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 the potential placement of refugees caused conflict within the community, a new exhibit at The Phipps Center for the Arts is looking to inspire conversation among community members through art. The exhibit, "In This Place: What makes a place holy?" features three Twin Cities artists, Sylvia Horwitz, Susan Armington and Hend Al Mansour, representing through their art three of the main world religions — Judaism, Christianity and Islam. The exhibit was proposed about three years ago by the artists themselves, but took on new significance as it was set up this year.
After a move to Hudson from La Crosse, Chris Ahrens was looking for a new work project. He found that with Kinni Storage. When he lived in La Crosse, Ahrens owned duplexes that he rented to college students. When he moved three years ago, he found it hard to maintain that project and was looking for something new. "I was looking for something else kind of like that," he said. So he decided to explore the storage business. Opening up Kinni Storage involved a lot of research, including looking into where the best spot would be to open.
River Falls' Main Street has a new eatery with the opening of BX Mexican Cuisine and Bar at 106 Main St. Owner Tito Ortiz held a soft opening of the new restaurant on Wednesday, Oct. 25, and its now open for regular hours. "From what we heard yesterday our food is pretty good," son Juan Ortiz said about the opening. BX is a family venture for the Ortizes, something they all enjoy. "We've been always in the restaurant business," Juan Ortiz said. "It's something we all, most people in our family, want to do."
St. Croix County has a new look with a new website that officially launched Wednesday, Nov. 1. The new site at www.sccwi.gov is designed to be easier for users, and provides an overdue update to the county's system. "Our current site was launched seven years ago," Systems Programmer Annette Massie said. "In the industry they usually say every three to four years you should do a refresh." Relaunching the site was part of an initiative that started at the county board. Supervisors asked the county administration to find better ways to communicate with citizens.
Kristen Garza's 22 & Company has found its way home, where it first wanted to be, in Prescott. "We originally looked in Prescott for a place to run 22 & Company," Garza said. After leaving River Falls when an entrance to the business was closed, Garza heard a storefront was available in Prescott. "I called that day," she said. Garza and her family lives in Prescott and she was happy to bring the business here when the opportunity opened. "It's a small town, great community, great place to showcase 22 & Company," she said.
With a focus on opioid and prescription drug abuse, the Hudson Hospital Foundation is partnering with the Hudson Police Department on funding outreach efforts. The partnership is an important part of facing the issue of drug abuse, Chief Marty Jensen said. "I'm happy to partner with them on this especially because they see the overdoses, we see the overdoses. We're working in the same area," Jensen said. Opioid and other prescription drug abuse is something that Hudson has continued to see, like the rest of Wisconsin and the nation.
Hope and the knowledge that they're not alone — that's the message parents of children with autism want to give at the Autism Sharing Experiences panel held by Bethel Lutheran Church at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 16. Three sets of parents — Vicki and Dave Datt, Martha and John Kalmon, and Lance and Sally Hermann — will speak on their experiences raising an autistic child. The panel will be hosted by Tracy Metz, elementary autism coordinator at Hudson schools.
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.