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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HUDSON — Tomie dePaola's "Strega Nona" at The Phipps brings fun and laughs to the audience of the Black Box Theater, as well as a few Italian vocab lessons too. The Children's Theater production, performed by local students in seventh through ninth grade, follows the witch of an Italian village, Strega Nona, played by Ella Thomsen, as she takes on a new protege in magic, Bambolona, and a new helper around the house, Big Anthony. When Bambolona, played by Heather Derrick, begins her lessons, Big Anthony, played by Max Steiner, becomes intrigued by the magic.
A new way to tour Hudson and all it has to offer is now available for visitors and residents alike with the Hudson Trolley Company. From its scenic overlooks to a bustling downtown, owner Kim Bennewitz knows Hudson has a lot for visitors to experience. "What better way to showcase it," Bennewitz said of the trolley company. The 14-seat green trolley started its tours around Hudson about a month ago, after a year or so of planning with partners Rich and Vickie Erickson.
The town of Hudson's desire to leave its St. Croix EMS contract early is still under discussion, as the city of Hudson voted Monday to have its attorney draft a letter to the town's attorney. The content of the letter was not discussed in open session. Council Member Bill Alms said he was not able to answer questions about the content during the EMS Commission meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 9.
More than a year of work and fundraising efforts by a group of St. Croix County parents and supporters have proven successful as the community welcomes a Hudson-based GiGi's Playhouse for children and adults with Down syndrome. Supporters began campaigning last year for a center in the area after approval was given by the national GiGi's Playhouse organization. Previously families would have to drive to St. Louis Park to reach the closest center.
While studying abroad as a student at UW-River Falls, Hudson resident Chip Meyer made a trip to Munich that left a lasting impression. At a long table surrounded by strangers, many of whom did not speak the same language, Meyer still found a connection to those around them, as they raised their steins and danced to the music. "It was just like you could communicate through the atmosphere and the music and the feel of the event. That's what brings people together even though language separated us," he said.
The city of Hudson will be looking outward for a way to stabilize St. Croix EMS in the midst of departing municipal partners and staffing turnovers. The Hudson Common Council on Monday night approved a request for proposals from other entities to contract, in whole or in part, for EMS services and provide potential solutions. "I think there are other options out there to help manage St. Croix EMS," Council Member Bill Alms said.
The weekend was supposed to be one of celebration for Wendy and Doug Helm. They were marking their 15th wedding anniversary with a trip to Nashville, while Doug's mother Laurelie watched their sons Max, who is in seventh grade and Eli, a third-grader, at their home on Autumn Oak Lane in the town of Hudson. The couple had just hung up from a phone call with the kids and grandma on Saturday evening, when a notification went off on Doug's iPad — the garage had reached a temperature of over 200 degrees.
Bud and Stan Peskar started planting trees on their family farm in 1950, transforming the eroded land into woods spanning 550 acres. As the brothers grew into their own lives, Bud, as a farmer on the family land, and Stan, as a lawyer, the trees grew as well. Nearly 70 years later, the trees are providing for their new retirement business — Liberty Sawmill off Liberty Road. The two bought their piece of equipment 32 years ago from a mill along the Mississippi River, though they didn't really get started with the business until Stan retired 21 years ago.
On a surprisingly sunny and warm day, as summer began its first turn toward fall, a group of women gathered on the grass overlooking woods extending around them in every direction at Willow River State Park for a session of outdoor yoga. Some were first-timers, some were regulars who had already hiked, kayaked and more, a couple came with friends and a few came alone, for the Women in the Parks event. The program is designed to be a comfortable environment for women to get more experience outdoors with other women.
Pull up a seat to the family table, and be ready for a show, as The Phipps presents "A Nice Family Gathering," a story of one extraordinary family holiday that still maintains a relatable sense of ordinary. As the undoubtedly Midwestern Lundeen family gathers for the first holiday since Dad passed away, the three siblings and Mom are dealing with a host of their own life problems. Financial trouble, infertility issues, job woes and health concerns all find their way to the dinner table, where an unexpected guest has joined.