The Hudson Hot Air Affair kicks off at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 1, with the Hot Air Affair Torchlight Parade. The parade starts at the Wells Fargo parking lot and travels down Second Street, turning down Walnut Street and ends at the Hudson Arch. It may be short, but the parade is packed full of fun. With blasts of flames from the balloon units to help warm the crowd, spectators will see marching kazoo bands and "Pirates Fly'n the Croix-ribbean" themed parade units. Immediately after the parade there is a fireworks display at Lakefront Park sponsored by Andersen Corporation.
Plum Creek Quilters presents the 13th annual quilt show 9 am. to 4 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 2-3, at Sargent's Nursery in Red Wing. This event features over 200 pieced, challenges and appliqué quilts. There will be eight vendors with quilt ideas and supplies. Hourly door prize drawings will be held, including a vibrant "Carnival" quilt giveaway. $4 admission fee covers an opportunity to enter the drawing.
Members of Pierce Pepin Cooperative Services are helping local programs through the co-op's Operation Round Up program. Grants were approved for three organizations at the cooperative's Jan. 3 board meeting: Assistance and Resource Center, Inc. (ARC), $2,000 for housing and transportation needs; Have a Heart, Inc., $3,000 for assistance to purchase a handicapped accessible vehicle; Basics for Local Kids, Inc., $3,000 for winter outerwear for local children in need. "These local organizations are working hard to assist individuals and families in our area in a
To end the 2018 year, the Prescott Foundation approved a $10,000 grant for the Prescott K-9 Fund as a promising start to this new community initiative. Fundraising for this effort began after Police Chief Gary Krutke died in 2017. His family asked that, in lieu of sending flowers, memorial contributions be made to a K-9 program fund to assist in bringing an important public safety improvement to Prescott. The K-9 unit was approved by the city council during its November council meeting.
Captain Jack, from Captain Jack Entertainment, will be the grand marshal of the Torchlight Parade at this year's Hudson Hot Air Affair on Friday night, Feb. 1. The Jack Sparrow look-alike will lead the "Pirates Fly'n the Croix-ribbean" themed parade of decorated hot air balloon baskets, pirate walking units and a marching kazoo band. The parade starts at 7 p.m. on Second Street in downtown Hudson.
Sponsored by the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA), National Catholic Schools Week is an annual celebration of Catholic education in the United States. The theme "Catholic Schools: Learn. Serve. Lead. Succeed" encompasses the core products and values that can be found in Catholic schools across the country.
Connect the dots TO THE EDITOR History has proven a force of self-motivation with unregulated power can disable a country by increasing the country's debt to an unsustainable rate; while degrading the authority of the judicial system and media, the walls of justice will unravel into chaos. When a person justifies their leadership with, "It doesn't matter if you are right or wrong as long as you win," basic intelligence comes into question of followers of this philosophy.
The Spring Valley Community Food Pantry has made some changes to make it feel a little more welcoming.
Meet the St. Joseph Parish School 2019 Geography Bee champion! Pictured with Principal Chris Magee is champion Ashley Keller and runner-up Sophia Perez. Photo courtesy of Judith Huppert Pictured are the ten Geography Bee finalists from grades 4-6 at St. Joseph Parish School in Prescott: (front row, from left) Ethan West, Katie Huppert, champion Ashley Keller, Leah Harvey, Chase Kinney, runner-up Sophia Perez; (back row) Landon Zeverino, Rory Zuehlsdorf, Claire Schommer and Cadyn Hillebrand. Photo courtesy of Judith Huppert
The Hudson-based string band Greenwood Tree will play for the River Falls Barn Dance series 7-9:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19 at the Academy Gym at the former Meyer Middle School (439 W. Maple St., River Falls). The dance will feature a variety of square, circle, and line dances and reels given a uniquely Celtic flourish by Greenwood Tree.