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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Among those at the scene of the duplex fire in North Hudson that left two families homeless last month were Red Cross volunteers. Dick Martin of Hudson and other members of the St. Croix Valley disaster team were on hand to provide coffee and food for the victims, the firefighters and the emergency workers on the scene.
Hudson High School sophomore and football player Nick Yoder got more than the wind knocked out of him in a game against River Falls three weeks ago. What first appeared to be a few cracked ribs ended up requiring surgery and putting the 16-year-old in two hospitals for a total of 16 days. But the news is good and Yoder's doctor says he will make a full recovery. He also said he thinks the HHS wrestler will be able to join his teammates when their season begins later this fall. At the Sept.
For the first time in recent memory, the Hudson High School Homecoming parade will be held in downtown Hudson. The parade begins at 3:30 p.m. on Sept. 26 on Second Street between Buckeye and Vine streets and is the beginning of a full afternoon and evening of events. The parade's return to downtown is part of a promise made last year by Principal Ed Lucas who said if all went well last year, the school would expand Homecoming activities.
North Hudson is home to six parks, two with beaches on the St. Croix River, one that is home to the famous Pepper Fest and several neighborhood parks that offer everything from swings and slides to park bench swings. This Sunday there will be a grand opening celebration at the village's newest park, Deer Run, located at the east end of Sommers Street North. The event runs from noon-3 p.m. with the official ribboncutting at 1 p.m. Minnesota Twins mascot T.C. Bear will be in attendance.
Marie Schmidt has operated Winzer Stube German Restaurant in downtown Hudson for the past several years, and the restaurant has built up a loyal clientele that comes from throughout western Wisconsin and the Twin Cities. It is because of some of those clients that Schmidt has decided to launch "Travel with Winzer Stube." "Customers are always asking me where they should go in Germany and Europe, where they should eat, where is the best wine or hotels.
Fifty years after the opening of its first community hospital, Hudson is poised to open a new facility this summer. The new hospital will be the cornerstone of the Hudson Health Campus, which will include Hudson Physicians Clinic, a specialty clinic, pharmacy, rehabilitation center and health resource center. Much on the campus will be new and will offer the best that medical technology and training can provide.
Edna Beggs says she is a "little short on blood relatives," but she is definitely long on friends and well-wishers, many of whom gathered Sunday to mark her 100th birthday. Relatives came from Madison and elsewhere across the state to celebrate, and former neighbors came from as far away as Tennessee to honor the occasion. The party, one of several planned for her, is just another of the blessings she is grateful for in her long life. For her, the glass always seems half full if not sometimes overflowing. Beggs was born Edna Phillips on Jan. 5, 1903, in Chippewa Falls.
It isn't often that students get a chance to connect with the authors they read in their high school English classes, but that's just what happened for a group of Hudson High School freshmen recently. Teacher Kim Hall assigned her freshmen to read Elie Wiesel's "Night," a memoir of the author's experience as an inmate and survivor of several Nazi concentration camps when he was about the same age as her students. Wiesel, now 80, has written more than 40 books and won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1986.