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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Raven Hernandez had always wanted to go on a mission trip. "I've known a lot of friends who have gone to Honduras and had incredible experiences," she said. "I was just ready to go, and it was an opportunity." Hernandez was part of a group from Journey Church of River Falls and Christ Center Assembly of God of Hudson that recently took a mission trip to Honduras to build a church there. "It was a mix of being the hands and feet of Jesus," said Hernandez, "and also just getting to experience a new culture."
After much back-and-forth discussion, weighing family impacts and teetering on the brink of changing their minds about Area 1 in the Hudson elementary boundary debate, the Hudson School Board ultimately voted Monday, Jan. 14 to accept the recommendation from the Boundary Committee as originally presented. This means that 65 students in Area 1 who currently attend River Crest Elementary will be moving to Hudson Prairie next year. The new boundaries
There had not been a handwritten Bible commissioned in some 700 years when The Saint John's Bible was commissioned, said Kay Fritz, local calligrapher. Planning and work began on The Saint John's Bible in 1995, and the last word was written in May 2011. The Saint John's Bible was written on vellum using quills, natural handmade inks, hand ground pigments, and gilded with gold leaf, silver leaf and platinum. It is a modern, English translation (New Revised Standard Version) with contemporary scripts and illuminations.
Hudson Middle School orchestra teacher Rachel Knipfer felt a surge of excitement when she first read an article about Mark Wood's "Electrify Your Strings" program. Wood plays violin in the Trans-Siberian Orchestra. "Electrify Your Strings" is a music education program through which a team of "teaching artists" work with kids over a two- to three-day visit. Kids will play compositions and arrangements by Mark Wood. Not long after Knipfer read about the program, one of her friends brought Wood to work with her orchestra in Oshkosh.
Administrators were impressed with how well the 2,100 students and staff dealt with ongoing construction at Hudson High School last year on a daily basis. But this school year, all have been excited to see the construction completed, but for a few "punch list" items.
The Hudson Board of Education received a recommendation from its Elementary Boundary Committee during the Monday, Dec. 17 meeting. Presented by Craig Menozzi and Rob Schwartz of consultant RSP, the committee's recommended changes to the elementary attendance boundaries are as follows, according to the RSP presentation:
While kids in the district are bringing home, or preparing to bring home report cards, the Hudson School District has received a report card of its own. The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) has released its annual school report cards. Hudson's overall score of 82.2 puts the district in the "Exceeds Expectations" category, earning it four of five stars. That is up from last year's overall score of 78.5.
River Falls Community Theatre's production of "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever" lives up to its name, sharing with audiences the heart and hilarity of the original novel. Like the beloved classic, the play tells the story of a small town and a family of "the worst kids in the history of the world," the Herdmans: Ralph, Imogene, Leroy, Claud, and Gladys. The Herdmans come to church for free snacks and shock the kids and adults in town by taking over the annual Christmas pageant.
Though she now lives in Los Angeles, Amelia Skye Dunlap has not forgotten her roots. Dunlap grew up in Hudson and attended UW-River Falls, receiving a marketing degree. Dunlap is now living her dream, and she wants to thank the Hudson and River Falls communities for helping her reach those dreams. The 2014 Hudson High School graduate earned a marketing degree in 2018. By July 1, she packed up and moved to LA. She was following a dream she'd had since she was a little girl, to go to LA to pursue a career in acting, modeling and the arts.
"My name is Adolf George Koderick. My friends have referred to me as 'the old survivor," said Koderick one afternoon, sitting in his town of River Falls home. Koderick, who goes by the nickname Art, has earned that title over his 95 years. He was born in LaCrosse, and it is there that his story of survival began. Childhood survival Koderick said his father was very strong. "Probably the strongest man I've ever met in my life," he said. "But he was abusive."