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Well-known Wisconsin author Nickolas Butler will read and answer questions during an appearance at the Hudson Area Public Library Thursday, June 1. His latest novel, "The Hearts of Men," has earned rave reviews from many publications, including the New York Times, People Magazine and Entertainment Weekly. The book has also been short-listed for two of France's top literary awards (France's prestigious PAGE Prix America and France's FNAC Prix).
On Friday, April 21, five fifth grade North Hudson students loaded a bus at 7 a.m. and headed to the Math Masters of Minnesota Competition in Hammond. Math Masters challenges students to use critical thinking skills and problem-solving abilities in mathematics, while recognizing academic effort and achievement. The North Hudson team consisted of Graham Close, Aaron Sparling, Sarah Davis, Charlie Rode and Nathan Prestrud. Over the past four months, these five students were coached twice a week and spent numerous hours problem solving and practicing fact drills.
With a Hollywood Glamour theme, ProAct Life Opportunities in Hudson, a program serving people with disabilities, held its annual dance event for participants and their families Wednesday, May 10 Backed by live music from Ken Wanovich, partygoers dressed the part. The ladies wore black, gold and red dresses with numerous accessories. Many received hair and makeup artistry services donated by Fantastic Sams in Hudson. Submitted by Aaron Hustedde
St. Croix EMS joined national organizations in marking EMS Week May 21-27. The week is designed to celebrate EMS practitioners and honor their lifesaving services, according to the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians. In Hudson, St. Croix EMS is encouraging the community to visit the station to meet the staff, see the trucks and ask questions about the service. "We would like to see the community get involved and educated about life-threatening emergencies and for them to be welcomed to come and visit us," EMT Bradley Pettee said.
Houlton Elementary School did an all-school inquiry on bees this spring. Students researched what bees need to survive, things that might contribute to their disappearance, and ways the students could help. The culminating event was having Plantables visit Houlton and students making "bee bombs" — wildflower seeds rolled up with organic compost. Each student was able to bring a bee bomb home and several were given to the school to plant in the prairie.
"It's easier to fool people than to convince them they have been fooled." — Mark Twain. Donald Trump was at least honest about a couple of points. In his book, about himself, he describes himself as a great illusionist. Saying he sells people the illusion they want to believe. Also he was truthful when he said he could shoot someone and his supporters would still vote for him.
HUDSON, Wis. — Eating better and moving more was the name of the game at PowerUp Week May 5-13. Communities across the St. Croix Valley and western Wisconsin were inspired to take part in PowerUp festivities ranging from a Cinco de Mayo family triathlon and veggie giveaways to geocaching and celebrations to mark the fourth birthday of Chomp, the larger-than-life PowerUp superhero carrot.
The Education Foundation of Hudson last week awarded Star Grants for innovative classroom projects and curriculum training. The foundation awarded grants totaling just over $20,000 for eight projects involving several educators touching many schools in Hudson. Foundation Board President Marian Schultz presented the awards Thursday, May 4 during ceremonies at St. Patrick School. The foundation is funded by private donations, mostly coming from local and area businesses, individuals and foundations.
Two teams from Hudson Middle School have swept state in the eCybermission STEM Competition winning $10,000 in savings bonds. Since the first day of school, two teams of Project Lead the Way students have been working hard on changing the world.
Redmon Law Chartered recently received "Gold" level certification as a Family Friendly Workplace from the United Way St. Croix Valley's Success by 6 initiative. This certification recognizes businesses that actively invest in programs and practices that support employees and their families. The family-friendly practices Redmon Law Chartered was recognized for included a flexible work schedule, employer-approved variable day or week work schedule, employer paid family health care coverage, and five or more additional days off beyond personal time off for family obligations.