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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As a family owned business, the success of The Purple Tree is shared by two generations of the Bruch family of Hudson. "We opened our store in 2007," said Sarah Bruch, co-owner, "with the goal of only selling products that are good for people or good for our planet. After a decade, we know we can do even more." Last year the store partnered with Plantables to create its own product, Sproutworthy, a garden box that promotes pollinators. This year it's going bigger.
EMS staff members voiced their concerns about a potential service transfer at Hudson Common Council Monday night. The city is currently in discussion with HealthPartners about a potential transfer of EMS. If the service is transferred, 24 St. Croix EMT positions will be eliminated, as HealthPartners uses a two-paramedic model without EMTs. The hospital said it would offer employment and training to four EMTs. No decision has been made yet.
Rainbows are spreading across Hudson, filling the space left along Orange Street with new rainbow flags after three were stolen last week. When Kate and Pete Larson's LGBT rainbow flag was stolen multiple times last year, their neighbors Alice and Dave Urban, Amy and Jon Hester, and Carol Holton flew their own flags in solidarity.
As a child growing up along the St. Croix River, Claire VanValkenburg spent a lot of time on, and under, the water. "I remember spending as long as I could underwater exploring the sand, and exploring the weeds, trying to catch fish with my hands," VanValkenburg said. Now a sophomore at University of Wisconsin-Madison, VanValkenburg has found her way back underwater with some new accessories — namely, a tail.
The Hudson Police Department is investigating a potential hate crime after two LGBT pride flags were found burned and another one was stolen on Orange Street between Fifth and Eighth streets Wednesday night. The flags were stolen from three different residences sometime between 9 p.m. Wednesday and 7 a.m. Thursday. Two of the flags were found burned in the area while the other one is still missing.
Discussion on combining St. Croix EMS with Hudson Hospital and HealthPartners moved to open session at the regular Hudson Common Council meeting March 27 with a presentation from Jon Muller, the emergency medical services manager at Lakeview Hospital. The discussion to transfer St. Croix EMS to the Hudson Hospital and its HealthPartners affiliate Lakeview Hospital began in summer of 2016. Muller said the work group of city and hospital representatives looked at whether EMS service could be improved by combining the services.
The Phipps Dance Company took the stage to celebrate its 12th season with its showcase event featuring styles from musical theater to tap to classical in the Black Box Theater. The Phipps Junior Dance Company also performs, celebrating its fourth season. Performances are at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 1, and 2 p.m. Sunday, April 2. Led by director Christina Leines and associate director Stephanie Campbell, the auditioned company features 16 dances ages 13-18. The junior company is led by Mackenzie Lewis and is for dancers ages 9 to 13.
After two years running Space St. Croix in Hudson, Christopher Mick's space-themed programs have begun receiving attention throughout the region. Mick said he's been getting requests from other cities including River Falls and Woodbury for programs like the ones he hosts with the Hudson School District as part of his nonprofit Space St. Croix. "I was getting a lot of asks from people that really liked the program that wanted it out in their area," he said.
Law enforcement officers and Hudson School District staff will conduct a search of the high school Thursday after a bomb threat was discovered at the building. “While law enforcement considers this type of message a low-level threat, safety is the school district’s No. 1 priority,” according to a district email that went out to Hudson High School families and staff. “We are taking action, along with the Hudson Police Department, to keep students and staff safe.”
Daily drama and over-the-top personalities dance their way across both the fictional and real stage in The Phipps' production of "Stepping Out." Set in London, "Stepping Out" tells the story of an amateur dance class led by former chorus girl Mavis, who signs up her less than serious dancers for a public performance. The ensemble of women, and one guy, struggles to learn the moves while each dancer also attempts to handle their own life issues that sent them to the studio in search of reprieve in the first place.