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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After the potential placement of refugees caused conflict within the community, a new exhibit at The Phipps Center for the Arts is looking to inspire conversation among community members through art. The exhibit, "In This Place: What makes a place holy?" features three Twin Cities artists, Sylvia Horwitz, Susan Armington and Hend Al Mansour, representing through their art three of the main world religions — Judaism, Christianity and Islam. The exhibit was proposed about three years ago by the artists themselves, but took on new significance as it was set up this year.
After a move to Hudson from La Crosse, Chris Ahrens was looking for a new work project. He found that with Kinni Storage. When he lived in La Crosse, Ahrens owned duplexes that he rented to college students. When he moved three years ago, he found it hard to maintain that project and was looking for something new. "I was looking for something else kind of like that," he said. So he decided to explore the storage business. Opening up Kinni Storage involved a lot of research, including looking into where the best spot would be to open.
St. Croix County has a new look with a new website that officially launched Wednesday, Nov. 1. The new site at www.sccwi.gov is designed to be easier for users, and provides an overdue update to the county's system. "Our current site was launched seven years ago," Systems Programmer Annette Massie said. "In the industry they usually say every three to four years you should do a refresh." Relaunching the site was part of an initiative that started at the county board. Supervisors asked the county administration to find better ways to communicate with citizens.
The intersection of U.S. Highway 12 and County Highways T and TT was the topic of safety discussions at the St. Croix County Traffic Safety meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 18. The intersection is currently a three-way stop, with traffic from the north continuing without a stop sign. "Sometimes three-way stops can get confusing," St. Croix County Traffic Safety Engineer Greg Helgeson said.
Hope and the knowledge that they're not alone — that's the message parents of children with autism want to give at the Autism Sharing Experiences panel held by Bethel Lutheran Church at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 16. Three sets of parents — Vicki and Dave Datt, Martha and John Kalmon, and Lance and Sally Hermann — will speak on their experiences raising an autistic child. The panel will be hosted by Tracy Metz, elementary autism coordinator at Hudson schools.
The St. Croix Valley will have the first chance to get to know more about the River Hounds baseball team at a meet and greet event on Saturday, Nov. 11 at Big Guy's BBQ in Hudson. At the event the logo will be revealed, and visitors can meet the ownership group, hear about employment opportunities, learn about becoming a host family, get information on sponsorships and put deposits towards season tickets.
After the recession in 2008, and the continued effects of it years after, UW-River Falls Economic Department Chair Logan Kelly said the economy is now back in a spot where people are feeling good. Kelly held a presentation on the current economy in the region and the nation at a Hudson Chamber of Commerce event on Wednesday, Oct. 18. Economists, Kelly said, label the technical end of the recession as summer of 2009. "To which the average person on the street says, 'Are you kidding me?'" Kelly said.
Hudson and the St. Croix River Valley will have a new team to rally around when the St. Croix River Hounds make their home in the new development planned for the old St. Croix Meadows dog track. In searching for the right name, the ownership team reached out to the Hudson community, asking for ideas and recommendations. The response was overwhelming. Hundreds of emails were sent with thousands of suggestions for team names. "The excitement level from everyone that emailed us over the last couple months has been amazing," a news release stated.
With about 10 times its previous space, the new WinField Innovation Center will continue its agricultural research and development work in a new facility in the River Falls Sterling Ponds Corporate Park. The research done by WinField is designed to provide farmers with better ways to grow food sustainably. "We make our business by helping farmers grow more with less," said Chris Policinski, President and CEO of Land O'Lakes, WinField's parent company. This new facility will help WinField United achieve that.
Natural colors will welcome visitors who traverse along the Wisconsin side of the St. Croix Crossing Loop Trail, thanks to Wisconsin Garden Club Federation President Peggy Grubbs. After learning about the Loop Trail a year ago, Grubbs selected the trail as the garden federation's annual president's project. As a New Richmond native, Grubbs was thrilled to see the focus of the group on this corner of the state. "This is a perfect opportunity to bring those dollars and projects to St. Croix County and Western Wisconsin," Grubbs said.