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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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."
The Hudson Flower Shop has had a lot to celebrate lately. After marking 70 years in business, 20 years for current owners Linda and Shelli Erck, the shop was also recognized as the Chamber of Commerce Small Business of the Year during the annual awards ceremony in January. "Looking back the last month, I'm thinking we've done a lot of partying and had a lot of cake," Shelli said. "We can't eat any more cake." Still, Shelli said it's important to take the time recognize the little things in day-to-day work life.
The annual Moon Glow lit up the fields of E.P. Rock Elementary Saturday night as the Hudson Hot Air Affair wound down for the day.
Reporter Rebecca Mariscal was a passenger during the Hudson Hot Air Affair media flight this morning. Check out the video for her view of the experience.
After more than 30 years of service in St. Croix County at work and in her personal life, Trudy Popenhagen, formerly of Hudson, received the St. Croix Economic Development Corporation's (EDC) annual Directors Award. Popenhagen's involvement in the community and economy of St. Croix County began 31 years ago with her position as a community service manager at Xcel Energy. As part of this position, she worked with six different counties to help businesses expand, retain jobs in the area and find good fits for the community.
The Hudson EMS recognized several members of the community with its Great Save Awards Monday night at the Hudson Common Council meeting. Pharmacist Nathan Jacobson was honored for his quick response to a woman experiencing a severe allergic reaction. He administered an EpiPen, providing assistance before first responders arrived.
Thanks to some good luck in a political lottery, Hudson High School junior Harly Lentz attended the inauguration of President Donald Trump this past weekend in Washington, D.C. As a 4-H member for the last eight years, Lentz had the opportunity to apply to be one of 500 youth from all over the country to attend the event through a program by the national 4-H center in Maryland. He got a spot after an interview and lottery process and attended as one of the 31 representatives from Wisconsin. "We were the third biggest delegation," he said.
As a start to the new year, the Hudson Common Council held a special meeting Monday night to review the first two years of its five-year capital project plan, ranging from 2017 to 2021. Finance Officer Brenda Malinowski explained the city bonds for these capital projects every other year, in two-year increments. The proposed bonding total for 2017 and 2018 is $5.2 million. The last capital bonding in 2015 was $4 million, and the city went back to market in 2016 for $3 million.
After months of deliberation on whether to bring five Syrian refugee families to Hudson, the weight of the decision no longer rests with Rev. John Gerritts and St. Patrick Church. The decision came Wednesday after the U.S. State Department transferred the cases from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) and the potential stewardship of St. Patrick's Church in Hudson to the Lutheran Immigration Refugee Service (LIRS) and its local partner Lutheran Social Services (LSS) in Wisconsin.
Hudson residents Jeremy Lilyquist and Derek Gilbert have raised more than $63,000 during their 30-hour bell ringing marathon for the Salvation Army. The duo has $12,000 left to make their...