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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Shopko has announced the closing of several of its stores in both Wisconsin and Minnesota, though currently the Ellsworth and River Falls stores are not on the list. Shopko announced on Wednesday, Jan. 16 that it had filed for court-supervised financial restructuring under the United States Bankruptcy Code. A press release cited excess debt and ongoing competitive pressures as the reason for the restructuring.
"The Jazz Age" tells a thrilling, heartfelt tale of love, glamour, spotlights and murder, and it does it all in very few words. The most powerful narrative of The Phipps' Dance Theater production comes, perhaps unsurprisingly, through movement. The skill of the choreography is to be expected from a Phipps Dance Theater production, but this performance brings a new level of storytelling to the movement.
Anchor Paper Company is finding a new, larger home in River Falls, constructing an 87,500 square foot building in the Whitetail Ridge Corporate Park off Highway 35. The company made the announcement on Thursday, Jan. 10 and started work on the site at the end of last year. Construction will continue this year, with an opening set for summer. The facility will consolidate the two the company currently operates in Hudson, one of which has been in operation for 30 years.
'Tis the season for giving, and Sara Evans thought of a way to do so in a fun and fuzzy way with a donation of more than 50 stuffed animals to the St. Croix County Sheriff's Office. The Sheriff's Office gives the stuffed animals to children who witness or are involved in traumatic events. The stuffed animals serve as a reassurance for those kids, Evans said. "It helps them to have something to hold, to look at and to respond to," Evans said. The stuffed animals are collected all throughout the year, Evans said, with stops at different stores.
Among the bright new spaces in the remodeled Hudson High School is one unique space tucked into the middle. After two years of supporting HHS students, the Raider Network has found a spot on campus to further serve students in need. The Network store is designed for students at a disadvantage, whether they are part of the school's free and reduced lunch program, facing homelessness or have a special circumstance, Social Worker Julie Johnson said.
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.