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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Mindy Leadholm, formerly of Hastings, has been a Vikings fan her whole life. Not even crossing the river into Packer territory could change that. "It was the hardest thing for me to think about moving to Wisconsin as a Viking fan," Leadholm said. Changing her license plate to Wisconsin was especially difficult, but she lessened the blow with a speciality license plate — SKOL MN.
Mindy Leadholm, formerly of Hastings, has been a Vikings fan her whole life. Not even crossing the river into the Packer territory of Prescott could change that. "It was the hardest thing for me to think about moving to Wisconsin as a Viking fan," Leadholm said. Changing her license plate to Wisconsin was especially difficult, but she lessened the blow with a speciality license plate — SKOL MN.
Hudson community members gathered in person, and remotely, for the Hudson Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting and Awards Banquet on Thursday, Jan. 25 at Kilkarney Hills Golf Course. Each year the event distributes five awards for 2017 — Large Business of the Year, Small Business of the Year, Chamber Member of the Year, Community Volunteer of the Year and the prestigious Marie Blakeman award. This year Ciranda was recognized as the Large Business of the Year. This award recognizes outstanding achievements of businesses with more than 20 full-time employees.
Familiar faces will be the new heads of the Ellsworth Area Chamber of Commerce. As former Executive Director Russ Korpela steps back, the former administration team made up of Jenny Funk, Becky Beissel, and Kim Beebe will step forward as the new executive director team. "At first there was a lot of discussion," Beissel said. "It didn't take long 'til they kind of realized this is the best option." The team of three have a familiarity with both the chamber and the community that a new hire may not have had.
Sharing a border, roads and thousands of residents passing in between, Wisconsin and Minnesota often experience similar weather in the winter, and similar road conditions. The Wisconsin DOT has 770 trucks plowing its 34,339 lane miles, and the Minnesota DOT puts out 843 snowplows for its 30,517 lane miles. Lane miles are the preferred measurement term as plows have to cover every lane of a road. This means 10 miles of a two-lane road would be 20 lane miles. Though some techniques are the same, how the two states manage their response differs. Wisconsin
With KAJ Properties, owner Kerry Jacobson has designed a business to fill her needs, knowing that others are looking for the same. "I basically did it for a place for myself, and I thought I'd make a business out of it," Jacobson said. Located at 206 Locust St.,, the building provides leased office space, one-day office rentals, a conference room for rent and a fully furnished apartment above that's open for rent on Airbnb. "I wanted to be able to offer a variety of things for business people," she said.
A new option will be available for those in need of medical attention starting Saturday, Jan. 6 when Urgent Care opens at Vibrant Health at the River Falls clinic at 1687 Division St. Urgent Care will be available Saturday and Sundays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. "This is an important addition to the community because it gives patients options beyond the emergency room," Urgent Care Director Dr. Dan Zimmerman said in a news release.
Members of Hudson-based SITTAB are gearing up for a road trip—traveling the 2,000 plus miles from its Wisconsin home to a new facility in the Fresno area in California. The new location will be an expansion of current operations in Hudson, and owner Martin Bertilsson, employee Tom Flaherty and Greger Blomster of the Sweden side of SITTAB will be making the trip. "We in a sense just looked at a map and thought there was a little bit of a black hole in the market on the West Coast," Bertilsson said.
A transit commission would be the next step in addressing transportation needs in St. Croix County, according to members of the St. Croix County Transit Subcommittee. Supervisor Scott Nelson and BRIDGE for Community Life Director Peg Gagnon, two members of the committee, updated the St. Croix County Board on a possible commission during the board meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 5. "It gives us the ability to get more funding from federal and state agencies," Nelson said.
Hudson residents will have recourse against unwanted aerial visitors now that the Hudson Common Council has approved an ordinance regulating unlawful use of drones at its regular meeting Monday, Dec. 4. The ordinance prevents the use of a drone with the intent to photograph, record or observe someone in a place where they have a reasonable expectation of privacy, like in their backyard or their residence. Its creation was prompted by complaints from residents including Mike Sanders, who spoke to the Star-Observer in November.