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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After launching her own hair product line in 2013, Hudson stylist Tasia Ashton is continuing to grow her business Two Redheads and a Wolf with a new salon at 596 Outpost Circle in Hudson. Four years ago, while working at another salon, Ashton was searching for a better alternative to hair care products. "I think things can be more natural than this. I think they can be more simple," she said.
Intrigue, murder and one of the original private detectives will draw the St. Croix Valley on both sides of the river together as it works its way through the classic detective novel "The Maltese Falcon" by Dashiell Hammett as part of the Big Read program. The Big Read is a nationwide program that was started by the National Endowment for the Arts in 2005 to combat the decline in reading for leisure. ArtReach St. Croix launched its piece of the program three years ago after many years hosting its own Valley Reads program.
When Jackson Lyman met his dog Dallas, the connection was instantaneous. "He was just like the best dog ever," Jackson said. A longtime dog lover, the Eagle Scout had asked his mother Candi for a dog for years, but she always said no. While volunteering at the Woodbury Animal Humane Society, Jackson met the 2-year-old Dallas, a chow chow and golden retriever mix. Dallas was such a good dog, he won mom over immediately. "The second I laid eyes on him I was like oh, well yes," Candi said.
More than 20 St. Croix EMS emergency medical technicians could lose their jobs if the city of Hudson decides to transfer the service to the Hudson Hospital and HealthPartners. This update was given at an EMS Commission meeting Tuesday night, but commissioners emphasized negotiations are still ongoing and no decision has been made.
After a near-lifetime on the force, extensive training, hundreds of calls and many criminal apprehensions, one Hudson officer is ready to enjoy the comforts of retirement. For Brisco, that means sleeping inside and trading in the life of a working dog for one as a family pet. "Things have changed," K-9 Officer Robert Larson said. "He has spent the majority of his time in the house now." He's earned it.
The galleries at The Phipps are once again filled with new artwork spanning from photography to ceramics to sculptural footwear. The new exhibit features two Hudson artists, Stephanie Hunder and Steven Johnson. The exhibit showcases mixed media print work by Hunder, who created many of the pieces while on sabbatical from her job as a professor at Concordia University in St. Paul.
Though Casanova Liquors is nestled in the bluffs on the Wisconsin side of the St. Croix River, owner Tyrrel Gaffer said most of the customers stopping by the store on a Sunday are from across the water. "Sundays are one of our busier days of the week and a majority of our customers are from Minnesota," he said. That could all change this summer now that Minnesota legislators have approved a bill repealing the law that banned Sunday liquor sales in the state and sent Minnesotans to stores in neighboring Wisconsin towns like Hudson.
Though the community may not always think of a school as a business, the Hudson School District was honored as the Large Business of the Year at the Hudson Area Chamber of Commerce annual awards banquet in January. Superintendent Nick Ouellette said the school district was honored to be recognized. "It's also nice that people understand yes we're a school district and our first priority is educating kids, but we are still essentially a large business that has to operate," Ouellette said.
In the midst of heated town halls around the nation, Rep. Sean Duffy of Wisconsin's 7th Congressional District held a packed town hall at Ready Randy's in New Richmond Monday morning. The event was the eighth town hall Duffy said he has held this year, as part of an attempt to hold one each year in every county he represents.
Fresh out of college at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Jason Krueger joined the U.S. Navy in 1995 to serve his country and see the world. He planned on serving only his nine-year commitment, but that enlistment turned into a career that led to the rank of commander, earned him a Bronze Star and spanned 21 years, three countries, five states and seven cities. With him the whole way was his wife of 20 years, Laura Krueger. "We were having fun, still loved everything about it" Jason said. "So we decided to stay in it."