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Received grant from Education Foundation of Hudson Every Hudson Middle School student will be involved with a new book and exercises aimed at reducing bullying in the school. The book, written by Doug Wilhelm, is titled "The Revealers" and has earned national acclaim as a tool to help fight bullying in schools around the country.
We the students of Hudson Middle School agree to join together to stamp out bullying at our school. We believe that everybody should enjoy our school equally, and feel safe, secure and accepted regardless of color, race, gender, popularity, athletic ability, intelligence, religion and nationality. Bullying can be pushing, shoving, hitting, and spitting, as well as name calling, picking on, making fun of, laughing at, and excluding someone. Bullying causes pain and stress to victims and is never justified or excusable as "kids being kids," "just teasing" or any other rationalization.
The Hot Air Affair volunteers have been working hard all year -- now we can cash in on their hard work and have fun this weekend. This weekend's 22nd annual Hot Air Affair brings fun and excitement to Hudson as we head into February and the home stretch of winter. For the past 22 years the event has been a remarkable effort for the group of volunteers that stage the event each year. The Hot Air Affair offers a pleasant oasis as we wait for spring and endure the final days of winter's punch.
Tom and Janet O'Connell of Hudson were the winners of the Marie Blakeman Award at the annual Hudson Area Chamber of Commerce & Tourism Bureau banquet Thursday, Jan. 27 at the Hudson Golf Club. In addition, several local people and businesses were recognized at the event.
I found it interesting -- I'm talking about the report from Hoffman LLC, the Appleton architectural firm, detailing all the evils of the land owned by the school district on County UU and Crosby Drive, just west of the Hudson soccer fields. Not that the land couldn't be used for a future high school, but it's not ideal.
UW System Board of Regents President Charles Pruitt and UW-River Falls Chancellor Dean Van Galen outlined plans for the future of the UW System and how to help the state see an increase in the number of college graduates and more jobs. The men spoke to members of the Hudson Daybreak Rotary Club and later met with reporters at the UW-River Falls Hudson campus Wednesday morning. Pruitt highlighted a report he helped write titled Principles of Progress and Prosperity. "Wisconsin is at a crossroads," Pruitt said.
Gov. Scott Walker visited Hudson Tuesday to introduce a new sign stating "Open For Business." The sign is one of 23 to be placed along different entry points into Wisconsin, including on I-94 at the Wisconsin-Minnesota border. "These signs proudly proclaim Wisconsin is open for business," said Republican Gov. Walker. "Along with the symbolic nature of these signs, there are going to be substantive changes to the way our state government treats job creators. "The pro-growth initiatives I support stand in stark contrast to those policies being discussed in our bordering states.
The North Hudson Village Board approved a contract with the city of Hudson for fire protection at its Jan. 4 board meeting. Public Safety Chair Joe Cothern said the new contract is a better deal for the village, but also offers protection to the city. In the past, fire contracts were signed on a yearly basis. The new contract is a five-year rolling contract and has various arrangements for capital improvements.
A Spring Valley husband and wife, Kerry, 35, and Jamie, 34, Wittmer, have been arrested for allegedly stealing televisions, power tools, laptop computers and other items from a loading dock at Valley Cartage, 3011 Enloe St. in Hudson. Kerry Wittmer was employed by the company and allegedly was stealing the items and selling them at about a third of the retail cost. Hudson Police Chief Marty Jensen said his department has already recovered about 35 flat-screen televisions, ranging in sizes from 27 inches to 60 inches.
Hudson School District Superintendent Mary Bowen Eggebraaten and Board President Barb Van Loenen believe the report prepared by Daniel Bruch, Dennis Davis and James Kubiak does not give an accurate reflection of what's occurring in the Hudson School District. "I believe the men had good intentions, but they missed some important areas that impact leadership, leadership compensation and the success of a school district," Bowen Eggebraaten said. Van Loenen questioned the validity of some aspects and some of the analysis used in the report. "Some of the findings of the men are harsh when you l