Gretta Stark has been a reporter for the River Falls Journal since July of 2013. She previously worked as a reporter for the New Richmond News from June 2012 to July 2013. She holds a BA in Print and Electronic Media from Wartburg College.
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Hannah Burns loves seeing people use the fitness park located near Hudson's Lakefront Park. Just installed in November, the park was Burns' special project. Last month, she stopped by a Hudson School Board meeting to talk about her project and the award she's received because of it. Burns earned a Prudential Distinguished Finalist bronze award for the state of Wisconsin, and also won on a local level. In addition, Burns received a Presidential volunteer award, according to her mom, Kim Burns. When she started the project, Hannah had no idea all this would happen.
About nine years ago, housing development became popular in Hudson, and a group of citizens were concerned that Hudson would lose what makes it unique: the river, nature, and farms. They formed a group to talk about it, said Gloria Adrian. From a sustainability workshop given by UW-River Falls Professor Kelly Cain, Anastasia Shartin developed an idea to get a group of artists together. "It was kind of a radical idea, because getting artists together and to work together is pretty hard," Adrian said, "because they're all so individualistic."
Hudson celebrated the premiere of its second Discover Wisconsin episode Monday evening, April 2. A premiere party at The Phipps Center for the Arts started with a social hour and refreshments, before the crowd moved to the theater to view the episode. It was a special preview as the episode won't air until Saturday, April 7. Mary Weller, Director of Tourism for the Hudson Chamber of Commerce, said a few words to introduce the episode. "Everybody wins when we do this show," she said.
Anne Jackson headed all the way to Puerto Rico last weekend for the 70.3-miles Ironman Puerto Rico. The triathlon is a 1.2-mile swim, a 56-mile bike ride and a 13.1-mile run. But, for Jackson, the event is about more than a race. "This is my chance to bring awareness and to help the homeless dogs of Puerto Rico," she said. Jackson has done the Ironman Puerto Rico the last two years. Last year, she noticed many stray dogs around. As a dog lover, she said, she couldn't help but feel sorry for them.
Sara Nielsen looks forward to "The Pillow Fight" every year. In fact, she's been nicknamed "The Pillow Queen" by a coworker because she enjoys the event so much. "It's incredible, it's just really incredible, and people just think it's really fun," she said. Well, what is it?
The first ever River Dunk drew brave souls to jump into frigid St. Croix River waters in Hudson to support local charities.
As the snow piled up Monday, Jan. 22 River Falls' snow maintenance staff was working hard to clear roads and keep driving conditions as safe as possible. But even as they worked on the large storm, they were being conscious not to over-use one go-to snow and ice removal tool: salt. "You can overdo salt," said City Operations Director Mike Stifter, "and salt has a real negative effect on the environment." And especially on water resources, like the Kinnickinnic River.
For 17-year-old exchange student Alisher Usmonov, visiting the U.S. is a dream come true. "It's amazing to be in America," he said. "It was my childhood dream, you know, and I tried my best, studied hard ... before coming here, I applied for (a) scholarship, and my dream came true."
Editor's note: This story is part of a series recapping the top stories of 2017. Read the other top stories here. This April, Hudson students and residents saw ground break on additions to Hudson High School. Work started with outside work, including a new parking lot, field and stadium. Those items were completed before school started in the fall. The stadium was opened in September, with an open house celebration, including performances by the Hudson Marching Band, Hudson Raidaires, Hudson Cheer and Stunt team and more.
On Monday, Dec. 18, the Hudson School Board started its meeting with a tour around the high school's construction zones. School District Superintendent Nick Ouellette lead board members through the high school's construction zones, explaining the status of each area. One of the first areas visited was the auditorium, which was then nearly done, and has since been completed enough to be used.