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 old photo of a young girl that entranced the Kinney family of Badlands Sno-Park has found its way home to her family. Hudson resident Wayne Hanson, the grandson of one of the Sno-Park land's early owners, John Hanson, claimed the photograph over the weekend. "I was really surprised, but I knew it was ours," Wayne Hanson said. The portrait of the young girl was found in the basement of the Kinney family home, having made its way there from its original home on the Badlands property down the street.
Staring up from her worn and torn canvas, perhaps a photograph or maybe a drawing, the young girl bears a serious, lonesome expression above the delicate flower at her collar. The look of sadness and loss captivated, and at times creeped out, the Kinney family as they dealt with a loss of their own. "I feel sorry for her," said Patsy Bevers, a Kinney sister, "I really want to know who she was and what happened to her."
Ripple effects from the planned $10 billion Foxconn development in Mount Pleasant could be seen across the state, and in western Wisconsin, Wisconsin Department of Administration Sec. Ellen Nowak said in visits to technical colleges in River Falls and New Richmond this week. Speaking at Chippewa Valley Technical College and Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College, Nowak said the biggest impact will come in supply chains. "This is the ripple effect that we expect to see," she said.
A new surprise is waiting amid the workout zone and creative space for visitors to the shared Brush Strokes and Country Fit building. East End Gifts, located between the two businesses in their building at 273 N. Morse St., is operated together by the separate owners, Kayleen Jakes and CJ Young. The gift shop offers a variety of home decor and homemade items, all from local vendors. "Multiples bringing different kinds of tastes and price points so we can get a nice wide range of items," Jakes said.
Downtown Dixie Boutique has opened its doors on Main Street in River Falls, welcoming women of all ages, sizes and styles. The boutique, run by step-mother/daughter team Traci Roschen and Abbey Post, held its grand opening at the end of September. Post first had the idea to open a boutique, and shared it with Roschen at the end of July. By Aug. 1, they had the space at 107A Main St. rented. "She was on board right away," Post said.
Todd Bol's home in Hudson is a reflection of the man who lived in it. Overlooking the St. Croix River, the modest house he shared with his wife Susan has two Little Free Libraries in its front yard, and a room being built onto the back specifically to fill with friends and families for parties and holidays. "He loved this," his brother Tony Bol said, gesturing to the view from the deck where Todd Bol would often sit.
Hudson will mark National Move Over Day on Saturday, Oct. 20 with an event featuring representatives from area law enforcement, emergency and maintenance services to highlight the law requiring drivers to move over for vehicles on the side of the road.
The familiar East Ellsworth bar Snowball's has turned its lights on again after being closed for more than a year. The bar, which has been in business on Wall Street for 60 years, has a new start with new owners Tony Peterson and Sina Hill. "Different faces, but still Snowballs," Hill said. The two previously worked at The Hub on Main before it closed, and wanted to continue in the bar business in which they both have a lot of experience. Hill started bartending when she was in college. "I have kind of always done that as a part of my job," she said.
Hudson will be waiting another year to cheer on the St. Croix River Hounds after the team announced it will not be playing until the 2020 season. The Hounds were to play as part of the Northwoods League in a new stadium planned as part of the Hudson Gateway development at the site of the former St. Croix Meadows Race Track. "We have worked hard to make the summer of 2019 our inaugural season, but several factors beyond our control will not make that possible," a release from the team said.
With five kids between them, sisters Shannon Cohen and Katie Anderson know just how much stuff can accumulate with a family, and how expensive it can all be. That's why they've teamed up to start St. Croix Kids Consignment, a business with two consignment sales a year for all things kids, to helps parents clean house and stock up. "We're just two moms who are looking to do the same thing they are really," Anderson said. The first sale will be three days of shopping Oct. 25-27 at White Eagle Golf Club in Hudson.