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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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.
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.