Jordan Willi is a reporter for the New Richmond News. Previously, he worked as a sports reporter at the Worthington Daily Globe in Worthington, Minnesota. He also interned at the Hudson Star Observer for two summers and contributed to the Bison Illustrated sports magazine at North Dakota State University.
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The biggest change to 2018 Hammond Heartland Days is that almost every event during this year's festival will be moved to the tractor pull site (1800 Ridgeway St.), according to festival coordinator Dusty Anderson. In addition to the site change, the community appreciation dinner and pie/ice cream social will be moved from Thursday night to Friday, Aug. 10, at 5 p.m. The dinner will also include the presentation of the 2018 grand marshal and Heartland Awards. The festival runs from Friday, Aug. 10, through Sunday, Aug. 12.
The River City Chorale will kick off its tenth season by presenting “Awake My Soul and Sing,” a summer concert series at the end of July. Over 150 vocalists from Hudson, Stillwater, the St. Croix River Valley, the Twin Cities and western Wisconsin will share a blend of vocal music with the community.
For most people, there isn't much to think about when it comes to getting yourself to and from work, or to and from the grocery store. However, for anyone with a visual impairment, those simple tasks aren't quite as simple. "I have yet to gain a lot of knowledge on what I would do when I'm out of college, including how I would get to work or home from the grocery store," said eighth grader Silvia Liberatore. "It is important to me to pay attention to figure out and learn these things so I can be successful in my life."
The local River Valley Agency 3-15 Special Olympics Team Basketball recently participated in the state competition on April 7 and 8, in Oshkosh. The River Valley Athletes placed first, bringing home gold medals for all. This is the team’s first year competing in Team Basketball. The team went undefeated this season. The team is made up of members from Roberts, River Falls and Hudson.
Last summer, the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) announced it would be allowing siblings of Scouts to join their brothers at the summer Scouting camp. "My favorite part of Cub Scout Camp was the slingshots. Because when you pull it back and let it go, it reminds me of the song Elsa sings in 'Frozen,' where she says 'Let it go!'" said 6-year-old Heather Hilke, whose brother Evan is a Bear Cub in Pack 148. "I also liked the sponge fight. It was cold, but it was still fun. I liked when I tried to throw one at mommy and then I missed hitting dad."
St. Croix Central High School students will be among students across the country who will walk out of school on Wednesday, March 14, in support of the 17 slain Florida high school students and to draw attention to the need for change that will better safeguard their schools. "This is not a political event. This is about the safety of all our schools and the latest 17 victims," said SCC HS principal Kurt Soderberg. "It is an individual choice to participate or not participate. We support their right to gather peacefully."
The Rotary mission is to tackle some of the world's biggest challenges, both locally and globally, and over the past year, leaders from the Hudson Daybreak Rotary Team united with a team of international Rotary leaders to help indigenous Guatemalans overcome a critical challenge: cooking practices that were causing severe health complications and in some cases even resulting in death.
For the fifth year in a row, Bethel Lutheran Church in Hudson will bring in a musical act for a family friendly and affordable holiday concert over Thanksgiving weekend. This year, the church has selected Twin Cities singer, songwriter and storyteller Sara Groves to perform for the holiday concert, which will be held from 7-10 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 25, at the church's Bethel - Highlands Campus (504 Frontage Road).
With Hudson High School being without a true library while expansion construction continues, students might not have had the same access to books as they did in the past. Especially when it comes to books they could read for pleasure. But with the nearly 1,000 titles English teacher and Young Adults' Choices Project district coordinator Kimberly Powers has collected and distributed throughout the district over the last eight years, students shouldn't have a problem finding a book or two that might interest them.
Each year, more than 1,300 high school and around 1,200 middle level students audition for roughly 730 spots in the high school and middle level Honors State Music Project. The few who are selected to be part of the middle or high school band, orchestra, jazz ensemble or choir get the opportunity to perform at the Wisconsin State Music Conference in the fall. The conductor of this year's high school honors band is none other than composer, University of Wisconsin - River Falls adjunct professor and Hudson resident Jack Stamp.