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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Rain held off as a crowd gathered for the official groundbreaking of the St. Croix Valley Business Innovation Center in the River Falls Sterling Ponds Corporate Park on Wednesday, May 10. With office and manufacturing space, the business incubator is designed to serve 10 new and existing businesses including start-ups and existing companies while also providing work spaces for freelancers and entrepreneurs. Its goal is to provide resources for the development of new businesses, jobs and growth.
Designed to serve 25 businesses, the St. Croix Business Innovation Center will break ground with a ceremony at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, May 10 at Sterling Ponds Corporate Park at 1091 Sutherland Avenue in River Falls. The incubator center will serve a combination of new and existing businesses, start-ups and enterprises in the region. Sitting on 3.7 acres, the building will have 13,000 square feet of manufacturing space with an additional 18,000 square feet of offices. Project Manager and Director Danielle Campeau said the River Falls area is a magnet for new businesses.
After 20 years of growing their River Falls business Sajan from a small startup in their home to a global competitor, Shannon and Angel Zimmerman are selling to Luxembourg-based Amplexor International. The acquisition is set to close around July 2017, after Sajan shareholders vote on it. It is valued at about $28.5 million, and will represent a 46 percent premium for Sajan common stock shares.
A love bomb is scheduled to go off at the same time in Hudson and River Falls on Thursday, May 4, with members from both communities chalking the towns with messages of support after cases of LGBT flag thefts and burnings. The two-town response started last week when a small group of friends gathered in River Falls, concerned about the incidents happening throughout the area. Hudson resident Tony Bol said the group discussed how the St. Croix Valley can respond as a wider community.
In the midst of heated town halls around the nation, Rep. Sean Duffy of Wisconsin's 7th Congressional District held a packed town hall at Ready Randy's in New Richmond Monday morning. The event was the eighth town hall Duffy said he has held this year, as part of an attempt to hold one each year in every county he represents.
The annual Moon Glow lit up the fields of E.P. Rock Elementary Saturday night as the Hudson Hot Air Affair wound down for the day.
Reporter Rebecca Mariscal was a passenger during the Hudson Hot Air Affair media flight this morning. Check out the video for her view of the experience.
As construction of the St. Croix Crossing Bridge is set to wrap up in fall of 2017, the Wisconsin Department of Transportation and St. Croix County are turning to the loop trail piece of the project. The two groups held an information meeting Tuesday, Dec. 20 to give updates on the trail.
After 115 days, the quarantine on Gregory’s Gift of Hope Animal Shelter has been lifted, according to a press release from the shelter. The shelter was quarantined in August after a dog adopted from the shelter in June 2015 contracted Canine Brucellosis, a reproductive disease that affects dogs. Several animals from the rescue were infected with the virus, and six dogs — Kelso, Frannie, Nina, Gucci, Armani and Girbaud — died from the disease.
After months of deliberation on whether to bring five Syrian refugee families to Hudson, the weight of the decision no longer rests with Rev. John Gerritts and St. Patrick Church. The decision came Wednesday after the U.S. State Department transferred the cases from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) and the potential stewardship of St. Patrick’s Church in Hudson to the Lutheran Immigration Refugee Service (LIRS) and its local partner Lutheran Social Services (LSS) in Wisconsin.