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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If you think you know Pudge's, think again. Built in 1866, 302 Second St. has been a saloon for most of the time since, according to owners Michael and Candy Murphy. They say they used to make wine in the basement and roll fine cigars right next door at 304 Second St., and even though there are some major changes afoot, Pudge's tradition of serving food and drink in downtown Hudson will continue. The Murphys, with the help of Hudson native and nationally known designer and collector Ed Hawksford, have taken that tradition and enlarged it to be a one-of-a-kind destination.
Scroll through to see photos from Friday night's parade. Photos by Meg Heaton.
The annual Hot Air Affair parade lit the way down Vine Street Friday night with participating balloon crews bringing their own flare to the event. See more coverage on the annual Hudson Hot Air Affair here .
Cally Ahlin was one of the estimated 500,000 people who turned out for the Women's March Jan. 21 in Washington, D.C. The 20-year-old Hudson High School graduate made the journey on her own, but found friends all along the 22-hour journey and even more at the event. She boarded a bus in Madison, and at every rest stop there were more buses headed for the same destination.
I used to tell some whoppers when I was a kid and don't really know why. My mom was a champion at it so I think I got it from her.
(Liftout) "Women in STEM+ was designed to help inspire creativity and curiosity in females through engaging hands-on activities that demonstrate and integrate science, technology, engineering, math and or art skills. Through demonstrations, conversations and engaging activities young students cultivate confidence, grit, and the belief that everything is possible in life and in the world." — Women in STEM+ design team
Tom Holland is a familiar face to many around Hudson. He first came on the scene in 1992 to begin the work of opening a YMCA in Hudson. He was also a member of the Hudson Board of Education for nine years. But he has a new role these days, one he is very excited about.
The Hudson Board of Education approved recommendations by district administrators to allow open enrollment at Hudson Middle School and at the elementary level. Enrollment numbers at Hudson High School are still over capacity and no open enrollment will be available for the upcoming school year. That may change upon completion of the remodel and addition to HHS scheduled to be completed by the start of school in fall 2018.
According to Cindy Redmon, facilitator of the YMCA's Diabetes Prevention Program, there are a lot of Hudson area residents among the estimated 86 million Americans currently living with prediabetes. That's nearly one of every three people and only about 10 percent are aware they are at risk of developing the disease within 10 years. But Redmon says the YMCA's program can help people take steps that not only prevent the disease but can have a positive impact on life in general.
This marks the fifth year of the Hudson School District Women in STEM event at the Hudson Middle School. The event, which is from 5-8 p.m. Feb. 2, is designed to provide an opportunity to engage and inspire youth, especially young girls from throughout the area about careers and workplace opportunities.