Gretta Stark has been a reporter for the River Falls Journal since July of 2013. She previously worked as a reporter for the New Richmond News from June 2012 to July 2013. She holds a BA in Print and Electronic Media from Wartburg College.
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Hudson resident August Hoffman runs a community vegetable garden with students. The foods produced are donated to local food centers and food pantries. "This time of year we also visit several apple orchards in Wisconsin and Minnesota," Hoffman said, "and the leftover apples are harvested by our students and donated to local food centers." Originally from Los Angeles, California, Hoffman has lived in Hudson for about 10 years, and teaches psychology at Metropolitan State University.
Sofie Daniels just celebrated her 18th birthday. Eighteen is a big milestone in Belgium, where Daniels is from, and her host mom Mona Schomas said Daniels has been very excited about it. In fact, Daniels' birthday came in the middle of a group of milestone birthdays for the Schomas family. Daniels, a Rotary exchange student, said she was matched with the North Star Rotary District, which includes Hudson, when she was deciding to take an exchange trip to the U.S. The Schomas family is her first host family, she said. "They're really nice," Daniels said.
Each Hudson elementary school is receiving as part of the Health Action book clubs. The "Health Action book clubs" are brought to Hudson through a partnership linking the Hudson School District with the Hudson Hospital Foundation and the Little Free Library nonprofit organization.
A new Hudson High School construction timeline was reviewed by the Hudson Board of Education at the end of September. The construction management firm Kraus-Anderson has made progress on the school's interior renovations and additions and developed the new construction timeline based on the scope of work. The new construction timeline or phasing plan is posted on the school district's website under the construction tab. Auditorium progress
Those walking along Main Street Saturday, Oct. 21, will see more than the usual offerings in 16 local businesses. Those businesses are hosting a combined total of 26 artists for the River Falls Community Arts Base (CAB)'s annual Main Street Art Crawl, set for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21 "It's a special time to patronize local businesses and see the work of our wonderful River Falls area artists while getting in some early Christmas shopping," said CAB president Steve Preisler.
Though he isn't from Romania, Hudson resident Nick Motu has been a part of the Romanian community his entire life. His father was an Orthodox Priest in South St. Paul. The church, he said, was a real center for the Romanian community in South St. Paul. "My whole childhood, and young adult experience... was around immigrants that came from Romania," he said. "Not a summer went by without somebody visiting from Romania, or temporarily staying with my parents until they got a job and acclimated to the country."
Hudson parents have been frustrated with the Hudson School District's busing system this year. Many have spoken out by calling the school and commenting on the Hudson Star-Observer Facebook Page. The school district had tried a new transfer system with bussing, to decrease bus traffic at the high school. The school district also had an early start to school on Aug. 17, a new 4K program, new bell times at some schools, and a new bus registration protocol.
Most people don't put much thought into getting into their car and driving off to wherever they need to go. Not everyone has that opportunity. "It seems like a simple thing to do," said St. Bridget Deacon Greg Miller. "But to them, it's like giving somebody who lost an arm a brand new arm back." Miller, in his ministry work, often finds people calling in with no transportation.
Helen Crary Stassen was deeply affected by the loss of her son Benjamin to suicide in 2010. She tried all kinds of therapy. Finally, she and her husband decided to buy a horse, a Paint called Mara B. Having Mara around has made a huge difference in Stassen's world. But Mara hasn't just had an impact on Stassen and her family. Wanting to share Mara with the world, Stassen shares her story via a blog and Instagram. It was through Instagram that Stassen met Anastasia Hirst and John Fulton. Those two are going to make Stassen's and Mara's story reach even further.
One day, when Lily Van Allen's dad John Van Allen came to pick his daughter up from preschool, he found young Lily reading a story to the other kids. Some of the other kids were older than her, Lily's mom Leanne Van Allen said. "It was really fun to see at that young age," said Leanne. Lily has stayed an avid reader throughout the years. She's read Harper Lee's "To Kill A Mockingbird" three times. She's read "Pride and Prejudice" twice, and enjoys Charles Dickens, as well as some more modern authors.