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Hudson School District honors staff for longevity

Technology specialist Art Forrester was honored for 40 years with the Hudson School District, the most of anyone honored at the recent staff recognition banquet. (Hudson Star-Observer photos by Meg Heaton)1 / 13
Honored for their service were Patricia Steely, left, for 30 years, and Deb Schutts for 35 years. 2 / 13
Marking 25 years in education in Hudson are, front from left, Deb Lee, Sylvia Strom, Cindy Wichelman, Elizabeth Hovland; back, Mike Stoskopf and Mike Yell. 3 / 13
Working at the Hudson School District for 20 years are, from left, Bill Schaub, Tess Rizzardi, Amy Petermeier, Sue Anderson and Brenda Foust.4 / 13
Honored at the HSD Recognition Banquet Monday night were from left Tim Scharfenberg, for 20 years of services, Joy Berg, for 10 years, and Diane Claycomb for 25 years. 5 / 13
Retiring from the Hudson School District this year are, front from left, Carolyn Kodesh, Linda Rose, Deb Schutts, Diane Radle, Cindy Wichelman; back, Craig Lewis, Laura Ida, Deb Mettler and Max Hansen.6 / 13
Nutrition Services Coordinator Peggy Eller, far right, paid tribute to two members of her staff who are retiring, Cindy Wichelman, left, and Carolyn Kodesh, center. Eller had a long list of things she will miss about the two women, not the least of which is their sense of humor. 7 / 13
River Crest reading specialist Mary Hiniker was among the retirees honored at the HSD Recognition Banquet May 19.8 / 13
Honored for 15 years of service to the Hudson School District are, front from left, Lisa Plackner, Janice Buege, Gail Jung, Deborah Davenport, Therese Swinney; back, Laura Ida, Kristen Ziebol, Laurie Nelson-Lundell, Mark Klanderman and Linda Morning.9 / 13
Marking 15 years with the Hudson School District are from left Meg Derrick, Lisa Bartlein and Elizabeth Bevers.10 / 13
Hudson Middle School Principal Dan Koch told some tales on his longtime office staff member Deb Mettler but said she will be more than missed by him and the rest of the staff. 11 / 13
Reaching the 10-year point in their careers with the Hudson School District are, from left, Deborah Larson, Jane Branson, Sonja Baumgartner and Ryan Jamieson. 12 / 13
Marking a decade with the Hudson School District are, front from left, Kristie Foust, Kathleen Mullvain, Lisa Kein, Hollie Thorsen, Patrice Denning; back, Christina Dobberstein, Shannon Sexe, Patricia Donahue, Diane Schofield, Amy Hamborg, Johnny Monturiol and Misty Ohman.13 / 13

The Hudson School District’s annual Staff Recognition Banquet was held on May 19 at the Hudson House Grand Hotel, where it all began.

It was all about the numbers. The banquet recognized those who have been with the district for 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35 and 40 years. Together the honorees and retirees have a total of 1,849 years of service to the district, a new record for the event according to Superintendent Mary Bowen-Eggebraaten.

The retirees accounted for 414 of those years.

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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