Citizen lobbyists from the four-county region participated in the Greater St. Croix Valley Legislative Day in Madison on Tuesday, Feb. 13. The volunteers worked in teams of three or four and spent the afternoon in appointments with state legislators or in larger meetings with Barb LaMue, WEDC's vice president, business and community development, and Jack Jablonski, Gov. Scott Walker's deputy chief of staff. Jablonski grew up in the area and is a graduate of UW-River Falls.
St. Croix Co. Farmers Union will grant two $500 scholarships to graduating high school seniors who are enrolled in an accredited college, university, or technical college. All majors will be considered. The applicant or his/her parent must be a current St. Croix County Farmers Union member. A four-year membership is $100.
"We are all in this together!"—the late Kitty Rhoades, Secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Health Services. Residents enjoy a variety of healthcare services in St. Croix County and Leadership Hudson students were given an education about the many aspects of providing effective healthcare to the community.
The inaugural Hudson Senior Expo held Tuesday, Feb. 6 at the YMCA's Camp St. Croix brought Hudson's seniors together with the local business community dedicated to serving their needs. Four speakers presented on topics such as making sure you have both an Age In Place Home Assessment and Home Equity Evaluation performed prior to making a decision on whether you
Motivational speaker, Miss Wheelchair USA 2012 and Ellsworth High School alumna Tasha Schuh will host a book signing event 5:45-8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 16 in the EHS lobby, coinciding with the JV and varsity boys basketball games. Her second book, “My Next Move Forward,” will be showcased. With belief in herself, Schuh took a leap of faith that led her to meeting her soulmate, Doug Michaels.
Editor's note: This viewpoint was written by RoxAnn Klugman, J.D., LL.M. (Masters of Tax Laws), Hudson. Runaway slave, courageous lover of freedom, Frederick Douglass, was born 200 years ago on Feb. 14, 1818. Douglass was born into slavery in Maryland and separated from his mother at a young age. He never knew the exact date of his birthday, but chose to celebrate it on Feb. 14.
The St. Croix Valley Master Gardeners Association will host Garden U on Saturday, March 17 at the Hudson House Grand Hotel in Hudson. On-site registration starts at 8:30 a.m. A $40 fee includes lunch and speaker handouts. Pre-registration can be done by mailing a check payable to SCVMGA to Barrette-SCVMGA at 1358 County Rd V, Houlton, WI, 54082. Questions can be directed to 715-549- 6438 or stcroixvlymga//scvmga.weebly.com for more information.
Ambassadors from Girl Scout troop 53021 recently ran a Cadette Girl Scout Breathe Leadership Journey event. Girls completed their Breathe Leadership Journey and among other activities girls created balloon animals, baked bread, practiced fire building, learned about aromatherapy and created faux stained glass. Girl Scout cookie season is Feb. 3 through March 18. You can find Girl Scout cookies from your favorite Girl Scout or at a cookie booth at local businesses. For more information or to join Girl Scouts, go to girlscoutsrv.org.
On Jan. 30, Moody's Investors Service assigned its Aa1 rating to St. Croix County's $27 million General Obligation Highway Maintenance Facility Bonds. The Aa1 rating is the second-highest offered by the bond rating agency. Bond buyers use the rating as a measure of creditworthiness when considering the purchase of bonds as an investment.
Among the beautiful hot air balloons that will be part of the 29th annual Hudson Hot Air Affair will be one that is "dementia friendly." For the third consecutive year, FirstCall Medical Monitoring will sponsor the 2018 "Living with Dementia" balloon, which will be piloted by Terry Dorshorst, of West Salem. St. Croix Electric President and CEO Mark Pendergast said support of the balloon aligns with the cooperative's mission to enhance the lives of members and strengthen the communities where they live.