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 set of buildings being developed on Second Street in Hudson near the I-94 entrance will likely be completed by the end of October, welcoming familiar tenants and some new ones as well. Kelley Gallery, a Hudson name for 30 years, will be moving to one of the new spaces with a plaza, and will join new transplant Lolo American Kitchen, a salon space and one other business. The space will also hold two apartments.
The state budget, projects and public transportation were all topics of discussion during the Wisconsin Department of Transportation Secretary Dave Ross's visit with members of the Ellsworth Area Chamber of Commerce on Thursday, Aug. 24 at its monthly member meeting. During his travels around the state, Ross visits with many chambers because they represent a broad participation in the community. He said the growth of these communities are connected to transportation. "You have to have a strong transportation system in order to continue to grow jobs in the state," Ross said.
As a Wisconsin native, one thing Carter Johnson missed while volunteering abroad was, of course, cheese. During a trip to the store with his hosts, Carter pointed out the favorites he missed from home, but were too expensive for him to buy in Palestine. His host, however, had a surprise for him as a thank you for his work. "He had picked out each one of the cheeses that I had gone through and mentioned that I missed," Carter said.
Forced into marriages and slavery, taken as prizes of war, many women in the Middle East have experienced brutal treatment at the hands of ISIS. A New Richmond couple is doing what they can to help them heal. Carl and Julie Gaede founded Tutapona, a trauma counseling organization, in 2008 in Uganda after hearing about the atrocities occurring there during the war. "We just really felt like we needed to get involved and do something," Carl said.
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.