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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A small cabin exposes the generational divide when two couples accidentally book the same vacation spot in "Weekend Comedy" at The Phipps Center for the Arts. Peggy, played by Cynthia Schreiner Smith, is excited to have a weekend away with her worrisome husband Frank, played by Rick Lamers. Her plans for just how the weekend will go are soon changed by the arrival of Jill and Tony, played by Stefanie Fauth and Mitchell Bugni. The younger couple has rented the same cabin for the same weekend.
For kids looking to get more time or practice reading, two friends at the Hudson Library are all ears — and tails. Therapy dogs Fergus and Marley are both available for reading sessions at the library. Fergus is there the first Saturday of the month, and Marley on the third Saturday. The program has been a big hit with families, Adult and Youth Services Coordinator Shelley Tougas said. The sessions allow kids to build confidence in their reading and speaking skills. "There's no pressure and no judgement from a dog," she said.
North Hudson Village Board approved a preliminary plat for the second addition to The Ridges, the development on 10th Street North near Krattley Lane at its Tuesday, July 2, meeting. This addition consists of 32 lots of twin homes. Plan Commission Chair Mike Miser told the board a few members asked questions at the public hearing, and all of them said the questions were answered. Plan Commission recommended approval.
Plenty of sun and heat welcomed Hudson Booster Days over the holiday. The annual event ran Wednesday, July 3 through Sunday, July 7, featuring a variety of activities including the parade, carnival, hot dog eating contest, live musical performances, kids fishing contest and more.
With a new EMS contract officially approved, Lakeview EMS is preparing to take over services to the city of Hudson. An optimistic transition time would be three months. Lakeview President Ted Wegleitner said they want to be sure the service is ready, so they want to set a date that is reasonable, not just hopeful. "If we get premature in starting this, we're going to set ourselves up for failure," said Nathan Pulscher, vice president of ancillary services. St. Croix EMS will continue to operate in the interim, with Lakeview EMS available to help.
With high-tech equipment and TVs on the ceiling, Scenic Bluffs Dental is designed to be a comfortable atmosphere for all patients, even those who aren't a fan of the dentist, said owner Dr. Jay Feuillerat. He opened the practice, located at 1435 North Acres Road in Prescott, this month. Feuillerat originally planned on studying mechanical engineering in college. That quickly changed. "I pivoted right away into dentistry," he said. During undergrad he worked at a dental lab, making crowns, bridges and other dental appliances.
The Health Action Book club at Willow River Elementary School created "Little Free Farmers Markets" to place inside Little Free Libraries. The markets contains packets of seeds, health food trading cards and a healthy habits game, said book club leader Liz Malanaphy. The group created 21 kits and placed them in Little Free Libraries around Hudson. Members of the group ranged in age from kindergarten through fourth grade. Malanaphy said they all worked well together.
Though the summertime means classes are out for most students, one school is just getting started. Forestville Vines winery has officially opened its doors in the one-room schoolhouse located off Highway 65 that was once Forestville School this month.
The Hudson Common Council continued making steps toward its transition to Lakeview Ambulance service at its meeting on Monday, June 17. Following a closed session, the council approved directing the city administrator to work with the labor attorney on separation agreements for the remaining full time St. Croix EMS staff. The agreement will come back for a final vote at the next council meeting July 8.
A Somerset man has been arrested on suspicion of his eighth OWI offense. John P. Bungum, 60, was charged Thursday, May 16 with felony OWI-eighth offense in St. Croix County Circuit Court. According to the criminal complaint: A St. Croix County Sheriff's Deputy was dispatched to a home in the 600 block Perch Lake Road in St. Joseph township on Thursday, May 16 at 12:33 a.m. for a vehicle parked at the end of the caller's driveway, revving the engine and shining the residence with its headlamps.