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 will close all of its stores as it has been unable to find a buyer for its business after declaring bankruptcy in January, according to a media release on Monday, March 18. Retail operations will begin to wind down this week. A liquidation process is expected to be complete in 10-12 weeks. The release said the business will work to minimize the impact on staff and customers, as well as the communities it serves.
For nearly 40 years Julie and Roy Leek shared a life and a business. The two opened their jewelry store J.R. Haubrich in downtown Hudson shortly after they were married. They were planning their farewell to the store, closing it for retirement this year. Now Roy is facing a greater loss after Julie's death in February. The two first met while working at the same jewelry firm in Minnesota. Back then, Roy was Julie's boss. "You see how that turned out for me," he said.
Two Hudson Ambassadors have been removed from their roles representing the city. Maddie Zabel and Rachel McKenzie were removed at the end of January after being crowned two of four ambassadors at the end of June 2018. Hudson Ambassador President April Simmons said the beginning of the program year did not go well and showed it was not a good fit. "They just were not a fit for the program," she said of McKenzie and Zabel. Parents of McKenzie and Zabel said they are upset and confused about the removal, and the process that led to it.
Late on a Friday morning, regulars of Angel's Highway 63 Diner in Ellsworth still linger past the breakfast rush, sipping on coffee and catching up with friends. The restaurant feels like it always does, welcoming, like home. Still one thing is missing — its owner and namesake Angel Johnson. Johnson died Feb. 7. With her loss, the fate of the diner, a frequent stop for local regulars and others passing through, was unknown. Originally Johnson's children planned to close the diner.
Step into the world of whimsy, curiosities and, of course, chocolate in "Willy Wonka, Jr." at The Phipps. The Children's Theater production brings the well-known characters and storyline to life, with pieces from the book, the movie and musical adaptations. The musical is an upbeat, fun adaptation that will leave audiences feeling good, with a song or two stuck in their heads.
The Hudson Fire Department reminds residents to keep fire hydrants clear of snow after several heavy downfalls. A video from the Oshkosh Fire Departmnet shows the extra time it can take firefighters responding to a call when the hydrants are not clear. Hudson Fire Chief Scott St. Martin also said residents should be sure to keep gas meters and furnace vents clear, and be careful of falling icicles.
In May, the Ellsworth Shopko will close its doors to the community. The announcement was made last week, following news that the company had filed for bankruptcy in January. The pharmacy at the store already closed Feb. 5, and the full store will close May 5. "It's very unfortunate for the community," said Kim Beebe of the Ellsworth Chamber of Commerce. The store was the only of its kind in Ellsworth, and Beebe said it offered residents convenience.
A delicate hand and a bit of patience can lead to some real beauty. Rev. Bob Bipes demonstrated that concept to students of his Ukranian egg coloring class on Friday, Feb. 1 at Bethel Lutheran Church. Bipes first learned the technique in the 1980s in Menomonie. A teacher took a class on the form, and then in turn taught classes in the congregation. As someone who's always been interested in art, he thought the technique looked interesting. "I've always liked to draw and do things, artistic things," Bipes said.
A familiar River Falls sight will soon be visible on another Main Street when Kinni Cafe opens its new location in Ellsworth. The second location for owners Frank and Chelsea Balazi is tentatively set to open in March. "It's amazing and a dream come true," Chelsea Balazi said. The two first started looking at the location at 358 W. Main St. more than a year ago. It most recently housed Papa Tronnio's Pizza and Twisted Oak Coffee, which both vacated the Ellsworth building to focus on the original businesses in Prescott.
The Ellsworth Shopko pharmacy will close in the beginning of February, the Ellsworth Chamber of Commerce confirmed Wednesday. The closing follows the announcement that the company was filing for bankruptcy, and that several full stores and pharmacies would be closing. River Falls Shopko pharmacy closed on Tuesday, Jan. 29. Shopko announced it would conduct an auction process for its pharmacy business in January.