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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In 1968, Dick and Linda Galletin tied the knot in a Catholic church in St. Paul, with a reception in the church's basement. Spring Valley resident Dean Madson, then a journalism student at UW-River Falls, borrowed a school camera, grabbed some film and captured it all. Something must have stuck. Fifty years later, Mike and Ashlie Moldenhauer celebrated their marriage at The Hidden Meadow and Barn in Pepin, with Madson serving as both the photographer and officiant. It was the last of more than 1,300 weddings that Madson has photographed.
A St. Croix County judge on Friday made rulings on key pieces of evidence as the case of a 19-year-old New Richmond man accused of terroristic threats heads to trial.
With a number of connections to the Ellsworth community, Musty-Barnhart insurance agency is looking to take its relationship with the town further, opening an office at 167 W. Main St. in September. It was a natural step for the company, owned by Dee Whipple and Bob Kubes, with both customers and employees in the town and the surrounding area. "We wanted to basically put a brick up because we're already helping a lot of those people over there," said Whipple, a resident of the Ellsworth area herself.
Off Judson Avenue, at the entrance of the International Bazaar, Minnesota State Fair visitors can find a taste of Hudson at Shanghaied Henri's. For the last 30 years, owners and Hudson residents Hank and Ellen Hanten have owned the food stand at that spot. They raised their kids, worked full careers and retired while running the stand, under a couple different names and types of cuisines, every year for the nearly two weeks of the Great Minnesota Get Together.
The annual Carpenter Art Festival is ready to kick off another year, with a few changes. Located at the Wisconsin section of the Carpenter Nature Center, the Thursday, Aug. 25 event features 45 various regional artists and vendors, including award-winning photographers. This year food will be available, provided by local Urban Olive and Vine, and 65 Vines and Rush River Brewery will be represented at the event. The Carpenter Nature Center will present live raptors and reptiles, and education on the importance of the natural habitat.
The barn at Settlement Hill Farm has seen a lot since the structure was first built in 1854, and now it's the scene of some people's happiest memories. Evonne and Michael Ganz have transformed the space into a wedding venue that will host ceremonies and receptions once a week through the summer season, May into October. The Ganz's own daughter, one of twins, was the first to get married in the barn years ago, after it had initially been redone for a church dance.
Ralph Bader was a man who walked the walk. As the St. Croix County Sheriff for nearly 10 years, Bader held all of his deputies, and any law enforcement he was around, to high standards. "He wanted you to make sure you were of high moral fiber — those were the words he used — and he preached it quite often," said retired Sheriff John Shilts, who was hired to the department by Bader.
Emerald ash borer has been confirmed in Hudson, the common council heard at its meeting on Monday, Aug. 6. The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection notified the city that the invasive species had officially been found in the city in July, first in a fast food parking lot at Crest View Drive and Carmichael Road and then also in the town of Hudson along Fraser Lane. Urban Forestry Board Chair Ken Holman said the board has been working to prepare the city for emerald ash borer at least eight years. "If not more," Holman said.
The waters of the St. Croix River host a variety of creatures, and this weekend they will be seeing a few more. Mermaids will make their way to the shores of Hudson on Saturday, Aug. 11 at Lakefront Park. Among the scaled visitors will be Hudson native Claire VanValkenburg, donning her tail alongside other mermaids including Willow Ries as Seaspray Mermaid for a beach cleanup at noon. The event, the second the group has done but the first in Hudson, is designed to engage children in cleaning up the environment.
A wedding venue has received the nod of approval from Town of Troy Plan Commission after it had previously been operating without a permit. The commission recommended approval of a conditional use permit for Settlement Hill Farm, owned by Michael and Evonne Ganz, at its meeting on Thursday, Aug. 2. The Ganzes purchased the historic farmstead property off County Road U in 1996, and started fixing up the barn first for a church event, then a fundraiser and then their daughter's wedding. The economy had crashed and the budget was tight, so their barn became her wedding site.