Rebecca Mariscal joined the Hudson Star Observer as a reporter in 2016. She graduated from the University of St. Thomas with a degree in communication and journalism.
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Transportation, funding and staffing were the main focus of a visit by Wisconsin State Sen. Patty Schachtner to BRIDGE for Community Life in Hudson on Monday, April 23. Schachtner said it was important for her to make the visit. "My whole career before being in this part has really been helping give voice to people who don't have voices," she said.
Jodi Emerson is trying to work herself out of a job. As a human trafficking advocate with Fierce Freedom, Emerson told the audience at Bethel Lutheran Church on Monday night that she hopes to go out of business, and effectively stop trafficking.
Steve Long took up homebrewing in Texas in the 80s long before the hobby became the trend it is today. As a chemical engineering major, he relied on library research, and a lot of trial and error, to make beer a college student could afford, without the resources of online blogs and home brewing supply shops. Almost 40 years later he's still ahead of the curve, for Woodbury anyway, opening the first brewery in town with his wife Deb.
In one room with one small window and a smattering of chairs, 12 people decide a man's fate. On this simple set, the Hudson High School cast tells the story of "12 Angry Jurors." On a hot day, 12 jurors enter the jury room for deliberation, many thinking they will reach a quick verdict against a man accused of killing his father. Instead they face a tense, often volatile, day of debate as one juror attempts to show the others that there is in fact, reasonable doubt.
HUDSON — Formerly working in wedding planning and catering, Jenny Loew started pursuing photography professionally about three years ago, when a friend asked her to help shoot a wedding. That one experience sparked a path to her own studio. "I've always wanted to find a space to create," Loew said. She found it in shared studio space at 511 Second St.with fellow photographer Jamie Schultz. Loew had been looking for a space, but wasn't quite sure what she was looking for. Still, she began to share the idea out loud, and through that, found an opportunity with Schultz.
Those who have stopped into Urban Olive and Vine over the last few months may not have noticed a difference at the restaurant, and new owners Carol and Chad Trainor are fine with that. "Nobody will be shocked when they come in," Carol said. Carol and Chad took over in January after working there as server and chef, respectively, for many years. "We figured we were here all the time anyway so might as well buy it," Carol said.
About 80 businesses set up shop at the Hudson Sports and Civic Center on Sunday, March 18 for the annual Spring Showcase Business Expo held by the Hudson Chamber of Commerce. In addition to booths for local businesses, the day also featured kids crafts and activities and performances throughout the day including a mascot dance off, the Hudson High School swing choir, The Phipps Dance Company and more. "It was a successful event," said Andrea Jorgensen, director of communications and programs at the chamber.
Several racks of jewelry fill the space of Momma's Bling Thing in Riverwalk Square on Main Street: necklaces, bracelets and earrings, all $5. Run by Joan Toth of Ellsworth, with some big help from daughter Niki Wood, the store sells Paparazzi Jewelry, a six-year old company based in Utah that works through independent consultants. All its jewelery is $5, except for a special line based off its top consultants. "The company is really about empowering women, giving them something to do and make themselves who they can be," Toth said.
In a far off kingdom, there is a castle full of ladies-in-waiting, and waiting and waiting, for the prince to marry, so they can as well. In The Phipps' production of "Once Upon a Mattress" the subjects of a royal kingdom cannot marry until their prince does, but the queen is making that difficult. With each prospective princess, the queen concocts a new impossible test, leaving the prince, and his people, single against their wishes. The musical is a humorous retelling of the fairy tale, where a princess passes the queen's test by feeling a pea under her mattress.
An old downtown building has new life as Rio Loco Cantina opens Monday, March 12 at 417 Second St. The former Ellie's location has a new look thanks to the work of new owners Mike Tupa and Tom Tomaro. The Mexican restaurant has a 75-foot bar, a wealth of seating, a garage door window and an outdoor patio that's also heated. "You've got a nice view of the river, a nice view of Main Street," Tomaro said. "Those are both big pluses." Creating the new space took some time, more than 2 years from purchase to opening for Tupa and Tomaro.