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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An unlikely but affectionate friendship takes center stage in "Always ... Patsy Cline" at The Phipps. The show follows the connection between country music star Patsy Cline and her fan Louise Seger, detailing their first meeting at one of Cline's concerts in Texas. The two develop an instant connection from their first interaction, and the play sees that spark unfold over the 24 hours into a close friendship that is later sustained over the distance of Cline's career through a regular pen pal correspondence.
Resident and visitors can say goodbye to the old coin meters that currently line the streets of downtown Hudson. New pay stations with coin, credit card and phone payment options will replace them likely this fall. The Hudson Public Safety Committee approved a contract with Parkeon for 41 pay stations downtown. Community Development Director Mike Johnson said the parking commission had four responses to a request for proposals for the stations. Though the technology in each proposal was similar, Parkeon offered the best support, training and price.
The city of Hudson will be on its own in hiring a consultant to study the best delivery structure for St. Croix EMS after a motion for half of the cost to come from the EMS budget failed 2-2 at the EMS commission meeting on Thursday, July 12. The commission had a lengthy discussion on the idea of a consultant that rehashed past concerns about how the discussion of a possible sale to HealthPartners last year was handled and how payment of the service is split between the city and its partners town of Hudson, village of North Hudson and town of Troy.
For staff at Hudson School District, help in an emergency will now be just a tap away. The district has partnered with Hudson-based security company Hedge Tactical Solutions (HTS) to implement the company's Active Alert app across the district. The app allows staff to send an emergency alert in cases such as a shooting or fire through their phones, informing everyone in the school as well as first responders.
New to the community, attorney Benjamin Wright is looking to help families with his new practice, Wright Law, focused on elder law. Wright recently moved to River Falls with his wife and 18-month-old child. The move brought them closer to family, and gave Wright an opportunity to open his new practice. "People have been really nice and welcoming here," Wright said. After graduating law school, Wright worked in the criminal justice and child protection systems. There he worked with people who were dealing with the system and its rules for the first time.
Since she was a child, Stormie Reiman always knew she wanted to help people. She wasn't exactly sure how. Reiman started by studying psychology and criminal justice, and then physical therapy, but neither one of them were what she was looking for. Then she made her way to chiropractic, and she knew she'd found the right fit. She earned her doctorate degree from Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, Iowa. Now that she's found the right way to help people, she's opened her own practice to do it. At 1830 Webster St., Reiman's practice has been open for a month.
For the second time in less than two months, a vehicle has struck the office of Hope Chiropractic on Carmichael Road near the intersection of Vine Street. The first time around, on Friday, April 20, a vehicle was attempting to park in one of the spots in front of the business when it smashed through the window and into the waiting room of the chiropractic office. No clients were in the room, and no one inside was hurt.
Anyone in downtown Hudson on a summer day knows the city sees its share of visitors, but the city didn't know just what impact tourism has on it — until now. Tourism brought $48 million in visitor spending to Hudson in 2017, according to a study by Tourism Economics. The company does annual studies for the state of Wisconsin on the economic impact of tourism in the state, and to individual counties. This is the first year the Hudson Chamber of Commerce and Tourism was able to see the 2017 numbers on Hudson specifically.
When he was 19 years old, Kevin Hines tried to kill himself by jumping off the Golden Gate Bridge. More than a decade later the he's using his story to help others and explore the impact of suicide in the film "Suicide: The Ripple Effect." Emmy Husfloen of Red Wing was first exposed to Hines' story in a youth mental health first aid class. The class was one of many efforts Husfloen made after her son Logan died from suicide.
Spread out across the living room of their Hudson home, Yam Haus makes it clear that they're more than just the four guys on the cover of their album. Sitting alongside bandmates Seth Blum, Zach Beinlich, Lawrence Pruitt and Jake Felstow on a Monday afternoon is just part of the "village" that has made their soon-to-be-released album possible. There's studio owner Jordan Erdman, producer Mark Heimermann, street team member Oprah Wood and manager Patrick Veilleux, all filling their own roles and seats in Yam Haus.