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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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.
On one of the first hot days of the year, Andrew and Margo Hanson-Pierre sat on the deck overlooking their farm, listening to the birds chirp. "The soundtrack's amazing," Andrew said. The Hannon-Pierres rent the land for their Clover Bee organic produce farm near River Falls, and share the acreage with two other farms. They're not the only ones in the area. The two can rattle off a list of others just up and down the road, not to mention those in the wider region. "In these 10 miles, you can come up with a whole dinner," Margo said. She wishes people would.
With a total of 54 graduates, Spring Valley High School hosted its commencement ceremonies on Saturday, May 29. The school had a three-way tie for valedictorian, with Tatum Huntress, Kaitlyn Schreiber and Zachary Maier all holding the honor. These three presented their addresses along with salutatorian Grace Larson.
Beneath a sky of clouds people gathered at Willow River Cemetery Monday, May 29 to recognize Memorial Day with the annual service. Rev. Paul Martinson gave the address this year, focusing on what Americans can do for the world, not just during war, but during the aftermath of it. New this year was a POW-MIA table recognizing those taken captive or missing in action..
Stroke by stroke, a new mural is coming together in downtown Hudson. The artist is the community. The mural at Ciranda on Vine Street near Second Street was lined by local artist Liz Malanaphy, but community members will paint the rest. Paint is provided, and painters can reference a key for what colors to put where. "It is just like a giant paint by number," Malanaphy said. It all came together when Malanaphy, who had been eying the wall for a while, mentioned her idea to a worker at Ciranda.