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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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.
Spots are filling up for the River Valley Charities "Spread Your Wings" golf fundraiser to be held Monday, Sept. 25 at Troy Burne Golf Club. The shotgun start is at 12:30 p.m., with a dinner for golfers and others who register at 6 p.m. All proceeds from the event goes to backpack programs in the St. Croix River valley area including Hudson, River Falls and New Richmond. Dinner will feature live music and silent and live auctions, with several items donated from the community including items from the Green Bay Packers.
Sean Lybert served almost 12 years in the U.S. Army, with two tours to Iraq, and now he's working to serve veterans like him here in the region. Lybert joined Rep. Sean Duffy's Hudson office as a veterans outreach specialist, a position made possible through the Wounded Warrior fellowship project.
With its fourth year, organizers of the Spread Your Wings golf fundraiser decided to aim higher. Last year the event raised $5,000. This year, their goal is even larger — $30,000. "We're going big or going home," said Nancy Martel, one of the organizers.
Forced into marriages and slavery, taken as prizes of war, many women in the Middle East have experienced brutal treatment at the hands of ISIS. A New Richmond couple is doing what they can to help them heal. Carl and Julie Gaede founded Tutapona, a trauma counseling organization, in 2008 in Uganda after hearing about the atrocities occurring there during the war. "We just really felt like we needed to get involved and do something," Carl said.