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The January magazines with all their ideas for improving my life are finally on the newsstands. I am always grateful to get to this week of the year for this one big silly reason. After all, who doesn't want to improve their life? It is so easy to thumb through those pages and imagine how much better my life will be if only I do everything the editors advise. But here is the thing: the magazines won't do it for us. You and I need to do it for ourselves. We can't do it all at once. And what I need to do may or may not be what you need to do.
Hudson Hot Air Affair winter festival and hot air balloon rally will be changing their traditional date and picking a familiar theme for the 2018 event. The 29th annual celebration of winter will be Jan. 26-28 — a week earlier than the usual first full weekend in February. "We needed to get off the Super Bowl weekend because it's in Minneapolis," explained long-time committee volunteer Carla Timmerman. "We know people are thinking February, but the 2018 balloon rally will be in January."
Driven by fear TO THE EDITOR Donald Trump, Sean Hannity, Fox News and House Republicans are working hard at destroying Robert Mueller's credibility. If these people manage to close down the Russian investigation the American people will not have their answer to if there was collusion by Trump and his campaign or not. If they are so innocent what are they so afraid of? Is Mueller and his team getting closer and closer to the president and White House?
Work by more than 20 regional artists is on view in The Galleries of The Phipps Center for the Arts through Jan. 14. Featured are encaustic photographs by Nadia Alenov of St. Paul; wood-fired ceramics by Pat Barnick of St. Paul and James Smead of Minneapolis; digital prints on bamboo by Sarah Filipi of Blaine, Minn.; oil on linen panels by Wendy Lacska of Hudson; watercolor, ink and porcelain by Bri Larson of Hastings; photography by members of the Western Wisconsin Photo Club; as well as ceramics by Casey Beck of River Falls, Emily Romens of River Falls and Lisa Vang of Cottage Grove.
MADISON —The Wisconsin Farm Bureau's Ag in the Classroom program has awarded 13 teacher mini-grants for agricultural literacy lessons and activities. The Wisconsin Farm Bureau Foundation provided this funding, that may not be available through local school budgets, for teachers to share information about food, fuel and fiber production. The following area teachers were awarded $100 grants: Ready for Rural Life! Kirstin Thompson - Greenfield Elementary, Baldwin
"Your home is charming!" "You have such a knack for pulling things together!" "What a great idea!" Are they talking about your home? The Christmas Tour of Homes Committee is on the search for homes for the 2018 tour. Homes of all ages, sizes and varieties are considered, a diversity of styles and personalities are welcome. This may be your opportunity to show off your beautifully bedazzled home. Learn more at www.hudsonwi.org . Click the "Annual Events/Christmas Tour of Homes" tab to download information on what to expect as a tour homeowner.
The new year is a great time to focus on resolutions, health and goals for the future. We want to support and encourage all community members to make the library a regular resource in order to meet all of these goals. Truly, we can help you achieve them by providing you comprehensive and reputable sources on just about any topic you can dream of.
This year marks another successful Operation HELP Campaign for Kids.
When I was in high school (let's not worry about how long ago that was), there were two educational paths offered to students, one referred to as college-prep and one that was, well, not college-prep.