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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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.
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.