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Former Hudson students found dead

Katherine (Quam)Pohjonen, left, and husband Kalen Pohjonen

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. Details about the cause of death and the circumstances surrounding it have not yet been released. Police have said they don't believe there is any threat to other residents living in the neighborhood.

According to a story in the Tuesday St. Paul Pioneer Press, the Pohjonens were liked by their neighbors. One described Kalen as a "good guy, a great guy...and his wife was a great person as well." The same neighbor did report that Kalen Pohjonen knocked at his door about 3 a.m. on Saturday but that he didn't answer it and did not hear any disturbance. He intended to follow up with him next time they met but he never saw him again. The neighbor added that he had no reason to believe the couple were having any problems.

Kalen Pohjonen was a member of the Minnesota National Guard and was scheduled to be deployed to Afghanistan in May. He is the son of Kimberly Anderson, formerly of Hudson and now of Buffalo, New York, and Jerry Pohjonen of Superior. Katherine, who would have turned 20 on this Thursday, is the daughter of Lawrence and Susan Quam.

The Star-Observer will update this story as details become available. A complete story will appear in the Feb. 3 edition.

Meg Heaton

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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