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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RIVER FALLS -- More than 150 people lined up to be some of the first shoppers at the grand opening of Aldi grocery store off Main Street near Highway 35 on the morning of Monday, Nov. 19. Aldi Division Vice President Matt Lilla said Aldi is excited to be a part of the River Falls community.
Wisconsinites are no stranger to the cold, but their resolve may be tested with the cryotherapy sessions provided by new Hudson business Body Revival Lounge. A cool trend that has been increasing in popularity, cryotherapy, treatment using extreme cold generated from liquid nitrogen, has now found its way to Hudson, with the Lounge owned by Karla Kuehl at 1600 Maxwell Drive. Kuehl was first exposed to cryotherapy while working as a massage therapist. She was volunteered to try it in a clinic, and was initially nervous about the idea.
With the exchange of keys, the vehicle hummed to life, bringing a new resource to U.S. Army veteran Eric Grant, and his four-legged co-pilot, Diego. Grant, now a Somerset resident, was the recipient of a refurbished, donated vehicle from Heppner's Auto Body through the National Auto Body Council Recycled Rides Program. Grant said he was shocked to learn he would be receiving the car, and by how quickly the process went. "This is going to be great because I can get around a lot easier," Grant said.
Hudson residents Nathan and Jillian Newes-Opatz first met at Urban Olive and Vine, and have since spent many date nights there enjoying each other's company and the view of the historic building across from it. The more they looked out at the 509 and 511 Second St. building, the two decided they wanted to own it. "When he said, 'I really want that building,' I was like, whoa that's a good eye," Jillian said. They finally had their chance this year, purchasing the building from former owner Thomas Rose.
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.