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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Pierce County residents saw an early look at the planned construction on State Highway 29, set to begin in 2021. Wisconsin Department of Transportation held a public involvement meeting Wednesday, Dec. 12 at the River Falls High School to discuss the planned improvements and hear feedback from attendants. Project Manager Matthew Pfeifer said the planning is still in the early stages and looking for comments from the public. "They can give us some other information about stuff we don't know," Pfeifer said.
When they lay their heads down on a lap, ears ready and waiting to be pet, dogs bring a unique sort of comfort. They inspire a serenity of just being in the moment, or perhaps a trip down memory lane. They don't ask questions, or say the wrong thing. A visit from a dog can be a great comfort at any point in life, and especially welcome for those facing the end of their life, Lakeview Hospice has found. The program works with therapy pets and their human volunteers to provide calming visits to hospice patients.
A classic Christmas tale receives a family-friendly twist in The Phipps Children's Theater's "Bah Humbug! Scrooge's Christmas Carol," a production that will entertain all ages. This simpler version of Charles Dickens' story adds music and dancing to the adventure of Ebenezer Scrooge and his night of ghostly visits.
From a four-car accident at the Highway 35 exit to a semi-truck fire on the Interstate 94 bridge, drivers facing construction on I-94 from Minnesota to Hudson may have felt like there were more backups than normal this season. They were right. The stretch of I-94 from the St. Croix River to Exit 4 at Highway 12 saw a 98 percent increase in traffic crashes from the previous year. Between April and October 2018, authorities responded to 162 crashes, according to preliminary Wisconsin Department of Transportation data. In 2017, that number was 82.
Located just off Highway 35 in River Falls, the Free Clinic of Pierce and St. Croix Counties is often thought of as the River Falls clinic, though it serves people throughout the two counties. The clinic wants to make more connections beyond its host city to all the communities it serves, especially to the Hudson community, so they can see it as their clinic, Clinic Manager Mary Steele said. "I'd like to see champions of the free clinic in those communities," Steele said. Efforts to connect with Hudson are facing a time pressure.
Hudson residents binging through the latest season of Netflix's hit show "Making a Murderer" may notice some familiar footage. A clip from Hudson public access River Channel's Western Wisconsin Journal program appears in season 2 episode 5 of the true crime documentary show that follows the cases of Steven Avery and Brendan Dassey, convicted in the murder of Teresa Halbach in Wisconsin, and the aftermath of the convictions. The clip is from an episode in which Western Wisconsin Journal host and local attorney Jamie Johnson interviews Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel.
RIVER FALLS -- More than 150 people lined up to be some of the first shoppers at the grand opening of Aldi grocery store off Main Street near Highway 35 on the morning of Monday, Nov. 19. Aldi Division Vice President Matt Lilla said Aldi is excited to be a part of the River Falls community.
Wisconsinites are no stranger to the cold, but their resolve may be tested with the cryotherapy sessions provided by new Hudson business Body Revival Lounge. A cool trend that has been increasing in popularity, cryotherapy, treatment using extreme cold generated from liquid nitrogen, has now found its way to Hudson, with the Lounge owned by Karla Kuehl at 1600 Maxwell Drive. Kuehl was first exposed to cryotherapy while working as a massage therapist. She was volunteered to try it in a clinic, and was initially nervous about the idea.
With the exchange of keys, the vehicle hummed to life, bringing a new resource to U.S. Army veteran Eric Grant, and his four-legged co-pilot, Diego. Grant, now a Somerset resident, was the recipient of a refurbished, donated vehicle from Heppner's Auto Body through the National Auto Body Council Recycled Rides Program. Grant said he was shocked to learn he would be receiving the car, and by how quickly the process went. "This is going to be great because I can get around a lot easier," Grant said.
Hudson residents Nathan and Jillian Newes-Opatz first met at Urban Olive and Vine, and have since spent many date nights there enjoying each other's company and the view of the historic building across from it. The more they looked out at the 509 and 511 Second St. building, the two decided they wanted to own it. "When he said, 'I really want that building,' I was like, whoa that's a good eye," Jillian said. They finally had their chance this year, purchasing the building from former owner Thomas Rose.