicle as it rolled over on I94 eastbound at exit 2 around 5 a.m. Tuesday. Daniel Melstrom was transported from the scene of the accident to Regions Hospital in St. Paul where he was listed in serious condition Tuesday afternoon. A Hudson police officer was the first on the scene around 5:13 a.m. followed by Wisconsin State Patrol. The State Patrol is investigating the accident and is working with HPD to determine the cause of the crash.
A Roberts woman died Sunday night, just minutes after she'd completed her 3-11 p.m. shift as an evening manager at Hudson's County Market. Brenda Diercks, 25, 309 Ash St., Roberts, was pronounced dead shortly after her gray 2000 Jeep Cherokee left eastbound I94 and traveled some 800 feet before overturning in three-foot deep waters of the Kinnickinnic River. A motorist following Diercks' vehicle witnessed the crash and summoned help quickly or the crash might not have been discovered for some time, said State Patrol Trooper Bill Traynor. A St.