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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Rain held off as a crowd gathered for the official groundbreaking of the St. Croix Valley Business Innovation Center in the River Falls Sterling Ponds Corporate Park on Wednesday, May 10. With office and manufacturing space, the business incubator is designed to serve 10 new and existing businesses including start-ups and existing companies while also providing work spaces for freelancers and entrepreneurs. Its goal is to provide resources for the development of new businesses, jobs and growth.
After 20 years of growing their River Falls business Sajan from a small startup in their home to a global competitor, Shannon and Angel Zimmerman are selling to Luxembourg-based Amplexor International. The acquisition is set to close around July 2017, after Sajan shareholders vote on it. It is valued at about $28.5 million, and will represent a 46 percent premium for Sajan common stock shares.
A love bomb is scheduled to go off at the same time in Hudson and River Falls on Thursday, May 4, with members from both communities chalking the towns with messages of support after cases of LGBT flag thefts and burnings. The two-town response started last week when a small group of friends gathered in River Falls, concerned about the incidents happening throughout the area. Hudson resident Tony Bol said the group discussed how the St. Croix Valley can respond as a wider community.
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.