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Employees and visitors at the courthouse in Hudson are getting security screenings as they enter the building Monday in the wake of what St.
All high school-age students from western Wisconsin and eastern Minnesota are invited to submit one recent original work in any media -- drawing, painting, collage, photography, sculpture, ceramics, jewelry, or other fine crafts -- for display in the Annual Area High School Art Exhibition, which will run April 27 through May 11 in The Galleries of The Phipps Center for the Arts. All submissions must meet the specified guidelines and be dropped off at The Phipps on Tuesday or Wednesday, April 23 or 24, from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
GREENDALE -- Public school officials say they've squeezed out as much savings as they possibly can - and they need more state aid. Gov. Scott Walker's decision to freeze public school aid, while spending more on private school vouchers, was a major topic Thursday at the Joint Finance Committee's first public hearing on the new state budget. Hundreds of people attended the all-day hearing, held in the Milwaukee suburb of Greendale. Kettle Moraine Superintendent Patricia Deklotz said her district took full advantage of the 2011 law that allowed schools to cut employee benefits.
I'm way behind in my coverage of the Scandinavian thriller surge in world publishing, not having even read a Stieg Larsson thriller, so I'll try to make it up by reviewing a finely wrought thriller by first-time Swedish author Alexander Soderberg. It's "The Andalucian Friend," (Crown, $26), translated by Neil Smith. Soderberg will certainly join the other Scandinavians with the sophisticated creation of his heroine, Sophie Brinkmann, a nurse who has been widowed. She meets a patient at her hospital, one Hector Guzman, a charming fellow whom she falls for. But there's a problem.
Bethel Lutheran Church is hosting a concert by 513Free Sunday, April 7, at 7 p.m. at Bethel Highlands, 504 Frontage Road. Tickets are available at the door for a $10 donation. Proceeds will go to Campus Crusade for Christ and CRU missionaries Joshua and Rose Barta. Joshua Barta graduated from Hudson High School in 1999 and attended Bethel Lutheran as a youth. He and his wife are making an impact on young lives throughout the Midwest through Campus Crusade for Christ. After graduating from Hudson High School, Barta received a degree at Minnesota State University in Mankato, Minn.
MADISON -- Gov. Scott Walker says he might stop appointing judges to fill vacancies in Dane County, after two of his appointees were later removed by the voters. Walker said Wednesday it was unfortunate that Circuit Judge Rebecca Saint John lost her election bid on Tuesday. Attorney Rhonda Lanford won, after she linked her opponent to the Republican governor during their campaign.
Wisconsin's largest school referendum went down to defeat Tuesday but voters approved several other big-ticket projects across Wisconsin. In Columbus, about 60 percent of voters said no to borrowing almost $40 million for a new high school, a relocated middle school, technology and security upgrades, and land acquisition. A new $28 million Beloit Turner High School was rejected two- to one, and a $33 million package in Sheboygan Falls that included a new middle school was rejected 60- to 40 percent. Some school projects got big-time support.
Wisconsin's elections agency made almost $400,000 in the last two years by selling information about the state's registered voters. The Appleton Post-Crescent said the Government Accountability Board took in $269,000 last year alone. Names, addresses and voting participation records are sold. Candidates and political parties find them very helpful in planning their campaign strategies.
MILWAUKEE -- Milwaukee's biggest cookout will be renewed Monday when Brewers' fans fire up the grills for the baseball season's first tailgating outside of Miller Park. The usual sell-out crowd of 42,000-plus is expected for the Brewers' Opening Day contest against the Colorado Rockies. Game time temperature was expected to be about 60 -- under the stadium's retractable roof, but it was to be much colder for the pre-game partying. A high of only 34 degrees was expected, under sunny skies. Milwaukee's normal high for the date is 48.
Pictured are, from left, Sarah O'Conner (Susan Dahl, Hudson), the mother, and Liz (Michelle Storm, Woodbury), one of her daughters, during a rehearsal scene of "The O'Conner Girls." The play will run April 5-21 at the Phipps in Hudson. See the March 28 print edition of the Hudson Star Observer for more details.