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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RIVER FALLS — A year into opening, Vagabond Arcade has continued to grow, filling its space at 136 Riverwalk Road with classic arcade games. What started as a collection of old games for nostalgia's sake turned into something more for Seegar Mason, Russell Mason and Ryan Fullmer. "We didn't really mean to do this when we first started," Seegar Mason said. "It just kind of turned into an obsession." The three had often talked about how they wished they had a nearby arcade like the ones they loved as kids.
The St. Croix Valley will have the first chance to get to know more about the River Hounds baseball team at a meet and greet event on Saturday, Nov. 11 at Big Guy's BBQ in Hudson. At the event the logo will be revealed, and visitors can meet the ownership group, hear about employment opportunities, learn about becoming a host family, get information on sponsorships and put deposits towards season tickets.
After the recession in 2008, and the continued effects of it years after, UW-River Falls Economic Department Chair Logan Kelly said the economy is now back in a spot where people are feeling good. Kelly held a presentation on the current economy in the region and the nation at a Hudson Chamber of Commerce event on Wednesday, Oct. 18. Economists, Kelly said, label the technical end of the recession as summer of 2009. "To which the average person on the street says, 'Are you kidding me?'" Kelly said.
Though the number of small family-owned farms is dwindling, the state of Wisconsin recognized 51 families who have owned their farms for 150 years, and 132 who have owned their farms for 100 years at the Wisconsin State Fair Aug. 8. Several of those honored were from Pierce and St. Croix counties. 150 years Webb - Spring Valley The Webb family first took ownership of their farm in 1866 as part of the Federal Homestead Act. Patricia Webb has the original deed, signed by President Ulysses S. Grant.
Despite requests from its partner municipalities, the Hudson Common Council rejected a new funding plan for St. Croix EMS that would have increased the city's contribution by $50,000. The proposed 50/50 model would have the four partners—city of Hudson, village of North Hudson, town of Hudson and town of Troy—pay for the service based 50 percent on per capita and 50 percent on run calls. Council member Tom McCormick said the partners want a more equitable formula.
Hudson and the St. Croix River Valley will have a new team to rally around when the St. Croix River Hounds make their home in the new development planned for the old St. Croix Meadows dog track. In searching for the right name, the ownership team reached out to the Hudson community, asking for ideas and recommendations. The response was overwhelming. Hundreds of emails were sent with thousands of suggestions for team names. "The excitement level from everyone that emailed us over the last couple months has been amazing," a news release stated.
With about 10 times its previous space, the new WinField Innovation Center will continue its agricultural research and development work in a new facility in the River Falls Sterling Ponds Corporate Park. The research done by WinField is designed to provide farmers with better ways to grow food sustainably. "We make our business by helping farmers grow more with less," said Chris Policinski, President and CEO of Land O'Lakes, WinField's parent company. This new facility will help WinField United achieve that.
Hudson's St. Croix River waterfront could see some major improvements thanks to ideas from a continuing Short Elliott Hendrickson waterfront vision study. Ed Freer and Alex Thill of SEH presented the city with two main ideas Monday, Oct. 2, though Freer said they are for information purposes, not official recommendations. The study looked at the city's current waterfront from the boat launch up to St. Croix Street, considering everything from boating to pedestrians to parking. "There's some wonderful things, there's tired things," Freer said.
Though the name is familiar, Forever Gifts Boutique, owned by Char Glamm, is now a brand new shop at a new location in Prescott. Formerly a quilt store, Glamm has transformed the business into a gift shop with pieces for small gifts, home decorating, accessories and more. "We have a little something for everyone," Glamm said. Forever Gifts used to be a quilt and gift shop, but Glamm said the focus needed to be on one. "There wasn't time for both so I had to make a decision," she said.
After 10 years in the health and wellness field, CJ Young has opened up her own fitness center called Country Fit in Ellsworth. "I decided it was time to go on my own," she said. Country Fit offers wellness coaching, meal planning, fitness classes and personal training. It also has a smoothie bar that has become popular with clients. The menu offers a variety of smoothie options, and Young said banana caramel chai is her favorite.