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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Public forum scheduled for July 18 The growing use of heroin in Hudson and the tragic consequences that go along with that will be the subject of a public forum...
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.
A Hudson High School sophomore died Tuesday night in Somerset of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. According to Somerset police, Bryan W. Aumann was found outside at an address on Rivard Street by family members. Efforts to resuscitate him were unsuccessful and he was pronounced dead at the scene. The police investigation found that Aumann's death was a suicide. Aumann, 16, was diagnosed with leukemia two and a half years ago. According to his family, he was shy and funny, an avid snowmobiler, dirt bike rider, hunter and fisherman.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Hudson Police Department is once again asking for the public's help in its investigation of the murders of Dan O'Connell and James Ellison. Father Ryan Erickson, who was a priest at St. Patrick's at the time of the murders, is under investigation in connection with the homicides. Erickson committed suicide last December in Hurley after being questioned about the case and other possible criminal activity and following a search of his residence and office there.