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Teacher Linda Rose is Pepper Fest grand marshal

Linda Rose is this year’s Pepper Fest Parade grand marshal. She is a familiar face to many families whose children passed through her classroom over the more than 20 years she spent teaching in the Hudson School District. Now retired, her plans include spending time with her family including granddaughters Kira, 10 months, and Zelli, 5. (Hudson Star-0bserver photo by Meg Heaton)

When it comes to North Hudson, only the best are recognized by the Pepper Fest. This year one of those honored is a familiar face to families all over the village. Longtime kindergarten teacher Linda Rose is this year’s parade grand marshal.

Rose, who just retired this year after close to three decades teaching kindergarten and first grade at North Hudson and at Trinity Tots, said she was surprised and humbled when she was told she would lead this year’s parade.

Being part of Pepper Fest is nothing new for Rose. She has been part of the infamous food preparations, everything from cutting peppers to making meatballs and slicing bread “before they had a machine to do it.” She’s done plenty of shifts serving that food and marched in the parade with her colleagues from the school.

Rose said she can’t quite put her finger on what makes the Pepper Fest so special but she knows it has a lot to do with the pride North Hudson families have in their village. “It is something so unique, the feeling people have about it. And it just doesn’t bring in the locals but people from all over the area and even further away. Some people just won’t miss it.”

Rose spent the majority of her teaching career at North Hudson Elementary and all three of her children, Katie, Corey and Emily, attended the school. She has taught multiple generations in some families and tries hard to remember her students when she runs into them.

“That’s the fun part, remembering them and their siblings and in some cases even having their children in my classroom. I’ve been involved with a lot of families in North Hudson and I loved every minute of it.”

She said being retired hasn’t quite sunk in yet but she is enjoying not having to go in and prepare a classroom for another year. Still she knows she will miss teaching.

The Pepper Fest Committee has invited Rose’s students to walk alongside her car in the parade. Her driver will be her husband Sam and she expects to have her granddaughter Zelli riding with her.

The Pepper Fest Parade is Saturday, Aug. 16 beginning at 11 a.m. The route begins at Eighth and Michaelson streets and continues south on Sixth Street N. to St. Croix Street and Fourth Street N.

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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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