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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About 80 businesses set up shop at the Hudson Sports and Civic Center on Sunday, March 18 for the annual Spring Showcase Business Expo held by the Hudson Chamber of Commerce. In addition to booths for local businesses, the day also featured kids crafts and activities and performances throughout the day including a mascot dance off, the Hudson High School swing choir, The Phipps Dance Company and more. "It was a successful event," said Andrea Jorgensen, director of communications and programs at the chamber.
Several racks of jewelry fill the space of Momma's Bling Thing in Riverwalk Square on Main Street: necklaces, bracelets and earrings, all $5. Run by Joan Toth of Ellsworth, with some big help from daughter Niki Wood, the store sells Paparazzi Jewelry, a six-year old company based in Utah that works through independent consultants. All its jewelery is $5, except for a special line based off its top consultants. "The company is really about empowering women, giving them something to do and make themselves who they can be," Toth said.
In a far off kingdom, there is a castle full of ladies-in-waiting, and waiting and waiting, for the prince to marry, so they can as well. In The Phipps' production of "Once Upon a Mattress" the subjects of a royal kingdom cannot marry until their prince does, but the queen is making that difficult. With each prospective princess, the queen concocts a new impossible test, leaving the prince, and his people, single against their wishes. The musical is a humorous retelling of the fairy tale, where a princess passes the queen's test by feeling a pea under her mattress.
An old downtown building has new life as Rio Loco Cantina opens Monday, March 12 at 417 Second St. The former Ellie's location has a new look thanks to the work of new owners Mike Tupa and Tom Tomaro. The Mexican restaurant has a 75-foot bar, a wealth of seating, a garage door window and an outdoor patio that's also heated. "You've got a nice view of the river, a nice view of Main Street," Tomaro said. "Those are both big pluses." Creating the new space took some time, more than 2 years from purchase to opening for Tupa and Tomaro.
With the approval of a conditional use permit by the Hudson Common Council on Monday, Feb. 26 Mayo Clinic Health System is set to move forward with the purchase of land in Hudson off Stageline Road, north of the Hudson 12 Theatre near the intersection of Interstate 94 and Highway 35. Preliminary plans are for a 100,000-square foot medical facility with a clinic and outpatient surgical function.
In his 40-year career, Dan Davison has worked nearly every position at River Falls State Bank, starting as a teller in 1978 and working his way up to bank president for the last 25 years. "I joke that I know how to use every machine but the coffee maker," Davison said. After so many years with the bank, Davison will be retiring this year in March. "I think it's the right decision for me and the right time at the right time and the right decision for the bank at the right time," Davison said.
The Hudson Police and Fire Commission has selected current Lt. Geoff Willems to serve as the new Hudson Police Chief when Chief Marty Jensen retires in April. Willems currently serves as second in command in the department. "I think it's a good selection," Jensen said. "I think Geoff will do a really good job." Willems was selected from a pool of five internal candidates that were interviewed by the commission on Saturday, Feb. 17.
Area stylists have a new option for salon space, one they can call their own. Owned by Darcie and Dave Rochon, Escape Salon Suites at 2421 Hanley Road offers stylist spaces for lease. "Each one of the stylists that are here are their own individual business," Darcie said. They set their own prices, Darcie said, and they run their businesses in their own way. Darcie said the salon is an option for stylists to move out on their own, or ones who live in Wisconsin and work in Minnesota to have a space closer to home.
A Hudson face will be representing the St. Paul Winter Carnival this year as Dani Ross starts her reign as the West Wind Princess. Ross was crowned as one of the four carnival princess on Friday, Jan. 26 after three months and 25 events. "It was like a three-month long job interview," Ross said. Ross had previously never competed at the Winter Carnival, or in any royalty event. Since she was new to the process, Ross said she reached out to others for advice.
The Von Trapp family will take center stage at Hudson High School as students present the well-known and well-loved musical "The Sound of Music."