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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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."
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.