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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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.
With a smooth southern drawl, "The Savannah Sipping Society" at The Phipps tackles the changes and opportunities of later life with love, laughs and drinks. The play follows four middle-aged women as they are thrown great life changes at a time when they felt their lives were set.
Tonya Schmitt of River Falls is looking to make her neighbors healthier and happier with her new business Mindful SOULutions, located inside In Balance Yoga and Fitness Studio at 216 N. Main St. "We can't be happy if we don't have some level of health," Schmitt said. A lifelong learner, Schmitt has a bachelor's in biology and master's in life science and has now gone on to get certifications in Reiki, therapeutic yoga and health coaching. "The more I learn the more I realize there's a lot more to learn," she said.
Natural colors will welcome visitors who traverse along the Wisconsin side of the St. Croix Crossing Loop Trail, thanks to Wisconsin Garden Club Federation President Peggy Grubbs. After learning about the Loop Trail a year ago, Grubbs selected the trail as the garden federation's annual president's project. As a New Richmond native, Grubbs was thrilled to see the focus of the group on this corner of the state. "This is a perfect opportunity to bring those dollars and projects to St. Croix County and Western Wisconsin," Grubbs said.
In the old home of Fiesta Loca at 131 Carmichael Road, a new Mexican restaurant is looking to bring authentic food to Hudson. "We're continuing that history so to speak," owner Jorge Escobar said. Headed by the team of Escobar, Alejandro Luna and Jorge Mora, Los Habaneros offers the classics one might expect and some authentic favorites as well. "When you're back home, something that you have with the family," Escobar said.
Spots are filling up for the River Valley Charities "Spread Your Wings" golf fundraiser to be held Monday, Sept. 25 at Troy Burne Golf Club. The shotgun start is at 12:30 p.m., with a dinner for golfers and others who register at 6 p.m. All proceeds from the event goes to backpack programs in the St. Croix River valley area including Hudson, River Falls and New Richmond. Dinner will feature live music and silent and live auctions, with several items donated from the community including items from the Green Bay Packers.
Sean Lybert served almost 12 years in the U.S. Army, with two tours to Iraq, and now he's working to serve veterans like him here in the region. Lybert joined Rep. Sean Duffy's Hudson office as a veterans outreach specialist, a position made possible through the Wounded Warrior fellowship project.
The set of buildings being developed on Second Street in Hudson near the I-94 entrance will likely be completed by the end of October, welcoming familiar tenants and some new ones as well. Kelley Gallery, a Hudson name for 30 years, will be moving to one of the new spaces with a plaza, and will join new transplant Lolo American Kitchen, a salon space and one other business. The space will also hold two apartments.
The state budget, projects and public transportation were all topics of discussion during the Wisconsin Department of Transportation Secretary Dave Ross's visit with members of the Ellsworth Area Chamber of Commerce on Thursday, Aug. 24 at its monthly member meeting. During his travels around the state, Ross visits with many chambers because they represent a broad participation in the community. He said the growth of these communities are connected to transportation. "You have to have a strong transportation system in order to continue to grow jobs in the state," Ross said.
As a Wisconsin native, one thing Carter Johnson missed while volunteering abroad was, of course, cheese. During a trip to the store with his hosts, Carter pointed out the favorites he missed from home, but were too expensive for him to buy in Palestine. His host, however, had a surprise for him as a thank you for his work. "He had picked out each one of the cheeses that I had gone through and mentioned that I missed," Carter said.