Hudson man killed in motorcycle
accident, local woman arrested.
Meg Heaton Hudson Star-Observer Published Monday, September
Michael Strauch, 55, of 110 Stratford Way,
was killed Sunday after his motorcycle was hit by another vehicle on
The driver of the other vehicle, Victoria
Bear, 51, of 473 Country View Road, was arrested at the scene for
injury by intoxicated use of a motor vehicle. She was not injured.
According to Hudson Police Chief Eric
Atkinson, Strauch was traveling westbound on Coulee Road approaching
18th Street when Bear turned in front of him from 18th Street onto
Bear is the ex-wife of former Hudson School Board member Peter Bear.
Mike is sitting
My first full-time teaching job
took me to the small rural school district of Wrenshall in
northeastern Minnesota. The first day was exceedingly hot. At
the end of the day and dripping wet with sweat, I climbed two
flights of stairs to the elementary boys’ bathroom. There I
found our head custodian, Jim, in a sleeve-less shirt, rubber
apron, and knee boots. Apparently, some of the boys thought it
would be great to fill the toilet bowls with pencils, paper
towels, and other . . . well. . . stuff, and then start
flushing. The water on the floor was littered with toilet paper
along with the other oddities. The stench was nearly
overwhelming. With a bit of a nervous laugh, I said, “How’s it
going, Jim?” He turned quickly, adjusted glasses that were
slowly slipping down his nose and with a broad smile said, “You
know, I’ve never had it this good.”
Jim never greeted me any other
way. So I thought to myself, “What a testament – he’s covered
in sweat, wallowing in slop, and smiles and says, ‘You know,
I’ve never had it this good.’” That’s something I’ve never
That’s also why, when people
greet me with “How’s it going?” I answer with “I’ve never had it
Try Jim's response – it will make
a difference in your life and the lives of others.
6th Grade Science Teacher
Hermantown Middle School
From the Petersen family:
" A huge thank you to those who rode their bikes in the funeral
procession, it was a great tribute to Bob as he loved to ride. Your kind
expression of sympathy is deeply appreciated and gratefully acknowledged
by Darlene and family."
(Click photo to go to Kathy's page)
Darlene Ann (Sjoquist) Petersen
Ann (Sjoquist) Petersen, 64, of Duluth, died peacefully on
Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2008 at Franciscan Health Center. She was born
Jan. 31, 1944 in Two Harbors to Bertil and Bernice L. (Helman)
Sjoquist. Darlene was a 1962 graduate of Two Harbors High School.
She married Charles Gould on April 23, 1966. They divorced in 1972.
Darlene was a homemaker, and a member of the Order of the Eastern
Star, Daughters of the Nile, Ladies of the Moose, and the Gold Wing
Touring Association. On May 17, 1975 she married Robert Andrew
Petersen. She was preceded in death by her parents, and by her
husband, Bob on Aug. 31, 2003. Darlene is survived by her daughter,
Deanna (Dennis) Newland of Duluth; her sons, Jerod (Angela) Petersen
of Two Harbors, Andrew Petersen and Aaren (Andrea) Petersen, both of
Duluth; her seven grandchildren, Ben, Zach, Josh, Gavin, Robert,
Harliquinn and Alexis; her brothers, Gene (Diane) Sjoquist of
Brooklyn Park, and Richard (Liz) Sjoquist of Pine Valley, Calif.;
her sister, JoAnn (Dennis) Swensen, of Two Harbors; her former
husband, Charles Gould of Bemidji; many nieces, nephews, and
friends. VISITATION:5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb 12, 2008 in the
Dougherty Funeral Home, and continues on Wednesday from 10 a.m.
until the 11 a.m. funeral service. Burial will be at Park Hill
Cemetery. Memorials to the donor's choice would be appreciated.
Arrangements by Dougherty Funeral Home.