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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Do yourself a favor before all the holiday hoopla starts and go see "Into the Woods" at The Phipps. I am always appreciative of what it takes to mount a musical to entertain us all every November but this show is special, a new favorite after 25 years of covering opening nights. Stephen Sondheim’s music and lyrics wrapped around the fairy tales we all grew up with create a special mix of make believe and grown-up truths.
The annual Hudson High School fall musical “Mary Poppins” promises to delight audiences across the generations. Based on the popular children’s book and the even more famous movie classic, the stage play tells the familiar story with familiar songs but also some new ones written especially for this musical. And there’s magic! Performances are are Friday, Nov. 13 and 20, at 7 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 14 and 21, at 7p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 15 and 22, at 2 p.m. Tickets for the show are on sale now at the HHS box office Monday through Friday from 3-7 p.m. and one hour before each show.
It will be no surprise to people who knew Kaila Fouks that she would do all in her power to protect an animal. Fouks, of Hudson, was killed in a car accident early Saturday morning after she swerved to avoid hitting a deer on Highway 35/61 in South Lancaster Township -- a community about 16 miles outside Platteville in southwestern Wisconsin.
It has been almost eight years since the First National Bank of Hudson was sold but the ties to one of Hudson’s oldest businesses are still there. Close to 30 of the bank’s employees recently gathered at the Village Inn in North Hudson for a reunion, something they have been doing regularly for more than five years. This year was made special by the attendance of John and Ruth Huss,the bank’s former owners who were warmly received by everyone according to Ken Heiser, First National’s president for almost 30 years. “Everyo
When the rights to the stage musical of “Mary Poppins” became available for amateur productions, Hudson High School Choral Director Andy Haase didn’t hesitate. “I remember watching Mary Poppins on TV when I was a child and being completely mesmerized by the music and the theatrical magic.
Tina Norris is the new director of the Hudson Area Library. She says the best part of being a librarian is the opportunity to serve people and do things that help make people’s lives better. Norris is familiar with the area, having received her undergraduate degree in history and English from UW-River Falls. She also holds a master’s in Library and Information Science from the University of South Carolina. Most recently she has been a director with the Cannon County Library System in Tennessee.
Representatives of the American Petroleum Institute for Minnesota and Wisconsin were in Hudson last week to talk with city officials, law enforcement, the Hudson Fire Department, the St. Croix County Emergency Response Team and first responders about the safe transport of petroleum products through the area. Erin Roth is the executive director of API.
I’ve never made any bones (excuse the pun) about it - I HATE Halloween. First off, I have enough trouble looking good in clothes when I try. There is nothing...
About 50 people attended a recent performance of “Riding the Waves,” a one-act play that looked at the impact of dementia on the person who suffers with it and those who suffer right along with them -- family, loved ones and friends. The play, which is one of three that deals with the different aspects and impact of Alzheimer’s Disease and dementia, opened on what appeared to be a tranquil time on the beach with Isabelle and her son David.
Ginna Roe has been interested in history since she was a student at Hudson High School in Jay Kluz’ social studies class. That interest recently paid off big time when the 23-year-old earned her first broadcast journalism EMMY award. Roe, who graduated from HHS in 2010, won the midwest regional award for her three-part story, “ Wisconsin to Selma: Bringing History Home,” marking the recent 50th anniversary of “Bloody Sunday” in Selma, Ala. She is a reporter with WXOW in La Crosse.