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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With the approval of a conditional use permit by the Hudson Common Council on Monday, Feb. 26 Mayo Clinic Health System is set to move forward with the purchase of land in Hudson off Stageline Road, north of the Hudson 12 Theatre near the intersection of Interstate 94 and Highway 35. Preliminary plans are for a 100,000-square foot medical facility with a clinic and outpatient surgical function.
In his 40-year career, Dan Davison has worked nearly every position at River Falls State Bank, starting as a teller in 1978 and working his way up to bank president for the last 25 years. "I joke that I know how to use every machine but the coffee maker," Davison said. After so many years with the bank, Davison will be retiring this year in March. "I think it's the right decision for me and the right time at the right time and the right decision for the bank at the right time," Davison said.
The Hudson Police and Fire Commission has selected current Lt. Geoff Willems to serve as the new Hudson Police Chief when Chief Marty Jensen retires in April. Willems currently serves as second in command in the department. "I think it's a good selection," Jensen said. "I think Geoff will do a really good job." Willems was selected from a pool of five internal candidates that were interviewed by the commission on Saturday, Feb. 17.
Area stylists have a new option for salon space, one they can call their own. Owned by Darcie and Dave Rochon, Escape Salon Suites at 2421 Hanley Road offers stylist spaces for lease. "Each one of the stylists that are here are their own individual business," Darcie said. They set their own prices, Darcie said, and they run their businesses in their own way. Darcie said the salon is an option for stylists to move out on their own, or ones who live in Wisconsin and work in Minnesota to have a space closer to home.
A Hudson face will be representing the St. Paul Winter Carnival this year as Dani Ross starts her reign as the West Wind Princess. Ross was crowned as one of the four carnival princess on Friday, Jan. 26 after three months and 25 events. "It was like a three-month long job interview," Ross said. Ross had previously never competed at the Winter Carnival, or in any royalty event. Since she was new to the process, Ross said she reached out to others for advice.
The Von Trapp family will take center stage at Hudson High School as students present the well-known and well-loved musical "The Sound of Music."
A 100,000-square foot Mayo Clinic could be coming to Hudson in the future, pending conditional use permit approval by the city. The clinic would be built on a 9.2 acre-site off Stageline Road, north of the Hudson 12 Theatre near the intersection of Interstate 94 and Highway 35. If approved, the clinic would include 60-75 clinic rooms, six to eight operating rooms and four procedure suites. It will offer both clinic functions with primary and speciality care providers, as well as outpatient surgical services.
Amid a busy year for the region, Hudson saw a strong year of development in 2017, one of its strongest in recent years. "Development in general, not just on the home side, has been really robust," Community Development Director Mike Johnson said. From new development to alterations after storms, surrounding areas like River Falls and New Richmond also saw an above-average number of permits issued. Hudson
When he was first hired as police chief in March 2008, Marty Jensen told the Hudson Star-Observer that his priorities were more officers, new technology and a facility. As he retires 10 years later, he leaves the department with 27 patrol officers, several special investigators, new cameras and computers in the squad cars and a police department facility on First Street. Jensen started working with the Hudson PD part-time in 1985. After going through police recruit training and becoming certified, he was hired on full time in 1987.
When the Superbowl came to the nearby Twin Cities in 1992, nearly every hotel, motel and bed and breakfast room was booked the week leading up to the big game. These days, hotels aren't the only ones opening their doors to the crowd of fans. Hudson had about 20 Airbnbs up for rent in the weeks ahead of the game, with several specifying rental for Super Bowl weekend. About half of those were still available the Monday before Super Bowl. Prices ranged from $150 a night to more than $7,000.