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Dave Fehringer, the ‘Middle School Math Man’ retires after 29 years of equations

Fehringer helped launch the district's first computer classes. “I think math-wise, we teach a mile wide and only an inch thick,” he says. “We should go deeper."

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Cameron leaves 'Battle of Books' legacy

You might say Teresa Cameron loves her “job.” The Hudson Middle School English teacher has taught in the Hudson School District for her entire 36 year career. She retires this year, leaving a wonderful legacy in the district for younger teachers to emulate.

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Battle of the Books is one of Teresa Cameron's landmarks

You might say Teresa Cameron loves her “job.” The Hudson Middle School English teacher has taught in the Hudson School District for her entire 36 year career.

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Margaret's Musings: The rule of law?

Opinion
Some of you might think I would be overjoyed at the recent developments, many of which I have already touched on in previous columns. My reaction is one of sadness really. The revelations should be chilling to every person in America.

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Magnolias on Locust joins lively mix

Magnolias on Locust is a welcome addition to the street which is developing a reputation for offering residents and visitors alike a funky and fun collection of shops offering everything from fine jewelry to fashion, food and repurposed items. Owner Paulette Wentzlaff is bringing her own amazing talent to Hudson.

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Tickle your taste buds at Cherry Berry, grand opening tomorrow

Family ties bring Cherry Berry to Hudson. Larry Norheim was born and raised in Bismarck, N.D., never leaving, except during the four years he served in the United States Navy. He and his wife Marsha still live there.

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Peek-A-Boo Boxing Gym opens in Hudson

Boyd Davis, a native of St. Louis, Mio., moved to St. Paul to box. The sport has been part of his life since he was young. “I continued to do it to stay out of trouble,” said Davis.

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Hudson Liquor expands and remodels

Hudson Liquor, located at 131 Carmichael Road, Suite 104, is between Target and Walgreen’s. Customers will be surprised when they walk through the door to find the store has practically doubled in space, going from 2,400 square feet to 4,700 square feet.

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Writing and reading is a passion of Hudson student

Local author Katelyn Asmus will be featured at the Hudson Area Library on April 13 from 1 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. Asmus, a sophomore at Hudson High School, will present a program about the writing and publication of her first book, “The Adventure of Steven Archer.”

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Bridge is reaching out to communities and employers

April 11, Bridge for Youth and Adults with Disabilities is teaming up with Bridge Community Employment Services to start a community discussion on how business leaders and individuals can strengthen our local economy through providing opportunities for people with disabilities.

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Margaret’s Musings: Breaking the silence — what does OFA mean to you?

Opinion
Remember when politics was fun and friends could banter back and forth civilly? Over the last two years you have followed me on a discovery journey. Completely lost is my naïve attitude that all is right with the world as long as one simply votes.

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Margaret’s Musings: A night at the movies...

Opinion
The evening was perfect. The weather was just right on Aug. 11. As we found our seats at Miller Park in Milwaukee, the crowd grew and the excitement mounted. We were not there for a baseball game but for the world premiere of “Honor Flight,” the full-length feature movie about the Stars and Stripes Honor Flight program.

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Margaret’s Musings: Poster contest is both a grim reminder and a joyous moment

Alcohol and drug abuse is something that touches most of us at one time or another, whether it is close-up and personal or at a distance. So for me it is always enlightening to attend the annual St. Croix County District Attorney’s Stop Drug and Alcohol Abuse Poster Contest Calendar Awards night.

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Margaret’s Musings: Can you say censorship?

When my 90-year-old father sneezed recently, my automatic reaction was to say ‘God Bless you.’ As long as I can remember that has been something I said and it normally just comes out of my mouth. So when my dad said “You know, you can’t say that anymore,” I was amazed.

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Margaret's Musings: Cast out the whole ‘bloody’ lot

If you think I am talking about voting out the recalled senators you are wrong. I am talking about Wisconsinites having the strength and fortitude to cast out the outside interests who invaded our state in February and remain fostering their own agenda, which is concerned with power on a national level.

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Margaret's Musings: Round and round you go - Roundabouts are here to stay

Two recent incidents caused me to consider the roundabout. We received a driver’s license renewal notice from the State of Wisconsin which included a detailed instruction sheet on how to drive ‘around’ a roundabout. Secondly, we navigated a roundabout at the intersection of Cemetery Road and Hwy. 35 in River Falls.

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Margaret's Musings: A time capsule worth looking at

Christmas 2010 seems like a distant memory. However when we were home for the holiday I had the chance to peer back in time as we opened an old wooden ‘trunk’ that had been stored in my dad’s closet for nearly 60 years.

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Margaret's Musings: A column long overdue but conflicted at the heart

Friday morning, I decided to walk around downtown Hudson to see if I could get some folks to comment on the record about these two questions: “How do you feel about Gov. Walker’s proposed bill?” and “How do you feel about the Hudson teachers’ walkout?”

Margaret's Musings: Valentine’s Day - An unlikely remembrance

Feb. 14 is a day my parents never forget, even at this stage of their lives. It was that day in 1960 when my right kidney was removed.

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Margaret's Musings: A moment in time - Still photos give you more than the eye can see

Ralph Bleuer’s children decided that I should be the one to receive his camera equipment. Ralph was trained as a Navy photographer during World War II.

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