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Houlton third-grade teacher Arla Railsback is teaching her last lesson on crayfish this spring as she prepares to retire after more than 33 years in the classroom. She is surrounded by her students, from left, Vincent Fanning, Sarah Buhr, Isaac Hatch and Cole Dulon. Photo by Meg Heaton

Former farm girl finishes long career at country school

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Arla Railsback loves Houlton Elementary and will find it difficult to say good-bye when she retires at the end of this school year.

For most of her almost 34 years in the classroom, she has taught at Hudson's "country school" and loved it. Some of her affinity for the rural life comes from her upbringing as a farm girl raised near Deer Park. In addition to her connection with nature, she also got her connection to education from her mother and grandmother, who were also teachers.


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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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