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 a dedication service on May 2, 1992, the Transport for Christ tractor-trailer was driven to its home off Exit 4 in Hudson. At its first service the next morning, the house was full. Nearly 27 years later, the chapel, in a new trailer but with the same mission, was full once again for its final service. "I almost thought we were going to have to hold it outside," said chaplain Tim Sackett.
A couple days in her own barber shop was all it took for Jenna Darcy to know she found where she belonged. Darcy has been in the industry since she was a sophomore in high school. Now she's opened her own place, The Barbers Den, located in Escape Salon at 2421 Hanley Road. Darcy's first exposure to cosmetology was as a receptionist in Hudson. The stylists she worked with there bought her a pair of shears, and told her to jump in. "It kind of just became a part of me," she said.
With soft movements and upbeat steps, The Phipps Dance Company presents its annual showcase performances in the Black Box Theater. The company is comprised of 14 auditioned dancers ages 14-18. They are joined in their showcase by the 17 dancers, aged 9 to 13, of the Phipps Junior Dance Company. The night highlights a range of styles from classical ballet to hip-hop, from jazz to musical theater.
The newly-opened Hudson Tap offers nearly every form of entertainment — TVs, video games, pinball games, arcade games, pool, darts, foosball, board games and more. Wednesdays are bingo nights, and Thursdays are live horse racing. Friday and Saturday nights will feature DJs. "What we're trying to do is make a really interactive environment," said owner Matt Hoerning. The setup gives guests a chance to have fun with their friends or family, and do something they haven't done in awhile. Owning and operating his own restaurant has been a dream of Hoerning's.
For nearly 40 years Julie and Roy Leek shared a life and a business. The two opened their jewelry store J.R. Haubrich in downtown Hudson shortly after they were married. They were planning their farewell to the store, closing it for retirement this year. Now Roy is facing a greater loss after Julie's death in February. The two first met while working at the same jewelry firm in Minnesota. Back then, Roy was Julie's boss. "You see how that turned out for me," he said.
Two Hudson Ambassadors have been removed from their roles representing the city. Maddie Zabel and Rachel McKenzie were removed at the end of January after being crowned two of four ambassadors at the end of June 2018. Hudson Ambassador President April Simmons said the beginning of the program year did not go well and showed it was not a good fit. "They just were not a fit for the program," she said of McKenzie and Zabel. Parents of McKenzie and Zabel said they are upset and confused about the removal, and the process that led to it.
St. Croix County Judge Scott J. Nordstrand took the oath of office Friday afternoon at his investiture. Nordstrand was appointed in December by Gov. Scott Walker to succeed Eric Lundell. Nordstrand has served on the St. Croix County Board. He had a 20-year career in law in Alaska, where he worked as a commercial litigator before being appointed deputy attorney general, and briefly served as acting attorney general. St. Croix County Presiding Judge Scott Needham said he has no doubt after working with Nordstrand that he will do justice to the title of judge.
Step into the world of whimsy, curiosities and, of course, chocolate in "Willy Wonka, Jr." at The Phipps. The Children's Theater production brings the well-known characters and storyline to life, with pieces from the book, the movie and musical adaptations. The musical is an upbeat, fun adaptation that will leave audiences feeling good, with a song or two stuck in their heads.
Dunn Brothers in Hudson and New Richmond are included in a list of more than 60 locations whose customer data may have been exposed in a data breach that took place during the month of January, according to a press release from North Country Business Products, Inc. The press release does not state which of the two Hudson stores were impacted, or if both are included. Other Dunn Brothers locations potentially hit include stores in Hastings, Woodbury, Stillwater, St. Paul and Minneapolis.
The Hudson Fire Department reminds residents to keep fire hydrants clear of snow after several heavy downfalls. A video from the Oshkosh Fire Departmnet shows the extra time it can take firefighters responding to a call when the hydrants are not clear. Hudson Fire Chief Scott St. Martin also said residents should be sure to keep gas meters and furnace vents clear, and be careful of falling icicles.