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 Hudson Board of Education approved a later than usual start for the 2018-19 school year to allow for additional time to complete the addition and major renovations to almost every space at Hudson High School. The first day of school will be Monday, Sept. 10, 2018. Teachers will report Sept. 5. Graduation day is set for June 8, 2019, with the last day of school currently scheduled for June 13. Spring break will be March 11-15. The schedule is detailed on the district website at hudsonraiders.org.
Ruth M. Kees, longtime Hudson businesswomen, died this week at the age 102. Kees will be remembered as a talented designer and businesswoman as well as a good and kind friend with a great wit and an infectious laugh. She was born on July 27, 1914, in Minneapolis. Her father died at a young age, leaving her mother to raise Ruth and her brother John to adulthood. After graduating college in St. Cloud, she married and had her son, David "Tuffer" Tifft. David died suddenly at the age of three.
As the day of my retirement is approaching fast, I am beginning to realize that as big events in life go, it is right up there with getting married, my extreme youth at the time explains that one, having babies, remember two at a time, and living to see “he who shall not be named” becoming president. Wake me when it’s over. I think a friend gave me some pretty good advice. “Just say no to anything you are asked to do the first year; otherwise you’re in trouble.”
Josh Furman has been working as a professional chef for 10 years and in restaurant kitchens for a lot longer. He is about to take the helm at Club 304, the new restaurant that is part of the remake at Pudge's, one of the town's oldest hospitality establishments. The two are separate but also connected and diners, from breakfast through dinner seven days a week, will find plenty of the familiar right alongside a lot that is new. That includes the restaurant's menu, which Furman describes as American Bistro style. But it is clear he doesn't like to label things.
The annual Hudson High School Diversity Day this year took on special significance in light of President Donald Trump's order to ban travel from seven predominantly Muslim countries. Regardless of their political beliefs, students of all backgrounds appeared to support one another and a full schedule of performers who showcased dance, music and poetry of all types.
No one knows better than the counseling staff the financial challenges Hudson High School seniors face when it comes to bankrolling their post-secondary education. That is why they are making an appeal to the community to consider offering scholarships to help students move onto that next step on their career path.
There were two parades in downtown Hudson last weekend — one to celebrate the annual Hot Air Affair and another to promote peace and advocate for an inclusive community. The march has been taking place on the first Saturday of the month along Second Street most months since November. Loosely organized, participants have numbered from a dozen or so, to more than 30, carrying signs and messages meant to welcome, encourage and support those who may not feel welcome in the current political climate.
Sunday marked the 15th anniversary of one of the darkest days in Hudson history. It was on Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2002 that Hudson native son and businessman Dan O'Connell was found shot to death in his office at the family business, O'Connell Family Funeral Home. Also murdered was James Ellison, who was working at O'Connell's as an intern from the University of Minnesota. O'Connell was just 39 years old; Ellison, of Barron, was 22.
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.