ST PETER —
“He was really a strong leader and a great, great confidante,” said Kreft, the current Student Council adviser. “His door was always open to the students. They knew they could come in and talk to him. And he had a great sense of humor.”
Kreft said Hughes also loved music. She recalled one time when the lead in the school play “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” was sick.
“Mr. Hughes stepped in, and he knew the whole part,” Kreft said.
Olson, Kreft and numerous other school teachers and staff are dealing with the loss of a friend, not just a colleague. St. Peter Middle/High School Principal Paul Peterson said Tuesday was a sad day at school.
“Jim was a good friend,” Olson said. “(We) spent an awful lot of time together.”
Hughes of North Mankato also had two children, both who were graduates of St. Peter High School. Kreft said she and many teachers at the school had Hughes’ children in their classrooms and were thinking of them Tuesday.
“It’s been very difficult,” Kreft said. “School becomes your family.”