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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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 .
While the inclination may be to literally "hit the ground running," when it comes to making healthy choices, experts seem to agree that small changes are the best way to get lasting results. Hudson Hospital registered dietician Jean Weiler has her top suggestions for making changes that can have a healthy and lifelong impact. First up -- eat more fruits and vegetables. "This is harder than it sounds. It seems simple but most of us don't eat enough of either despite the fact that these days we have a wide variety of choices available throughout the year," said Weiler.
The Hudson Police Department appears to have had good reason to investigate the late Father Ryan Erickson as a suspect in the February 2002 murders of Dan O'Connell and James Ellison as well as other crimes. The 31-year-old Erickson was associate pastor for two years at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Hudson. He later moved to a church in Hurley where he was found dead after hanging himself Dec. 19. From information obtained from the Hudson police, it's been learned that Erickson was interviewed twice last year - Nov. 11 and Dec.
To look at 14-year-old Preston Wing, one would never know that he has a chronic illness. Wing lives with his parents, Brent and Toni, and his twin brothers in the Troy Burne subdivision just south of Hudson. He is in the eighth grade at Meyer Middle School and he has Crohn's disease. When asked what Crohn's disease is, Wing said he uses the description his doctors gave him when he was first diagnosed two and a half years ago. "You know what canker sores are, like the ones you get in your mouth sometimes. Well, Crohn's is like having canker sores in your intestines.