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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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.
The Hudson Police Department appears to have had good reason to investigate the late Father Ryan Erickson as a suspect in the February 2002 murders of Dan O'Connell and James Ellison as well as other crimes. The 31-year-old Erickson was associate pastor for two years at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Hudson. He later moved to a church in Hurley where he was found dead after hanging himself Dec. 19. From information obtained from the Hudson police, it's been learned that Erickson was interviewed twice last year - Nov. 11 and Dec.
To look at 14-year-old Preston Wing, one would never know that he has a chronic illness. Wing lives with his parents, Brent and Toni, and his twin brothers in the Troy Burne subdivision just south of Hudson. He is in the eighth grade at Meyer Middle School and he has Crohn's disease. When asked what Crohn's disease is, Wing said he uses the description his doctors gave him when he was first diagnosed two and a half years ago. "You know what canker sores are, like the ones you get in your mouth sometimes. Well, Crohn's is like having canker sores in your intestines.