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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Four LGBT flags were stolen from separate yards in Hudson during the night between Tuesday, July 25 and Wednesday, July 26. Flags were stolen from separate residences on St. Croix, Locust and Fifth streets, according to police reports. The flag on Fifth street appeared to be ripped from its pole. One of the residents, Martha Holton, had previously had her flag stolen in April, during an incident where three flags were stolen and one of them was found burned. Costs for the flags ranged between $7 and $25.
Lakefront Park was filled with a crowd Tuesday, Aug. 1 for the annual National Night Out event. Held by the Hudson Police Department, the event featured food, business booths, a fire vs. police tug-of-war and Taser and K-9 demonstrations.
RIVER FALLS — With a disinfecting swipe and a quick two seconds to implant, Sam Bengtson had access to his computer, cell phone, credit card and more — all in the palm of his left hand. Then he put his other hand on the table, jokingly ready to do it all again. Bengtson, the lead developer of a microchip project at Three Square Market, had no reservations about joining about 50 other employees in volunteering to have a radio-frequency identification chip implanted. "I can understand how it can be scary," Bengtson said. "But it is very simple and very secure."
NBC's "Today" show's Al Roker made a stop in Hudson last month to surprise deserving Lake Elmo dad Michael Pooler on Father's Day. "I literally knew nothing," said Michael, father of Annie and Daniel. The surprise was made possible after his wife Julie entered him into the show's contest, writing an essay about why he deserved to be honored. "I'd love to know what she said," Michael said. Julie didn't save a copy, but she said she included lots of photos and videos. Something about Michael stuck out, and the producers picked him right away.
The O'Connell Family Funeral Homes in Hudson, along with its funeral directors Bill and Lisa Benedict, have purchased the Hill and Cashman Hill funeral homes of River Falls, Ellsworth and Prescott as of June 30. With the addition of these three funeral homes, the organization will now be called the O'Connell-Benedict Family Funeral Homes. "We are so excited to bring our level of care to the greater Pierce County area," said owner Mike O'Connell. "The families here are so nice and it will be our privilege to serve them."
Garbled lines, personal tensions and an interfering playwright plague the cast of "Murder Most Foul," which bring laughs to the audience of The Phipps' most recent production "Play On!" A play within a play, the production follows the cast and crew behind-the-scenes and on-stage as they attempt to prepare for opening night.
Paul Schwebach is retiring, again. Almost four years ago, Schwebach retired from Royal Credit Union. Three days later, he started working again, this time as the executive director for the Pierce County Economic Development Center (EDC). The position was a good fit for Schwebach, who has also been a part of the River Falls EDC and the St. Croix EDC over the years. "Which EDC are you working for today?" Schwebach said people would ask him.
The Northwoods League baseball team coming to Hudson next year needs a name, and it wants the Hudson community to help. The St. Croix team's home will be at the new stadium being built as part of the redevelopment of the old St. Croix Meadows Dog Track on Carmichael Road. "One of the visions for the development was to build a baseball stadium," developer Klint Klaas said.
Hudson residents making a last-minute run for barbecue needs Memorial Day had a new convenient option at RJ Meats with its new outdoor vending machines. Owner Rick Reams said the machines had a line of people during the holiday. "A lot of people have really been enjoying using it," Reams said. The machines were installed as an extra way to serve the business's customers. The shop is already open 12 hours a day, six days a week, but Reams said he was getting requests for longer hours. "It's kind of nice to have some family time sometime," Reams said.
Hudson faces will grace the big screen on June 28 at the Hudson CEC Theatre with the premiere of the Duluth-set film "No Blood of Mine" directed by Wesley Ellenwood. Hudson residents former and current played roles in the project both in front of and behind the camera. A murder mystery, the film follows Victoria as she runs from North Dakota mobsters back to her hometown as detectives investigate the death of her biological father.