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Only two weeks after the Hudson Star Observer celebrated "Sunshine Week," a celebration of the right to open government, there was a chilling letter to the editor that underscores why our right to open government and open records requests are under threat. A writer wrote: "...The continued criticism comes from the same people with the citizens group who waste untold dollars in constant requests for documentation from our public institutions. This is a burden that might be invisible but is a real cost to the city. ..."
Thank you for your very complete and comprehensive interviews and articles about the candidates and the referenda which appeared in last week's paper. I found the articles and views of all candidates very worthwhile in learning about those who are elected to our local government positions. I hope that others found them as helpful. Thank you very much. Carolyn Barrette Houlton When education manipulates TO THE EDITOR
Mosaic workshop Enrollment is open for a weekend-long mosaic workshop for adults of all skill levels taught by Wouterina "Riana" de Raad, who has been creating mosaic concrete sculpture since 1987. She will teach techniques and formulas she has developed over that time in this popular annual workshop on Saturday, April 7, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday, April 8, from 12:30-4:30 p.m.
Plantables, a Hudson worker-focused business providing environmentally friendly products, is launching the "Plant Kindness Kampaign — Every Seed Matters" in partnership with other Hudson businesses. The event will take place April 16-22.
An estimated 400 people are expected to raise more than $48,000 at Walk MS: Hudson on Saturday, May 5 at Hudson Middle School. Walk MS is an opportunity for people to fundraise, connect and advocate for people affected by multiple sclerosis. Each dollar raised is one step closer to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society's goal — a world free of multiple sclerosis. Since its inception in 1988, Walk MS has cumulatively raised more than $1 billion. Check-in begins at 10 a.m. with the walk beginning at 11 a.m.
Members of the Hudson Thunderhawks adult amateur football team traveled to St. Paul on March 23 to play sports trivia bingo and hang out with kids at Children's Minnesota Hospital. The morning started with the Thunderhawks meeting with Tom Marsolais, the sports trivia bingo host, who led them to Star Studio in the Child Life Zone where the sports trivia bingo would be televised throughout the hospital. The Thunderhawks were able to play along with kids in the studio as well as interact with patients in their rooms.
Hudson's Lucky Horseshoes toured the Weiss Woods of Plum Creek, Wis., facility where sap is turned into syrup. Weiss Woods of Plum Creek is a fourth-generation family owned and operated maple syrup producing operation. It taps over 5,000 trees and there's approximately 40,000 feet of tubing running through the trees. The club members were able to make the tap that goes on the tree, repair a line that was leaking and taste the sap fresh from the tree.
In several exchanges with members of the Citizens for the St. Croix Valley, there has been an accusation that we are proposing that Hudson become a sanctuary city. This is simply not true. We have never had this discussion nor is it on our agenda for the future. In a recent letter to the editor, Darla Meyers, a frequent spokesperson for the citizens group, stated that this was our real agenda. Again, not true. She also makes claims about our liberal
SPRING VALLEY — The Spring Valley Stagehands are excited to bring "The Drowsy Chaperone" to its Spring Valley Theatre stage in April, and to have Hudson resident and Baldwin-Woodville High School music teacher Corissa Vought in the female lead role in the production.
President Trump responded to the most recent mass school shooting by urging people to speak up when something is clearly wrong. While those who support the president were perhaps more enthusiastic in their agreeance, both sides seemed to agree that yes, speaking up is a good thing and something we should do. But what does that look like?