Meg Heaton has been a reporter with the Hudson Star Observer since 1990. She has a bachelor’s degree in anthropology and Native American Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.
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The Dementia Friendly Communities Coalition is continuing its mission to make communities, the Hudson area and beyond more dementia friendly. The coalition that was convened by the St. Croix Valley Foundation is comprised of three task force groups: • Collaboration and Communication • Training and Education • Caregiver Support. The group recently held a meeting at Hudson Hospital to discuss the progress of each task force.
Construction at Hudson High School is scheduled to begin soon that will impact the current parking on campus. The construction is beginning with stormwater management, new parking, the stadium and practice fields. Thirty-thousand yards of dirt are being moved from one side of the building to the other as stadium construction begins. Fencing and barriers will be installed during the upcoming spring break. Digging is set to begin March 13.
I am retiring this week and after 27 years, Tuesday is about to become just another day of the week. That’s deadline day at the Star Observer and, as a terminal procrastinator, it has always been a busy one for me. For folks from the HSO, Tuesday is our Friday and we scheduled our lives around it.
Dear Raider Community, This morning the Hudson School District was notified of rumors regarding Hudson School's students receiving instruction on Sharia law with the intent to convert students to Islam. The Hudson School District does not endorse nor condone the instruction of Sharia law. There are no School District approved courses or school sponsored activities within the Hudson School District that are intended to convert, entice or encourage students to join Islam or any other religious faith.
Despite extremely cold weather, more than 250 students from 12 different school districts attended the fifth annual Women in STEM event at Hudson Middle School held earlier this month. While there were fewer attendees than in recent years, Melisa Hansen, Hudson School District School to Career coordinator said business participants noted that the smaller crowd made it possible for them to have "rich conversations with students."
The Hudson Board of Education got up to speed on the HHS chapter of Future Farmers of America at their meeting earlier this month. The FFA has been around for close to 90 years and it has evolved over time, just like agriculture across the country has. The students are involved in a wide variety of activities that not only explore broad fields of study but also give them opportunities to develop leadership and organizational skills.
According to mountains of research, the amount of activity that can go on in a child’s brain from birth until they start school is mind boggling. The only other thing close to that is the impact parents and caregivers can have on that activity.
United Way St. Croix Valley has announced new initiatives and a new name for its Food Resource Center. Late last month, the center was renamed The John Coughlin Food & Resource Center, in honor of the late John Coughlin, former UW St. Croix Valley director. A new logo with the new name was also unveiled.
Nancy Toll is familiar to a lot of people in Hudson. She retired last year after a long career as a science teacher, then the technology coordinator for the Hudson School District. But now she can add author to her resume. Available on Amazon and at Barnes and Noble bookstores, “Getting Over the Bump in the Road” is about her experience as a breast cancer survivor and a caregiver to her mother.
The Gherty name has been synonymous with the practice of law in Hudson for 70 years, and Sue Gherty has been a part of it all for more than two decades. But after working side-by-side with her late husband Terry and her brother-in-law Mark, Gherty retired earlier this year. Sue Gherty will remain Hudson's municipal court judge, at least for the remainder of her three-year term. She has been Hudson's judge since 1996.