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Rotary honors HHS students

Four Hudson High School seniors were named Students of the Month by Hudson's two Rotary Clubs, the Daybreak Club and the Thursday Noon Club. Kierstin Guenther and Stephen Hilding were selected by the Noon Club, and Allison Hawthorne and Samuel Vietor were selected by the Daybreak Club. Each student gave a brief message and received a certificate and pin from each club.

Kierstin Guenther has been active in school with band, forensics, student council, track, Spanish Club and takes French at UW-River Falls. Outside of school she is an accomplished piano player, plays the cello and teaches French. Guenther plans to either Ohio University or UW-Milwaukee and study speech and hearing sciences and French. She is the daughter of Martha and Kevin Guenther.

Stephen Hilding has been active in school with National Honor Society, mentor program, music, tennis and soccer. Outside of school he's been involved with singing and guitar and leads a vespers service. He plans to attend Gustavus Adolphus College and study music education and music therapy. He is the son of Juli and Jon Hilding.

Allison Hawthorne has been active in school with various music groups and forensics. Outside of school she was active with SOS Players. She plans to attend UW-River Falls and study English and secondary education. She is the daughter of Terry and Alan Hawthorne.

Samuel Vietor has been active in school with the yearbook (editor) and outside of school he has been involved with the Lutheran Youth Organization through Bethel Lutheran Church. He plans to attend UW-River Falls for pre-medicine and later the University of Minnesota. He is the son of Dorothy and Steven Vietor.

The Daybreak Rotary Club meets each Wednesday morning at the Hudson Golf Club. The Thursday Noon Club meets each Thursday noon at the Hudson Golf Club. For more information on the Daybreak Club, call Trudy Popenhagen, (715) 386-4780. For information on the Thursday Noon Club, call Dan Martens, (715) 386-0424.

Women learn to shoot

The Hudson Rod, Gun and Archery Club is sponsoring a National Rifle Association's Women On Target instructional shooting clinic from 6-9 p.m. Thursday, April 16, and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday April 18. The two-day clinic features training in the safe handling of pistols and rifles to help participants learn the fundamentals of shooting in a relaxed environment. According to the National Shooting Sports Association, women are the fastest growing segment of the shooting sports. Cost is $30 per person and includes all equipment. To register, mail a check (payable to the Hudson Rod & Gun Club) to Tom Irwin, 1321 Boulder Point Dr., Hudson WI 54016. For more information, contact Irwin at (715) 386-1020 or

Official offers job counseling sessions

Aracely Olguin from the state Regional Job Center will be at the Hudson Library, 911 Fourth St., to provide information and advice on preparing for a job search, developing a resume, writing cover letters and looking for jobs. No appointment is necessary, and conversations with Aracely will be private and confidential. Remaining sessions are Monday, April 13, 2:30-4 p.m.; and April 27, 5-6:30 p.m. If the walk-in times are not convenient, call Olguin at Job Service, (715) 821 0053, to make individual appointments.

Genealogists meet April 16

The St. Croix Valley Genealogical Society will at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 16, in the main-floor meeting room of the River Falls Public Library, 140 Union St. Speaker Sandy Burleigh of Eau Claire, formerly of Baldwin, will speak on Native Americans in St. Croix County, and their interaction with pioneers. Club members will be on hand at 6:30 p.m. to assist anyone needing help with beginning genealogy research or problems. For more information, contact Darcy at (715) 425-9978 or

Last chance for tax help

Low-income taxpayers can get free tax help on a walk-in basis from 5:30-8 p.m. Monday, April 13, at WITC-New Richmond, 1019 S. Knowles Ave. Information is also available at a 24-hour hotline, (800) 243-9482, ext. 4829.

Bee keepers meet April 9

The St. Croix County Bee Keepers meet the second Thursday of the month at 7 p.m. at the county agriculture office, 1960 Eighth Ave., Baldwin. The next meeting is April 9. For more information, call (651) 269-7805.

WITC has open house April 16

Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College is holding an open house from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Thursday, April 16, at its four campuses, including New Richmond. Guests are invited to tour the campus, talk to an instructor, learn about financial aid and program offerings. WITC-New Richmond is located at 1019 S. Knowles Ave. For more information, call (800) 243-WITC or visit

SART music fundraiser is April 18

St. Croix Valley SART Inc. (Sexual Assault Response Team) is holding its third annual Spirit of Music fund-raising event from 5 p.m.-midnight Saturday, April 18, at the Hudson Golf Club. Entertainment includes a silent auction and local bands The HeBeGB's and Waldon Pond. Dinner tickets (admission at 5 p.m.) are $30. Music and dancing tickets (admission at 8 p.m.) are $15. Purchase tickets by April 15 online at or call SART, (715) 425-6443. Proceeds will be used to provide victims of sexual assault with forensic nursing care and advocacy.

School art show opens April 17

Willow River Elementary School is holding its annual communitywide art show from 5-9 p.m. Friday, April 17. The show features children's art work with an environmentally friendly theme. The works were made in the classes of art teachers Ashley LaVick and Cynthia Burak-Gresmer throughout the year. School music specialist Lindsey Andress will oversee elementary students of all ages performing during the show. The show will also feature artwork from artists in the community as well as group projects that students have created in their classroom with the help of parent volunteers. All of this work is available for purchase through silent auction. Refreshments and appetizers will be served throughout the evening. The public is invited to come. According to organizer Genie Castro, "Willow River Students, faculty, friends and family enjoy sharing this fun-filled evening with the community."

April 28 bridge social open to all

The annual Hudson PEO bridge/luncheon social is scheduled Tuesday, April 28, beginning at 9:30 a.m. The public is invited to participate. Partners will rotate, so either come with an initial partner or be assigned one that day. Cost is $20 and includes lunch. Proceeds go toward women's educational programs, including scholarships and loans, and for grants to individuals or non-profit organizations for special needs. For more information, or to make a reservation, call Nancy at (715) 386-0694.


In a 4-H story in the April 2 Star-Observer, Sloane MacSwain was listed with an incorrect last name. She is a member of the Hudson Trailblazers club that will be performing a musical at the Wisconsin State Fair.