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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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.
The Troy Plan Commission recommended denying a conditional use permit for a proposed wedding venue at 486 Coulee Trail at its meeting on Thursday, April 4. Several surrounding neighbors spoke out against the venue at last month's meeting, expressing concerns about noise, traffic and safety. Commission members agreed on Thursday that the proposal did not fit the necessary criteria, as laid out by town engineers from Cedar Corp.
The newly-opened Hudson Tap offers nearly every form of entertainment — TVs, video games, pinball games, arcade games, pool, darts, foosball, board games and more. Wednesdays are bingo nights, and Thursdays are live horse racing. Friday and Saturday nights will feature DJs. "What we're trying to do is make a really interactive environment," said owner Matt Hoerning. The setup gives guests a chance to have fun with their friends or family, and do something they haven't done in awhile. Owning and operating his own restaurant has been a dream of Hoerning's.
"You should start a church." Those words were said to Michele Arndt many times over the years after she moved to Hudson and started a Bible study with families at Houlton Elementary School. It wasn't until a party three years ago, when three people told her that same thing in one night, that Arndt began to think about it seriously. Now what started as offhand comments has become a reality in the shape of The Crossing. The Crossing provides a church for the community of Houlton and St. Joseph, where people can worship with neighbors and those they know well.
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.