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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The Hudson Common Council approved renewing 39 liquor licenses at its meeting Monday, May 20 that were due for renewal this year. Those up for renewal expire June 30. No comment was made at a public hearing on the renewals. The approvals included 23 for full class B, six for Class A Liquor, five for Class B Beer, and five for combined Class B Beer and Class C Wine. Dam grant The council also approved a resolution to participate in a Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Dam Grant program for the Willow River Dam.
After nearly nine years of providing midwifery service at Hudson Hospital, Hudson Physicians is ending the program effective Aug. 1. The decision is based on financial and resource reasons, said CEO Matt Brandt. It's one made solely by Hudson Physicians, which partners with Hudson Hospital but is a separate entity. "Financially we have never been able to make it work," Brandt said.
A short drive away from St. Patrick's sister parish in northern Guatemala, in a traditional home in a small village lives a family that has been thrown into an international spotlight. On a Sunday afternoon in March a group, including St. Patrick's Father John Gerritts, made the drive from the already rural parish community to the even more remote village where the family lives. The group was there to offer their condolences to the family.
Law enforcement from various departments and community members gathered together Wednesday, May 15 at Hudson High School to honor law enforcement as part of the annual St. Croix County Law Enforcement Memorial. The ceremony paid tribute to the 144 officers killed in the line of duty in 2018.
The St. Croix County Administration Committee voted to send $8.4 million in bonding again to the county board without changes, after the board sent it back to the committee level on a 12-5 vote May 7. The main item of concern in the three-part borrowing request was a new mobile command vehicle. The command vehicle makes up $400,000 of the request, alongside a new wing in the jail to accommodate inmates with mental health issues as well as a heating-air-conditioning-and-ventilation (HVAC) overhaul to the Government Center.
Pack your bags and peel off a forever stamp to travel the world with Stanley Lambchop in the Phipps Children's Theater production of "The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley Jr." on The Phipps' main stage. The musical follows the classic tale of an everyday young boy Stanley, played by Michael Wirth, whose life is changed when his bulletin board, brought to life by Riley Culver, falls on him, leaving him flat.
After a dedication service on May 2, 1992, the Transport for Christ tractor-trailer was driven to its home off Exit 4 in Hudson. At its first service the next morning, the house was full. Nearly 27 years later, the chapel, in a new trailer but with the same mission, was full once again for its final service. "I almost thought we were going to have to hold it outside," said chaplain Tim Sackett.
A couple days in her own barber shop was all it took for Jenna Darcy to know she found where she belonged. Darcy has been in the industry since she was a sophomore in high school. Now she's opened her own place, The Barbers Den, located in Escape Salon at 2421 Hanley Road. Darcy's first exposure to cosmetology was as a receptionist in Hudson. The stylists she worked with there bought her a pair of shears, and told her to jump in. "It kind of just became a part of me," she said.
The daughter of a nurse, Kathy Allen learned respect for elders at an early age. She remembers going to work with her mom, a single-mother of four, and talking with seniors, combing their hair and making their beds. "That was very important to her to have us be connected," she said. The sense of respect and care has stayed with Allen, who has now started a concierge business, St. Croix Valley Concierge Service, to help those who need services and companionship in the area.
With soft movements and upbeat steps, The Phipps Dance Company presents its annual showcase performances in the Black Box Theater. The company is comprised of 14 auditioned dancers ages 14-18. They are joined in their showcase by the 17 dancers, aged 9 to 13, of the Phipps Junior Dance Company. The night highlights a range of styles from classical ballet to hip-hop, from jazz to musical theater.