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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Despite extremely cold weather, more than 250 students from 12 different school districts attended the fifth annual Women in STEM event at Hudson Middle School held earlier this month. While there were fewer attendees than in recent years, Melisa Hansen, Hudson School District School to Career coordinator said business participants noted that the smaller crowd made it possible for them to have "rich conversations with students."
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.
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.
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.
At a time when the news is full of retail business giants closing their doors, the time has come to recognize the success of many small businesses in the community. And very few have the longevity and loyal customer base that the Hudson Flower Shop located at 222 Locust St. has had for 70 years. Shelli Erck and her mother Linda are marking their own milestone as well. They bought the business 20 years ago and couldn’t be prouder of the long history of service it has provided the community.
Eric Johnson has been a district attorney for 32 years, 27 as the top prosecutor in St. Croix County. That makes him the longest serving DA in the state of Wisconsin. But all that is about to change. Johnson, 59, will retire at the end of the year. Why now? "It's just time. You see a lot of dark things in this job and I feel like it is time to do something different," said the father of three and grandfather of four.
Wisconsin Lt. Governor Kleefisch was at Hudson Middle School last week to meet with 100 girls from grades 6-8 who have an interest in STEM careers. HMS was selected to...
Former U.S. Senator Russ Feingold was at Hudson Bagel Tuesday as part of his “Listening to You in all 72” campaign. There was standing room only in the popular coffee...
A half-day forum focusing on making the St. Croix County area dementia friendly will be held from 8:15 a.m.-11:30 a.m. on Thursday, June 9, at The Phipps Center for the Arts. This forum is designed for elected officials, city administrators, and leaders within the business, education, health care, and faith sectors.